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“While the U.S. recently made it illegal to use AI-generated voices for unsolicited calls, in India sanctioned deepfakes have become a $60 million business opportunity. More than 50 million AI-generated voice clone calls were made in the two months leading up to the start of the elections in April—and millions more will be made during voting.”
SOURCE WIRED / Nilesh Christopher and Varsha Bansal
POSTED 2:41 PM, May 20, 2024 3 hours ago
“The partnership also raises some of the questions publishers avoided during the peak social media era. It incentivizes users to subscribe to Apple News+ rather than to publications directly, likely cannibalizing some potential revenue. It’s driving editorial decisions, meaning publishers are once again changing their content strategy to placate a platform. And of course the company could wake up one day and decide, like Facebook, that it no longer really wants to be in the news business, leaving news publishers stranded.”
SOURCE Semafor / Max Tani
POSTED 2:38 PM, May 20, 2024 3 hours ago
“The jury trial of Carlos Watson, who is charged with trying to defraud investors in the digital media start-up he co-founded, Ozy Media, is scheduled to begin Monday with jury selection in federal court in Brooklyn. Mr. Watson has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. If convicted, he could face up to 37 years in prison.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Benjamin Mullin and Katie Robertson
POSTED 2:36 PM, May 20, 2024 3 hours ago
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai “says injecting AI into Search is about creating value for users, and those users are telling him that they find these new features to be helpful — and even clicking on links at higher rates in the AI previews. But he didn’t say where that leaves the people who put the content on the internet in the first place.”
SOURCE The Verge / Nilay Patel
POSTED 2:34 PM, May 20, 2024 3 hours ago
“The videos offer some of the earliest signs of AI helping terrorist groups quickly disseminate propaganda and recruit members, terrorism media experts said — and have even sparked an internal debate over the use of the technology under Islamic law.”
SOURCE The Washington Post / Pranshu Verma
POSTED 2:20 PM, May 20, 2024 3 hours ago
“The 52-year-old is wanted by U.S. authorities on espionage charges connected to his organization’s publication of thousands of classified documents and diplomatic cables in 2010 and 2011. Assange faces spending the rest of his life behind bars if convicted.”
SOURCE CNN / Lauren Kent, Jack Guy, Claudia Rebaza and Lauren Said-Moorhouse
POSTED 2:14 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“Today the Times newsroom is a different place than it was 10 years ago…Management feels they have to provide more guidance across the board and take concerted moves to protect the institution. [Charlotte] Behrendt’s evolved role seems to be one such mechanism. As one former senior editor put it, ‘The fact that she has internal investigations in her title is a character change of astonishing order.'”
SOURCE Vanity Fair / Charlotte Klein
POSTED 2:12 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“‘You almost feel like an artist,’ [Andrew] Whitaker said. ‘People really don’t understand the logistics that go into the printing process. It seems like the paper just appears, but there’s a lot to it.'”
SOURCE Chicago Tribune / Robert Channick and Vincent Alban
POSTED 2:11 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“Most Americans say it is not important that the news they get comes from journalists who share their political views, age, gender or other traits. But people are more likely to say it is important for journalists to share their politics than any other characteristic we asked about.”
SOURCE Pew Research Center / Emily Tomasik
POSTED 2:10 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“Amazon is closing in on a deal to make it one of three partners with the NBA, a source with knowledge of those talks confirmed to Axios… Adding the NBA would be the latest salvo for Amazon’s quickly growing sports business.”
SOURCE Axios / Tim Baysinger
POSTED 2:09 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“The AI feature, labeled ‘key points’ on stories, uses automated technology to create summaries that appear below a headline. The bottom of articles includes a disclaimer, reading, ‘The Key Points at the top of this article were created with the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and reviewed by a journalist before publication. No other parts of the article were generated using AI.'”
SOURCE The Verge / Mia Sato
POSTED 2:06 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“Though OpenAI said GPT-4o would be offered to users on its free tier, that promise didn’t stretch to include users of its ChatGPT app on mobile. Instead, mobile users are being pushed to upgrade to its $19.99 monthly subscription, ChatGPT Plus, if they want to experiment with OpenAI’s most recent launch.”
SOURCE TechCrunch / Sarah Perez
POSTED 1:57 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“Generative AI firms are keen to tap into Reddit’s access to real-time conversations from a variety of people discussing a nearly endless range of topics. And Reddit seems equally eager to license the data from its users’ posts.”
