Nieman Foundation at Harvard
“‘Warp speed’ was an unfortunate term”: With Covid-19, vaccine messaging faces an unprecedented test
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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.
September 25, 2020
“We have norms about how to speak, how to demonstrate intelligence and confidence…However, these norms have been shaped, as in most US-formed companies, by racism, patriarchy, and western cultural ideas. The work for companies and managers is to be expansive of other ways of seeing the world, curious about one’s cultural background and how it shapes how one interprets and evaluates situations and people, policy, and practices.”
Quartz at Work / Lila MacLellan / Sep 25
“In the email, Google says that advertisers will not be able to run ads ‘referencing candidates, the election, or its outcome, given that an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after election day this year.’ The policy, which is intended to block all ads related to the election, will apply to all ads running through Google’s ad-serving platforms, including Google Ads, DV360, YouTube, and AdX Authorized Buyer.”
Axios / Sara Fischer / Sep 25
The study will map the scale of the issue in 15 countries: Brazil, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Tunisia. Then, it will evaluate the effectiveness of current tactics to combat the issues and make recommendations to governments and technology companies to address online violence.
International Center for Journalists / Julie Posetti / Sep 25
A new report by the International Women’s Media Foundation studied coronavirus news coverage in India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States and found “substantial bias towards men’s perspectives in both newsgathering and news coverage of the pandemic, spanning across all regions.” HT
International Women's Media Foundation / Luba Kassova / Sep 25
“If the bill is adopted, the commission would assess the effectiveness of existing federal laws, institutions and programs in support of the production of local news and provide recommendations on whether the federal government should create and implement a program that would be structured and financed in such a way to ensure the editorial integrity of local news outlets, while keeping them free from governmental or political control.”
Deadline / David Robb / Sep 25
“We decided to publish Q&As and guides, as opposed to traditional news stories because multiple users often had the same question and, with the situation in constant flux, it made the articles easier to update. In a little more than a month, we published 17 articles using this method of translating our users’ questions into articles.”
Medium / Nicolás Ríos / Sep 25
The Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust is launching a “five-year paid pathway to a journalism degree, and ultimately employment at local media outlets.”
Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust / Jim Boren / Sep 25
“I think that there are a lot of grand assumptions made, not just by reporters, but by everybody involved: readers, and in some cases even advocacy groups, about immigration. Big narratives are often pushed out of a desire to do good. But I think the role of the journalist is to challenge those assumptions.”
The Objective / Gabe Schneider / Sep 25
“Overall, the tactics described by Facebook and outside researchers who studied the same networks suggest Russia increasingly is using phony news sites, online personas and think tanks to lend credibility to its disinformation, in some cases involving unwitting freelance writers in the operations. This is a shift from the 2016 election and its immediate aftermath, when Russian operations used fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms to spread messages to mass audiences based on their political or demographic characteristics.”
The Washington Post / Craig Timberg / Sep 25
“In all of this, news publishers ‘can show their chops’ with the new and interactive ways to display election results, said Stevens Institute of Technology’s Lindsey Cormack. ‘The competition for views will be steep,’ but this is a way for publishers to keep people engaged on their site compared to the endless number of sites reporting on the results and getting updated information all at the same time, she said.”
Digiday / Kayleigh Barber / Sep 25