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What We’re Reading
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.
April 3, 2020
“Some reporters (I know, because I’m one of them) get to spend months on a single investigation. Twice I’ve spent years. Eyre did his investigating while writing two hundred and fifty stories a year. He worked while in constant danger of losing his job, because of cuts occasioned by a merger (the Gazette and Daily Mail becoming the Gazette-Mail) or bankruptcy (the Gazette-Mail finally went over that brink) and sale.”
The New Yorker / Ken Armstrong / Apr 3
“As the public looks for news and information, now is the time to show why local journalism is the go-to source.”
American Press Institute / Fiona Morgan / Apr 3
“Since Mr. Modi came to power in 2014, they say, his government has tried to control the country’s news media, especially the airwaves, like no other prime minister in decades. Mr. Modi has shrewdly cultivated the media to build a cult of personality that portrays him as the nation’s selfless savior.” HT
The New York Times / Vindu Goel and Jeffrey Gettleman / Apr 3
“The pervasiveness of visuals means that disinformation is increasingly produced in the form of images and videos rather than texts. The Oxford Internet Institute warned, for instance, that online disinformation campaigns are driven by viral videos, memes and photos. Much has also been made of the potentially disastrous impact of deepfakes, artificial intelligence-assisted video and audio editing for creating disinformation. From privacy breach to undermining public trust and even national security, the implications of deepfakes are limited only by the imaginations of certain actors.”
The Interpreter / Jennifer Yang Hui / Apr 3
April 2, 2020
The Missourian moved its signup box further up on its page and averages about 50 new subscriptions a month. “Our goal was to bring more prominence to the signup prompts and to focus on driving subscriptions to the daily newsletter with the latest headlines,” senior editor Fred Anklam said.
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute / Fred Anklam / Apr 2
The Austin American-Statesman’s Lola Gomez “runs every day and has her asthma under control. And because she’s 42 and not in the high-risk category, Gomez said she had to try five times to get tested. ‘So, unfortunately, I had to reach the point where my life was at risk to get medical assistance.'” JB
Poynter / Kristen Hare / Apr 2
“Roughly three-quarters (78%) say that a COVID-19 vaccine would take a year or more to develop, an answer that matches what public health experts say. That puts the MSNBC group at the top with those whose main source are The New York Times (77%) or NPR (74%) in choosing that answer. At the same time, just about half of those who name Fox News (51%) give the answer that matches the experts’, a percentage similar to the groups that rely most on the three broadcast networks — NBC (52%), ABC (53%) and CBS (53%).”
Pew Research Center / Mark Jurkowitz and Amy Mitchell / Apr 2
“Internships also represent one of the most significant equity gaps in young adulthood: Because so many internships are unpaid, or for college credit only, a student has to have another source of income.”
Teen Vogue / Rainesford Stauffer / Apr 2
This is the stimulus/bailout program that many local news outlets (companies with under 1,000 employees) expect to turn to Friday for help. “The Trump administration has failed to provide them with the necessary guidelines and set requirements for the loans that are unworkable…Some fear a disaster that could dwarf the failed kickoff of the Obamacare enrollment web site in 2013.”
Politico / Zachary Warmbrodt / Apr 2
“For ad fraudsters, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis too tempting to go to waste. Website traffic is surging. But with advertisers adding coronavirus-related keywords to their block lists and others pausing spend altogether, ad prices on news sites are low…Around 1% of all pageviews analyzed over the past two weeks were impacted by malicious ads, compared with a very low baseline of around 0.02% at the beginning of the month.”
Digiday / Lara O'Reilly / Apr 2