SOURCE Ars Technica / Scharon Harding
POSTED 1:52 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“If the Raisi incident suggests that state media control can never be absolute, particularly in a globalized world, the Fico incident points to ways in which censorship can grow even in democratic soil—and to how polarization can be weaponized to heighten it.”
SOURCE Columbia Journalism Review / Jon Allsop
POSTED 1:45 PM, May 20, 2024 4 hours ago
“The Barrier Industrial Council was formed in 1923 by 18 trade unions, with the aim of improving worker conditions in Broken Hill. It successfully secured a 35-hour work week and five weeks of annual leave for mining employees….It took over as publisher of the Barrier Daily Truth from the Barrier District Australasian Labor Federation. But the unusual ownership was not able to protect the paper from the winds buffeting regional media.”
SOURCE The Guardian / Otis Filley
POSTED 11:36 AM, May 20, 2024 6 hours ago
“According to the plaintiffs, an independent analysis of newsroom salaries found women are paid 10 percent less than male counterparts and Black journalists are paid 10 percent less than White colleagues doing similar work. Black female journalists are paid 20 percent less than their White male counterparts.”
SOURCE Washington Post / Laura Wagner
POSTED 10:42 AM, May 17, 2024 3 days ago
“You have to worry about your work, about your mission to inform. But we can’t produce more victims. We can’t put people at risk. Life is more important than anything right now,” editor-in-chief Telmo Flor said. “It’s not just news. Things are also happening to us. I have three teams that went to cover the countryside and they’re stranded, unable to get home.”
SOURCE Latin American Journalism Review / Felippe Aníbal
POSTED 1:21 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“For nearly all of the five public publishers included in this report, digital advertising grew in the first quarter of 2024, with the exception of BuzzFeed. Digital subscriptions revenue also fared well in the first three months of the year for the three publishers that report that revenue line: Gannett, Dow Jones and The New York Times. Meanwhile, licensing and commerce revenue were two boons for Dotdash Meredith in the quarter as well. “
SOURCE Digiday / Kayleigh Barber
POSTED 1:14 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“Google and OpenAI are working toward the same goal here: collapsing the traditional notion of a search engine into a conversational AI interface. If this is successfully achieved, both believe it can be the interface that fully absorbs how people navigate the internet. In essence, it’s a race to see if Google Search becomes more like ChatGPT before ChatGPT can become more like Google Search.”
SOURCE The Verge / Alex Heath
POSTED 1:10 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“Mozilla is one of those brands that I think I knew about it from my early internet consciousness,” Syed says. “And it is one of those brands that has this history of putting people before profit and creativity before control.”
SOURCE Fast Company / Steven Melendez
POSTED 1:07 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“Nothing works if there is no trust between editors and reporters. If you’re a reporter and don’t trust your editor, don’t go to any risky place. And if you’re an editor and you don’t trust your reporter, or you don’t know how to assess his own security, don’t let him go.”
SOURCE Latin American Journalism Review / César López Linares
POSTED 1:03 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“When important news breaks, audiences turn to trusted news brands to get the facts. In the past, this has translated into subscription revenue, and many companies may be looking forward to the crucial role of the elections in boosting subscriptions.”
SOURCE International News Media Association / Paula Felps
POSTED 1:00 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“NBC’s traditional political journalists have cycled between rancor and resignation that the cable network’s partisanship — a regular target of Mr. Trump — will color perceptions of their straight news reporting. Local NBC stations between the coasts have demanded, again and again, that executives in New York do more to preserve NBC’s nonpartisan brand, lest MSNBC’s blue-state bent alienate their red-state viewers.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Jim Rutenberg and Michael M. Grynbaum
POSTED 12:53 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“These documents also reveal what coverage these fossil-fuel companies are pleased to receive, the kinds of reporters they try to curry favor with, and the ways they try to manipulate journalists. They also show how Big Oil could actually get the more pliant media it so desperately wants.”
SOURCE Drilled / Molly Taft
POSTED 12:34 PM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“The state’s economic development agency will be tasked with writing regulations for the new program, which will determine, among other things, whether for-profit, digital-only outlets will be included. Meanwhile, those who pushed for the tax credit are still trying to figure out whether changes can or should be made to make the law apply to a broader array of media outlets that people rely on for local news.”
