Nieman Foundation at Harvard
News outlets post way more pictures of men than women to Facebook
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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.
May 23, 2019
Facebook also explained how it measures fake accounts.
Facebook Newsroom / May 23
“Mr. Harty, the CEO, told an investor conference earlier this year that the company outperformed its key rivals in recent years, citing ‘our philosophy of focusing on women and not news-generated content.'”
The Wall Street Journal / Jeffrey Trachtenberg / May 23
“Community and ethnic media outlets are critical for delivering news across the city. This executive order will help us reach more New Yorkers, ensuring that more people can benefit from all the city has to offer.”
Queens Daily Eagle / David Brand / May 23
“The eight associations that have been asked to select a representative to sit on the independent panel by the middle of June are: News Media Canada, the Association de la presse francophone, the Quebec Community Newspaper Association, the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, Unifor and the Fédération nationale des communications.”
CBC / Peter Zimonjic and Kathleen Harris / May 23
“This news is not so hard to deliver, because various dimensions of world-transforming physics and chemistry are readily conveyed. A crucial measure is the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at any given time.”
USA TODAY / Todd Gitlin / May 23
“The Company reserves the right to deny a book leave request for any reason. Our journalistic needs must come first,” executive editor Dean Baquet and assistant managing editor Carolyn Ryan wrote in a memo earlier this month.
Vanity Fair / Joe Pompeo / May 23
“A lot of people thought last May was the time it would hit, but really that was just the start. We’re not even 20% of the way through what GDPR means for the industry. There is a long way to go.”
Digiday / Jessica Davies / May 23
“The Blytheville experiment was successful with over 70% of our subscribers converting to the iPad. We did a survey later, and we found most subscribers were reading it as frequently as the print edition. Most said they found it hard to believe, but they actually liked the newspaper better on an iPad.”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Walter E. Hussman, Jr. / May 23
“If you believe that your community’s needs are not being adequately met, then residents need to find and support people who are willing to provide coverage. It might take the invention of new approaches and even organizations. In Johnson County, for instance, the husband-and-wife team of Jay Senter and Julia Westhoff publish the online-only Shawnee Mission Post, supported by paid subscriptions, which has filled a void in suburban news coverage.”
The Kansas Leadership Center Journal / Joel Mathis / May 23
May 22, 2019
“The greatest crisis in American journalism is the death of local news. … I don’t know what the answer is. Their economic model is gone. I think most local newspapers in America are going to die in the next five years, except for the ones that have been bought by a local billionaire.”
International News Media Association / May 22