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What We’re Reading
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.
April 6, 2020
“I’ve done ethics in journalism for 20 years and here’s what I’ve learned: All money is dirty. There is nothing purer about donated money, foundation money, advertising money, sponsorship money or government money. That’s why we need ethics.”
Poynter / Kelly McBride / Apr 6
“Mr. Zucker’s CNN is taking TV news in the other direction, toward reality television and Instagram, winning trust through the projection of a rough-cut realness. The Cuomos aren’t just feeling your pain. You’re feeling theirs.”
New York Times / Ben Smith / Apr 6
“The newspaper industry seems to think that public service can’t coexist with revenue. That’s a mistake — at a time when the beleaguered industry can’t afford to make one. We do provide an important public service, but why can’t a public service business be, well, in business?”
Poynter / Howard Saltz / Apr 6
Delay the launch of an $1.8 billion investment because of the global pandemic? No way. “This is either going to be a massive home run or a massive swing and miss.”
New York Times / Nicole Sperling / Apr 6
“The companies that have continued to advertise are treading lightly as they try to find a way to keep customers aware of their products while acknowledging the pandemic. Kentucky Fried Chicken reacted to the changed atmosphere last month by canceling a British commercial, set to a Chopin nocturne, that showed dozens of people eating chicken and licking their fingers.”
New York Times / Tiffany Hsu / Apr 6
“Patrons can purchase a digital ticket, most of which cost around $12, giving them access to a link that is available for a few days. In short, the practice a lot like the streaming and on-demand entertainment that exhibitors have adamantly resisted for the last decade. But given the unprecedented times, theater owners are looking at it as a possible salvation — for now.”
Variety / Rebecca Rubin / Apr 6
“While the company has said that everyone must play their part, Jim Mullen, the chief executive, and Simon Fuller, the chief financial officer, were paid almost £300,000 in bonuses for 2019 at the end of last month. In addition, late last month the pair were given shares worth £1.18m.” The company has said its print and digital publications will continue “without interruption.”
The Guardian / Mark Sweney / Apr 6
“McBride’s role as NPR’s public editor will be supported by researchers and editors from both organizations, significantly expanding the public editor’s ability to respond to audience concerns and suggestions.”
Poynter / Tina Dyakon / Apr 6
April 3, 2020
The Tow Center for Journalism at Columbia is trying to keep track of all the newsroom cuts happening during the pandemic. HT
Tow Center / Apr 3
The cuts came “even though more people are actually reading their stories. In fact, on a single day in March, the number of pageviews for the Examiner was 6,000 times higher than normal.”
KQED / Devin Katayama, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, and Alan Montecillo / Apr 3