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Journalists, it's unethical to ignore your online security

OpenNews' new field guide to security training for newsrooms works to solve not just a technological issue, but an ethical one as well.
Posted: April 23, 2018, 6:56 pm

A source from a decade ago emerges, improbably, as a key player in her prison documentary

On a good day many journalists will say we’re writing the first draft of history.
Posted: April 23, 2018, 6:46 pm

One legal case could open a can of worms for defamation suits against writers

Four not-so-simple words—“deemed to have received”—might determine the future of defamation suits against journalists in the United States. On April 9, journalist (and former Gawker freelancer) Ryan Goldberg appeared at a one-day bench trial at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York while lawyers tossed around the phrase until it lost […]
Posted: April 23, 2018, 6:46 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

IN THIS WEEK’S LOWERCASE… Come on @nytimes! You should be better than this. #proofreading — Jane Eldridge Miller (@jeldmiller) February 17, 2018 Robots don't understand why truncation of this headline here is funny. — Mike so meta (@MikeCimetta) April 17, 2018   Boy Scouts accept gay boys through the back door Have a […]
Posted: April 23, 2018, 4:22 pm

Wellness apps, but for news: Can Neva Labs build a news reading experience that feels healthy?

How do you feel when you read — try to catch up on — the news? Overwhelmed, guilty, uninformed, anesthetized, driven to avoid it all? Áine Kerr and Mark Little, Storyful alums and the cofounders of Neva Labs, are testing ways to make algorithms and personalization work for readers, so they don’t finish their news reading...
Posted: April 23, 2018, 3:34 pm

Saying “I can just Google it” and then actually Googling it are two different things

“If I needed to know something, then somebody would probably knock at my door and tell me.” That’s the sentiment of one participant in a study on how “news avoiders” — infrequent users of conventional news — rely on social media and search engine algorithms to get their information. Benjamin Toff, assistant professor at the...
Posted: April 23, 2018, 3:30 pm

Combine an “editorially responsible” algorithm + political news, and you have Current Status

Matt Kiser started What the Fuck Just Happened Today? as a personal project to help himself keep up with the torrent of political news during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. But it turned out that a lot of other people wanted help managing the firehouse of information as well, and writing WTFJHT...
Posted: April 23, 2018, 1:28 pm

Sean Hannity in the spotlight

Coverage of the Trump presidency has continuously focused on palace intrigue and controversies surrounding aides and cabinet members, turning people in positions that don’t traditionally draw much attention into household names. But the past week has seen the lens turn to a Trump advisor outside the White House who needs no introduction.

Sean Hannity, already facing scrutiny for his public cheerleading and private consultations with President Trump, was revealed in court last week as a client of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer. Criticized for a lack of transparency, the Fox News host defended his public support for Cohen by arguing that he had merely asked Cohen’s advice on real estate matters. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine investigated Hannity’s real estate holdings, finding records that “link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade.” Swaine also found that Hannity “amassed part of his property collection with support from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a fact he did not disclose when praising Ben Carson, the Hud secretary, on his television show last year.”

Update: After publication of this newsletter, Fox News PR emailed a statement from Sean Hannity: “It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money. The fact is, these are investments that I do not individually select, control, or know the details about; except that obviously I believe in putting my money to work in communities that otherwise struggle to receive such support.

“I have never discussed with anybody at HUD the original loans that were obtained in the Obama years, nor the subsequent refinance of such loans, as they are a private matter. I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments. I can say that every rigorous process and strict standard of improvement requirements were followed; all were met, fulfilled and inspected.”

RELATED: Lawyer behind Hannity revelation at Cohen hearing speaks

The intensifying spotlight on Hannity places Fox News in the difficult position of backing a host with ties to a man at the center of a probe stretching from law offices in New York all the way to the West Wing. Cohen, of course, saw his office and hotel room raided by federal agents earlier this month after receiving a referral from the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. Hannity’s bellicose criticism of that action takes on a new dimension with the revelation of his ties to Cohen.