SOURCE Gothamist / Jon Campbell
POSTED 11:26 AM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“The decision comes after Zamora, founder of elPeriódico, has spent 655 days in pre-trial detention despite having a conviction for money laundering overturned by a Guatemalan appeals chamber in October 2023. A retrial was ordered in that case.”
SOURCE Latin American Journalism Review / Katherine Pennacchio
POSTED 11:24 AM, May 16, 2024 4 days ago
“Palestinian student journalists have to be perfect, because if we’re not, it feels like our career will be over before it starts. Making our reporting as bulletproof as possible is something we are all taught as journalists, but it’s also something that is drilled into our heads as Palestinians. We worry about being accused of having an agenda.”
SOURCE Teen Vogue / Samaa Khullar
POSTED 4:05 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“In a previous draft sent to members on April 11…the clause stated that AI ‘may be used to generate news content that is supplementary to local news reporting and is not a replacement for it.’ But on April 24, an updated draft sent by Gannett to the local paper’s guild removed that stipulation. ‘Artificial intelligence (AI) may be used to generate news content,’ it read.”
SOURCE Digiday / Sara Guaglione
POSTED 1:24 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“As floods, fires, and tornadoes surge, and daily as well as weekly publications collapse, local journalism maintains an all-too-slender lifeline in devastated rural communities like mine. Local journalists remain after the Klieg lights go dark and the national media flee our mud-strewn, burned-out Main Streets.”
SOURCE The Nation / Jane Braxton Little
POSTED 12:36 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“As the first day of I/O wound down, it was hard to escape the feeling that the web as we know it is entering a kind of managed decline. Over the past two and a half decades, Google extended itself into so many different parts of the web that it became synonymous with it. And now that LLMs promise to let users understand all that the web contains in real time, Google at last has what it needs to finish the job: replacing the web, in so many of the ways that matter, with itself.”
SOURCE Platformer / Casey Newton
POSTED 12:32 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“The fight reflects a larger tension in Texas — and across the country — over who controls how America’s history is told. Though much of the attention has centered on attacks over the teaching of Black history, attempts to chronicle Latino stories have run into similar conflicts, another knotty period of U.S. history up for debate.”
SOURCE The Washington Post / Arelis R. Hernández and Frank Hulley-Jones
POSTED 12:25 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“Even if the new Deadspin never comes close to the quality of work produced by the staff of its original incarnation, it may end up distinguishing itself for a remarkably grim reason: In 2024, relaunching an old blog without resorting to AI slime is a rare, arguably even classy, move.”
SOURCE Wired / Kate Knibbs
POSTED 12:18 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“Since 2014, the government has charged at least 15 journalists under the stringent anti-terrorism law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). During this timeframe, 36 journalists have been imprisoned in the country…With polls predicting a victory for incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, experts warn that the Modi administration will further weaponize the UAPA and other legislation to target independent media in the election’s aftermath.”
SOURCE International Journalists' Network / Hanan Zaffar and Jyoti Thakur
POSTED 12:13 PM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
Kim Eggleton, head of peer review and research integrity at IOP publishing: “Generative AI has just handed [fraudsters] a winning lottery ticket. They can do it really cheap, at scale, and the detection methods are not where we need them to be. I can only see that challenge increasing.”
SOURCE The Wall Street Journal / Nidhi Subbaraman
POSTED 10:45 AM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“The AI keeps screwing up because these computers are stupid. Extraordinary in their abilities and astonishing in their dimwittedness. I cannot get excited about the next turn in the AI revolution because that turn is into a place where computers cannot consistently maintain accuracy about even minor things.”
SOURCE The Verge / Alex Cranz
POSTED 10:38 AM, May 15, 2024 5 days ago
“Streaming hasn’t been able to replicate the late-night comedy genre. The first ‘SNL’ cast was dubbed the Not Ready for Prime Time Players in the 1970s; this season, the sketch comedy show is NBC’s most-watched entertainment show among viewers under age 50 — better than anything in prime-time.”
