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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.
August 12, 2022
“In Aspen, the dispute has left residents and officials asking whether local journalism could still tell the truth fearlessly and independently in a town with such outsize gaps in wealth, where an average home costs nearly $3 million, small shops are being supplanted by the likes of Gucci and Dior and local workers are being pushed out.”
New York Times / Jack Healy / Aug 12
“In May, the Los Angeles Times saw 4% of its traffic come from the Jun Group on one specific day … Both TheGrio and Scary Mommy received about 91% and around 61% of their traffic from the Jun Group, on given days, respectively … Further, according to [ad-fraud researchers Rocky] Moss, none of the bid requests he observed from publisher-bought traffic were labeled as rewarded.”
Marketing Brew / Ryan Barwick and Jenn Brice / Aug 12
August 11, 2022
“If digital-only operations are to fill the gap in existing news deserts, then funders and entrepreneurs must begin to address the disparity between the resources available to urban sites compared to those in smaller suburban and rural communities, as well as traditionally underserved urban neighborhoods.”
Local News Initiative / Penny Abernathy / Aug 11
“I’m encouraged one day, despairing the next.”
Vanity Fair / Charlotte Klein / Aug 11
“A problem that a lot of reporters have privately wrestled with is, how do you report this, which is important, without acting as a PR person for the ransomware groups?”
The Washington Post / Tim Starks and Aaron Schaffer / Aug 11
“I’m going to explore miles and miles of the Berkshires that are rarely traveled by local journalists. And I love being outside.”
The Berkshire Eagle / Greta Jochem / Aug 11
“With virtually no independent media left inside the country and foreign reporters banned from entering, Nicaragua has become ‘an information black hole,’ said Natalie Southwick of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Government propaganda is all that remains.”
Los Angeles Times / Kate Linthicum / Aug 11
“I’m about killing the alligator closest to the boat. And right now that means getting information to men who have sex with men about how to avoid this.”
The Guardian / Wilfred Chan / Aug 11
“Google Search can now understand what is the consensus on a certain query by checking across other sources deemed to be high-quality. Search can also now detect some false premises, the company said.”
CNET / Oscar Gonzalez / Aug 11
“Facebook has been criticized for not making [end-to-end encryption] default on Messenger, especially in the wake of the reversal of Roe v. Wade in the United States, where digital footprints like app chats will be used as evidence in prosecuting newly criminalized abortions.”
The Verge / James Vincent / Aug 11