At one point on Sunday morning, CNN and Fox were running simultaneous chyrons on Hannity’s problems. “Should Hannity be worried about seized Cohen docs?” read the script under Brian Stelter’s interview with Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels. On Fox, Howard Kurtz spoke with The Wall Street Journal’s Shelby Holiday above a banner proclaiming “Hannity vs Mainstream Media.” Avenatti told Stelter that “the relationship [with Cohen] is going to be far more extensive than Mr. Hannity has led people to believe.”

RELATED: Hannity, Cohen, and the battle for Fox’s soul

Hannity’s value to Fox News is hard to overstate. In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s exit last year, he has become the face of the network’s evening opinion programming, and has emerged as Donald Trump’s chief television defender. Long criticized by journalists for his conspiracy-mongering and open cheerleading, he has built a huge following that includes his daily radio show. Last week, Fox said that Hannity had the network’s full support, but as the case against Cohen unfolds, Hannity’s relationship with Trump and his embattled fixer are sure to remain a focus on media interest.

Below, more on Hannity’s deepening problems.

  • A lack of transparency: New York’s Margaret Hartmann focuses on the role that HUD played in helping Hannity build his real estate empire, arguing that the host’s lack of transparency deserves more scrutiny, but that Fox probably won’t provide it.
  • From Fox host’s lips to Trump’s ears: CNN producer Lee Alexander put together a compilation of President Trump echoing arguments presented by Fox hosts. There’s plenty of Hannity in the clip.
  • Hannity and Cohen: The New York Times’s Michael Gold looked at Hannity’s public defense of Cohen before their ties were revealed. Copious use of Trump’s favorite phrase, “witch hunt,” highlights those remarks. Meanwhile, Gold’s colleagues Michael M. Grynbaum and John Koblin reported on Fox’s backing of the host, which they write signifies “the new realities at Trump-era Fox News.
  • Focus on Fox: Even before The Guardian revealed the extent of Hannity’s real estate holdings, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple argued that Fox News should be facing more pressure to investigate its host. “As important as Hannity’s explanations may be, the word of his employer matters far more,” Wemple writes.
  • Too big to fail?: The Guardian’s Swaine and Dominic Rushe write that Hannity’s omission concerning his relationship to Cohen “just doesn’t matter to Fox.”  Earlier this month, I looked at Fox’s continued ratings dominance even as controversy continues to dog some of the network’s personalities. Fox executives downplayed the tension between opinionators like Hannity and the hard news side of the company, but recent news surely won’t help mend that divide.

Remembering Joan Konner

Friends and family gathered on Friday to celebrate the life of Joan Konner, an essential friend and supporter of CJR. Konner was a former dean of the Columbia Journalism School, as well as a former publisher of CJR, where she remained on the Board of Overseers. She arrived at Columbia after a storied career in broadcasting. She is the winner of 13 Emmy awards and was executive producer of Bill Moyers Journal. Speaking at the memorial service, Moyers remembered Konner as both a pioneer—she was the first woman documentary producer at NBC News—and as a defender of core journalistic values. “Good journalists look for the right questions,” Moyers said, in describing her view of the craft. “People respond overwhelmingly when what we cover illuminates their lives.” Konner is the author of three books, including The Book of I: An Illustrious Collection of Self Reflections, and is survived by her husband, Al Perlmutter and her daughter, Rosemary Steinbaum.

Other notable stories

ICYMI: An election in Hungary sounds a death knell for the free press

Posted: April 23, 2018, 11:54 am

After Hurricane Maria, AM radio makes a comeback in Puerto Rico

On September 19, 2017—the day before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico—the evening news team at WORA-TV in the coastal city of Mayagüez broadcast its final program before shutting down the station ahead of the storm. “If Maria was going to be the monster everyone was predicting,” says Carolina Rodriguez Plaza, the news team’s […]
Posted: April 23, 2018, 10:55 am

Morning Mediawire: The next student movement? #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Will the next generation of journalists fall prey to censorship?
Posted: April 23, 2018, 9:52 am

So you're not going to believe what happened to me on this freelance assignment ...

