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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 19, 2019
“On Monday, September 30, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will take the next step in its digital transformation by eliminating print on two additional days, Mondays and Wednesdays. The Post-Gazette’s website, and its e-delivery, PGe, will continue to publish seven days a week, along with its edition-based product for phones and tablets, PG NewsSlide.”
Pittsburgh Current / Charlie Deitch / Jul 19
“The federal government should increase the scope of tax credits being made available to help small news-media outlets survive, an independent panel of experts recommended in a report issued Thursday.”
Toronto Star / Terry Pedwell / Jul 19
“With Facebook’s algorithm favoring different kinds of video and short-form video no longer in favor, Insider has seen its view counts dissipate to just a third of where they were a year ago. Insider’s combined platform video views have fallen precipitously over the past two years, down from 2.3 billion views in July 2018 to 692 million in June 2019, according to Tubular Labs data.”
Digiday / Max Willens / Jul 19
“On one side: a decorated literary writer. On the other: a retired dentist who wrote verse about sex with Condoleezza Rice. Guess whom the governor chose?”
Slate / Ruth Graham / Jul 19
“In a digital sea of political anxiety, unruly cultural debates, and addictive negativity, @thejessicadore is one of the healthiest and most beneficial Twitter accounts I have ever encountered.”
The Ringer / Manuela Lazic / Jul 19
“Headlining BuzzFeed’s Internet Live is a musical performance by Lil Nas X, whose chart-topping song ‘Old Town Road’ has become a viral phenomenon, along with an appearance by JoJo Siwa, the 16-year-old YouTube and Nickelodeon star. The program’s lineup includes other influencers and BuzzFeed personalities, including Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese and Angelina Pivarnick of MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation.'”
Variety / Todd Spangler / Jul 19
July 18, 2019
“The compulsory licence fee system is guaranteed until 2027, after which the broadcaster will have to negotiate a new funding arrangement with the government…’You could decide the BBC is a subscription service,’ Lord Hall of Birkenhead told MPs. ‘It would be very, very different to the sort of BBC you have now, because you would be giving subscribers what they want, not the breadth of the population.’ He added: ‘I would argue that’s the wrong model for supporting the BBC.'”
The Times / Matthew Moore / Jul 18
“…we are not ranking, rating or judging an individual article. The reason is that we fear such a mechanism, even if well-intentioned, could be easily misused and turned into a tool for censorship. Therefore, the [Journalism Trust Initiative] standard only looks at the environment in which journalism is being produced, the benchmarks of quality and safeguards of independence at the process level.”
Medium / Global Editors Network / Jul 18
“Slow down to speed up. Write code you can fix at 3 a.m. Get to the root of the problem. Make small changes often. Keep things secure. Favor existing solutions. Use data effectively. Treat unblocking others as your priority. Assume good faith.”
Medium / Matt Hinchliffe / Jul 18
“We, like HBO, are advertising free. That remains a deep part of our brand proposition; when you read speculation that we are moving into selling advertising, be confident that this is false. We believe we will have a more valuable business in the long term by staying out of competing for ad revenue and instead entirely focusing on competing for viewer satisfaction.”
Variety / Todd Spangler / Jul 18