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True Genius: How to go from “the future of journalism” to a fire sale in a few short years
Genius (née Rap Genius) wanted to “annotate the world” and give your content a giant comment section you can’t control. Now it can’t pay back its investors.
By Joshua Benton
This study shows how people reason their way through echo chambers — and what might guide them out
“You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.”
By Shraddha Chakradhar
Misinformation is a global problem. One of the solutions might work across continents too.
Plus: What Africa’s top fact-checkers are doing to combat false beliefs about Covid-19.
By Sarah Scire
Some questions (and answers) about the Local Journalism Sustainability Act
If the proposed legislation becomes law, it would offer substantial help to many local newsrooms at a critical time.
By Sarah Scire
“This shit is just embarrassing”: The New Yorker’s archive editor breaks down the print mag’s dismal diversity stats
“As someone who’s done the research, seen all the numbers, I can tell you that things are simply not changing quickly enough to present real, concrete progress.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
A new NYU report finds that Facebook is part of the polarization problem, but not all of it
But its recommendations to reduce polarization don’t target the people who might have the most direct influence.
By Joshua Benton
How “engagement” makes you vulnerable to manipulation and misinformation on social media
“The heart of the matter is the distinction between provoking a response and providing content people want.”
By Filippo Menczer
An Australian court ruling makes publishers legally responsible for every idiot Facebook user who leaves a comment
Is a defamatory comment left on your Facebook page more like graffiti on a wall, a streaker on live TV, or a hand-delivered telegram? Whatever your metaphor, Australian courts now say publishers are legally liable for words they neither wrote nor published.
By Joshua Benton
This news consortium aims to cover rural America from coast to coast
With more than 50 participating newsrooms led by The Daily Yonder and the agribusiness-focused Investigate Midwest, the multi-year effort will be the nonprofit group’s largest collaboration ever.
By Sarah Scire
True Genius: How to go from “the future of journalism” to a fire sale in a few short years
Genius (née Rap Genius) wanted to “annotate the world” and give your content a giant comment section you can’t control. Now it can’t pay back its investors.
By Joshua Benton
This study shows how people reason their way through echo chambers — and what might guide them out
“You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.”
Misinformation is a global problem. One of the solutions might work across continents too.
Plus: What Africa’s top fact-checkers are doing to combat false beliefs about Covid-19.
What We’re Reading
Platformer / Casey Newton
What Casey Newton learned from one year on Substack
“Other than the stories I mentioned above, the Discord launch was the single biggest thing I did over the past year to convert paid subscribers. And beyond the business benefit, I’ve been struck at just how useful it is to have a Discord for my publication. I regularly get tips from readers for stories; good-faith pushback on things I’ve written; links I should read; and good tweets for the end of the daily newsletter.”
CNBC / Lauren Feiner
Twitter’s restriction of New York Post article on Hunter Biden is lawful, FEC says
The agency found in a unanimous decision that Twitter had made valid decisions based on commercial reasons, according to a statement by the commission’s Vice Chair Allen Dickerson and Commissioner James “Trey” Trainor III, who are Republicans.
POLITICO
The murky world of undercover EU lobbying
Brussels news outlet EU Reporter’s blend of corporate press releases, original news and paid-for content makes it impossible for readers to determine who’s behind the coverage.
Columbia Journalism Review / Alexandria Neason, CJR
ABC News’ Averi Harper on diverse communities and political journalism’s post-Trump future
“I say often, as a Black woman, how much of everything in my life is about politics: how I wear my hair is about politics, the clothes I wear when I go out in the street, how I talk to you versus how I would talk to my mom versus how I would talk to my boss.”
AP NEWS
EU calls for better media safety
“No journalist should die or be harmed because of their job. We need to support and protect journalists; they are essential for democracy,” said Vera Jourova, European commission vice-president for values and transparency.
Digiday
News UK’s Times and Sunday Times are aiming for fewer, better told, stories to drive digital subscriptions
“I don’t know what the right number [of stories per day] is, but I do know that for a brand like ours, it’s about being deeply thoughtful about every piece of content we publish,” Edward Roussel, head of digital strategy and development, said.
Poynter / Ana Arana
The Cicero Independiente is punching holes in a Latino-majority Illinois town’s political discourse
At 30, Irene Romulo is a founding editor of the new Cicero Independiente, a community-focused weekly that’s begun bringing the politics of the Latino-majority town of Cicero, Illinois, into the open.
Press Gazette
The New Statesman has a new “visual identity” – and plans for expanding globally
“The launch of the new website and redesigned magazine and some of the new hires are all part of the same project really to begin to grow the New Statesman beyond its niche, that’s the ambition and the plan.”
The New York Times/Jack Nicas
Brazil’s Senate and Supreme Court overturn Bolsonaro’s ban on removing social media posts
“It’s a very positive sign that the Brazilian political class reacted,” said Mauricio Santoro, a professor of international relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. “The Brazilian leadership is finally understanding how important the internet is to political life in Brazil.”
Digiday
With growing investments and influence, Apple is set to reshape online advertising
“I suppose that having multiple app stores will have some impact on Apple’s plan to build out its ad stack,” said Alan Chapell, president of privacy law firm Chapell and Associates, “But even if the app gets downloaded via a different mechanism, it’s not like Apple won’t be able to see the apps present on their devices.”
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