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What’s up with all the news photos that make beaches look like Covid hotspots?
Plus: All misinformation is local; a very specific kind of Covid-19 misinformation in Facebook parent groups; and “religious clickbait.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
In the arena: Ken Doctor is moving from “media analyst” to “media CEO” with Lookout, his plan for quality local news
Lookout doesn’t want its local news sites to be a supplement or alternative to the local daily. They aim to be the news source of record in their communities, outgunning their shrunken newsprint rivals from Day 1.
By Joshua Benton
People who engage with false news are hyper-concerned about truth. But they think it’s being hidden.
“On Google, searching for ‘coronavirus facts’ gives you a full overview of official statistics and visualizations. That’s not the case for ‘coronavirus truth.'”
By Tommy Shane
It continues to be very good to be The New York Times
It now makes more revenue from digital than from print and continues to add new subscribers at a record pace. But its brutal COVID-driven drop in advertising will be echoed all across the industry.
By Joshua Benton
One year after India cracked down on Kashmir, The Kashmir Walla turns to membership to survive
“People don’t just pay for the product and the content. People pay for the idea behind it and the credibility. There’s a good will among the people to support independent journalism in Kashmir.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
Evoking empathy or seeking solidarity: Which is preferable when covering people without homes?
Plus: How journalists cover global infectious disease, how audiences think news organizations should improve trust, and “news minimalists and omnivores.”
By Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis
Lots of visible likes and shares on social lead people to spread more misinformation
When people saw that a questionable piece of content had been liked and shared lots of times, they were more likely to share it themselves
By Laura Hazard Owen
How much does fake coronavirus news affect people’s real-life health behavior?
And what about Trump’s hydroxychloroquine and bleach proclamations?
By Laura Hazard Owen
An open letter to the new CEO of The New York Times
Meredith Kopit Levien, everyone seems to agree, is the right person to lead the Times into the 2020s. But here’s hoping she’ll view her mission more broadly — including the state of local news in America.
By Joshua Benton
Newsonomics: The New York Times’ new CEO, Meredith Levien, on building a world-class digital media business — and a tech company
“Engineering now is the second largest functional area at the New York Times, only behind journalism, and the largest function by far on the business side.”
By Ken Doctor
What’s up with all the news photos that make beaches look like Covid hotspots?
Plus: All misinformation is local; a very specific kind of Covid-19 misinformation in Facebook parent groups; and “religious clickbait.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
In the arena: Ken Doctor is moving from “media analyst” to “media CEO” with Lookout, his plan for quality local news
Lookout doesn’t want its local news sites to be a supplement or alternative to the local daily. They aim to be the news source of record in their communities, outgunning their shrunken newsprint rivals from Day 1.
People who engage with false news are hyper-concerned about truth. But they think it’s being hidden.
“On Google, searching for ‘coronavirus facts’ gives you a full overview of official statistics and visualizations. That’s not the case for ‘coronavirus truth.'”
What We’re Reading
Digiday / Kayleigh Barber
Publishers are testing their own versions of Prime Day
“This summer, The Strategist and Cosmopolitan both launched their first two-day long shopping events. And StackCommerce, an ecommerce platform used by hundreds of media companies, is looking to create a sales event that will span across many of its publishing partners’ commerce sites. The New York Times’ commerce site, Wirecutter, previously tested its own version of a day-long shopping event with its Wirecutter Deal Day. But after two years, the publisher decided to pivot away from the single-sale day event model to do smaller series of sale events throughout the year.”
Editor & Publisher / Jerry Simpkins
How Community Impact Newspapers pivoted to withstand the coronavirus pandemic
“We converted our weekly email newsletter to a daily product. We also built in less than two weeks a homegrown Patron program that we see will have long-term benefit to us connecting to our readership in new ways, but the most outside-the-box thing we did was being open with staff on financials. It has helped us stay open and transparent, and the staff has let us know they appreciate the honesty. When times are good or times are bad, employees who know the financial situation will help the company achieve goals.”
The Guardian / Christopher Knaus
News Corp posts $1.5 billion loss driven by sharp declines in newspaper revenue
“For the first time, the company reported separate figures for Dow Jones, a move the company said ‘better highlights its growth and value.’ It managed to post a 3% profit, despite the crisis.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Mya Frazier
Stop using “officer-involved shooting”
“There are more precise phrases.”
Medium / Anika Anand
How LION Publishers is transforming into the destination for news entrepreneurs
“Over the last few months, we’ve designed and piloted programming to help entrepreneurs at the intersection of product, revenue and operations–– three skill sets that many traditional journalists don’t have but are absolutely essential to running a successful news business.”
Los Angeles Times / Stephen Battaglio
NBC News and Noticias Telemundo will team on bilingual reports on Latino community
“Under the umbrella title of ‘NBC News x Noticias Telemundo Reports,’ the stories will air in English across the streaming channel NBC News Now, the NBC broadcast network programs ‘Today’ and ‘NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt’ and various MSNBC programs. Spanish-language versions will appear on Telemundo’s network newscasts which air middays, evenings and in late night.”
Los Angeles Times / Evan Halper
A “war room” that arms Black and Latino voters against disinformation
“Experts are constantly debating what works. Starbird noted that there is disagreement about at what point disinformation should be confronted and when those targeted by it are better served by not calling attention to it. That’s opened the door for a wide range of groups to try out different strategies. Win Black/Pa’lante’s strategy is to flood cyberspace with their own counter-programming in an effort to inoculate voters against viral disinformation. Their content has so far reached 400 million views, according to the group’s own tracking.”
Items / Joan Donovan and Claire Wardle
Misinformation is everybody’s problem now
“The struggle over who is responsible for the distribution of misinformation continues to thwart public health professionals’ attempts to remedy misinformation and triage the infodemic.”
Poynter / Roy Peter Clark
What helped Ed Yong write the sentence of the year?
“…It’s a sentence, a single sentence of 212 words. No journalism text I know of will recommend such a length. But Yong makes it work with a little help from his language friends.”
Chicago Tribune / Ryan Ori
Since March, Tribune Publishing ended eight leases and hasn’t made rent payments at most of its other properties
As part of the newspaper company’s downsizing, The Chicago Tribune’s offices could move for the second time in less than three years.
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