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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.
June 7, 2021
“From our data, we know that we have households getting three of our magazines at home. And so we’re like: Wait a minute. Why wouldn’t we just offer them something more like Netflix or Amazon Prime or Disney in terms of unlimited access?”
Press Gazette / William Turvill / Jun 7
“David A. Graham, a member of the organizing committee and a staff writer at The Atlantic, told CNN Business that 85% of those staffers have signed union cards with the NewsGuild of New York.” An hour after the announcement, Atlantic management said it was on board.
CNN / Kerry Flynn / Jun 7
For all U.K. adults, 47% are willing to pay for movies/TV, 33% for music, 10% for news articles, 9% for podcasts, and 2% for newsletters (sorry, Substack). But for 18-24, only 5% say they’d pay for news, but 11% say they’d pay for podcasts.
Press Gazette / Charlotte Tobitt / Jun 7
“According to [Jane Manchun] Wong’s research, which is typically very accurate, the Super Follows program will be limited to Twitter users with at least 10,000 followers, who have posted at least 25 tweets within the past 30 days, and are at least 18 years old. As Twitter has referenced, one of the main features of Super Follows will be bonus content, such as exclusive tweets for Super Followers.”
The Verge / Kim Lyons / Jun 7
“Ms. Chua is now perhaps the most senior transgender journalist in the country. She said in an interview that she was speaking publicly because ‘it’s good to just have people be able to say, “Here is an example of somebody who can transition and not get fired.”‘”
The New York Times / Katie Robertson / Jun 7
“As of last night, we know that a candidate for a position in the chemistry department has withdrawn from consideration because of her concern about this situation, raising concerns among other department chairs about their own recruiting efforts. At this point, the campus is being held hostage.”
The Daily Tar Heel / Jun 7
“White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Saturday that no one at the White House was aware of the gag order until Friday night, but that more broadly, ‘the issuing of subpoenas for the records of reporters in leak investigations is not consistent with the President’s policy direction to the Department.'”
AP / Eric Tucker / Jun 7
“Twitter said the post violated its policy on abusive behaviour. In the post, Buhari promised to punish pro-Biafra groups blamed for several attacks against government agencies and security forces this year.”
The Guardian / Emmanuel Akinwotu / Jun 7
“Many Myanmar journalists are in hiding or have managed to flee the country although most continue to cover the junta’s crimes…Since Min Aung Hlaing seized power, Reporters Without Borders has recorded the arrest of 86 journalists and, as of 26 May, 49 of them are still detained.”
The Guardian / "Guardian reporter in Bangkok" / Jun 7
“VTimes, founded by reporters fleeing censorship in Russia’s business media, said it would close down three weeks after it was put on a list of foreign agents that critics have called a death sentence for independent media outlets…’In every scenario there is a risk to our employees of criminal prosecution and possible imprisonment.'”
The Guardian / Andrew Roth / Jun 7