Nieman Lab: The Daily Digest

The New York Times politics editor is building trust by tweeting context around political stories

“I wanted to start engaging with readers about our intentions behind our stories.” By Laura Hazard Owen.

Here are 12 principles journalists should follow to make sure they’re protecting their sources

“We’re being forced to act like spies, having to learn tradecraft and encryption and all the new ways to protect sources. But we are not an intelligence agency. We’re not really spies. So, there’s going to be a time when you might make a mistake or do something that might not perfectly protect a source.” By Joshua Benton.

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“Who’s your audience? How will you serve that audience? Why do we care about that audience? No, really, what’s the payoff?” By Christine Schmidt.
The Wrap / Jon Levine
After its layoffs and firesale, Mic.com is quietly publishing again →
“As of mid-January, the site had begun producing a steady stream of new material from two new writers, Lauren Rearick and Emma Sarran Webster. The posts are mostly innocuous service journalism like how to stick to a budget and tips before applying for a credit card.”
Twitter / Slate Union
Slate’s new union has a three-year contract →
“Our contract is built on principles of equity and diversity. We’ve agreed on annual percentage increases, salary floor increases, severance pay, just cause, paid time off, non-discrimination rules, and a robust commitment to diversity.”
RJI / Judd Slivka
Look up to see the coming battle of privacy vs. access →
“Terrestrial photojournalism has well-established laws and ethics and guidelines. Aerial journalism wants to have those — the National Press Photographers Association has developed some — but media photography with drones is a unique animal. “
Digiday / Jessica Davies
After cutting off post-GDPR ad exchanges in Europe, The New York Times’ ad revenue grew →
“The New York Times has 2.9 million paying digital subscribers globally, and 15 percent of the publisher’s digital news subscribers are from Europe. Digital advertising in Europe also remains an important revenue stream for the publisher. The publisher’s reader-revenue business model means it fiercely guards its readers’ user experience. Rather than bombard readers with consent notices or risk a clunky consent user experience, it decided to drop behavioral advertising entirely.”
Twitter / Washington Post PR
Someone is trying to fake out would-be Post readers with fraud print copies in D.C. (and a copycat website) →
“There are fake print editions of The Washington Post being distributed around downtown DC, and we are aware of a website attempting to mimic The Post’s. They are not Post products, and we are looking into this.”
IRIN / Heba Aly
IRIN is rebranding as “The New Humanitarian” →
“In a nutshell: we produce news for an upended world (and those who want to improve it). Our mission remains the same: to inform the prevention of and response to humanitarian crises. But we seek to build on our historical audience of decision-makers and practitioners in the humanitarian sector by taking the urgency and importance of these issues to a much wider audience.”
Columbia Journalism Review / James Ball
No, tech companies shouldn’t fund journalism →
“Tying the future of journalism to a tech or social media levy shackles the two even closer together, making a already dangerously codependent relationship even less healthy—and potentially compromising journalism in the eyes of readers. It would also let tech off the hook: one of the main justifications for corporate tax is making companies contribute towards the societies they live in, the infrastructure they rely on, and to offset the harms that they cause.”
The Wall Street Journal / Cara Lombardo, Benjamin Mullin, and Lukas I. Alpert
Gannett is one of a few serious bidders remaining in an auction of Gizmodo Media Group →
So how does this square with Digital First Media’s bid for Gannett? “In a sign of at least some shareholder support for Digital First’s bid or a similar deal, Gannett’s stock jumped 21% on the news Monday, which could make it harder for the company to justify turning its back on the offer and plowing ahead with a purchase of Gizmodo. Gannett shares closed Tuesday at $11.40, down 3.6%.”
Axios / Joe Uchill
Hackers on a Russian-language forum are offering to sell access to news sites’ CMSes →
“The U.S. site package, listed in October, started bidding at $600 with a buy-it-now option of $1,200…. The hackers in both cases were well-established enough on the forum that the listings appear credible,” an intelligence expert said.
Variety / Rachel Yang
Roku removes Infowars channels after a backlash →
“The company originally responded to the controversy by saying Infowars wasn’t currently violating its terms of use. Digiday first reported that Roku added Infowars six months after major platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Apple’s app store, removed Jones and his outlet from their services.”
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The New York Times politics editor is building trust by tweeting context around political stories
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You can guess the kinds of complaints The New York Times gets about its political coverage. It's too biased, too liberal. Too much coverage of the horserace, not enough coverage of the issues. Too much "But her emails!" in 2016 and not enough Trump/Russia. Too much "Racists: They're just like us."
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WCCB Charlotte is recruiting for a full-time anchor/reporter for WCCB News Rising. We need a strong journalist with personality who will work with the Executive Producer and the show producers to get breaking news into the show quickly. We're also looking for someone who can provide perspective when reading stories or discussing issues with co-hosts and guests.
Here are 12 principles journalists should follow to make sure they’re protecting their sources
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"We're being forced to act like spies, having to learn tradecraft and encryption and all the new ways to protect sources. But we are not an intelligence agency. We're not really spies. So, there's going to be a time when you might make a mistake or do something that might not perfectly p...
Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful
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It would be rather embarrassing for Donald Trump at this point if Robert Mueller were to declare that the president isn't an agent of Russian intelligence.
Iran State Television Says U.S. Is Holding One of Its Journalists
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TEHRAN - A prominent American-born journalist working for an Iranian state-run satellite television channel has been arrested in the United States, the broadcaster said Wednesday. American officials have not confirmed the arrest of the journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, who has lived in Iran since 2009 and is an anchor at Press TV.
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