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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.
November 13, 2019

The Texas Newsroom is “a first-of-its-kind public radio journalism hub” that will bring together the state’s public radio stations with NPR and serve as a prototype for collaborative radio journalism.

Keranews / KERA News / Nov 13
“Barrier to entry being low doesn’t mean there is a corollary to success. Starting something new is hand-to-hand combat.”
Nieman Reports / John Dyer / Nov 13
“NPR Illinois reported that after the investigation was published, the university, which owns the license for the station, said that its journalists could not promise confidentiality to students, employees or faculty members in the University of Illinois system who contacted them to report sexual misconduct.”
Nytimes / Nov 13
“In interviews, some student journalists said they had addressed the clashes [at Northwestern] by adhering to what they described as core tenets of a free press. Others said they found themselves struggling to meet two dueling goals: responding to the changing expectations of the students they cover, particularly from those on the political left, while upholding widely accepted standards of journalism.”
The New York Times / Julie Bosman, Mitch Smith, and Kate Taylor / Nov 13

“Sources familiar with the arrangement said neither the BBC News business unit nor the China reporting team were consulted about how the commercial tie-in may affect the coverage of China or Huawei in the future.”

BuzzFeed / Mark Di Stefano / Nov 13
“Since the cash and stock deal was unveiled on Aug. 5, the biggest single barrier to getting it done has been the fast and furious erosion of New Media [GateHouse] stock, which will be used to help pay for Gannett. The stock’s closing price of $7.13 on Tuesday is well below its pre-deal price of $10.70 a share. The plunge has lowered the value of the offer from the original $1.4 billion to just over $1.1 billion.” (By midday today, it had dropped further to $6.68.) JB
New York Post / Keith Kelly / Nov 13
“The digital-only venture [named Protocol] plans to lift off with roughly the same level of manpower and investment as its predecessor did more than a decade ago: several dozen journalists and business employees and a little more than $10 million under the hood.” JB
Vanity Fair / Joe Pompeo / Nov 13
“Facebook has not launched in Sri Lanka all of the transparency tools for monitoring election ads that it built for other countries after the platform was used to carry out a Russian interference campaign in the 2016 US presidential election.” JB
The Guardian / Julia Carrie Wong / Nov 13
“121 million Americans listen to spoken word audio each day; an increase of 16 million people in the last five years. Growth in spoken word listening has been greatest among young people: those aged 13-34 now spend 19% of their audio time with spoken word audio (up 58% from 2014).” JB
Radio Ink / Nov 13