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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.
The Hollywood Reporter / Gary Baum, Ryan Gajewski, and Winston Cho / Nov 20
“Since breaking Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, TMZ’s singular style of obituary reporting — which has relied on paid informants, known in the trade as “checkbook journalism,” a practice outside the ethical bounds of most mainstream media outlets — keeps the site relevant in the pop-culture conversation. According to those who’ve found themselves in the midst of its buzz saw, it functions as a malignant power that hurts people at their most vulnerable moments.”
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