In my 13 years of being a full-time freelancer, I’ve seen a lot — a lot of good of course, and I still think this can be the best job in
Posted: April 23, 2018, 8:21 am

Economic Hardship Reporting Project to fund work by laid-off Denver Post staffers

AFTER 21 YEARS at The Denver Post, Jason Blevins, the paper’s one-man mountain bureau, is now pitching stories as an independent journalist without the assurances of a full-time paycheck. “In the past three weeks or a month I have been schooled in the realities of freelance, and it’s a hard gig,” says Blevins, who covered the […]
Posted: April 20, 2018, 6:05 pm

Meet the journalism student who found out she won a Pulitzer in class

On Monday afternoon, Mariel Padilla, a master’s student at Columbia Journalism School, sat around a table with classmates, listening to Professor Giannina Segnini lead a discussion about email encryption for reporting across borders. A couple floors below, journalism bigwigs and other members of the press crowded into the World Room, an ornate, high-ceilinged chamber reserved […]
Posted: April 20, 2018, 4:47 pm

16 ways to debunk hoaxes on WhatsApp

Facebook gets a lot of attention for its fake news problem, but WhatsApp is no stranger to far-reaching viral hoaxes. 
Posted: April 20, 2018, 4:00 pm

A new manual for writers and journalists experiencing harassment online

Novelist and editor Stephanie Feldman was at work when she first learned that her identity had been stolen. Except in her case, it wasn’t a Social Security number or banking information the culprit was after—it was her livelihood. With nothing but a Twitter login and a headshot swiped from Stephanie’s professional website, an anonymous figure […]
Posted: April 20, 2018, 3:13 pm

Don’t reply to comments when you’re hangry, and other tips for engaging with readers

Oh, comments sections. We’ve killed you, restricted you, automated you, tried to engage with you, and you’ve even withered on your own. For many journalists, it’s a love-hate relationship, but the Coral Project’s new guide to engaging with commenters might inspire some hope. Reminder: commenters apparently want journalists and experts to chime in in the...
Posted: April 20, 2018, 2:46 pm

Can Facebook beat back the fake news in Ireland’s upcoming vote on abortion?

Facebook ad transparency ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum. On May 25, Irish citizens will vote on whether to end the country’s abortion ban. In advance of the referendum, CNN’s Ivana Kottasová reports, Facebook is rolling out a new tool that will “give users more information about political advertisements and sponsored posts in their News Feeds.”...
Posted: April 20, 2018, 1:50 pm

R Vision, a digital news outlet by and for Rohingya people, aims to shed light on crisis

As the Rohingya humanitarian crisis branching out from Myanmar reaches ever lower lows, it can be difficult to know what’s really happening. A media blackout in the region and harsh government press regulations, which include arresting journalists, have severely undermined the media’s ability to be a witness to the violence. (AP correspondent Esther Htusan, a...
Posted: April 20, 2018, 1:08 pm

Morning Mediawire: Finding the practical in the local, a new tool to fight online harassment, how 4/20 began

From nuclear hideouts to your stoves, what Lifehacker could teach local editors
Posted: April 20, 2018, 12:17 pm

An election in Hungary sounds a death knell for the free press

Nearly two weeks ago, Hungary’s far-right governing party, Fidesz, won a crushing victory in national elections, further strengthening Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s tight grip on power. Orbán has gradually eroded Hungary’s independent press since he took office in 2010. His latest win is all but a death knell.

Orbán accelerated a longstanding anti-media campaign a few years back, going on TV to encourage key allies to buy or begin news outlets. In late 2016, then Austrian-owned company Mediaworks shuttered the country’s largest opposition daily, then sold its remaining properties to government-friendly owners. Since this month’s election, other critical voices have fallen silent. When the English-language Budapest Beacon closed last week, its managing editor lamented that pro-Orbán consolidation has made it impossible to source reliable information in Hungary. The country’s last remaining opposition daily, Magyar Nemzet, and Lanchid radio station also both shut down after their owner Lajos Simicska—a tycoon who fell out with Orbán in 2015—decided he would no longer finance them.

