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“When I asked people ‘Are you journalists?’ they would say no. But if I asked them ‘Is what is what you do journalistic?’ they say yes, of course.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
“We’ve really worked hard not to ever have a pivot at The New York Times”: A.G. Sulzberger on AI, local news, and that Trump bump
“Never get comfortable; always assume that the world is conspiring to take down the industry and that we will have to move heaven and earth to overcome those forces to blaze a path forward for quality journalism.”
By Joshua Benton
Out of the rabbit hole? New research shows people can change their minds about conspiracy theories
A study of 498 Australians and New Zealanders finds “no evidence that individual beliefs in conspiracy theories increased on average over time.”
By Matt Williams, John Kerr and Mathew Marques
This nonprofit is using virtual reality to train Ukrainian journalists to cover the war safely
“When you end up in an extreme situation, you can’t think properly. In a virtual situation, you realize how you would feel and you can imagine the kind of decisions you will make. It works with your emotions.”
By Laura Oliver
“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses”: How journalists evaluate newsroom leadership
The key quality journalists looked for in leadership? Whether the newsroom leader could do the jobs they supervised.
By Gregory P. Perreault
How an ethic of care can heal the harms of journalism
Plus: What local news audiences really value, defining ‘precarious’ journalistic work, and what journalists say good newsroom leadership is.
By Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis
How a Mississippi news site declared the national local
“Frankly, the nation’s media may well be talking and thinking too much about the need for someone to ‘save journalism’ when all of us should be laser-focused on doing the work that may well save democracy.”
By Joshua Benton
Six months in, journalist-owned tech publication 404 Media is profitable
“Owning our own work, and being beholden to no one but our readers and colleagues — as opposed to say, investors, venture capitalists, or out-of-touch executives — feels like the future.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
Patterns in philanthropy leave small newsrooms behind. Can that change?
“All of these are choices that funders make, and they could choose differently if they wanted to.”
By Sophie Culpepper
A new study looks at the positive things that can happen when journalism and comedy intersect
“When I asked people ‘Are you journalists?’ they would say no. But if I asked them ‘Is what is what you do journalistic?’ they say yes, of course.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
“We’ve really worked hard not to ever have a pivot at The New York Times”: A.G. Sulzberger on AI, local news, and that Trump bump
“Never get comfortable; always assume that the world is conspiring to take down the industry and that we will have to move heaven and earth to overcome those forces to blaze a path forward for quality journalism.”
Out of the rabbit hole? New research shows people can change their minds about conspiracy theories
A study of 498 Australians and New Zealanders finds “no evidence that individual beliefs in conspiracy theories increased on average over time.”
What We’re Reading
Detroit Free Press / Dana Afana
The city of Detroit wants $17,000 to fill a FOIA request about controversial city murals
“The city said a minimum deposit of $8,543.16 would be required for the FOIA to be completed.”
Garbage Day / Ryan Broderick
Does anyone even want an AI search engine?
“The Browser Company’s new app lets you ask semantic questions to a chatbot, which then summarizes live internet results in a simulation of a conversation. Which is great, in theory, as long as you don’t have any concerns about whether what it’s saying is accurate, don’t care where that information is coming from or who wrote it, and don’t think through the long-term feasibility of a product like this even a little bit.”
Toolkits / Jack Marshall
Publishers are testing a new monetization tool from Google called Offerwall
“The tool, currently in ‘beta,’ is part of Google’s Ad Manager platform and is developed by its ‘Funding Choices’ team. Toolkits asked consumer revenue executives at major U.S. publishers if they had been briefed by Google on the product but most were unfamiliar with it. Google did not respond to requests for comment.”
Jacobin / ALISSA QUART
U.S. media needs public subsidies and mutual aid for struggling journalists
“Social media is full of predictable ‘thoughts and prayers’ for American journalism in crisis, but not enough calls for action. Few people have any clue what to call for.”
Washington Post / George Will
Counterpoint: Government subsidies for journalism would only make the situation worse
“The task force’s recommendations — journalism throwing itself into government’s muscular arms — are a recipe for making local news sources as admired and trusted as government is.”
Slate Magazine / Dan Kois
She was the most feared woman in publishing. What happened?
“A Times reporter elevated to the critic’s chair at 28, she often seemed to approach the job of book reviewing as a reportorial one: She took great notes, she assembled them smartly, and she moved on to the next story. [Michiko] Kakutani did seem to take seriously the reviewer’s role as consumer guide. ‘My job as a critic was to give honest evaluations of new books and to try to explain why I thought they were worth reading—or not,’ she said after she left the paper.”
The Hollywood Reporter / Lachlan Cartwright
Jeff Zucker is snapping up media properties at a frantic clip
“In a little over a year, he has invested in TV studio and motion picture company Media Res and news site Front Office Sports and just made an audacious bid to buy the U.K.’s Telegraph, provoking an outcry from journalists and politicians. On Feb. 17, Zucker’s firm bought powerhouse producer All3Media.”
WSJ / Ann M. Simmons
A Russian court upheld the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich
“Tuesday’s rejection of the latest appeal by Gershkovich’s lawyers means he is set to remain behind bars until at least March 30, which would mark more than a year since he was taken into custody on an allegation of espionage that the Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny.”
ABC News / SYLVIA HUI and JILL LAWLESS
Lawyers for the U.S. to tell a British court Julian Assange went far beyond journalism and should face spying charges
Assange was “not someone who has just set up an online box to which people can provide classified information,” [Lawyer Clair Dobbin] said.
TPR / Josh Peck
San Antonio Express-News becomes the fourth Texas newsroom to unionize in 2024
The Houston Landing announced their staff would unionize earlier this week. The San Antonio Report and Texas Tribune received voluntary recognition from their respective managements. (Express-News management has already denied the staff’s request for voluntary recognition, an organizer said on Wednesday.)
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