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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
August 21, 2019
Ethan: “My logic was simple: the work my group does focuses on social justice and on the inclusion of marginalized individuals and points of view. It’s hard to do that work with a straight face in a place that violated its own values so clearly in working with Epstein and in disguising that relationship.” Nate: “As part of our work, CivilServant does research on protecting women and other vulnerable people online from abuse and harassment. I cannot with integrity do that from a place with the kind of relationship that the Media Lab has had with Epstein. It’s that simple.”
The Boston Globe / Deirdre Fernandes / Aug 21
“The layoffs blindsided staff at Game Informer today. Seven of the popular magazine’s editors announced on Twitter this afternoon that they had been laid off, including one who said he was on vacation. (Per Game Informer’s masthead, the magazine has 19 full-time editorial staff.)”
Kotaku / Jason Schreier / Aug 21
“It is clear that the tactics of paid lead acquisition do translate to the world of journalism —people do respond positively to the advertising campaigns, subscribe from social platforms, and stay engaged. And these strategies can be useful even if you have a paywall or patronage model.”
The Membership Puzzle Project / Phillip Smith / Aug 21
“Nearly 1,800 people have signed up for subscriptions to read Jenks’s story, making it one of the top 10 in the site’s history. ‘He wrote the defining piece of the NBA playoffs from Seattle,’ says Hansmann. ‘And Seattle doesn’t even have an NBA team.'”
Bloomberg / Ira Boudway / Aug 21
“The network will be tightly curated, with no more than 100 concurrent streams that run for no longer than 30 minutes each…. The weeklong experiment will be entirely moderated by Reddit employees, giving Reddit’s mass of volunteer moderators a break from watching the streams.”
WIRED / Arielle Pardes / Aug 21
“The project also includes a multipart audio series with The Daily featuring Ms. Hannah-Jones, a page dedicated to understanding the significance of 1619 in the upcoming issue of The New York Times for Kids, and a partnership with the Pulitzer Center to create a curriculum that will be distributed in schools across the country. The Times has also printed hundreds of thousands of extra copies of the magazine and special section to be distributed for free at libraries, museums and schools.”
Times Insider / Lovia Gyarkye / Aug 21
“Apple intends to treat ad tech vendors, as well as tech giants such as Facebook and Google, like malware if they continue to use cookies for cross-site targeting purposes. It stands to reason those hardest hit will be third-party data providers, DSPs, and in the long term Facebook and Google, which won’t be able to retarget on Apple devices, leading to large holes in their ad businesses, said Root.”
Digiday / Lucinda Southern / Aug 21
“With the Grand Theft Europe project, investigative reporters from 30 European countries revealed how the biggest ongoing tax fraud in the EU works. CORRECTIV, who led the investigation, have teamed up with NewsGamer to offer you a glimpse of just how easy it is for anyone to steal hundreds of millions from EU states.” / Marta Orosz / Aug 21
“People will be able to use the tool to prevent that data from being associated with their Facebook accounts — blocking it, for example, from serving ads in Facebook for a product they shopped for elsewhere. The new tool has limits. Users can’t delete the outside data that apps and websites send Facebook…And it won’t give users the ability to limit or even see the full list of data that Facebook gathers from their direct interaction with the company’s products.”
The Wall Street Journal / Jeff Horwitz / Aug 21
August 20, 2019
“…unions are worth it. It’s still weird to write that, nearly two years after I tweeted about lazy workers taking advantage of Vox Media’s union. But as I dug deeper and deeper into the research, and as I engaged in the actual organizing and bargaining processes, I was repeatedly proven wrong, in large part because I initially focused way too much on the bad examples of unions instead of the good ones.”
Vox / German Lopez / Aug 20