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“This is all about how we can provide subscribers with the type of content that makes them feel like they’re getting insight they’re not getting anywhere else.” It’s also a bet on keeping some content subscriber-only, not subject to its five-articles-a-month metered paywall.
West Coast news chaos, a new leader at WordPress, the decline of digital display — and is The Washington Post really profitable?
Plus: HBO buys in, ESPN brags condescendingly, big networks scale back, and Call Your Girlfriend plots its future. Also, gifs.
“What we’ve created is a bot-like exchange, but in the voice and tone of a person.”
“If you parachute into a place, whether it’s a foreign place or your own country, and think you’ll never go back, you’re not accountable to people in the same way.”
If it’s good enough for Amazon, why not for news publishers? Trade in your New York rent for a wider, subway-phobic pool of talent.
Southern California has gone from five significant daily newspaper companies three years ago to two today. And they’re both in trouble.
From “meltdown” to “roll-up” to (of course) “fake.”