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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.
April 23, 2019
“The magazines are ideal icebreakers, conjuring just enough excitement to get people talking at the start of an evening, something I’ve rarely seen coffee-table books do. Plus putting them out lets me show off a bit — which, let’s be honest, is part of the pleasure of having people over. “
New York / Christopher Barnard / Apr 23
“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday that ‘Final Draft: The Selected Work of David Carr’ was scheduled for the spring of 2020 and will be edited by his widow, Jill Rooney Carr.” Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the introduction.
AP / Apr 23
“According to TikTok’s pitch deck to U.S. agencies, about 60% of its monthly active users in the U.S. are between 16 and 24 years old. Also like Snapchat, users are heavily engaged with the app, spending 46 minutes per day on TikTok, on average. While TikTok doesn’t have a way for publishers to directly monetize on the app, such as through sharing ad revenue, some publishers are still choosing to experiment.”
Digiday / Kerry Flynn / Apr 23
“In the near future, the profiles will be matched with each other. An algorithm will detect ‘good matches,’ meaning participants who disagree on four out of seven statements will be matched.”
INMA / Emmanuel Naert / Apr 23
“This article is being jointly published with The Nation, CJR’s partner in a April 30 conference aimed at reframing the way journalists cover climate change.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope / Apr 23
“In a statement to The Irish News, using a recognized codeword, the group admitted it was responsible for the attack. ‘In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces,’ the statement said.” A 57-year-old woman was arrested for the murder. LO
The Irish News / Connla Young / Apr 23
April 22, 2019
“By withholding their shows, the Times and Spotify are setting Luminary up to fail — or at least struggle to get off on the right foot with users.”
The Verge / Ashley Carman / Apr 22
“As family, friends and supporters gathered on Friday at a vigil to mourn the 29-year-old investigative journalist and activist, police said dissident republicans from a group known as the New IRA were likely to be responsible for the killing and launched a murder investigation.”
The Guardian / Rory Carroll and Caroline Davies / Apr 22
“Hamas and Hezbollah, in particular, have evolved by getting their supporters to publish images and videos that deliver their message — but that do not set off the alarm bells of the social media platforms.”
The New York Times / Sheera Frenkel and Ben Hubbard / Apr 22
“Analysts, meanwhile, question whether shutting down social media is effective at defusing strife. The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists has said there is no ‘substantive’ evidence to show that such bans, which are common in South Asia, can ‘scale down violence.'”
Washington Post / Jennifer Hassan, Niha Masih, and Tony Romm / Apr 22