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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.
June 1, 2023
“The yellow-walled, four-story building was built in the shape of the letter K. Former inmates describe a facility designed to instill fear, isolation and despair.”
Washington Post / Mary Ilyushina, Francesca Ebel, and Júlia Ledur / Jun 1
Often, in mainstream media, “audiences don’t get to see trans people as experts, even as human,” said Ari Drennen of Media Matters.
The Guardian / Margaret Sullivan / Jun 1
“Lichfield, himself formerly a global news and then senior editor at Quartz, has led Condé Nast‘s technology magazine since March 2021 … Seward, meanwhile, was not only Quartz’s editor-in-chief but one of its co-founders, serving variously since 2012 as executive editor, chief product officer and chief executive editor.”
Press Gazette / Bron Maher / Jun 1
“Cameron Barr, The Washington Post’s senior managing editor, will leave the company at the end of June, the paper announced Thursday, capping his tenure as one of the longest-serving managing editors in the paper’s history.”
The Washington Post / Elahe Izadi / Jun 1
Longtime Publicis ad executive and newsletterer Rishad Tobaccowala has a go-to line about ad agencies: “They say we’re like dinosaurs. But we’re like cockroaches. We are cockroaches. Everybody hates us. Nobody likes to see us. But cockroaches have outlived everyone. We scurry out of corners.”
The Rebooting / Brian Morrissey / Jun 1
“Reporters from Reuters, Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal have been denied invitations to Opec’s Vienna headquarters.”
Financial Times / David Sheppard and Samer Al-Atrush / Jun 1
“We’re one half a media company and one half a creator network and we straddle that,” said Barstool Sports CEO Erika Ayers. SC
Press Gazette / Charlotte Tobitt / Jun 1
“Many staff members endured the worst elements of the newsroom culture without getting to participate in its promised benefits.”
The Walrus / Michelle Cyca / Jun 1
“Greg Bestwick, president of the nonprofit board that publishes [The Harpswell Anchor in Maine], said print was not something he and his fellow founders especially wanted to offer. What changed their mind, he explained, was that a survey of the community revealed that 95% wanted something they could hold in their hands.”
Media Nation / Dan Kennedy / Jun 1
“The researchers found that human videos tended to rate more favourably in terms of ‘telling respondents things they didn’t know’, ‘professionalism’, ‘factfilledness,’ being ‘engaging’, ‘comprehensiveness’, ‘story flow’ and ‘understatedness’.”
Press Gazette / William Turvill / Jun 1