ICYMI: Dead stories and the small fees for killing them

Speaking with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, former Magyar Nemzet reporter Flora Garamvolgyi blamed the government’s monopoly on advertising for squeezing them out. “What happened is obviously a personal tragedy because I lost my job,” she added. “But people have been made to consume racist, xenophobic, anti-immigration propaganda all over the news, like, daily. So it’s a much bigger issue than just a newspaper shutting down.”

Orbán’s recent election campaign was predicated on extreme rhetoric on immigration, intertwined with relentless attacks on Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros. Soros is a worldwide lightning rod for fringe anti-Semitic conspiracy theorizing, but in Hungary, attacking him has a more mainstream resonance. Escalating a familiar smear campaign, pro-Orbán paper Figyelo last week published a list of more than 200 pro-Soros “speculators,” including staffers with Amnesty International and other NGOs, and investigative journalists like Andras Petho.

Day 4 after #hungaryelections. Gvt-friendly weekly publishes list of "George Soros’ people" in Hungary, including me and my colleagues at @direkt36

— andras petho (@andraspe) April 12, 2018

Orbán has launched a full-court press against his country’s media, chipping away at independent ownership, publicly attacking critical journalists, and channeling his agenda through friendly outlets—whistleblowers at the state-funded MTVA network told The Guardian last week that editors parrot nativist propaganda dictated by the government. Hungary is a European Union country, and so, at least in theory, is tied to minimum standards of democracy and press freedom. And yet EU leaders have too often been timid in holding Orbán to account. They should now—along with the international community at large—rally urgently to save Hungary’s free press. There’s a chance they’re already too late.

Below, more on the crisis gripping Hungarian journalism:

  • Meet the puppetmaster: Before the election, Politico’s Lili Bayer and Joanna Plucinska profiled Orbán media fixer Antal Rogán. (The piece also contains a useful graphic mapping Orbán’s personal ties to major media owners.)
  • “Would you like the guards to escort you out of the room?”: In a short film and accompanying first-person essay, Al Jazeera’s Dan Nolan digs into Orbán’s war on the press, and describes the threat he felt when he questioned it.
  • More-than-creeping authoritarianism: The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project calls for the international community to support Hungarian journalism, denouncing “an attempt to intimidate independent voices [that] mimics similar attacks by other fascist or extreme governments who have created lists of ‘enemies of the state.’”
  • Some international context: You can read Reporters Without Borders’s Hungary fact file here. In 2017, it ranked 71st out of 180 countries worldwide for press freedom.


Other notable stories:

  • CJR’s Brendan Fitzgerald reports that local media in Charlottesville, Virginia, failed to contextualize coverage of an online survey to change two Confederacy-linked local park names. “Anyone with internet access—from local residents to Confederate apologists and white supremacists around the country—had a chance to choose what names they desired for [the] parks,” Fitzgerald writes. “With few exceptions, it was impossible to tell who had voted for what name, and where those votes might have come from.”
  • David Pecker’s American Media Inc., the parent company of The National Enquirer, hasn’t experienced a “Trump Bump.” Despite its relentlessly sycophantic coverage of the president, The Wall Street Journal’s Lukas I. Alpert reports, it’s “weighed down by ballooning debt, falling revenue and shrinking newsstand sales.” Relatedly, AMI freed former Playboy model Karen McDougal from a contract that had prevented her from talking openly about her alleged affair with Trump.
  • The latest Time 100 list of influential people is out. Sean Hannity is listed under “leaders,” as are Today show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. Freshly minted Pulitzer winners Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow are now also Time “icons” for their work exposing Harvey Weinstein and others. And Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is a “titan,” which likely won’t please our Timeobsessed titan-in-chief.
  • For The Hollywood Reporter, Glynnis MacNicol takes on a fraught topic in journalism: the burgeoning generational gap in newsrooms. “While some dismiss them as the ‘woke’ vanguard of creeping political correctness, the new generation of media leaders, few familiar to anyone older than 40, bring with them differing views on transparency, egalitarianism and social justice—and are far more outspoken about their beliefs,” MacNicol writes.
  • Under-pressure Trump lawyer Michael Cohen withdrew his lawsuit against BuzzFeed, which he says defamed him when it published the infamous Steele dossier on Trump’s alleged Russia ties last year. Cohen stands by the allegation, but is dropping the suit because of last week’s FBI raid on his premises, according to his attorney.
  • Yesterday was a good day all round at BuzzFeed, whose UK investigative team may have solicited one of the all-time great government PR quotes. When it asked British tax authorities if they’d refused to investigate a telecoms firm because it donated money to the governing Conservative party, a senior spokesperson replied, “This is the United Kingdom for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where the organs of state are in hock to some sort of kleptocracy.” The authorities changed their tune after verifying BuzzFeed’s evidence, calling it “regrettable.”

