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Archives: August 2021

Most Wirecutter readers don’t already pay for The New York Times. That may be about to change.
In the three weeks leading up to my kid’s first day of class, there were literally zero stories in the News & Observer about most back-to-school matters in Durham. There were tons of stories about mask fights and an escaped cobra.
For the vast majority of news outlets, Apple’s cut of a subscription sold on an iPhone will now drop from 30% to 15%. Will that change any publishers’ minds?
Love ’em or hate ’em, Politico has redefined political journalism on the Internet and built a robust business. Here are some of the things they’ve done right.
From December 2020 to mid-August 2021, right-wing media outlets published more than seven times as many stories mentioning VAERS as mainstream news outlets.
“The technology is complex but, if you think about what we’re doing, it’s incredibly simple. People come to a news website to gain knowledge about something.”
“Our theory about how you build trust in information is to help people access it on their own.”
Because that story was a hit among anti-vaxxers — showing you don’t have to be a “fake news” outfit to put public health at risk.
Plus: What makes journalism truly “valuable” for people, news fatigue amid repetition, and how the movement of contributors reveals political polarization in the media.