SOURCE AP News / David Bauder
POSTED 12:35 PM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“In lieu of Bluesky, Dorsey is now touting another upstart social media system called Nostr, which he sees as a purer realization of his original vision. Even Dorsey acknowledges that Nostr, at this juncture, is ‘weird and hard to use.’ But he said ‘if you truly believe in censorship resistance and free speech, you have to use the technologies that actually enable that…’ What both Dorsey and Musk seem to overlook is that it isn’t just big corporate brands that dislike social networks riddled with bigotry and extremism. Most ordinary users don’t want that stuff either.”
SOURCE The Washington Post / Will Oremus
POSTED 12:31 PM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“OpenAI’s sudden emphasis on ChatGPT’s performance over, well, its performance is worth thinking about in critical terms, too. The new voice features aren’t widely available yet, but what the company showed off was powerfully strange: a chatbot that laughs at its own jokes, uses filler words, and is unapologetically ingratiating. To borrow Altman’s language, the fact that Monday’s demo ‘feels like magic’ could be read as a warning or an admission: ChatGPT is now better than ever at pretending it’s something that it’s not.”
SOURCE New York Magazine / John Herrman
POSTED 12:19 PM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“[Deputy editor Miriam Valverde] said the premise was not to simply copy into Spanish, but to find ways to best serve the target audience. To that end, the effort has included launching a WhatsApp tip line to solicit reader ideas, as well as a WhatsApp channel. PolitiFact en Español also is active on TikTok and Instagram.”
SOURCE Poynter / PolitiFact
POSTED 12:11 PM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“Singaporean writers are resisting their government’s request to use their works to train a multilingual LLM. Writers say there is little clarity on compensation and how the material will be used. It is rare for a country to seek the consent of writers, and Singapore may have to settle for lower-quality data to train its LLM, if there is major resistance.”
SOURCE Rest of World / Nicholas Yong
POSTED 11:59 AM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“Launched in 2015, The Counter investigated the forces shaping how and what America eats, and ceased publication in May 2022 due to a funding shortfall. As part of the acquisition, Grist will carry on a large portion of The Counter’s mission by continuing to investigate ‘the forces shaping how and what America eats’ and how those forces intersect with climate and the environment.”
SOURCE Grist / Rachel Glickhouse
POSTED 11:43 AM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“I don’t think in any of those columns, the word ‘stock’ appears, the word ‘market cap’ appears, the word ‘earnings; appear, none of those words appear. It’s all product and it’s all consumer, and it’s all about that.”
SOURCE New York Magazine / Kara Swisher
POSTED 11:35 AM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“‘We decided to go bright,’ he recalls. Going bright meant documenting events in real time – not just the epic fighting, but the emotions and anxieties of Ukrainians caught up in what he calls the ‘biggest European bloodbath since 1945’. Ponomarenko’s posts were heartfelt, illuminating and brutally mocking of Moscow. They lit up X, and in the space of five days, he went from 10,000 followers to more than a million. He is arguably the most famous Ukrainian abroad after Volodymyr Zelenskiy.”
SOURCE The Guardian / Luke Harding
POSTED 11:13 AM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“The complaint alleges that Rumble, the publicly-traded YouTube alternative that’s favored by conservatives, would have received billions in ad revenue if not for Google’s anticompetitive conduct in the ad marketplace. (Rumble was a publishing client of Google’s until it built its own ad tech stack in 2022.)”
SOURCE Axios / Sara Fischer
POSTED 10:46 AM, May 14, 2024 6 days ago
“The shift stands to shake the very foundations of the web.”
SOURCE The Washington Post / Gerrit De Vynck and Cat Zakrzewski
POSTED 2:33 PM, May 13, 2024 1 week ago
“…a bill that passed the House with broad bipartisan support in April — after which a companion bill was immediately introduced in the Senate — would empower the secretary of the Treasury to revoke the nonprofit status of any organization deemed ‘terrorist supporting.’”
SOURCE The Intercept / Seth Stern
POSTED 1:16 PM, May 13, 2024 1 week ago
“In a text, [publisher and cofounder Sam] Koppelman noted he invested in ZBiotics well before Hunterbrook was created, and said his stake in the company is fairly insignificant. He also emphasized that the investment was a personal one, and Hunterbrook Capital was not invested in Zbiotics. ‘It was such a small personal check, the ZBiotics team ghosts my emails,’ Koppelman said.”
