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A look at how outlets like 263Chat, Kukurigo, Center for Innovation and Technology, and Magamba Network are distributing news via the app. WhatsApp connections comprise almost half of all internet usage in Zimbabwe.
Plus: The latest podcast-listening statistics, podcaster burnout, and messes and misconduct.
“Nuzzel as a test kitchen.”
“We’re trying to create an engaging experience that feels more narratively driven, not just like someone reading some headlines for a few minutes.”
Plus: What we’ll cover in 2019, and the most interesting companies to watch.
“News on smart speakers is not living up to the promise of what it could be.”
Plus: How the BBC is decentralizing political podcasting, and the battle of the Thanksgiving afternoon podcasts.
People are still much more likely to use smart speakers for music and weather than news. But that could change as news organizations design news briefings specifically for the speakers.