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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 30, 2022
“Competition in the Baltic media is generally fierce. But a new trend has emerged: solidarity. Almost all major news channels across all three countries have changed their logos to blue and yellow — the colors of the Ukrainian flag.”
Nieman Reports / Karolis Vyšniauskas / Jun 30
June 29, 2022
A commissioner at the FCC is asking Google and Apple to remove TikTok from its app stores. “It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access to that data.”
Washington Post / Aaron Gregg / Jun 29
“They are highlighting just how desperately a generation needs and wants critical coverage of what it is seeing.”
New York Times / Adlan Jackson / Jun 29
“The cuts are a blow to a company that has said it was opening up a new era of media.”
New York Times / Benjamin Mullin / Jun 29
“Give them meaningful assignments. At the Tulsa World, interns are called summer journalists, and they help cover major stories. They also develop a 10-week enterprise project. ‘As I tell them in our first meeting, you’re in the big leagues now. You’re one of us.'” SS
Poynter / Amaris Castillo / Jun 29
Press Gazette also took a look at each publisher’s most-viewed video. “The most-viewed at Vice is its famous inside look at the Islamic State. Right-leaning Sky News Australia’s is an investigation into ‘what really happened’ at a virology lab in Wuhan, China. ITV News’ is a debunk, The Sun’s is a piece of viral content and the Mail’s is the kind of celebrity voyeurism beloved by departed Mail Online editor Martin Clarke.”
Press Gazette / Bron Maher / Jun 29
The question at issue is almost certainly ethical rather than legal in the U.S. One expert said if an event is newsworthy enough to cover in text, it is newsworthy enough to cover in images, even if those images are more graphic than news audiences are used to seeing.
The Journalist / Clark Merrefield / Jun 29
“One-third of American newspapers that existed roughly two decades ago will be out of business by 2025 … Already, some 2,500 dailies and weeklies have shuttered since 2005; there are fewer than 6,500 left.”
Washington Post / Margaret Sullivan / Jun 29
“Few journalists are better at serving up scooplets than [Jake] Sherman and his longtime writing partner Anna Palmer, who started Punchbowl together last year. It is a newsletter that may telegraph the particular interests, excesses, and contradictions of Washington better than any other publication.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Adam Piore / Jun 29
June 28, 2022
Axios editor-in-chief Sara Kehaulani Goo noted, “This means that six months after two journalists shared the Nobel Peace Prize, one has shut down his news operation (Russia) and a second has been ordered to do so (Philippines).” SS
Axios / Nathan Bomey / Jun 28