SOURCE Semafor / Max Tani
POSTED 8:35 AM, May 13, 2024 1 week ago
“Quite recently, we found out through leaked data by a hacktivist group, that back in 2022, a court in Iran had convicted a number of BBC journalists in absentia and without their knowledge. They had been sentenced to one year in jail under charges of propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”
SOURCE Press Gazette / Clara Aberneithie
POSTED 7:04 AM, May 13, 2024 1 week ago
“When Mondelez sought to promote a limited edition of its Oreo cookie earlier this year, it did something that would have been unthinkable not that long ago: It didn’t spend a dime advertising on TV. The snack company had a simple reason for that decision. The people it was looking to reach — Gen Z members, multicultural audiences, and households with children — aren’t watching enough television.”
SOURCE The Wall Street Journal / Suzanne Vranica
POSTED 9:38 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Many student protesters said in recent interviews that they were seeking on-the-ground coverage of the war in Gaza, and often, a staunchly pro-Palestinian perspective – and they are turning to alternative media for it. There’s a range of options: Jewish Currents, The Intercept, Mondoweiss and even independent Palestinian journalists on social media, as they seek information about what is happening in Gaza.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Santul Nerkar
POSTED 9:07 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Data from the US Federal Reserve shows the same tell-tale pattern we have grown used to with crime: people assess their own financial situation to be relatively healthy, and this changes very little from year to year, but their assessment of the national economy has cratered, opening up a huge gulf. It seems increasingly likely news coverage shoulders part of the blame.”
SOURCE Financial Times / John Burn-Murdoch
POSTED 9:05 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Lineup Publishing — a start-up with no history of producing sports content or anything else — purchased Deadspin for an undisclosed sum from G/O Media in March, a move that coincided with Deadspin’s entire staff getting let go. A spokesperson told Front Office Sports via email that Deadspin will relaunch next week but offered no other details about the direction of the site.”
SOURCE Front Office Sports / A.J. Perez
POSTED 8:59 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“On 4 April, Bolta Hindustan, a Hindi news YouTube channel, received an email from YouTube saying that the channel had been blocked due to a notice received from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Before it was blocked, the channel had 275,000 subscribers and had posted more than 4,000 videos.”
SOURCE Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Raksha Kumar
POSTED 8:56 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Apple is preparing to include an Al-based privacy feature in the Safari browser in the next iOS 18 software update that will remove ads or other unwanted website content, according to reports.”
SOURCE Financial Times / Daniel Thomas and Tim Bradshaw
POSTED 8:53 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Arnaud Aubron, head of development at Le Monde, told Press Gazette that Le Monde in English now makes up 10% of all new subscribers to the overall brand. Le Monde’s English language website gets around five million visits a month, compared to more than 150 million for the main French online edition.”
SOURCE Press Gazette / Charlotte Tobitt
POSTED 8:48 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“John Catsimatidis, the billionaire Republican businessman who owns the station, said he had made the decision after Mr. Giuliani refused to avoid the topic despite repeated warnings.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Nicholas Fandos
POSTED 8:45 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“‘HBCU student newsrooms brim with talent, but often lack the resources needed to give students access to the cutting-edge technology and operational support that so many of their peers at predominately white institutions have,’ Nikole Hannah-Jones, the center’s founder, said in a statement.”
SOURCE The Guardian / Adria R. Walker
POSTED 8:42 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“A court officer — conveying the decision of Justice Juan M. Merchan — met [photographers] in the hallway to inform them that they would no longer be allowed into the courtroom for the brief minutes they had been granted each morning to take photos of the former president seated at the defense table. Rather than taking photos from the front of the room, at least one photographer had broken the rules by snapping a shot from beside the table.”
SOURCE The Washington Post / Jeremy Barr
POSTED 8:39 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“‘You’re seeing just a coming of age of women’s sports and that’s what Refinery has been about,’ [Richelieu Dennis, Sundial’s executive chairman] said. ‘You’re not seeing the female athlete just be an athlete, you’re seeing her as an entrepreneur, fashion model, business owner. That’s what we’re really interested in.'”
SOURCE The Wall Street Journal / Alexandra Bruell
POSTED 8:34 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Content costs money to make, and companies are apparently obligated to ‘increase revenue’ and ‘make profit.’ This means Netflix spending billions of dollars a year on content isn’t necessarily sustainable unless it’s adding new users and monetizing them through some combination of ads and increasing subscription fees for stuff that used to be free, like sharing an account or streaming in 4K.”
