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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.
July 10, 2020
“Fox News ‘traffics in conspiracy theories frequently, which as we know is candy for the internet,’ says Kahn. Of course, that criticism existed before the coronavirus. But the pandemic’s frenetic news cycle has drawn more people online, deepening worries about the network’s influence.”
Bloomberg Businessweek / Mark Bergen and Maya Tribbitt / Jul 10
“Ultimately I’m not trying to make any of my guests look bad,” Fumudoh said. “I’m just trying to start a really productive and healthy conversation that promotes healing with the trauma that is our racist history of this country.”
The New York Times / Sandra E. Garcia / Jul 10
“The foreign journalists affected by the visa decision are particularly valued for their language skills, which are crucial to the agency’s mission as an international broadcaster covering news in many countries that do not have a free or robust press.”
NPR / David Folkenflik / Jul 10
“Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that ‘access Amazon email’…TikTok, which has been popular with young audiences in the United States, is owned by the Chinese tech company ByteDance. It has been under scrutiny in Washington for security reasons because of its ownership.”
The New York Times / Mike Isaac and Karen Weise / Jul 10
“On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated staff received a note from The Maven’s general counsel Robert Scott informing them that they are legally required to retain and preserve all documents related to Maven, SI, and ABG. The note alarmed many employees, some of whom were unaware of the dispute between the parent company and the magazine’s operator, which now appears to be an all-out battle.”
The Daily Beast / Maxwell Tani and Lachlan Cartwright / Jul 10
“Brent Jones, a leader who has had a transformative effect on training and culture at The Wall Street Journal in the last two years, is taking on a new and expanded newsroom role as Editor of Culture, Training and Outreach. He will join the masthead of The Wall Street Journal and report to [editor Matt Murray] starting Monday.”
Talking Biz News / Chris Roush / Jul 10
“The Knight Foundation has an endowment of $2.4 billion dollars. Given the margins facing journalism these days, that’s an absolutely absurd amount of money. The Knight Foundation could have bought the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune (sold in 2018 for $500 million) five times over. It could have bought Gawker (sold in 2018 for $1.35 million) almost 2,000 times. Instead, as Gara pointed out, it chose to stay the course, and continue giving money to ‘useless thinkfluency future of journalism nonsense.'”
Discourse Blog / Jack Crosbie / Jul 10
“The lenses are at least one to two years away from mass production, and the same is likely true of the AR product they ultimately end up in, the person said. The product must still go through a lengthy process of ramping up production to the point where Apple can reliably manufacture millions of them.”
The Information / Wayne Ma and Yunan Zhang / Jul 10
July 9, 2020
“The weird thing here is that what civil rights organizations are primarily asking Zuckerberg to do is get the white supremacy off of his platform, but he’s treating it like a hostage negotiation.”
Medium/OneZero / Chris Gilliard / Jul 9
“I want to show you how a woman of color almost disappeared from the movement she built, and what you can achieve when you refuse to follow the rules your white male ‘leader’ sets for you.”
Medium / Nandini Jammi / Jul 9