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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.
December 1, 2022
“A source told Axios last month that the Recount lost $10 million in 2021 on $1 million in revenue.”
Axios / Sara Fischer / Dec 1
“Your stolen attention, a uniquely ridiculous American decade, and the best sleep and time hacks no one ever tells you.” LO
Pocket / Dec 1
“Future ended up being a hodgepodge of self-serving content. That’s what we have Medium for.”
Business Insider / Rob Price and Melia Russell / Dec 1
“Created by Tom McCarthy, who helmed the Oscar-winning film ‘Spotlight,’ it stars Bellingham-raised actor Hilary Swank as hard-boiled reporter Eileen Fitzgerald, who moves to Alaska from New York after her previous job fell through. She begins working with intrepid local journalist Rosalind ‘Roz’ Friendly, played by Secwépemc actor Grace Dove, on an investigation into the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the state.”
The Seattle Times / Chase Hutchinson / Dec 1
“On LinkedIn, under posts eulogizing Twitter’s work on elections and content moderation, comments promoted openings at TikTok (threat researcher), DoorDash (community policy manager) and Twitch (trust and safety incident manager).”
The New York Times / Tiffany Hsu / Dec 1
“Selective news avoidance, where people actively try to avoid news often, even if they also continue to follow it at least some of the time, is almost as widespread for news on climate change as it is for news in general, ranging from 10% in Japan to 41% in India.”
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Waqas Ejaz, Mitali Mukherjee, Richard Fletcher, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / Dec 1
“‘It has been 30 years of struggle against corruption and impunity, against governmental abuses and terrorism, in favor of freedom transparency and accountability,’ [José Rubén] Zamora wrote in a final editorial, datelined from the prison cell where he is being held.”
AP / Dec 1
“The goal is to turn Men In Blazers into a full-fledged media company powered by the growth of soccer’s popularity in the United States.”
The Washington Post / Ben Strauss / Dec 1
“McClatchy, which owns the Star-Telegram and 29 other dailies, has posted at least five on-call positions ranging from Accountability Reporter to Visual Journalist. Block Communications, the owner of the Post-Gazette, has eight jobs listed including Investigative Reporter and Advertising Sales Rep that contain notices that the offered employment is in place of employees involved in an ongoing ‘labor dispute.'”
Poynter / Angela Fu / Dec 1
“Employees at Gannett’s newspapers, which include USA Today, The Indianapolis Star and the Detroit Free Press, began receiving layoff notifications Thursday, part of an effort to cut about 6 percent of the company’s roughly 3,440-person U.S. media division.”
The New York Times / Benjamin Mullin / Dec 1