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“The daily newspaper reporter might say, ‘You’re a community journalist, that’s so cute.’ But the fact is we’re professional and have our own organization.”
By Christine Schmidt
Mumbrella tried to copy its successful business model from Australia to Asia — here’s why it didn’t work
“In the six-and-a-half years we’ve run Mumbrella Asia, we’ve never had a profitable year. Traffic has grown and revenues have grown, but we’ve never come close to breaking even.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
Newsonomics: This is how the 5 biggest newspaper chains could become 2 — and it all comes down to one day, June 30, 2020
Worse, the two left standing could be run by hedge fund guys with little interest in more than the bottom line.
By Ken Doctor
In 2020, podcasts will be able to win Pulitzers (oh, and radio too)
No word yet on whether the ceremony will be sponsored by MeUndies, ZipRecruiter, or Squarespace.
By Laura Hazard Owen
News outlets are getting (somewhat) better at handling Trump’s false statements, a study shows
Plus: How Facebook’s changed (or not) since 2016, fact-checking outside newsrooms, and misinformation is polio’s best friend.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Drawing on ten years of expertise, the Texas Tribune wants to coach you on its money-making lessons
“People just want to learn a playbook. At the high level, it’s motivational, but at the grassroots level, it’s answering what do your proposals look like, what does your budget look like, how are you talking to donors and members.”
By Christine Schmidt
Why liberal satire and conservative outrage are both responses to mainstream media — but with very different powers
“Does satire have a liberal bias? Sure. Satire has a liberal psychological bias. But the only person who can successfully harness the power of satire is the satirist. Not political strategists. Not a political party. Not a presidential candidate.”
By Dannagal G. Young
$400 a year too steep for you? The Information will now sell mere mortals an app for $30 a year
The app is for “consumers who want to be plugged into the big tech stories without searching through Twitter or watered-down general news sites.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Seeking a new international audience, The Washington Post launches its first Spanish-language news podcast
“I think people in the Spanish-speaking world want to know about what’s happening everywhere, in France, in the U.S., with Brexit, and of course what’s happening with Ecuador, the protests happening in Colombia…It’s a kind of global podcast in Spanish.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
Can there be a third way to discover new podcasts, somewhere between word-of-mouth and soulless algorithms?
Plus: Condé Nast scales up for audio, Acast starts targeting the rest of the market, and what happens when one podcast becomes two.
By Nicholas Quah
Inspired by The Daily, dozens of daily news podcasts are punching above their weight worldwide
“The big change is commercial, which is that we had advertisers who started to come to us last year and say, ‘We are only going to buy two kinds of ad next year, print and podcast. What have you got?'”
By Nic Newman
An old FCC rule is being used to justify shrinking the Dayton “Daily” News to three days a week
Want to get around a regulation that limits who can own a daily newspaper? Just make it a less-than-daily newspaper.
By Joshua Benton
Want to start your own local online news outlet? With a new staff and a $1 million grant, LION Publishers wants to do more to help
“The daily newspaper reporter might say, ‘You’re a community journalist, that’s so cute.’ But the fact is we’re professional and have our own organization.”
By Christine Schmidt
Mumbrella tried to copy its successful business model from Australia to Asia — here’s why it didn’t work
“In the six-and-a-half years we’ve run Mumbrella Asia, we’ve never had a profitable year. Traffic has grown and revenues have grown, but we’ve never come close to breaking even.”
Newsonomics: This is how the 5 biggest newspaper chains could become 2 — and it all comes down to one day, June 30, 2020
Worse, the two left standing could be run by hedge fund guys with little interest in more than the bottom line.
What We’re Reading
Variety / Brian Steinberg
CBS joins Open AP to target niche audiences for advertising
“Many traditional media companies are scurrying to find ways to keep ad dollars flowing as Madison Avenue places new emphasis on reaching consumers who are watching streaming video selections at times of their own choosing.”
WSJ / Anne Steele
‘My Favorite Murder’ podcasters just landed a deal with Scripps’s Stitcher

“The interest and commitment by those companies signal this will be a growing and permanent part of the media landscape,” said Stitcher Chief Executive Erik Diehn. “It’s been cemented in investors’ and advertisers’ eyes.”

CANADALAND / Darryl Greer
Researchers compiled newsroom data and found that Canadian media “is too white”

“Canada’s media organizations are reluctant to release their diversity stats. But Asmaa Malik and Sonya Fatah from Ryerson’s School of Journalism found a way to compile 21 years’ worth of diversity statistics by looking at Canada’s columnists.”

Financial Times / Javier Espinoza
The European Commission is asking news publishers about their data deals with Google

“The questions to publishers are part of a wider look by the commission at the implications for competition of Google and Facebook’s data collection practices, announced just days after Margrethe Vestager started a second five-year mandate as competition commissioner.”

The Drum / John McCarthy
Full Fact partners with a popular plague game to show how fake news spreads
“At Full Fact we know from experience the harm that bad information can do – whether putting lives at risk through anti-vaccine memes, or undermining trust in communities. We hope players around the world will finish the game and be more informed about how misinformation spreads, how it can affect them, and the steps they can take to protect themselves.”
NPR.org / Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Here’s how Reddit moderators manage and monitor misinformation

NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke with Reddit moderator “Qu1nlan” of the politics subreddit about managing discussions in an era of misinformation.

Washington Post / Gene Park
Esports journalism will get its own Emmy award with a new “Outstanding Esports Coverage” category
“The awards committee for the Academy made the unanimous decision to recognize esports journalism in an effort to “expand the Emmy universe,” said Justine Gubar, executive director of Sports Emmy Awards Administration, and herself a four-time Emmy Award winner.”
The Oxford Internet Institute
“Junk news” is declining on Twitter, but Facebook users still respond to disinformation

According to a new study by the Oxford Internet Institute, “while junk news sites were less prolific publishers than mainstream outlets during the campaign, their stories tended to be more visual and were more likely to be shared on Facebook than an average story from an established news brand.”

Business Insider / Mariel Soto Reyes
The new Pulitzer audio reporting category could push more journalists into podcasting

“The acknowledgment from Pulitzer could incentivize a greater number of publishers and journalists to shift resources toward journalism tailor-made for the medium. The validation from a historic and prestigious organization like Pulitzer could drive a higher volume of reporters to specifically produce journalism with the medium in mind rather than start a discussion-based podcast or repurpose written work for audio distribution.” 

Folio / Greg Dool
TEN Publishing is shuttering 19 car magazines

“The memo didn’t explicitly warn of impending layoffs at MotorTrend Group as a result of the changes at TEN, but did notify staffers of the creation of a one-time voluntary separation program, in which some editors and salespeople will be given the option to resign in exchange for ‘special separation benefits.'”

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