SOURCE The Verge / Alex Cranz
POSTED 8:30 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Aggregate Facebook traffic to a group of 792 news and media sites that have been tracked by Chartbeat since 2018 shows that referrals to the sites have plunged by 58% in the last six years from 1.3 billion in March 2018 to 561 million last month. Traffic from Facebook fell by 50% in the last 12 months alone as the decline shows little sign of slowing.”
SOURCE Press Gazette / Aisha Majid
POSTED 8:28 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“Fraudsters created a WhatsApp account with a publicly available image of [WPP CEO Mark] Read and used it to set up a Microsoft Teams meeting that appeared to be with him and another senior WPP executive…During the meeting, the impostors deployed a voice clone of the executive as well as YouTube footage of them. The scammers impersonated Read off-camera using the meeting’s chat window.”
SOURCE The Guardian / Nick Robins-Early
POSTED 8:26 PM, May 12, 2024 1 week ago
“While the number of Latinos in the media industry has remained stagnant, growing just 1% between 2010 and 2019, the city of Downey has spent years quietly implementing journalism infrastructure that has the potential to change the face of local reporting and serve as a model for school districts nationwide.”
SOURCE Los Angeles Times / Tina Vasquez
POSTED 3:32 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“…The gloves are off for political parties, as they pour in massive amounts of money on social media advertisements. Meanwhile, content portraying Islamophobic dog whistles and memes were found being shared on surrogate pages that targeted the opponents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”
SOURCE Boom Live / Archis Chowdhury
POSTED 3:21 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“A trio of Catholic radio networks has filed a petition against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over new requirements that will soon mandate that all U.S. radio and television stations publish information about the race and gender of their employees.”
SOURCE Catholic News Agency / Jonah McKeown
POSTED 2:13 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“One bill limits platforms’ ability to collect data, while the other bans design features that encourage children to spend more time online.”
SOURCE The Verge / Gaby Del Valle
POSTED 2:09 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Sarah Leach, an experienced editor overseeing 26 Gannett community papers in four states, was fired via video conference first thing the morning of Monday, April 29. She was accused, she said, of ‘sharing proprietary information with (a reporter for) a competing media company’…Leach published her own statement Thursday afternoon.”

SOURCE Poynter / Rick Edmonds
POSTED 2:08 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Al Jazeera, the influential Arab news network, says it will continue reporting and broadcasting from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. But its departure from Israel marks a new low in its long-strained history with a country that much of Al Jazeera’s audience in the Arab world and beyond sees as an aggressor and an occupier.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Vivian Yee, Emma Bubola, and Liam Stack
POSTED 2:00 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“In [Mabel Portillo’s] case, a legal complaint using this law came after she published about the alleged embezzlement of funds in the municipality of Yataity [in southern Paraguay], as reported by Última Hora. Mayor Gloria Duarte filed the complaint and was able to get a restraining order against the journalist.”
SOURCE Latin American Journalism Review / Katherine Pennacchio
POSTED 1:54 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“In its first quarter 2024 financial results, the newspaper says costs for its copyright infringement lawsuit against the AI giants do not impact its operational performance.”
SOURCE The Verge / Emilia David
POSTED 1:51 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
In Spanish: “Telesur stated that it will continue to build a ‘symphony of voices through its different channels and platforms, connecting people in the defense of the right to information as a pillar of freer and fairer societies.’”
POSTED 1:35 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Chief Legal Officer Ben Lee said it was important to set out the guidelines, in part, because there was a perception that companies licensing Reddit’s data could do anything they wanted with the material.”
SOURCE Bloomberg / Aisha Counts
POSTED 1:23 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has “concerns about the direction in which NPR may be headed under past and present leadership,” the lawmakers wrote. The representatives also asked NPR to provide a breakdown of the registered political affiliation of its news staff over the last five years.”
SOURCE Current / Tyler Falk
POSTED 1:16 PM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“With its innovative photography and spectacular layout, twen set a benchmark for editorial design and, it would seem, still inspires young designers, typographers, art directors and creative types of all kinds today.”
SOURCE PRINT Magazine / Steven Heller
POSTED 11:38 AM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Public Prosecutor Tarek William Saab accused former Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami, the most powerful target in the investigation, of hiring reporters to write damning stories about rivals…A PBS-Frontline documentary on Armando Info’s coverage of Saab is scheduled to be released next week.”
