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“With a traditional media company, you can have well-defined lines as long as you’re doing the same thing every day. But when you’re trying to reinvent yourself, if you don’t have an ease of communication with IT and with your business counterparts, it doesn’t work.”
Plus: A revived hoax on social media leads to attacks on Roma in France, Facebook bans white nationalism, and how “Suspected Human Trafficker, Child Predator May Be in Our Area” became the most-shared Facebook story of 2019.
The billionaire owner on unions (“I think they did the unionize thing out of desperation”), esports (“We must start fighting for the 16-year-olds all the way to the 30-year-olds, because that’s not our demographic”), and hiring the intern.
“Keep in mind that, especially in a campaign like this, tons of people talk about what we’re trying to do. So the idea that you can keep all these people on message all the time would be kind of totalitarian, right?”
It’s a few years behind its East Coast brethren in New York and Washington. But tens of millions in new investment and ambitious digital plans are showing a path back to its former prominence — and beyond.
From an innovative startup to a Sean Hannity segment supplier to a generic millennial news site, Circa seems to have finally run out of lives.
“You can’t finish a news feed, but you can finish Zetland, and that is just very nice, you know: ‘OK, that was the lesson for today, now I’m off out in the sun, talking to a friend.'”
Only 14 percent have paid for or given money to local news of any kind — print, digital, public radio pledge drive, anything — in the past year.