Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Apple should do for news in Safari on mobile what Google has done for news in Chrome
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October 21, 2019
“Political information outlets aren’t new, he said, but presenting them as non-biased local news sources is. ‘The big issue is this extent to which they have gone to try to confuse about this being the site of a local newspaper,'” Matt Grossmann, director of Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, said.
Lansing State Journal / Carol Thompson / Oct 21
“‘The more of us that lose staff, or that might end up going off the air, the weaker it makes the public media system as a whole,’ said Jenny Neyman, general manager of KDLL in the Central Kenai Peninsula. The station airs local news, music programming and entertainment. It lost $74,000 — a third of its budget — in state funding.”
Pew Stateline / April Simpson / Oct 21
From CEO Craig Forman: “I want to emphasize that no reporting positions will be impacted due to these changes. While we move to more shared editing in our regions and along topic areas, every newsroom no matter the size will continue to be led by a strong assignment editor.”
Poynter / Tom Jones / Oct 21
“…an attempt to succeed where Google Glass failed years ago. The glasses are expected to synchronize with a wearer’s iPhone to display things such as texts, emails, maps, and games over the user’s field of vision…the product could slip down the calendar if executives decide it needs more time in the lab.”
Bloomberg / Mark Gurman / Oct 21
“If a freelance journalist writes for a magazine, newspaper or other entity whose central mission is to disseminate the news, the law says, that journalist is capped at writing 35 ‘submissions’ per year per ‘putative employer.’ At a time when paid freelance stories can be written for a low end of $25 and high end of $1 per word, some meet that cap in a month just to make end’s meet.”
The Hollywood Reporter / Katie Kilkenny / Oct 21
“The ‘Top News’ section will feature about 10 headlines selected by human editors. Subsections such as sports or entertainment and a ‘suggested for you’ section will be selected by algorithm. The feed won’t include any advertising, the people said.”
Wall Street Journal / Lukas Alpert / Oct 21
“Verizon has been shedding media properties in a retreat from the strategy that it had begun to execute with the acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion back in 2015…. [Then-CEO Tim] Armstrong’s vision was to roll up as much online real estate as he could while creating a high technology advertising architecture on the back-end that could better target consumers based on their media consumption (which the telecom company would also own).”
TechCrunch / Jonathan Shieber / Oct 21
“We’re finally stabilizing the business,” CEO Guru Gowrappan said. “Now we’re playing offense.”
Digiday / Max Willens / Oct 21
“A lot of [Republicans] look at it and say, ‘Gee, that’s an economic development, Colorado-innovation, small-business development opportunity.’ Those on the other side of the aisle resonate with the notion that democracy is at risk.”
Colorado Independent / Corey Hutchins / Oct 21
“The nation’s broadcasters began running campaigns on air during their Sunday prime time line-ups, depicting redacted Freedom of Information requests and arguing the media cannot fulfil its duty in keeping the public informed if its work is being hampered. The Right To Know coalition, of which the ABC is a member, is behind the campaign, calling for the decriminalisation of public interest journalism, and greater protection for the media and whistleblowers.”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Matthew Doran / Oct 21