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Newsonomics: Nikkei’s Tsuneo Kita: “Without the FT, it wouldn’t have been possible for us to transform ourselves as we have”
“On-the-ground collaboration, on-the-ground communication, on-the-ground exchange are all getting to be more like business as usual.”
By Ken Doctor
It is still incredibly easy to share (and see) known fake news about politics on Facebook
Plus: “Like the experts predicted back in 2016, we did end up heading down the dystopian path.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Newsonomics: How the Financial Times is building mini-brands within the global FT
“The point is they have personality. They have character. They’re engaging, and they have really inside stuff. So, they’re more than newsletters. They are mini-brands that have events and forums around them — but the newsletter is almost the spearhead.”
By Ken Doctor
This text-generation algorithm is supposedly so good it’s frightening. Judge for yourself.
If you’ve ever wondered what “Nieman Lab written by robots” would look like, this is the piece for you.
By Joshua Benton
Newsonomics: Four years in to their surprise marriage, what has the FT done for Nikkei, and vice versa?
The predicted culture clashes seem to have been mostly avoided, and they’re ready to expand their reach in Europe, Asia, and everywhere else.
By Ken Doctor
When a newspaper struggles, you don’t have to close it — you can give it to its community
In Quebec, a community facing the death of its local paper instead worked together to rebuild it as a community nonprofit.
By Karen Longwell
As Hot Pod turns 5, these are the problems podcasters are most frustrated by
The podcast industry is bigger, richer, more professionalized, and more corporate than when Hot Pod launched five years ago today. Here are the worries that’ll need to be addressed in the next five years.
By Nicholas Quah
HuffPost redesigns and further separates the personal and the political
“We know the day to day challenges of life are serious news too, and we are here to help.”
By Joshua Benton
Meet The Salt Lake Tribune, 501(c)(3): The IRS has granted nonprofit status to a daily newspaper for the first time
It’s a big step for Salt Lake City — but also a major opening for other newspapers who might find nonprofit status a more appealing alternative than selling or closing down.
By Christine Schmidt
How The Texas Tribune is revamping its sponsored content (and folding its five-year-old op-ed site)
“It was a good sandbox to see if there’s a market for these sponsored content pieces, to see how we’d treat them in a design and workflow way, to see if there’s an appetite for people who would pay for it. Now, several years later, we realize we answered all those affirmatively.”
By Christine Schmidt
Newsonomics: Nikkei’s Tsuneo Kita: “Without the FT, it wouldn’t have been possible for us to transform ourselves as we have”
“On-the-ground collaboration, on-the-ground communication, on-the-ground exchange are all getting to be more like business as usual.”
By Ken Doctor
It is still incredibly easy to share (and see) known fake news about politics on Facebook
Plus: “Like the experts predicted back in 2016, we did end up heading down the dystopian path.”
Newsonomics: How the Financial Times is building mini-brands within the global FT
“The point is they have personality. They have character. They’re engaging, and they have really inside stuff. So, they’re more than newsletters. They are mini-brands that have events and forums around them — but the newsletter is almost the spearhead.”
What We’re Reading
Washington Post
As Gannett merger nears completion, union claims “journalism will suffer” under deal
“The 11-page analysis produced by the union argues that the deal GateHouse and Gannett reached will unnecessarily lead to more cuts to the benefit of Wall Street investors…The union suggests in its report that private equity giants Fortress Investment Group and Apollo Global Management are getting the best of the deal…Apollo is issuing a $1.8 billion loan to finance the deal, at an expensive 11.5 percent interest rate, and could gain control of the board if the company does not meet financial expectations, the union determined.”
Social Media Today / Andrew Hutchinson
Hiding Instagram likes in Japan increased them 7%; hiding them in Brazil dropped them 28%
That’s for posts from the biggest influences (over 100,000 followers). “But either way, the data here would appear to suggest that, overall, removing total Like counts is likely to also reduce total Likes allocated overall, at least to influential users. Japan is the only real anomaly.”
Wired / Adrienne So
Instagram is testing hiding likes in the U.S. this week
“‘It means we’re going to put a 15-year-old kid’s interests before a public speaker’s interest,’ says [Instagram CEO Adam] Mosseri. ‘When we look at the world of public content, we’re going to put people in that world before organizations and corporations.'”
The Daily Beast / Maxwell Tani
Hearst magazines staffers are unionizing across two dozen publications
“Staff at Hearst Magazines announced Monday they plan to form a union with the Writers Guild of America East, encompassing editorial, photo, video, and social-media employees across 24 major properties owned exclusively by the New York-based media company. The unit includes some of its best-known publications, including Esquire, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, and Elle among others.”
Vice / Lauren Kaori Gurley
Two former G/O Media executives have sued the company, claiming CEO Jim Spanfeller fostered hostile work environment for women
“Nadine Jarrard, former G/O vice president of West Coast sales, sued the company for gender and pay discrimination and negligent hiring….Michael McAvoy, the former CEO of The Onion, alleges that Spanfeller fired him because he raised concerns about Spanfeller’s treatment of women at the company.”
BuzzFeed News / Alex Kantrowitz
Twitter is trying to fix the dunk and ratio
“Within the next two weeks, Twitter will debut a series of experiments meant to calm us down — subtly motivating us to use the quote-tweet, reply, and retweet in nondestructive ways.”
Media Matters for America / Ted MacDonald
Just 3% of broadcast TV news segments on the California wildfires connected them to climate change
“As a whole, ABC, CBS, and NBC did not improve upon their already dismal California wildfire coverage from last year. Over a five-day period in November 2018, climate change was mentioned in just 3.7% of their total California wildfire coverage compared to an average of 3.3% in the larger period studied in 2019.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope
Has climate news coverage finally turned a corner?
“In September, ‘media attention to climate change and global warming was at its highest level globally in nearly a decade,’ reported the Media and Climate Change Observatory program at the University of Colorado Boulder.”
Jezebel / Emily Alford
Bosses at Vice and The Fader ignored sexual misconduct, employees allege, until women on Twitter began exposing it
“Basically HR fired four dudes and everyone else went back to being creeps. And by the time we realized they weren’t going to do anything about Eric, it had been months.”
Variety / Todd Spangler
At least 10 Bustle staffers and contributors were laid off yesterday; company claims a “major site relaunch” is coming
“‘Bustle’s new editorial leadership will soon be announcing several marquee hires as we prepare for a major site relaunch in early 2020,’ the rep said in a statement. The New York-based company claims that it recently hired ‘dozens of writers and editors’ across its properties, particularly at Nylon, Mic, Inverse and Input.”
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