ICYMI: The lawyer behind the Hannity revelation speaks

Posted: April 20, 2018, 12:03 pm

Iowa newspaper uses an escape room to solve the profit puzzle

DAN BELLOWS IS JUST A GUY in Iowa who loves a good puzzle. He enjoys crosswords and riddles, and even likes to hide his kids’ Christmas presents and leave them clues for finding them. But the puzzle that’s occupying most of his time recently is the one facing local journalism: how to make money. In early […]
Posted: April 20, 2018, 11:10 am

Newsday wants to move from ‘voice of God’ editorials to convening conversations

Moving the editorial page from print to the web has been tricky, said Amanda Fiscina, research and digital production manager for Newsday
Posted: April 20, 2018, 9:36 am

Tampa Bay Times CEO says dozens of layoffs 'directly related to the tariffs'

Last month, Paul Tash, the chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, wrote that
Posted: April 19, 2018, 8:28 pm

Most Americans want tech companies to fight fake news, not the government

Many Americans believe that online misinformation is a problem. But what should be done about it?
Posted: April 19, 2018, 8:15 pm

At Agence France-Presse, the French state plays a heavy hand

Emmanuel Hoog was hoping to secure a fresh term as the head of Agence France-Presse last Wednesday. Then he received an unwelcome phone call. Hoog, who’d served as AFP’s chairman and CEO since 2010, was about to go up against challenger Fabrice Fries in a board of directors vote when the French government called—hours before […]
Posted: April 19, 2018, 7:21 pm

Facebook’s News Feed changes appear to be hurting — not helping — local news

More meaningful interactions! More love for local news! These were supposed to be some of the positive changes associated with the algorithm change Facebook announced early this year. But so far the local news love is lacking: Pete Brown, senior research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, crunched the numbers and found that...
Posted: April 19, 2018, 2:53 pm

Should you design for addiction or for loyalty?

The word addictive gets tossed around a great deal these days. From dubious pseudo-science to casual conversation, the word has almost lost its bite. Almost. When coupled with words like “cocaine,” “opioid,” or “tobacco,” the word bears its full weight, and rightly so. The effects of these and other addictive substances have been widely researched,...
Posted: April 19, 2018, 1:53 pm

From Nieman Reports: Reinventing local TV news might require going over the top

When the Rev. Billy Graham died in February, Raleigh-based WRAL-TV provided expansive coverage of the famed evangelist’s life and legacy. That was no surprise since, after all, the pastor was a North Carolina native, and — though his funeral was held in his hometown of Charlotte, more than 150 miles away — generations of Raleigh-area...
Posted: April 19, 2018, 1:14 pm

Northwestern will help local newsrooms study and design a sustainable approach — as local TV news’ potential grows

Bring out the safety goggles: More experimentation in local news is on the way, soon to take place in the “Learning Labs” of the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Indianapolis Star as part of Northwestern University’s new initiative for local news. There’s not really such a thing as too much money in...
Posted: April 18, 2018, 3:55 pm

