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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.
November 20, 2019
“Random House Group imprints have acquired rights to the books, the publisher announced Wednesday… Releases will include an expanded version of the magazine issue, including essays, fiction and poetry. Random House also plans a graphic novel and four ‘1619 Project’ publications for young people.”
Associated Press / Nov 20
November 19, 2019
“Out of 24,000 people in the company, there’s about 2,500 that are actually writing stories every day. So it’s a small number, relative to 24,000. So there’s so much opportunity beyond the newsroom for us to go get these efficiencies.”
The New York Times / Marc Tracy / Nov 19
They’ll launch, “in their words, a new national nonprofit news organization aimed at giving women the facts, tools and information they need to be equal participants in democracy and civic life.”
The Texas Tribune / Evan Smith / Nov 19
“The decision of publishing all articles in an audio version was a complete transformation of our media in a relatively short time. And it turned out to be a great success. In two months 40% of the consumption was audio, in less than 6 months it was 50%. We were very surprised at the scale and the speed of this.”
Medium / Sara Alfort / Nov 19

“Of the 21 news organizations studied, 19 were taking no specific steps to preserve web news content, and all failed to provide mechanisms to ensure transitions across future changes in technology.”

Reynolds Journalism Institute / Neil Mara / Nov 19
Susanne Amann, Ana Arrigada, Thierry Backes, Lauren Berry, P. Kim Bui, Stylianos Charalambous, Jonah Comstock, Alexander Droessler, Ethar El-Katatney, Daisuke Furuta, Maye Primera, Abbie Scott, Almudena Toral, Graham Watson-Ringo, and Mary Willson are the first batch.
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism / Melissa DiPento / Nov 19

“The BuzzFeed Tech team is afforded “7% time,” or half a day each week, to learn something new. For those of us on the Tech side of the working group, that 7% time is dedicated to bringing our technical expertise to the newsroom.”

Medium / Logan McDonald / Nov 19
Chief data scientist Chris Wiggins says the company has saved six percent of its total marketing spend by cutting out payments to social platforms and ad-tech companies. The Times is also in the midst of a privacy project on online data collection over at Opinion.
Axios / Sara Fischer / Nov 19
“Media is still serving the same vital role that has always served for these communities. But they have increasingly less and less resources from the companies that own them.”
NPR / Michael Martin / Nov 19
That’s unlike Facebook, of course: “We subject all advertising to review, including political advertising. And I think what we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising.” CS
NBC News / William Feuer / Nov 19