Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Can Facebook beat back the fake news in Ireland’s upcoming vote on abortion?
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
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.
April 19, 2018
“Currently, there are few consumer or civil rights protections that limit the types of data used to build data profiles or that require the auditing of algorithmic decision-making, even though algorithmic systems can make decisions on the basis of protected attributes like race, income, or gender — even when those attributes are not referenced explicitly — because there are many effective proxies for the same information.”
Data & Society / Joan Donovan, Robyn Caplan, Jeanna Matthews, and Lauren Hanson / Apr 19
“That is one of the interesting things about the Journal, that we have a relatively small circulation, but our readership is totally out of proportion…everybody in Washington who deals with the Pacific reads the paper because we’re the only paper here.”
Columbia Journalism Review / George Wright / Apr 19
“But you don’t think that growth solves the problems?” “No, absolutely not. It’s just gonna keep getting worse.”
New York / Noah Kulwin / Apr 19
“At the high end is the $55-a-year All Access plan that includes those benefits plus the print magazine and a personalized online chat service with people who can make product recommendations that are more detailed than what’s available on the site.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses / Apr 19
“Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland. Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users, meaning 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect on May 25.”
Reuters / David Ingram / Apr 19
“First Media, the publisher of So Yummy, has been using Instagram Story links to get people to subscribe to So Yummy’s email newsletter. These links average a 2.3 percent swipe-through rate and account for 10 to 15 percent of the newsletter’s subscribers, and those Instagram-driven subscribers open the emails at an above-average rate.”
Digiday / Tim Peterson / Apr 19
“The feature allows you to get a quick grasp of what’s behind a link without committing to a click-through.”
Medium / Wikimedia / Apr 19
“Cheddar Big News will launch on YouTube TV and head later to Dish’s Sling TV and Philo. It will have several new content partners — AccuWeather for weather and Stadium, VSiN, and FanSided for sports — and a major advertising sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company.”
Axios / Sara Fischer / Apr 19
“I want to experiment to see if that’s something that we can monetize, if someone like a New York Times would pay to have access to that group because God knows they ask us for the access all the time,” Dana Coester, 100 Days in Appalachia’s executive editor and creative director, said. “These people aren’t sources to be interviewed, they’re sources to vet context and say, let me break this down for you, let me explain how you want to approach it. If I’m a journalist, I’d love to pay for that.”
Lenfest Institute / Joseph Lichterman / Apr 19
“It’s too early to call it [a flop], but I don’t think it’s come out of the gate like Google wanted,” said one source at a participating publisher. We covered AMP stories’ introduction earlier this year, when the Washington Post’s lead product manager told us he believed “it will become a core part of our toolbox.”
Digiday / Max Willens / Apr 19