Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Republicans and Democrats live in “nearly inverse news media environments,” Pew finds
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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.
January 24, 2020

“Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has created a new tool — BIRD — to provide resources and legal assistance to journalists in the region while reporting on and documenting attacks on the media.”

JB / Marcela Kunova / Jan 24
“Producers and reporters will increasingly be expected to produce packages that can be reworked for multiple BBC news outlets, across TV, radio and online. Resources will be focused on digital news, a controversial move given complaints from commercial publishers that its ever-expanding website undermines their business models. The BBC is planning to launch a daily news podcast, inspired by the success of The Daily by The New York Times.” LO
The Times / Matthew Moore / Jan 24

“Beginning Jan. 13, Google redesigned its desktop search experience to feature favicons, or preferred icons. For organic results, users will see favicons, or a brand’s icon next to the url. For ads, they will see a bolded black ad label next to the url that looks similar to a favicon.”

Digiday / Deanna Ting / Jan 24
“I think that what a lot of people are not fully understanding about Brazil is that there are a lot of people in the government, beginning with the President himself, who explicitly want a resurrection of the military dictatorship that ruled the country until 1985. They are not joking about it.” LO
The New Yorker / Isaac Chotiner / Jan 24

“Producers see the show as a tool to help young audiences, who are allowed to roam on many social-media outlets, but come across all kinds of news content aimed at adults, yet have less of a grasp about how to distinguish content by levels of quality.”

Variety / Brian Steinberg / Jan 24
“CBC says it’s dropping the four-host format of The National and will no longer have five one-hour rolling broadcasts, citing negative audience feedback.” LO
The Globe and Mail / Simon Houpt / Jan 24

“A systemic failure is creating a gaping hole in the country’s foreign coverage, in which the genders are largely separated. Afghan women’s stories are being largely reported by Afghan men and foreign reporters and reach the general public through the filters of Western media gatekeepers.”

ZORA / Lynzy Billing / Jan 24
January 22, 2020
What makes NCNC unique: It’s “a large group of papers working together on an ongoing basis…and it’s not topic-focused. ‘I don’t know that there is another one like that in the U.S. currently.'” LO
Poynter / Kristen Hare / Jan 22

“Among the potential buyers for Serial Productions is New York Times Co., the person said. A deal could accelerate the growth of the Times’s audio division. The revenue and potential valuation of Serial Productions wasn’t clear, but any transaction would likely be small for the Times or another major media company.”

The Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin / Jan 22

“The Daily has turned Barbaro from a career Timesman into a celebrity, one with TV appearances, adoring fans, loving parodies, and a personal life chronicled by ‘Page Six.’ The Daily introduced Barbaro to the wider world; it also introduced him to his fiancée.”

Intelligencer / Matthew Schneier / Jan 22