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Newsonomics: GateHouse’s new round of layoffs fits the sad logic of the coming consolidation
Laying off about 200, hiring about 30: In the short term, cost-cutting and mergers are just about the only plays in the playbook.
By Ken Doctor
It’s not me, it’s you: Our Facebook fears are mostly about all those other gullible types
“Society may bear some responsibility, but so do individual Facebook users…Ultimately, people need to save themselves more and worry a little less about saving everyone else.”
By Joseph B. Walther
News outlets post way more pictures of men than women to Facebook
Also, men’s faces actually take up more space in the pictures.
By Christine Schmidt
Elections in India and the EU mean a flood of homegrown fake news
“More than a quarter of the content shared by the Bharatiya Janata Party and a fifth of the content shared by the Indian National Congress is junk news.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Why local foundations are putting their money behind a rural journalism collaborative
$660,000 to support a 50-member network will go to Solutions Journalism Network and Report for America for one year from a trio of place-based foundations.
By Christine Schmidt
From Walkman to podcast: Sony Music moves into the podcast business, setting the stage for other music companies
Plus: Running from zombies for profit, Comic Sans rises again, and Spotify has a “Car Thing.”
By Nicholas Quah
People lie about going to church and aren’t sure what “rural” means: Highlights from the latest in public opinion research
Plus: Best practices for election forecasts, why people don’t vote, and the connection between media consumption and media trust.
By Joshua Benton
Winter may be coming for HBO’s streaming subscriptions, but it doesn’t have to for your news organization
On the care and feeding of subscribers — and what happens when the thing they originally signed up for goes away.
By Joshua Benton
The 016, a social network for Worcester, seeks to become a “delivery boy and booster” for local media
“You can create the best journalism, but if you can’t get it to an audience, this is a problem.”
By Dan Kennedy
This is how an Iranian network created a “disinformation supply chain” to spread fake news
Plus: Whether Americans believe climate change is caused by humans depends on how you ask the question, and WhatsApp clones are getting around some restrictions designed to limit the spread of fake news.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Newsonomics: GateHouse’s new round of layoffs fits the sad logic of the coming consolidation
Laying off about 200, hiring about 30: In the short term, cost-cutting and mergers are just about the only plays in the playbook.
By Ken Doctor
It’s not me, it’s you: Our Facebook fears are mostly about all those other gullible types
“Society may bear some responsibility, but so do individual Facebook users…Ultimately, people need to save themselves more and worry a little less about saving everyone else.”
News outlets post way more pictures of men than women to Facebook
Also, men’s faces actually take up more space in the pictures.
What We’re Reading
BuzzFeed News / Katie Notopolous
Writing a book? Announce it on Twitter with this ugly screenshot!
“Hard-to-read screenshots of paywalled book industry websites dominate Literary Twitter.”
CNN / Taylor Romine
Connecticut police hope that 15,000 likes on Facebook will get man to turn himself in
“The post is now at 17,000 likes, but according to an updated version of the post, Mr. Simms has yet to turn himself in.”
USA Today / Todd Gitlin
We need news to use about climate. Give us a daily carbon dioxide count with the weather.
“Front pages online and in print, as well as radio and television news bulletins, routinely feature temperature and precipitation reports and forecasts — ‘news you can use,’ telling you whether to wear a raincoat and carry an umbrella. Why not also a measure of the health of the earth? Easy.”
Parse.ly Blog / Kelsey Arendt
Link-in-bio providers add 10–15% to Instagram referral traffic
“Link in Bio products might be solving some major marketing hurdles on Instagram. When we examined the Link in Bio referrals, we found an additional 10-15% of traffic coming from Instagram.”
BuzzFeed News / Craig Silverman
Twitter is showing more ads, and people are seeing lots of weird crap as a result
“While Twitter didn’t comment on the content of its increased ad load, the quality bar has seemed to go down as the number of impressions has gone up. One recent promoted tweet linked to an article about overseas women looking for American men, while another promoted a list of comics about ‘double standards in society that will make you stop and think.’ Another offered to explain ‘Why one in two Slavic women want to spend their lives with a Western man.’
Digiday / Max Willens
The latest key newsroom job: membership editor
Publishers including Quartz, The Guardian and The Atlantic already have people in the role — The Guardian’s has been there for years — but over the past six months, publishers ranging from HuffPost and BuzzFeed News to more specialized sites such as The Intercept and Texas Tribune have all put up job listings for membership editors.
The Washington Post / Drew Harwell
Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media
“One version, posted by the conservative Facebook page Politics WatchDog, had been viewed more than 2 million times by Thursday night, been shared more than 45,000 times, and garnered 23,000 comments with users calling her ‘drunk’ and ‘a babbling mess.'”
Axios / Sara Fischer and Kia Kokalitcheva
Refinery29 aims to raise $20 million
“The company plans to use the funds to expand internationally and for its originals studio and events business.”
The Wall Street Journal / Jeffrey Trachtenberg
How to navigate a collapsing business: Magazine giant Meredith axes nostalgia
“Mr. Harty, the CEO, told an investor conference earlier this year that the company outperformed its key rivals in recent years, citing ‘our philosophy of focusing on women and not news-generated content.'”
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