Truth Goggles are back! And ready for the next era of fact-checking

The Truth Goggles are back — though now they’re more like prescription contact lenses. It’s not the name of a funky band of journalists, at least not one with musical instruments. Dan Schultz, Ted Han, and Carolyn Rupar are part of the Bad Idea Factory’s crew for reprising Schultz’s MIT Media Lab 2011 graduate thesis...
Posted: April 18, 2018, 2:22 pm

Facing government pressure, this Polish news organization is zipping through its subscription goals and strengthening its local loyalty

COPENHAGEN — In a land fraught with tension over an increasingly authoritarian government that’s attacking press freedom — not to mention Russia next door — this news organization is zeroing in on subscriptions and bolstering its network of local outlets. It’s Gazeta Wyborcza, the leading Polish newspaper, and its online strategy is spearheaded by Danuta...
Posted: April 18, 2018, 1:45 pm

The New York Times has signed up a lot of subscribers. Here’s how it plans to keep them.

Last week, The New York Times launched its newest podcast, Caliphate, which gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Rukmini Callimachi’s ISIS reporting. The Times is giving subscribers early access to podcast episodes — one week, to be exact. The Washington Post is also developing subscriber-exclusive content, including a new article format reserved for only subscribers, a...
Posted: April 17, 2018, 5:18 pm

Apple, having bought Texture, is reportedly working on its own subscription news service

Apple is planning some paid news thing, according to a Bloomberg report — though it’s unclear if that’ll simply be a rebrand of the Texture digital magazine subscription service that Apple acquired in March, or something that includes news sources beyond magazines. From Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Gerry Smith: The world’s largest technology company is...
Posted: April 17, 2018, 2:28 pm

Phew, we’ve apparently solved 97% of the podcast measurement problem — everybody relax

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 159, published April 17, 2018. Quick measurement bite. Been a while since we’ve checked back into what is arguably the most important subject in the podcast business. Let’s fix that, shall we? “The good news for podcasters and buyers is measurement challenges are 97...
Posted: April 17, 2018, 1:48 pm

Fact-checking the network: The most interesting digital and social media research of early 2018

As we enter 2018, academics continue to focus on the problem of fake news, working to understand who seeks it out and how to keep various types of bad information from spreading online. But there’s plenty to keep researchers busy in the ever-changing realm of digital media. Below is a sampling of studies published or...
Posted: April 17, 2018, 12:30 pm

Here’s what you need to know to build successful paid newsletters, popup newsletters, morning digests, and community newsletters

Thinking about starting your own email newsletter? A panel at ISOJ 2018 contains a wealth of advice for launching all types of editorial newsletters, from paywalled offerings to limited-run recaps tied to popular television shows to indispensable morning digests to community-creating newsletters. Elisabeth Goodridge, editorial director of newsletters and messaging at The New York Times,...
Posted: April 16, 2018, 5:56 pm

Newsonomics: The news world will miss Michael Ferro

On Friday afternoon, Tronc announced that its lead shareholder Merrick Media, led by just-resigned board chairman Michael Ferro, was selling its entire stake in the company. McCormick Media — managed by Sargent McCormick, a distant relative of the McCormick family that controlled the Chicago Tribune for most of its long history — is the buyer...
Posted: April 16, 2018, 1:01 pm

Newsonomics: 8 questions as Michael Ferro leaves the stage ($100 million richer)

Michael Ferro has left the room. Tronc announced Friday that Merrick Media, the Ferro-led, Chicago-based investment firm had sold its 25% stake in Tronc. The hometown Chicago Tribune tries to tell us more about Sargent McCormick, the buyer of Merrick’s stake. We do know of his interest in the family legacy and in art, but...
Posted: April 16, 2018, 1:00 pm

People read news differently (i.e., worse) on phones than they do on desktop, new research suggests

People seem to pay better attention to news presented on desktop than on mobile. What changes as people read more news on mobile than desktop? A new paper by Texas A&M’s Johanna Dunaway, Kathleen Searles, Mingxiao Sui, and Newly Paul, published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (h/t Jane Elizabeth) looks at this: We argue...
Posted: April 13, 2018, 1:30 pm

