Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Newsonomics: Newsprint tariffs are a Black Swan event that could speed up the death of U.S. newspapers
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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
July 19, 2018
“So that weekend, sitting alone in his studio apartment at the northern tip of Manhattan, Albright pulled an all-nighter, following YouTube recommendations down a dark vortex that led from one conspiracy theory video to another until he’d collected data on roughly 9,000 videos. On Sunday, he wrote about his findings on Medium. By Monday, his investigation was the subject of a top story on Buzzfeed News. And by Thursday, when I met Albright at his office, he was chugging a bottle of Super Coffee (equal parts caffeine boost and protein shake) to stay awake.”
Wired / ISSIE LAPOWSKY / Jul 19
Molly Crabapple: “At Port Isabel, immigrants are only allowed to speak to reporters for a half hour at a time on Wednesday mornings. When I applied to meet five immigrants who wanted to speak to me, ICE called this ‘excessive’.”
Paste / Jacob Weindling / Jul 19
“As paywalls have proliferated across the internet, The Guardian continues to give its stories away for free and is still losing money doing it — but is losing much less.” We wrote about their reader revenue approach last year.
“Comcast will now turn its full attention on Sky, a key asset to help the Philadelphia-based cable provider expand overseas. While the Fox studios and TV networks would have been complementary assets to Comcast’s own Universal studios and NBC TV assets, Sky would instantly give Comcast something it currently lacks: a global presence.”
Bloomberg / Gerry Smith and Anousha Sakoui / Jul 19
“Added King, an independent: ‘The press is the only industry in America with its own line in the Constitution and the First Amendment, and what you’re considering today is a very unusual case that brings into conflict two principles that are important to the establishment of the country. One is, you have to obey the law, and the law is in regards to tariffs. But the other principle is the First Amendment, and I would argue that these two principles run into one another. They are in conflict. This is a special case.'”
Portland Press Herald / Eric Russell / Jul 19
“When you start to hear about this kind of bottom-up work people are doing in communities, which is often tightly connected to public health, housing, labor, and more, it can give a kind of three-dimensional picture of climate change beyond talk of markets and models. That’s the kind of storytelling that’s potentially powerful for both environmental journalism and climate action.”
Inside Philanthropy / Tate Williams / Jul 19
“You have to understand what you’re trying to do in the first place and its value. You also have to understand that it’s not about you, it’s about other people. It’s about humanity.” / Taylor Mulcahey / Jul 19
July 18, 2018
“Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication announced that the state-run publication would be suspended for three months and fined 20 million dong (US$10,000) for a June 19 report that authorities said misquoted President Tan Dai Quang endorsing a law on public demonstrations.”
Committee to Protect Journalists / Jul 18
“The final vote was 22 votes against unionization to 4 in favour, according to a BuzzFeed source. The staff-led push for union recognition began in November 2016, with a majority of staff across the desks signing union cards calling for recognition with the UK’s National Union of Journalists.”
BuzzFeed / Mark Di Stefano / Jul 18
“U.S. District Judge John F. Walter had issued the order Saturday after The Times published information on its website about a plea agreement between prosecutors and the former detective. The agreement had been sealed by the court but was placed in a court database of documents accessible to the public.”
Los Angeles Times / Victoria Kim / Jul 18