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From newsroom to newsletter: How local journalists are DIYing important coverage via email
Just as blogging allowed a new cadre of journalists to work outside established news organizations in the early 2000s, the email newsletter boom has done the same in local communities. “This is more than 40 hours a week for far less than minimum wage. To be frank, it’s exhausting. I only do it because it’s so important.”
By Christine Schmidt
Apple should do for news in Safari on mobile what Google has done for news in Chrome
Your iPhone is very good at directing your attention. What if it could be a little bit better at directing it toward news?
By Joshua Benton
The Washington Post now offers 20 weeks of paid parental leave; here’s what other U.S. news orgs provide
The Wall Street Journal: 20 weeks. The New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non–birth parents.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Here’s how researchers got inside 1,400 private WhatsApp groups
They…joined them! Plus: YouTube beats Indian news organizations 65-to-1, and machines can make fake news pretty well, but it can’t detect it.
By Laura Hazard Owen
“Publishers are going to live or die based on their relationship with readers”: How Quartz is rethinking its membership offerings
“It’s more similar to an Audible.com subscription, where you’re getting access to this huge library of journalism, than it is to a daily news subscription.”
By Christine Schmidt
The Los Angeles Times and its union now have a contract and (maybe) everyone is happy
“With this agreement, I am convinced we have assured the revival of The Times under local ownership.”
By Christine Schmidt
ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are teaming up on a full-time, Texas-focused investigative news unit
“This is not ProPublica Texas. This is a very different entity — a cobranded, co-managed operation that brings together the natural strengths of two different but compatible organizations.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
The News Revenue Hub is launching a pilot project to help news orgs increase their readers’ loyalty
You can turn loyal readers into members and subscribers. But first, you have to turn occasional readers into loyal readers.
By Joshua Benton
Twitter says it wants to solve the “journalists’ careers end because someone digs up an old tweet” problem
“These are some of the biggest reasons why people don’t tweet. Which is why we actually take this very seriously.”
By Joshua Benton
Can Spotify be the one to finally get people listening to short podcasts?
Plus: ESPN jumps into the daily flagship audio game, the podcast book tour, and more impeachment podcasts.
By Nicholas Quah
In a corner of Brazil, local reporters are switching to government jobs and the state is achieving “media capture”
A strategy of “capturing the main professionals from the newspapers, in their respective fields of work, and thus reduce the tensions of being disturbed by the journalists every single day.” “Memory is crucial for journalism, and we are losing it.”
By Joshua Benton
Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research
“Persistent debates about what constitutes ‘fake news’ and distinctions between other types of false information are mostly distracting.” Plus: A guide to covering misinformation without burning your news org or your readers, and a discussion of filter bubbles as not-really-a-thing.
By Laura Hazard Owen
From newsroom to newsletter: How local journalists are DIYing important coverage via email
Just as blogging allowed a new cadre of journalists to work outside established news organizations in the early 2000s, the email newsletter boom has done the same in local communities. “This is more than 40 hours a week for far less than minimum wage. To be frank, it’s exhausting. I only do it because it’s so important.”
By Christine Schmidt
Apple should do for news in Safari on mobile what Google has done for news in Chrome
Your iPhone is very good at directing your attention. What if it could be a little bit better at directing it toward news?
The Washington Post now offers 20 weeks of paid parental leave; here’s what other U.S. news orgs provide
The Wall Street Journal: 20 weeks. The New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non–birth parents.
What We’re Reading
Lansing State Journal / Carol Thompson
Dozens of local news sites are popping up — with a political bent
“Political information outlets aren’t new, he said, but presenting them as non-biased local news sources is. ‘The big issue is this extent to which they have gone to try to confuse about this being the site of a local newspaper,'” Matt Grossmann, director of Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, said.
Pew Stateline / April Simpson
Rural America suffers the most when local news outlets close
“‘The more of us that lose staff, or that might end up going off the air, the weaker it makes the public media system as a whole,’ said Jenny Neyman, general manager of KDLL in the Central Kenai Peninsula. The station airs local news, music programming and entertainment. It lost $74,000 — a third of its budget — in state funding.”
Poynter / Tom Jones
McClatchy is laying off one percent of its staff (30 people), mostly copy editors
From CEO Craig Forman: “I want to emphasize that no reporting positions will be impacted due to these changes. While we move to more shared editing in our regions and along topic areas, every newsroom no matter the size will continue to be led by a strong assignment editor.”
Bloomberg / Mark Gurman
Apple’s AR glasses are scheduled to debut next year (but could slip)
“…an attempt to succeed where Google Glass failed years ago. The glasses are expected to synchronize with a wearer’s iPhone to display things such as texts, emails, maps, and games over the user’s field of vision…the product could slip down the calendar if executives decide it needs more time in the lab.”
The Hollywood Reporter / Katie Kilkenny
Freelance writers are trying to figure out California’s new gig economy law
“If a freelance journalist writes for a magazine, newspaper or other entity whose central mission is to disseminate the news, the law says, that journalist is capped at writing 35 ‘submissions’ per year per ‘putative employer.’ At a time when paid freelance stories can be written for a low end of $25 and high end of $1 per word, some meet that cap in a month just to make end’s meet.”
Wall Street Journal / Lukas Alpert
Facebook has reached deals with News Corp., the Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, and more for the news tab
“The ‘Top News’ section will feature about 10 headlines selected by human editors. Subsections such as sports or entertainment and a ‘suggested for you’ section will be selected by algorithm. The feed won’t include any advertising, the people said.”
TechCrunch / Jonathan Shieber
Verizon Media Group may soon be selling off HuffPost…
“Verizon has been shedding media properties in a retreat from the strategy that it had begun to execute with the acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion back in 2015…. [Then-CEO Tim] Armstrong’s vision was to roll up as much online real estate as he could while creating a high technology advertising architecture on the back-end that could better target consumers based on their media consumption (which the telecom company would also own).”
Digiday / Max Willens
Verizon Media Group is moving from advertising platform to an e-commerce tool
“We’re finally stabilizing the business,” CEO Guru Gowrappan said. “Now we’re playing offense.”
Colorado Independent / Corey Hutchins
How Colorado could use more taxpayer support for local news
“A lot of [Republicans] look at it and say, ‘Gee, that’s an economic development, Colorado-innovation, small-business development opportunity.’ Those on the other side of the aisle resonate with the notion that democracy is at risk.”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Matthew Doran
Newspapers in Australia are redacting their front pages to protest their restrictions in new national security legislation
“The nation’s broadcasters began running campaigns on air during their Sunday prime time line-ups, depicting redacted Freedom of Information requests and arguing the media cannot fulfil its duty in keeping the public informed if its work is being hampered. The Right To Know coalition, of which the ABC is a member, is behind the campaign, calling for the decriminalisation of public interest journalism, and greater protection for the media and whistleblowers.”
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