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“Now you feel like every day there’s a new decision and a new statement and a new issue that you need to know about.” “I think I’m taking like a slight media sabbatical, just because it’s been, like, so heavy with what Trump is doing.”
“She said…‘What you’re describing in the episode is what I’ve lived and what my family has experienced.’ She started sharing her experience. That completely changes the mood, the direction of the conversation.”
The BBC reprimands a morning-show host for saying a racist comment by Donald Trump made her furious: “Our audiences should not be able to tell from BBC output the personal opinions of our journalists.”
Plus: “Newsworthiness” and how politicians are fact-checked on Facebook, and the number of countries with political disinformation campaigns has more than doubled in the past two years.
“In an era in which trust in news is fractured and employment is precarious, we need to look more closely at the ways that journalists’ sense of their own professional value — or lack thereof — influences the work they do and the environment in which they do it.”
For each article, Lesewert comes up with a “reading value” score that brings together the data on how many print readers at least noticed it and how much of it they read.
Two companies with similar editorial values and brands that mostly complement instead of overlap. This is the kind of smart merger we should see more of.