Nieman Foundation at Harvard
The Atlantic’s layoffs may sound the death knell for two media revenue hopes: Video and in-person events
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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.
May 21, 2020
“NPR has used the phrase 82 times in the past year. Five of those were headlines, 26 were in newscasts read at the top of the hour. And most of those references — 65 to be exact — occurred since Arbery was killed in February. In that same time period, “unarmed white man” does not appear anywhere in NPR’s coverage.” / Kelly McBride / May 21
One just won a Pulitzer. Another stayed in New Orleans and started a nonprofit newsroom. Some left the industry. Almost everyone Poynter talked to said they missed their old newsroom.
Poynter / Kristen Hare / May 21
May 20, 2020
“In many places, it started with a cut in print days. Furloughs. Layoffs. Just to get through the crisis, newsroom leaders told readers. In some places, none of it was enough.”
Poynter / Kristen Hare / May 20
“On average, the BBC News reached over 26m people daily in late March / early April, compared with 16m people on average in 2019.” Their map showing confirmed coronavirus cases became their most-read page ever, with 118 million page views.
Press Gazette / Freddy Mayhew / May 20
“When Robert [Herring] and his son decided that Fox News had gotten too soft, too centrist, they launched One America to compete with it.”
The Atlantic / Devin Gordon / May 20
In theory, “limiting who can reply to your tweets could help prevent abuse and harassment on the platform.”
The Verge / Jay Peters / May 20
“Spotify reminded me of that point when I was at ESPN and a lot of the stars had aligned. The big difference is [Spotify CEO] Daniel [Ek]. The guy is like a genius. He might be Steve Jobs for audio.”
Vulture / Nicholas Quah / May 20
As part of the all-cash deal with the company behind the popular card game, ClickHole staffers became majority owners of the site. “The only expectation, really, is that our writers will write things that they are excited about.”
Vulture / Megh Wright / May 20
“For the pandemic, we enabled our WhatsApp list for users to send news, video, images or audio they received over WhatsApp [about COVID-19]. It became our principal source for our weekly podcast about fact-checking coronavirus news. For example, there were many young people asking if they should drink [disinfectant] to combat the disease. They started telling us they needed to check those things in order to share it with their grandmothers, aunts and family groups. The best compliments we received are the thank-you messages, and people saying their relatives weren’t sharing fake news as before.”
Storybench / Maria Silvia Aguirre / May 20
“Like other fact-checking organizations, the Elves spend a great deal of time poring over suspicious online articles and social media posts. In addition to monitoring individual accounts, the collective routinely challenges disinformation from larger outlets, such as Sputnik News and the news site”
Coda Story / Adam Zamecnik / May 20