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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.
May 20, 2022
“Reporters under a time crunch to file a collision-related story tend to rely on police reports, generally available over the phone or by email, which saves the reporter time required to visit the crash site. Newspaper stories about traffic deaths are ‘usually single-sourced from police, with just the bare facts.'”
Slate Magazine / David Zipper / May 20
The Hungarian organizers CPAC has partnered with to host the event have refused entry to all journalists from U.S. media outlets — including VICE News, Rolling Stone, Vox Media, and the New Yorker — despite months of effort to obtain press credentials for the event.
Vice / David Gilbert / May 20
May 19, 2022
“Stel Kline, who identifies as transgender and uses they/them pronouns, relocated to Vermillion, S.D., last October to host statewide broadcasts of NPR’s newsmagazine. Six months later, they are challenging their dismissal over issues of objectivity and social media use.”
Current / Leigh Giangreco / May 19
“Researchers found that several of the pages ‘repeatedly spread medically inaccurate information about abortion without any action from Facebook’, highlighting what experts have described as a crisis of Spanish-language misinformation that’s slipping through the cracks.”
The Guardian / Dani Anguiano / May 19
“‘What writers like Kat Massey do is show that journalists are people who are a part of the community; they help build the fabric. It’s a real loss.'”
The Pivot Fund / K. Anoa Monsho / May 19
“Civic groups are calling on the company to ramp up enforcement against the ‘big lie,’ saying the social media giant isn’t ready.”
The Washington Post / Naomi Nix / May 19
“In her new role, Brown will oversee a team that manages partnerships with sports leagues, film studios, broadcasters, streamers, digital media companies and news publishers across all of Meta’s products.”
Axios / Sara Fischer / May 19
“Snapchat and Facebook talk a big game around voting, but do these efforts actually get people to vote?”
Teen Vogue / Elizabeth Djinis / May 19
“The Times’s Stalin problem and whether to use the Pulitzer carrot as a diversity stick.”
Substack / Richard J. Tofel / May 19
“Dozens of recordings of a 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, remain online, in a sobering reminder of the internet’s permanence.”
The New York Times / Ryan Mac, Kellen Browning and Sheera Frenkel / May 19