SOURCE Bloomberg / Andreina Itriago Acosta
POSTED 11:31 AM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“A federal judge has rejected the Biden administration’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Republican-led Texas and two conservative media companies accusing the U.S. Department of State of funding technologies used to counter disinformation online that they say censors right-leaning news outlets.”
SOURCE Reuters / Nate Raymond
POSTED 11:26 AM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“It can feel like social media is a bit obsessed with the short-form video format these days, but images actually perform better than short-form videos when it comes to sponsored posts featuring influencers on Instagram.”
SOURCE Digiday / Catherine Wolf
POSTED 11:24 AM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The new untitled series, which starts production in June, will center on a newsroom whose publisher is trying to save it with ‘volunteer reporters,’ per the announcement.”
SOURCE The Washington Post / Herb Scribner
POSTED 11:20 AM, May 9, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Every bit of information we cannot access means the world loses more of its ability to understand what is happening in the war, how it has affected journalists and media workers, and who is specifically accountable.”
SOURCE Committee to Protect Journalists / CPJ Staff
POSTED 2:45 PM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The tool, called Media Manager, will allow creators and content owners to identify their works to OpenAI and specify how they want those works to be included or excluded from AI research and training. The goal is to have the tool in place by 2025, OpenAI says.”
SOURCE TechCrunch / Kyle Wiggers
POSTED 2:40 PM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“AdVon engages in what Google calls ‘site reputation abuse’: it strikes deals with publishers in which it provides huge numbers of extremely low-quality product reviews — often for surprisingly prominent publications — intended to pull in traffic from people Googling things like ‘best ab roller.’ The idea seems to be that these visitors will be fooled into thinking the recommendations were made by the publication’s actual journalists and click one of the articles’ affiliate links, kicking back a little money if they make a purchase.”
SOURCE Futurism / Maggie Harrison Dupré
POSTED 10:59 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Data from SEO tool Sistrix shows that of 70 leading news publishers tracked by Press Gazette…all but 15 saw falls in their visibility score. Of those, almost half (33) saw declines in the double-digits. Sistrix’s Visibility Index measures how successful a website is in Google search results, assigning higher scores to sites that rank better in search results.”
SOURCE Press Gazette / Aisha Majid
POSTED 10:54 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The company says creators in the program can still post on TikTok, Instagram and other social channels but that Substack should be the ‘primary home base for free and premium content.’ Creators will also be expected to engage with subscribers on Substack Chat.”
SOURCE Engadget / Karissa Bell
POSTED 10:49 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The company said it had about 10.5 million subscribers overall for its print and digital products at the end of the first quarter, up roughly 8 percent from a year earlier. About 640,000 of those were print subscribers, down about 10 percent from the same period last year. The company’s goal is 15 million total subscribers by the end of 2027.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Benjamin Mullin
POSTED 10:45 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The World Service announced last week that more than 300 of its journalists, approximately 15% of the total, are working in exile…’Russia and China are investing hard, and not properly funding one of the UK’s most valuable soft power assets makes no sense economically or culturally.'”
SOURCE Press Gazette / Bron Maher
POSTED 10:43 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The feature would allow users to ask ChatGPT a question and receive answers that use details from the web with citations to sources such as Wikipedia entries and blog posts, according to the person, who asked to remain anonymous discussing private information.”
SOURCE Bloomberg / Rachel Metz
POSTED 10:41 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Dorsey confirmed he had cut ties with Bluesky on Sunday, telling a user on X that he was no longer on the social network’s board. The announcement was apparently unexpected, since Bluesky still listed him as a board member until late on Sunday evening.”
SOURCE The Guardian / Alex Hern
POSTED 10:04 AM, May 8, 2024 2 weeks ago
“It’s unclear where these images came from. They appear more realistic than standard AI-generated images — enough so to fool Perry’s own mother — and they fit into a wider growing trend of image generation…The AI-generated images of these celebrities, while benign, show how generative AI tools are now a part of every news event.”
SOURCE 404 Media / Jules Roscoe
POSTED 1:30 PM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“There are a lot of men in India who wear a turban, but the ratio is not nearly as high as Meta AI’s tool would suggest. In India’s capital, Delhi, you would see one in 15 men wearing a turban at most. However, in images generates Meta’s AI, roughly 3-4 out of 5 images representing Indian males would be wearing a turban.”
