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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.
December 22, 2021
Items in the company store include goods like a $60 vest “as technical as it is stylish,” a $17 black baseball cap, and a $22 umbrella. The vouchers are only usable between December 21 and January 5. (Last year Vox staffers got $1,000 in Christmas bonuses.)
Gawker / Jocelyn Silver / Dec 22
December 21, 2021
“An unprecedented level of job cuts in 2020 led to fewer-than-expected cuts in 2021.”
Axios / Sara Fischer / Dec 21
December 20, 2021
“As important as emissions policies are, they’re too wonky to connect with many news consumers. And so, journalists must continue to emphasize people’s lived experience of the climate emergency — increasingly dramatic and deadly, as humanity careens towards 1.5 degrees C — while drawing a clear connection to the policies that are helping or not.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Andrew McCormick / Dec 20
“CherryRoad Media bought seven newspapers from Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain. The seven previously were owned by GateHouse Media, another large chain, which merged with Gannett in 2019 and adopted the Gannett name.”
Star Tribune / John Reinan / Dec 20
“‘They may not all have TV, but most everybody has a radio,’ Dickerson told me. ‘And anybody who’s been on a cell block knows some folks will turn the radio up loud enough where even if you didn’t have one, you’re probably going to hear it anyway.'”
The Marshall Project / Keri Blakinger / Dec 20
“At the end of 2015, we asked editors and writers to tell us their predictions for 2016. Not everyone got it right (our then deputy national news editor foresaw the big story of 2016 being ‘the government’s decision on airport expansion’).”
The Guardian / Sophie Zeldin-O'Neill / Dec 20
“Employees who don’t need to be in the office to produce shows or provide other essential functions for the network’s broadcast operations will be asked to work from home, Mr. Zucker said, citing a surge of cases of Covid-19 at CNN.”
Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin / Dec 20
December 17, 2021
“SFPD’s use of widespread encryption has barred hobbyists like Crisis — as well as journalists and audio platforms that broadcast police streams — from monitoring even standard police operations. It is part of a growing trend among U.S. law enforcement that worries government transparency advocates about the consequences of a less visible police force.”
BuzzFeed News / Sarah Emerson / Dec 17
“We … worked with our search team to make sure that we were being extremely careful not to raise the profile of either the site or the preservative more than absolutely necessary, while also making sure lawmakers, law enforcement and parents and family members had the opportunity to know what to look out for.”
Poynter / Barbara Allen / Dec 17
“Seven years after its publication, Parloff’s story stands out for its lack of skepticism and uncritical acceptance of Holmes’ confident claims. Some parts read like a script from the satirical HBO sitcom Silicon Valley.”
Washington Post / Dec 17