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“Journalists are natural skeptics, except when it comes to their own idea about their business plan.”
This is a battle that’s been fought in Europe before, most notably in Spain in 2014. But for a variety of reasons — shifts in publisher business models and the move to mobile highest among them — the power dynamics are a little different this time around.
“News on smart speakers is not living up to the promise of what it could be.”
Plus: “Most of the people reviewing Burmese content spoke English.”
The algorithm that ranks content can make some truly strange decisions. What set of signals is Google News looking for?
Also: an easier subscription flow, $10 million for media literacy in U.S. high schools, fact-checking efforts in search around health issues, and more.
The tech giant is offering opportunities for students to work with eight different journalism organizations next summer, including us. The deadline to apply is January 15.
“To give them that multitude of facts, voices, and perspectives, you want the UI to disappear and not be a sense of overload or cognitive load on them but just be transparent.”