SOURCE TechCrunch / Ivan Mehta
POSTED 1:17 PM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The lawsuit said the divestiture ‘is simply not possible: not commercially, not technologically, not legally. … There is no question: the Act (law) will force a shutdown of TikTok by January 19, 2025, silencing the 170 million Americans who use the platform to communicate in ways that cannot be replicated elsewhere.'”
SOURCE Reuters / David Shepardson
POSTED 1:12 PM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“‘It’s stunning,’ [Invisible Institute founder Jamie Kalven], 75, said in an interview. ‘I just stepped out of our office, which is in a complete uproar of excitement.'”
SOURCE The New York Times / Benjamin Mullin
POSTED 11:28 AM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“OpenAI said its new detector could correctly identify 98.8 percent of images created by DALL-E 3, the latest version of its image generator…Because this kind of deepfake detector is driven by probabilities, it can never be perfect. So [OpenAI] is joining the steering committee for the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity, or C2PA, an effort to develop credentials for digital content.”
SOURCE The New York Times / Cade Metz and Tiffany Hsu
POSTED 11:08 AM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Romney noted that while ‘some wonder why there was such overwhelming support for us to shut down potentially TikTok,’ if ‘you look at the posting on TikTok and the number of Palestinians relative to other social media sites, its overwhelmingly so on TikTok…So I know that’s of real interest, and the president will have a chance to take action in that regard.'”
SOURCE Rolling Stone / Nikki McCann Ramirez
POSTED 10:57 AM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Dotdash Meredith’s parent firm, IAC, was pushing to create an industry coalition to help unite big publishers in their fight for copyright protections from AI firms, but that effort ultimately collapsed due to conflicting business incentives within the industry.”
SOURCE Axios / Sara Fischer
POSTED 10:50 AM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“In a meeting with the publication’s leadership Tuesday morning, Nicholas Carlson announced that he would leave his position as the top editor of the business-focused digital news outlet, and become an editor-at-large focused on longer-term projects…he also clarified that the move was not motivated by recent criticism of Business Insider’s recent reporting on academic writings by Neri Oxman, which prompted lengthy online screeds and legal threats from her husband, billionaire businessman Bill Ackman.”
SOURCE Semafor / Max Tani
POSTED 10:45 AM, May 7, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Our reporters, writers, editors, and photographers polled more than 700 Columbians to better understand what happened, took more than 100 portraits of members of the community, and compiled this oral history of the two weeks that forever changed our university.”
SOURCE New York Magazine / The Columbia Daily Spectator
POSTED 2:33 PM, May 6, 2024 2 weeks ago
“The extraordinary order, which includes confiscating broadcast equipment, preventing the broadcast of the channel’s reports and blocking its websites, is believed to be the first time Israel has ever shuttered a foreign news outlet operating in the country.”
SOURCE AP News / Tia Goldenberg and Jon Gambrell
POSTED 2:12 PM, May 6, 2024 2 weeks ago
“Despite stating the importance of human answers, Quora is already experimenting with answers written by Poe. The site surfaces the AI-written answer to some questions with a link that lets you chat with Poe if you have further questions … D’Angelo said that Quora had already deployed systems to rate different human answers. Now, it is applying techniques like asking users through a survey if an AI-generated answer is useful.”
SOURCE TechCrunch / Ivan Mehta
POSTED 2:09 PM, May 6, 2024 2 weeks ago
“ABC News President Kim Godwin stepped down Sunday night, months after a corporate restructuring that effectively stripped away much of her management autonomy. … The first Black person to run a major broadcast network news division, Godwin was scrutinized in ways other executives weren’t, her defenders say.”
SOURCE The Wall Street Journal / Joe Flint and Isabella Simonetti
POSTED 2:02 PM, May 6, 2024 2 weeks ago
“It’s our job to cover the full range of issues that people have. At the moment, democracy is one of them. But it’s not the top one — immigration happens to be the top [of polls], and the economy and inflation is the second. Should we stop covering those things because they’re favorable to Trump and minimize them?”
SOURCE Semafor / Ben Smith
POSTED 12:23 PM, May 6, 2024 2 weeks ago