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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.
June 13, 2024
“I want this project to continue for as long as possible because the ongoing situation in Gaza will not end soon. Even though the war will stop or end, the humanitarian situation in Gaza will be dire for a very long time. [In January] the program was extended for another three months. The program has been extended for the third time, for three more months.”
Nieman Reports / Megan Cattel / Jun 13
“Digital media outlet Agência Mural de Jornalismo das Periferias has covered the impact of the lack of local reporting in the outskirts of São Paulo since at least 2018. In the beginning of 2024, Mural decided to tell the story of one of these deserts from the perspective of the people who live without reliable information about their surroundings.”
Latin American Journalism Review / Carolina de Assis / Jun 13
“There is a better formula though, and it’s rooted in a fundamental fact that political reporters know, but frequently just ignore in their coverage: Many people in this country, actually a plurality, are neither Republicans nor Democrats, and it is almost certainly their votes that will determine the election results, and thus the country’s future.”
Second Rough Draft / Richard J. Tofel / Jun 13
“The decision comes as Media24 and other companies in the print space grapple with financial losses, primarily driven by escalating distribution costs, diminishing advertising revenue and a readership migration to online platforms. It is unknown whether Media24 will create individual online brands for the newspapers, as their content is aggregated as sub-sections of its News24 and Netwerk24 portals.”
Moneyweb / Jeremy Maggs / Jun 13
“A Press Gazette-led investigation has found that AI-written summaries were returned for nearly a quarter of news-related search queries in mid-May in the US, with the result that organic links to publisher articles were pushed far down the page.”
Press Gazette / Dominic Ponsford / Jun 13
“According to the report, 46 national and international media outlets, as well as sites of civil organizations and platforms, are blocked by the country’s main internet providers.”
LatAm Journalism Review by the Knight Center / Katherine Pennacchio / Jun 13
“X, which is owned by billionaire Elon Musk, sued Media Matters in November, accusing the group of defamation after it published a report that said ads had appeared next to posts on X praising Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.”
Reuters / Sheila Dang / Jun 13
“In the new app, users will see a prompt in some stories to generate ‘Key Takeaways.’ After tapping the prompt, users will see a quick summary load after a second or two of computation. The AI summaries appear in the desktop version of Yahoo News too, but only for a small subset of users who are selected and then choose to opt in.”
WIRED / Boone Ashworth / Jun 13
“Lord Lebedev’s Saudi co-investor has become a decisive influence in the future of the brand. Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel, who hails from a family with major international property investments, bought a 30% stake in the Standard’s parent company for £25m in 2018.

Yet with losses amounting to £84.5m over the last six years, Lord Lebedev finally agreed to a cost-cutting plan to shut down daily publication of the paper, which is just three years shy of its 200th anniversary.” / Adam Sherwin / Jun 13
“In the meantime, Newsmax will also pursue M&A. According to the investor presentation, the conservative news outlet wants to buy talk and news radio stations, local news outlets, and other media businesses targeting the 45+ demographic.”
The Hollywood Reporter / Alex Weprin / Jun 13