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Google tests removing the News tab from search results
The News filter disappearing from Google search results for some users this week won’t help publishers sleep any easier.
By Sarah Scire
Wealthier, urban Americans have access to more local news
But roughly half of U.S. counties have only one news outlet or less.
By Sarah Stonbely
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.”
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
Google tests removing the News tab from search results
The News filter disappearing from Google search results for some users this week won’t help publishers sleep any easier.
By Sarah Scire
Wealthier, urban Americans have access to more local news
But roughly half of U.S. counties have only one news outlet or less.
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.”
What We’re Reading
BBC / Nikhila Henry
X admits to taking down posts and accounts related to India farmers’ protest
“The site has claimed it took down the pages after the Indian government sent them ‘executive orders.'”
Defector / Chris Thompson
Vice was a good website. It was killed by private equity owners and self-dealing leaders.
“The band of worthless but extravagantly overcompensated executives who seized the Vice ship from its previous regime of worthless but extravagantly overcompensated executives have decided that the business’s new direction will be in content licensing and re-emphasized social media channels, and that’s that.”
Washington Post / Elahe Izadi and Will Sommer
NPR station WAMU shuts down local news site DCist and will lay off reporters
“Station general manager Erika Pulley-Hayes made the announcement to staffers during a roughly 10-minute meeting — during which no questions were taken — that the shift was necessary as part of a new content strategy that was developed over the last year, to focus more on audio.”
WSJ / Jeff Horwitz and Katherine Blunt
Meta staff found Instagram subscription tool enabled child exploitation. The company pressed ahead anyway.
“Two teams inside Meta raised alarms in internal reports, after finding that hundreds of what the company calls “parent-managed minor accounts” were using the subscription feature to sell exclusive content not available to nonpaying followers. The content, often featuring young girls in bikinis and leotards, was sold to an audience that was overwhelmingly male and often overt about sexual interest in the children in comments on posts or when they communicated with the parents.” (See also: The New York Times published a piece on these parent-managed accounts.)
The New York Times / Sapna Maheshwari and Mike Isaac
Instagram’s uneasy rise as a news site
“My friends who are millennial moms are busy — they have jobs, they have kids, they have to put food on the table,” said Emily Amick, a lawyer and Instagram influencer who considers herself an “at-large opinion editor” on the platform. “They don’t have tons of extra time to consume news, and they were already on Instagram. So this is the way for them to be able to consume news through a modality they’re already using.”
The Washington Post / Jeremy Barr
How everything became a “psyop” for conservative media
“The cynical genius of calling something a ‘psyop’ is that such accusations ‘don’t really need to have any evidence, because there’s not going to be any evidence: It’s a secret operation,'” said Mike Rothschild, an expert in conspiracy theories who wrote a book on QAnon.
The Verge / Tom Warren
Google pauses Gemini’s ability to generate AI images of people after diversity errors
“Google says it’s pausing the ability for its Gemini AI to generate images of people, after the tool was found to be generating inaccurate historical images. Gemini has been creating diverse images of the US Founding Fathers and Nazi-era German soldiers, in what looked like an attempt to subvert the gender and racial stereotypes found in generative AI.”
The Indianapolis Star / Holly Hays
Gannett and IndyStar announce $2 million investment to grow local reporting and sales staffs
“The plan includes investments that will support both the newsroom and LocaliQ, Gannett’s Indianapolis sales and advertising team…This is the only site in the USA TODAY Network, which includes more than 200 local publications across the country, where such an investment is being made.”
Press Gazette / Charlotte Tobitt
Germany’s Bild proves paywalls can work for tabloids as it hits 700,000 milestone
“Bildplus, which launched in June 2013, hit 700,000 digital subscribers in late 2023 and is now up to 707,208. This makes it the biggest subscriber base in the German-speaking news market and one of the most popular paywalled news websites in the world.”
Reuters / Anna Tong, Echo Wang and Martin Coulter
Reddit in AI content licensing deal with Google, sources say
“Social media platform Reddit has struck a deal with Google to make its content available for training the search engine giant’s artificial intelligence models, three people familiar with the matter said. The contract with Alphabet-owned Google is worth about $60 million per year, according to one of the sources.”
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