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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.
January 17, 2020
“‘Most of them weren’t replaced by other workers,’ [one] executive said about the Californian freelancers who were let go. ‘It’s been more about putting more work into hourly employees.'”
Digiday / Max Willens / Jan 17
“Local journalism is going to be the last piece of the puzzle…it’s a market we hope to get into in another few years.”
Poynter / Rick Edmonds / Jan 17
“We wanted to be a part of the dance trends and the feel good moments and build up an audience and then start to insert the news more often.”
CNN / Kerry Flynn / Jan 17
“Reporters are being confined to small cordoned-off sections in areas where unrestricted access was typically standard. They are being prevented from walking with senators to continue conversations — even when the senator involved is willingly participating. Reporters also now may not approach senators for interviews in the halls surrounding the Senate chamber.”
NPR / Jan 17
Although this article came out before this one.
Vanity Fair / Joe Pompeo / Jan 17

“News sites, which were third place in the previous year’s report, fell to the fourth spot with 11.8 per cent of online advertising revenue.”

South China Morning Post / Coco Feng / Jan 17
“A bill by Jack Flanagan, a Brookline Republican, would require news outlets to update all online articles about people in the judicial system if they were acquitted, found not guilty, or had their charges dropped.”
Concord Monitor / Ethan DeWitt / Jan 17
January 16, 2020
“These 26 women leaders were selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the 2020 Women’s Leadership Accelerator. They represent seven countries and a range of backgrounds, newsrooms and expertise, including local news entrepreneurship, operations, product innovation, visual journalism and broadcast. Throughout the year, they will work with top minds in digital media to tackle challenges specific to their careers.”
Online News Association / Jan 16

“Its innovations are designed to speed up investigative reporting by allowing vast datasets to be combed in seconds; video interviews can be given instant and searchable text transcripts in one of 40 languages; and reporters can have their voices mimicked by AI so that their articles can be consumed in audio formats, which are growing fast in popularity. At least, that’s the plan.”

The Drum / Ian Burrell / Jan 16
A BBC investigation found that it was possible for advertisements to target users who had searched for or shown an interest in terms like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay”.
BBC News / Joe Tidy / Jan 16