The EJC, Civil, and News Integrity Initiative launch an accelerator for European newsrooms

Ten to 15 European journalism organizations will receive grants from a €1.7m accelerator launched by the European Journalism Center with contributions from cryptocurrency-based journalism marketplace Civil and Jeff Jarvis’s News Integrity Initiative, the EJC announced Friday. The funding will go to “emerging media organizations with proven user loyalty.” In addition to money (from a €600,000...
Posted: April 13, 2018, 1:22 pm

Here’s how The New York Times is trying to preserve millions of old pages the way they were originally published

Remember Flash? Adobe is sunsetting the software, which powered so many early web games and videos, in December 2020; browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Safari have already choked off or limited support for Flash Player over the past few years. The fate of so many Flash games and interactives, absent proper guardians, is part of...
Posted: April 12, 2018, 2:00 pm

Former ProPublica journalists are launching a newsroom to cover the impact of technology on society

ProPublica investigative journalist Julia Angwin and data scientist Jeff Larson are leaving the company to start a newsroom built around investigating technology and algorithms, the two announced this week. After almost a decade, I’m leaving @ProPublica to start a new thing with @JuliaAngwin. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done, and in awe of...
Posted: April 12, 2018, 1:30 pm

Here’s what we know so far about Google Chrome’s mobile article recommendations, the next major traffic driver for publishers

Two weeks ago, we published an analysis showing the rise of Google Chrome Suggestions(GCS) — suggested links that appear in any new tab of Chrome on mobile devices. In response, we received an outpouring of questions on Twitter and email. While other major referral sources are relatively well-understood, GCS or “Articles for you” is new...
Posted: April 11, 2018, 6:53 pm

NewsWhip’s new research center will be a hub for its disinformation research

NewsWhip is mostly known as a data company that offers social media metrics to publishers, brands, and agencies, but as of late it’s been doing more research into hyperpartisan publishers and fake news — the company recently helped us out with this research, for instance. It’s also partnering with First Draft on its work fighting...
Posted: April 11, 2018, 2:32 pm

The Dutch newsletter platform Revue, with around 30,000 users, is opening up subscription features

For people interested in a no-frills way to spin up a new personal newsletter, there are more alternatives to Mailchimp-TinyLetter than ever. Prominent newcomers like U.S. startup Substack or the Netherlands-based Revue have focused on simplifying writing tools and streamlining software for the entire newsletter management process, from writing to sending to maintaining the subscriber...
Posted: April 11, 2018, 1:19 pm

How many avocados for a houseboat? Curbed’s spunky side Instagram mixes memes with real estate coverage

“So why do you think millennials can’t afford houses?” wonders a man with a white handlebar mustache. “Because avocado toast is priced up to $17!” a man gestures back emphatically. “Millennials aren’t able to afford homes because of an overall housing crisis and rising student debts, not because of the price of avocado toast itself,”...
Posted: April 11, 2018, 1:06 pm

Jason Kint: Here are 5 ways Facebook violates consumer expectations to maximize its profits

As the Facebook scandal continues to snowball, COO Sheryl Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have finally admitted publicly they have a lot of work to do to restore trust in, and combat abuse of, their platform. Those are facts supported by independent research from Edelman. Trust is a result of delivering on expectations, whether the...
Posted: April 10, 2018, 3:02 pm

True podcast love, in all of us command: This is how Canada listens to podcasts

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 158, published April 10, 2018. Infinite Dial Canada. The Great North gets its own report from Edison Research and Triton Digital for the first time, and it’s long overdue. You can read the whole thing here, but I’m going to break out the most...
Posted: April 10, 2018, 1:54 pm

That Politico article on “news deserts” doesn’t really show what it claims to show

Sunday afternoon, Politico came out with a “special report” on the relationship between the strength of local newspapers and support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. “Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets,” the headline said: An extensive review of subscription data and election results shows that Trump outperformed the previous Republican...
Posted: April 9, 2018, 6:18 pm