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What We’re Reading
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.
January 22, 2018
“Google’s algorithm erroneously linked a Washington Post fact check to a Daily Caller article about Mueller’s investigation team. The claim in question was never made in the piece.”
Poynter / Daniel Funke / Jan 22
“Staffers rallied around their paper’s new $11.99-per-month paywall, optimistic that the move might bring more resources to a beleaguered Post newsroom. Under Digital First Media, which is controlled by the New York City hedge fund Alden Global Capital, the Post has suffered through rounds of layoffs in recent years. They have cut into a newsroom that is now down two-thirds from its peak of around 300 employees.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Corey Hutchins, CJR / Jan 22
“I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can’t. That’s why we have a moral duty to understand how these technologies are being used and what can be done to make communities like Facebook as representative, civil and trustworthy as possible,” writes a Facebook product manager in charge of civic engagement.
Facebook Newsroom / Samidh Chakrabarti / Jan 22
“When Facebook first came to Cambodia, many hoped it would help to usher in a new period of free speech, amplifying voices that countered the narrative of the government-friendly traditional press. Instead, the opposite has happened. Prime Minister Hun Sen is now using the platform to promote his message while jailing his critics, and his staff is doing its best to exploit Facebook’s own rules to shut down criticism — all through a direct relationship with the company’s staff.”
BuzzFeed / Megha Rajagopalan / Jan 22
January 19, 2018
The announcement comes a day after an NPR report uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct against the Times’ publisher and CEO, Ross Levinsohn. Ken Doctor has more on the rising tensions between the newsroom and corporate leadership here.
HuffPost / Lydia O’Connor / Jan 19
“We’re going to push harder and be more proactive with helping you succeed on Snapchat. This means finding more ways we can work together, more ways to support your business goals, and being more proactive with sharing insights and best practices to help your teams improve content quality and reach more of your audience, while continuing the support the team has already been providing.” AE
Digiday / Lucia Moses / Jan 19
“The untitled series will take’s explanatory journalism conceit and turn it into a multi-part series that explores the big questions of today. Each episode will focus on a new topic — from science to politics to pop culture — and will feature interview from experts in the field. Vox co-founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein is executive producing.”
The Hollywood Reporter / Natalie Jarvey / Jan 19
“Blogs are necessarily idiosyncratic, entirely about sensibility: they can only be run by workhorses who are creative enough to amuse themselves and distinct enough to hook an audience, and they tend to publish like-minded writers, who work more on the principle of personal obsession than pay.”
The New Yorker / Jia Tolentino / Jan 19
The report from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Media Engagement and City Bureau also found that despite feeling poorly represented by Chicago news media, South and West Side residents are more interested in volunteering to report on a public meeting than North Side/Downtown residents are. AE
Center for Media Engagement / Emily Van Duyn, Jay Jennings, Natalie Jomini Stroud / Jan 19
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for those who leak Snap Inc. confidential information. This applies to outright leaks and any informal ‘off the record’ conversations with reporters, as well as any confidential information you let slip to people who are not authorized to know that information. If you leak Snap Inc. information, you will lose your job and we will pursue any and all legal remedies against you. And that’s just the start.”
Cheddar / Alex Heath / Jan 19