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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.
September 23, 2019
“The age of the weekly may be passing us by, and I hope what takes its place is as essential and trustworthy. But I fear that something like the weekly shall not pass this way again.”
Nieman Reports / Ryan Craig / Sep 23
“There is no academic research to measure the impact in the decline of journalism on corruption, but finance professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Notre Dame found data that shows what it costs taxpayers. Their conclusion: when newspapers close, the loss of government monitoring can substantially increase the cost of local government for taxpayers. They found that with fewer watchdogs government salaries rise, deficits increase, and borrowing costs go up by 5 to 11 basis points. In dollar terms, an additional 10 basis points increases the cost of an average bond issue by $650,000.”
Nieman Reports / Mary Ellen Klas / Sep 23
“The bottom-line result wasn’t great: According to a final questionnaire, participants didn’t change their attitudes toward the news media significantly or become any more trusting… ‘But I think we made some progress. Just by exposing people to the journalists and their thinking and how they do their jobs — there’s a lot of value in that.'” CS
Washington Post / Margaret Sullivan / Sep 23
“The approach they decided on…was a mix of normal for-profit business structure and nonprofit adjunct.The business plan is based on a four-year hoped-for course to profitability, at which point the paper would have total paid circulation of 6,000 per week, and 19 full-time staffers. So far Miller and Parker have raised a little more than half of the business capital they are looking for. The nonprofit operation has raised three times as much as its original target. This money will be used for special projects—training young journalists, supporting investigative efforts, long-term projects on ‘themes that are important to the community, like how young families will manage to live here,’ Miller told me.”
The Atlantic / James Fallows / Sep 23
“All international bureaus will remain open, and there are no job cuts to be had as part of the reorganization.”
Digiday / Jessica Davies / Sep 23
“On Thursday, YouTube announced that it would be moving to a new system to focus on verifying ‘prominent’ channels that have ‘a clear need for proof of authenticity.’ As part of those changes, the service also was planning to strip a number of previously-verified channels of their verification badge.”
Variety / Janko Roettgers / Sep 23
“The media oversight office made clear that updated press cards, which are essential for those working in the industry, would only be issued to journalists who had passed the exam. Those who fail will have one chance to take the test again, according to the notice.”
South China Morning Post / William Zheng / Sep 23
“Even articles that explained how the N.S.A. was using Google cookies to ‘pinpoint targets for hacking’ often included the exact same cookies revealed by Edward Snowden.”
The New York Times / Timothy Libert / Sep 23
“The Fact-checkers Legal Support Initiative (FLSI) — a collaboration established by the International Fact-Checking Network, the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) — published the first four legal guides to help fact-checkers face these challenges.”
Poynter / Cristina Tardaguila / Sep 23
WNET and NJ Spotlight, Colorado Public Radio and Denverite, WHYY and Billy Penn, KPCC and LAist, and more: “The Local Public Media Playbook will be developed through research and data collection on the mergers completed since 2013, as well as an in-depth study of the mergers launched in the last two years.”
The Public Media Merger Project / Emily Roseman / Sep 23