Nieman Lab: The Daily Digest

Block Club Chicago offered two versions of the same breaking news story — with and without a horrifying video

Readers told the nonprofit local newsroom that they appreciated the option to read an article omitting graphic video and images of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s death. By Sarah Scire.

Substack will spend $1 million to support “up to 30” local news writers

“This is not a grants program, nor is it inspired by philanthropic intent.” By Sarah Scire.

Would you pay $34.99 a month to get news from That’s their hope

Who deems so essential that they’ll pay more than two Netflixes a month for it? By Laura Hazard Owen.

Philanthropic support is a small but growing revenue stream for The Guardian, reaching a record-breaking $9M last year

What does it mean for other news organizations hoping to attract institutional support? By Sarah Scire.

With matrimonial ads and shoutouts, Lokal is finding new revenue in staples of Indian media

Lokal, a location-based community information app in India, experimented with monetizing shoutouts and hyperlocal classified ads. It earned them $60,000 in March. By Hanaa' Tameez.

“Maybe the kind of reform that we want comes from creators being like, ‘I’m done'”

Charlie Warzel on newsletters, platforms, reporting, editing, and luck. By Brad Esposito.

Gawker stalker: The news-and-gossip site that helped define the modern content web is coming back to life

With a former staffer in charge, the new Gawker might have a chance at sticking in a media marketplace that’s changed since its closure in 2016. By Joshua Benton.

Mel Magazine reinvented men’s media, and now it’s hoping for a second act

“It’s paramount that we don’t come back as like, a new sneakerhead website or something. I just can’t do that.” By Luke Winkie.

The Front Page, 4/9: Newsrooms still haven’t figured out what to do when their journalists are harassed online

Plus: The need for more public editors, Latinx representation in newsrooms, and “a letter to PBS from viewers like us.” By The Objective Staff.
The New York Times / Rachel Abrams
One America News Network stays true to Trump →
“Into April, news articles on the OAN website consistently referred to Donald J. Trump as ‘President Trump’ and to President Biden as just ‘Joe Biden’ or ‘Biden.’ That practice is not followed by other news organizations, including the OAN competitor Newsmax, a conservative cable channel and news site.”
The New York Times / Katie Robertson
Swiss billionaire is said to end his bid for Tribune Publishing →
“Mr. Wyss, who made his fortune as a medical device manufacturer, had joined the Maryland hotel executive Stewart Bainum Jr. in a bid that seemed as if it had a chance of preventing Tribune from becoming fully owned by its largest shareholder, the New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital. … Mr. Bainum, who had taken a special interest in another Tribune paper, The Baltimore Sun, remains committed to pursuing ownership of Tribune Publishing.”
AP / Michael Kunzelman and Jacques Billeaud
Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense →
“The Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January created a trove of self-incriminating evidence, thoroughly documenting their actions and words in videos and social media posts. Now some of the camera-toting people in the crowd are claiming they were only there to record history as journalists, not to join a deadly insurrection. It’s unlikely that any of the self-proclaimed journalists can mount a viable defense on the First Amendment’s free speech grounds, experts say. They face long odds if video captured them acting more like rioters than impartial observers. But as the internet has broadened and blurred the definition of a journalist, some appear intent on trying.”
Minnesota Reformer / Tony Webster
Federal judge orders Minnesota state troopers to not arrest journalists covering protests →
“In a 22-page order, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright cited examples of police treatment of the press over the past week, including police orders specifically directed to members of the press to vacate protest areas, and incidents of journalists being pepper sprayed, physically grabbed, or hit by projectiles.”
The New York Times / Katharine Q. Seelye
Shawn G. Kennedy, part of a wave of recruited Black reporters at The New York Times in the ’70s, dies at 73 →
“Ms. Kennedy was an accomplished cook and knowledgeable about fashion, interior design and architecture. She was disappointed when she was told that she was ‘not ready’ for Styles, [reporter Lena Williams] said, though she occasionally freelanced for the section anyway. [Paul Delaney, the first Black reporter hired in the newspaper’s Washington bureau], said ‘you’re not ready’ was a common explanation when a Black reporter was denied a move. ‘That was the kind of stuff we faced all the time,’ he said. ‘That’s what we had to overcome.'”
Next Avenue / Richard Harris
Reflections on my days working with the “Founding Mothers” of NPR →
“No evening was more memorable for me than the night [Nina] Totenberg sparred with Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, debating Anita Hill’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, a story Totenberg broke when she interviewed Hill. As contentious as their ‘Nightline’ appearance was, it was what I witnessed after the broadcast on the sidewalk in front of the ABC Washington bureau that left me slack-jawed. Totenberg asked me to escort her out of the bureau to her waiting car. As she got in, Simpson held the door open, called Totenberg an unethical journalist and wouldn’t let the car go. Then Totenberg got out of the car, called Simpson ‘an [expletive] bully,’ then got back in and told the driver, ‘Let’s go!’ And as she rounded the corner, Totenberg recalls, the driver looked at her and said, “Lady, you need a gun.'” Eventually, Totenberg and Simpson became friends, and she took him to the annual Radio-TV Correspondents dinner. Washington doesn’t work well if reporter and source hold a lasting grudge.
Politico / Jack Shafer
How Substack revealed the real value of writers’ unfiltered thoughts →
“Self-absorbed writing by Substack writers seems to have been no impediment in their acquisition of vast, paying audiences. The popularity of these windy works must be read as another blow against the cult of the editor.”
CNN / Arnaud Siad and Eoin McSweeney
BBC received more than 100,000 complaints over its coverage of Prince Philip’s death →
“Figures made available by the BBC showed 109,741 complaints had been made, as of Thursday, ‘driven by reaction to the amount of coverage given to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.'”
The Objective / Gabe Schneider
What does movement journalism mean for journalism as a whole? →
“Movement journalism represents a fissure in American journalism. It is a framework opposed to mainstream journalism practices — which still often prioritize the comfort of white male cisgender voices — in the guise of ‘objectivity.’ And many of the journalists that practice it seem unconcerned with larger legacy newsrooms that are preoccupied with stature and tradition, instead of emphasizing the importance of doing right by the communities they report with.”
New Naratif / Aye Min Thant
“Every journalist’s worst nightmare”: CNN’s Myanmar misadventure →
“To add insult to injury, Ward’s participation in this nightmare of a trip produced little to no information not previously reported by local journalists. CNN endangered 11 people and their families just to pursue celebrity-driven, parachute journalism that serves no purpose other than chasing higher ratings. Ward’s in-studio colleague gave it away when the first question he asked her on air was: ‘Tell us why it’s so important for you to be there.’”
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