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The Washington Post now offers 20 weeks of paid parental leave; here’s what other U.S. news orgs provide
The Wall Street Journal: 20 weeks. The New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non–birth parents.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Here’s how researchers got inside 1,400 private WhatsApp groups
They…joined them! Plus: YouTube beats Indian news organizations 65-to-1, and machines can make fake news pretty well, but it can’t detect it.
By Laura Hazard Owen
“Publishers are going to live or die based on their relationship with readers”: How Quartz is rethinking its membership offerings
“It’s more similar to an Audible.com subscription, where you’re getting access to this huge library of journalism, than it is to a daily news subscription.”
By Christine Schmidt
The Los Angeles Times and its union now have a contract and (maybe) everyone is happy
“With this agreement, I am convinced we have assured the revival of The Times under local ownership.”
By Christine Schmidt
ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are teaming up on a full-time, Texas-focused investigative news unit
“This is not ProPublica Texas. This is a very different entity — a cobranded, co-managed operation that brings together the natural strengths of two different but compatible organizations.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
The News Revenue Hub is launching a pilot project to help news orgs increase their readers’ loyalty
You can turn loyal readers into members and subscribers. But first, you have to turn occasional readers into loyal readers.
By Joshua Benton
Twitter says it wants to solve the “journalists’ careers end because someone digs up an old tweet” problem
“These are some of the biggest reasons why people don’t tweet. Which is why we actually take this very seriously.”
By Joshua Benton
Can Spotify be the one to finally get people listening to short podcasts?
Plus: ESPN jumps into the daily flagship audio game, the podcast book tour, and more impeachment podcasts.
By Nicholas Quah
In a corner of Brazil, local reporters are switching to government jobs and the state is achieving “media capture”
A strategy of “capturing the main professionals from the newspapers, in their respective fields of work, and thus reduce the tensions of being disturbed by the journalists every single day.” “Memory is crucial for journalism, and we are losing it.”
By Joshua Benton
Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research
“Persistent debates about what constitutes ‘fake news’ and distinctions between other types of false information are mostly distracting.” Plus: A guide to covering misinformation without burning your news org or your readers, and a discussion of filter bubbles as not-really-a-thing.
By Laura Hazard Owen
How are paywalled news outlets preparing to serve residents in California’s mega-power shutoffs?
“If we’re going to have news that is paid for by audiences, we have to talk about the news that should never be behind paywalls.”
By Christine Schmidt
Tech platforms are where public life is increasingly constructed, and their motivations are far from neutral
“Instead of thinking about platform companies as the next generation of newspapers, radio stations, or TV channels, we should see them as entirely new entities that shapeshift constantly. Sometimes they are like cities, newsrooms, post offices, libraries, or utilities — but they are always like advertising firms.”
By Mike Ananny
The Washington Post now offers 20 weeks of paid parental leave; here’s what other U.S. news orgs provide
The Wall Street Journal: 20 weeks. The New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non–birth parents.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Here’s how researchers got inside 1,400 private WhatsApp groups
They…joined them! Plus: YouTube beats Indian news organizations 65-to-1, and machines can make fake news pretty well, but it can’t detect it.
“Publishers are going to live or die based on their relationship with readers”: How Quartz is rethinking its membership offerings
“It’s more similar to an Audible.com subscription, where you’re getting access to this huge library of journalism, than it is to a daily news subscription.”
What We’re Reading
Ars Technica / Jon Brodkin
Yahoo is deleting all content ever posted to Yahoo Groups
“Beginning October 28, you won’t be able to upload any more content to the site, and as of December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. You’ll have until that date to save anything you’ve uploaded.”
Business Insider / Lucia Moses
The company that took control of Sports Illustrated just raised $20 million after “substantial doubts” that it could stay afloat
“As of June 30, Maven had cash of $116,187, losses of $8.7 million, and a deficit of $17.2 million. ‘As a result, management has concluded that there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern’ through 2019, the filing said. Those doubts were echoed by the company’s independent accountant.”
A Media Operator / Jacob Donnelly
It’s the end of an era for digital media acquisitions
“Unlike over the past few years where media companies were looking at growth at all cost — buying revenue in many respects — the name of the game is now profitability and cash flow…It’s one thing to chase scale for scale’s sake, but it’s entirely different to run a business. Running a business means having profit. Media companies that are spending venture do not operate the same way that people that spend profits do.”
The Guardian / Siva Vaidhyanathan
“Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t understand free speech in the 21st century”
“Imagine how insulting it must have been for hundreds of the brightest young minds in America…to sit politely and listen to billionaire who seems to have barely cracked a book on the subject and can’t seem to form a clear line of argument. The manifesto turned out to be a weak undergraduate essay that would earn at most a B- from any university professor.”
Vox / Rani Molla
Mark Zuckerberg said a lot of nothing in his big speech
“Zuckerberg strung a lot of words together that sounded nice and were inoffensive, but they fell far short of showing that Facebook is willing to make the real hard decisions it would take to make its platform healthy. ‘I believe in giving people a voice because at the end of the day I believe in people,’ he said. (Some have suggested that Facebook could actually fix some of its problems by changing its algorithm so it doesn’t prioritize engagement, which often is highest among divisive topics like abortion and guns — and fake news.)
WAN-IFRA / Brian Veseling
How German publisher Schwäbisch Media improved its financial “fitness”
Including a larger staff, cross-media sales, anti-churn predictive analytics, a corporate publishing agency: “If you want to convert occasional readers to regular readers and then get regular readers to become subscribers, you really have to work on this process. And you need people for that.”
Cronkite News Lab / Jill Ryan
The best ways to use Reddit for local journalism
“Jojola knows better than to tease the Reddit users that they could find out the answer behind the speeding ticket by watching the evening news, so he posted what he found on Reddit.”
Journalism.co.uk / André van Loon
How to engage with news consumers through private messaging apps
“Set up in the right way with messaging share buttons and trackable links, news content shared through dark social can be quantified: certain types of content proving more shareable than others can be optimized, and future content produced according to the same style, tone, theme or length.”
The Washington Post / Erik Wemple
A comparison of how The New York Times and NBC News edited Harvey Weinstein stories
“The test of a news organization’s mettle in this case was whether it would stick around long enough to break the dam bottling up the stories of Weinstein’s victims. That’s a test NBC News failed.”
The Guardian / Fiona Shields
How The Guardian is rethinking the images it uses for its climate journalism: Fewer polar bears, more people
“Often, when signaling environmental stories to our readers, selecting an image of a polar bear on melting ice has been the obvious — though not necessarily appropriate — choice. These images tell a certain story about the climate crisis but can seem remote and abstract — a problem that is not a human one, nor one that is particularly urgent. So it made sense when we heard that research conducted by the team at Climate Visuals has shown that people respond to human pictures and stories.”
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