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Newsonomics: Bryan Goldberg wants to build Bustle into the “Meredith of the digital age”
“I think the hard part for something like Esquire or Harper’s Bazaar in digital — even to some extent Vogue — is that you get into the scale game. Digital demands greater scale. I just don’t know how many men are trying to figure out if corduroy is back in fashion.”
By Ken Doctor
Newsonomics: The newspaper industry is thirsty for liquidity as it tries to merge its way out of trouble
Newspaper company CEOs will be the first to tell you a new round of consolidation won’t solve their problems. But it might give them another year or two of breathing room.
By Ken Doctor
With corgis, chickens, and kitchen reveals, the NYT Cooking Community Facebook group is a “happy corner of the internet”
“It’s useful to us to see what people keep on their counters. Do they have their pots and pans hanging or tucked away? It’s a neat window into their lives.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Is it okay for a journalist to block a critic — not a troll, just a critic — on Twitter?
The latest round in the eternal fight over social media boundaries.
By Joshua Benton
A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation
“We might like to think of our memory as an archivist that carefully preserves events, but sometimes it’s more like a storyteller.”
By Julian Matthews
Is Mailchimp ready to dive back into podcasts in a big way?
Plus: How independent podcasters make money, Snap Judgment expands to a new platform, and Macs are getting a separate Podcasts app.
By Nicholas Quah
As Notre Dame burned, an algorithmic error at YouTube put information about 9/11 under news videos
A reminder that even efforts to limit misinformation can end up spreading it instead — and that human editors watching over the algorithms can be a pretty good thing, too.
By Joshua Benton
What will journalism do with 5G’s speed and capacity? Here are some ideas, from The New York Times and elsewhere
Always-streaming reporters, a searchable past, and new internal tools and external products: 5G will have a big impact on news, just as previous-generation networks did.
By Joshua Benton
Courting future business models: Are public media and scrappy startups the next trend for mergers?
NJ Spotlight and NJTV News may be onto a trend: “Really the quality of the journalism and business model made it viable for us and make it viable for the other legacy stations around the country.”
By Christine Schmidt
Experience experiments: What Whereby.Us’s membership model looks like after adding a Spirited Media site
“I would love to be in 25 cities and I wish we could’ve lived up to that. The financial reality and the operational reality of it was not quite ready for that.”
By Christine Schmidt
Is Julian Assange’s arrest a threat to press freedom or an appropriate response to hacking?
The initial indictment against the WikiLeaks leader doesn’t seem to implicate journalistic issues as directly as some had feared — but some still see darker impacts on reporting, and more charges could be coming.
By Joshua Benton
Newsonomics: Bryan Goldberg wants to build Bustle into the “Meredith of the digital age”
“I think the hard part for something like Esquire or Harper’s Bazaar in digital — even to some extent Vogue — is that you get into the scale game. Digital demands greater scale. I just don’t know how many men are trying to figure out if corduroy is back in fashion.”
By Ken Doctor
Newsonomics: The newspaper industry is thirsty for liquidity as it tries to merge its way out of trouble
Newspaper company CEOs will be the first to tell you a new round of consolidation won’t solve their problems. But it might give them another year or two of breathing room.
With corgis, chickens, and kitchen reveals, the NYT Cooking Community Facebook group is a “happy corner of the internet”
“It’s useful to us to see what people keep on their counters. Do they have their pots and pans hanging or tucked away? It’s a neat window into their lives.”
What We’re Reading
MuckRock / Michael Morisy
MuckRock wants you to help read through the Mueller Report
“Getting started is easy: Just go to the Assignment page and answer the questions that are presented along with the page you’re shown. You can answer as many or as few as you’d like, and we’ll review and compile the data you submit to total up the most important insights.”
Twitter / Kurt Wagner
Washington Post / Sarah Ellison
The National Enquirer is being sold for $100 million to the CEO of airport newsstands Hudson News
“The decision to sell came after Anthony Melchiorre, the hedge fund manager whose firm controls AMI, became disillusioned with the reporting tactics of the Enquirer, which is overseen by David Pecker, Trump’s confidant dating back many years. AMI has been under intense pressure because of the Enquirer’s efforts to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump.”
Digiday / Max Willens
Apple is looking to beef up its staff for Apple News(+)
“The listings, some of which Apple has been trying to fill for a while, would give Apple resources to forge strategic marketing partnerships with platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat; a point person to lead collaborative marketing campaigns with publishers participating in Apple News; and a leader who can work across Apple’s marketing, product, engineering, data analytics, design and business development teams.”
Time / Hillary Leung
For the first time, the U.S.’s media climate is “problematic” in the World Press Freedom Index
“The U.S., Venezuela, Brazil, Iran and China saw their rankings drop. Of those five, China — which a separate report by RSF said is ramping up its interference and spread of propaganda not just locally, but in international media — is ranked lowest at 177… On the flip side, Ethiopia has climbed 40 places from near the bottom to 110.”
Poynter / Daniel Funke
The Atlantic / Taylor Lorenz
Digital media unionization comes to Instagram memers
“They generate the engagement that helps keep Instagram growing—but, they argue, the multibillion-dollar platform doesn’t pay them for their work, or give them any control. So they’re fighting back. And before you write off IG Meme Union Local 69-420 as a joke, the organizers of the collective would like you to know that they are very serious… ‘Seize the memes of production.'”
The Guardian / Alex Hern
Facebook permanently bans far-right groups under its “dangerous individuals and organizations” policy
“The ban, which came into effect at midday on Thursday, extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organizations: posts and other content that ‘expresses praise or support’ for them will also be banned, as will users who coordinate support for the groups.”
BuzzFeed News / Karsten Schmehl
WhatsApp has become a hotbed for spreading Nazi propoganda in Germany
“BuzzFeed News has catalogued more than 200 different WhatsApp stickers that show inciting, violent, or anti-Semitic content. Some stickers show symbols prohibited by German law, including SS runes, the SS insignia, certain flags and swastikas.”
Axios / Sara Fischer
Facebook adds two new fact-checking partners — including one owned by The Daily Caller, Inc.
“CheckYourFact.com arguably leans right, as it’s a for-profit subsidiary owned by The Daily Caller, Inc., although editorially independent. Science Feedback fact-checks news and information primarily based on whether it is rooted in science.”
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