Nieman Foundation at Harvard
What’s up with all the news photos that make beaches look like Covid hotspots?
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
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.
August 7, 2020
“This summer, The Strategist and Cosmopolitan both launched their first two-day long shopping events. And StackCommerce, an ecommerce platform used by hundreds of media companies, is looking to create a sales event that will span across many of its publishing partners’ commerce sites. The New York Times’ commerce site, Wirecutter, previously tested its own version of a day-long shopping event with its Wirecutter Deal Day. But after two years, the publisher decided to pivot away from the single-sale day event model to do smaller series of sale events throughout the year.”
Digiday / Kayleigh Barber / Aug 7
“We converted our weekly email newsletter to a daily product. We also built in less than two weeks a homegrown Patron program that we see will have long-term benefit to us connecting to our readership in new ways, but the most outside-the-box thing we did was being open with staff on financials. It has helped us stay open and transparent, and the staff has let us know they appreciate the honesty. When times are good or times are bad, employees who know the financial situation will help the company achieve goals.”
Editor & Publisher / Jerry Simpkins / Aug 7
“For the first time, the company reported separate figures for Dow Jones, a move the company said ‘better highlights its growth and value.’ It managed to post a 3% profit, despite the crisis.”
The Guardian / Christopher Knaus / Aug 7
“There are more precise phrases.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Mya Frazier / Aug 7
“Over the last few months, we’ve designed and piloted programming to help entrepreneurs at the intersection of product, revenue and operations–– three skill sets that many traditional journalists don’t have but are absolutely essential to running a successful news business.”
Medium / Anika Anand / Aug 7
“Under the umbrella title of ‘NBC News x Noticias Telemundo Reports,’ the stories will air in English across the streaming channel NBC News Now, the NBC broadcast network programs ‘Today’ and ‘NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt’ and various MSNBC programs. Spanish-language versions will appear on Telemundo’s network newscasts which air middays, evenings and in late night.”
Los Angeles Times / Stephen Battaglio / Aug 7
“Experts are constantly debating what works. Starbird noted that there is disagreement about at what point disinformation should be confronted and when those targeted by it are better served by not calling attention to it. That’s opened the door for a wide range of groups to try out different strategies. Win Black/Pa’lante’s strategy is to flood cyberspace with their own counter-programming in an effort to inoculate voters against viral disinformation. Their content has so far reached 400 million views, according to the group’s own tracking.”
Los Angeles Times / Evan Halper / Aug 7
“The struggle over who is responsible for the distribution of misinformation continues to thwart public health professionals’ attempts to remedy misinformation and triage the infodemic.” HT
Items / Joan Donovan and Claire Wardle / Aug 7
“…It’s a sentence, a single sentence of 212 words. No journalism text I know of will recommend such a length. But Yong makes it work with a little help from his language friends.”
Poynter / Roy Peter Clark / Aug 7
As part of the newspaper company’s downsizing, The Chicago Tribune’s offices could move for the second time in less than three years.
Chicago Tribune / Ryan Ori / Aug 7