Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Buzzy social audio apps like Clubhouse tap into the age-old appeal of the human voice
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February 26, 2021
“‘I’ve worked for nonprofits in the past where we did have a really strict fundraising calendar and you would have to contort yourself to come up with an appeal because it was the time that you send out an appeal,’ editor-in-chief Emma Gilchrist says. ‘We try to let it be a little bit more organic than that.’ Some campaigns may be more complex and carefully planned, but other times, it can be as simple as a ‘p.s.’ in a newsletter.”
Indiegraf / H.G. Watson / Feb 26
“They create a leaky funnel of talent: if a publication’s top stars all begin making significantly more via Twitter than they do from their salaries, what’s to keep them working for the publisher at all? This is not an abstract concern, because of the generally low salaries in journalism and the enormous size of the internet.”
Platformer / Casey Newton / Feb 26
The videos will answer questions like “Who is eligible to receive a dose right now? How can they obtain one? How many doses are available?” in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English. SS
Sahan Journal / Feb 26
“Facebook enacted its ban to protest an Australian law that would make it pay news publishers. But instead of crushing ABC, the ban set it free … The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s long-overlooked news app became the country’s hottest. The ABC app jumped from around 1,000 daily downloads to more than 15,000 in a day last week.”
Big Technology / Alex Kantrowitz / Feb 26
The number of online subscriptions rose 29 percent in the fourth quarter to 1.1 million in total. Gannett still reported a net loss of $122.2 million for the period, compared with a loss of $95.1 million for the same period in 2019. Cost-cutting is expected to continue; the company said it will meet its goal of more than $300 million in annualized “synergies” by the end of 2021.
USA TODAY / Nathan Bomey / Feb 26
The New Cue launches as a weekly newsletter edited by former Q staffers Ted Kessler, Chris Catchpole, and Niall Doherty. “I want lots of short sections that sparkle from a bigger thing that I can return to, rather than one long continuous read,” Kessler said. “There’s a massive bear trap that people fall into whereby, because there’s no limit to what length you can write in a newsletter or online, people go super long. It’s not the New Yorker.”
The Guardian / Laura Snapes / Feb 26
Researchers say you should consider taking Zoom out of the full-screen option, giving yourself an “audio only” break, and hiding the self view. (“Did Stanford just invent the phone call?”) SS
Stanford News / VIGNESH RAMACHANDRAN / Feb 26
The legendary editor’s exit interview tour continues. “If people want high-quality coverage, they’re going to have to pay for it. I think there’s a growing realization of that, and so I think there’s an opportunity there. I think there’s a recognition now that when these newspapers disappear, or they’re stripped of all resources, that communities aren’t getting covered, and without that kind of coverage, communities are not going to receive the information that they need and deserve.”
Vanity Fair / Joe Pompeo / Feb 26
“What she did was basic journalism,” Steven Ginsberg, national editor for the newspaper, said in a statement. “No one should have to deal with the hate that has been directed at [White House correspondent Seung Min Kim]. She did her job and she did it well, like she always does.”
The Hill / Joseph Choi / Feb 26
“Remember, as someone who is self-employed you can deduct more than just rented office space, business cards, web hosting and professional memberships. Health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket medical costs and legal and accounting fees are all deductible as are portions of your utility bills. Self-employed people also may be eligible for the qualified business income deduction, which allows an additional 20% income tax deduction.”
Poynter / Meena Thiruvengadam / Feb 26