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How do journalists report on communities that exist entirely online?

It was an expected bomb threat, insofar as you could be prepared for one.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:08 pm

CJR Special Report: Photojournalism’s moment of reckoning

When Vox revealed in late January that Patrick Witty left National Geographic, where he was deputy director of photography, after an investigation for sexual harassment, an issue that’s long been discussed in private was catapulted into the open: Photojournalism has a sexual harassment problem. In interviews with more than 50 people, in a CJR investigation […]
Posted: July 16, 2018, 6:08 pm

As local newsrooms shrink, college journalists fill in the gaps

As both journalists and participants in the university community, student reporters are uniquely positioned to get inside information on campus happenings — and some are putting more resources into covering their cities.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 4:44 pm

Exploring the meaning of ‘revanchist’ amid Trump-Putin coverage

As President Trump met with NATO and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, the news media ramped up its disapprobation. While Trump was “set on ushering in a gauzy new era of cooperation with Mr. Putin,” The New York Times reported, his administration was “set on countering a revanchist power that the White House has labeled […]
Posted: July 16, 2018, 4:24 pm

FCC Chairman has 'serious concerns' about Sinclair/Tribune merger

Editor's note: This story has been updated.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 3:59 pm

Amazon Prime Day is the bad-news-free news event we’ve been waiting for this summer

Amazon Prime Day. A day where clicking to refresh is fun, not panic-inducing. Where the only surprises are good ones. Where 3 p.m. marks not a one-hour warning until market close and news dumps, but JUST THE BEGINNING OF 36 HOURS OF AMAZING BARGAINS. It’s July 16 and instead of staring at The New York...
Posted: July 16, 2018, 3:47 pm

Meet the next misinformation format: Fake audio messages

Over the past year, fake audio messages have been slowly making the rounds on WhatsApp.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 3:30 pm

Lester Holt to Receive Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism 

Posted: July 16, 2018, 1:00 pm

The press missed another opportunity for collective action, plus Trump & Putin meet

We’ve seen this act before. On Friday, President Donald Trump bashed CNN during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. After Trump responded to a question from NBC by suggesting the network was “possibly worse than CNN,” Jim Acosta tried to get a word in. Trump refused to acknowledge his query, saying, “CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN. John Roberts of Fox. Let’s go to a real network.” Instead of defending his fellow journalist in the moment, Roberts demurred and asked his question.

The moment was reminiscent of Trump’s pre-inauguration press conference in which another showdown with Acosta and attack on CNN failed to draw a response from journalists in attendance. In a pressure-packed environment, where reporters from dozens of outlets are competing to get their voices heard, it may be asking a lot to demand that journalists stop and consider the greater implications of Trump’s attacks. But we’ve been in this situation before.

RELATED: January, 2017—Trump berated a CNN reporter, and fellow journalists missed an opportunity

The lack of action from Roberts drew criticism from several journalists who felt he could have done more. “Old enough to remember when other networks came to the defense of Fox News WH correspondents during the Obama years,” tweeted CNN’s Jake Tapper, who stood up for Fox when he was ABC’s White House Correspondent. “Such did not happen here.”

On Friday afternoon, Roberts issued a belated defense, telling The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple that NBC’s Kristen Welker is “honest as the day is long.” He added that he used to work at CNN, and that “there are some fine journalists who work there and risk their lives to report on stories around the world. To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as ‘fake news’ is also unfair.”

That’s fine, but in the moment—as President Trump stood on foreign soil and slandered the legitimacy of one of America’s biggest news outlets just days before he was to meet with a Russian leader who has allowed the harassment and murder of journalists in his country to go largely unchallenged—Roberts and his colleagues failed to push back.

When Trump employed the same tactic days before taking offices, I wrote:

Journalism is a competitive business, but it’s not a zero-sum game. We all campaign for scoops, access, and sources, but we are, effectively, on the same side. If Trump ignores or blacklists outlets he deems hostile, and others in the industry don’t defend them, the public loses out on the perspective those reporters bring, and we as an industry lose out in our efforts to hold power accountable.

Back then, the absence of a coordinated response was more understandable. Despite a campaign in which he regularly attacked the press, Trump-as-president was a new phenomenon. Now, 18 months later, we’re familiar with this schtick. Trump’s willingness to single out specific new organizations as “fake news,” and to refuse their questions on the world stage, demands action. This won’t be the last time the president attacks an outlet for the act of asking a question. By now, journalists should be prepared to respond.

ICYMI: Newspaper comes under fire after publishing story on murder

Below, more on Trump, CNN, and a media-bashing world tour.

  • Fallout from the confrontation: The White House pulled National Security Advisor John Bolton from a scheduled appearance on CNN as punishment for Acosta’s “bad behavior,” according to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
  • Bolton’s dismissal: Bolton ended up on ABC, where Jonathan Karl questioned whether Trump’s attacks on news organizations contribute to an environment in which leaders around the globe feel free to censor the free press. “I think the question is silly,” Bolton responded.
  • Trump’s global audience: “Nonstop denigration of journalists has become an indelible part of the Trump presidency, so routine that it threatens to recede into the background noise of this chaotic administration, a low hum lost in the racket,” writes The New York Times’s Michael M. Grynbaum. “But in taking his act on the road, Mr. Trump gave a fresh audience a front-row seat to his treatment of the press. The spectacle of a president bashing his nation’s news organizations on foreign soil—in scenes broadcast live around the world—was a reminder of how Mr. Trump’s conduct with journalists can still shock.”


On to Helsinki

As this newsletter publishes, President Trump is speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. All of the broadcast networks and cablers have anchors and reporters on the ground, and today’s coverage will surely be dominated by analysis of the summit. The Justice Department’s indictments of 12 Russian intelligence agents on Friday threw a curveball into the proceedings, highlighting the disconnect between the president’s embrace of Putin and his administration’s tough action on Russia.

On the way from Scotland to Helsinki, Trump once again called “much of” the media “the enemy of the people” while congratulating Putin for Russia’s hosting of the World Cup. The president’s first two interviews after the summit will be with Fox News opinion hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, promising safe spaces for Trump to push his version of the meeting (Hannity will air his interview tonight, Carlson on Tuesday). Putin, meanwhile, will also be on Fox, but he’ll be questioned by one of the network’s journalists. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace has promised that no subject will be off limits in his conversation with the Russian president.

Trump will also sit down with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor back in Washington on Wednesday for the second of a two-part interview. Glor spoke with Trump on Saturday in Scotland, where Trump referred to the European Union as “a foe.” The CBS interview is notable in part because it is Trump’s first network sit-down in more than a year. Last May, of course, his conversation with Lester Holt, in which Trump admitted he was thinking of the Russian probe when he fired James Comey, helped lead to the appointment of the special counsel.

As we wait for the first reports on the substance of the summit, Axios’s Jonathan Swan has a bunch of background on the Trump–Putin relationship, including new reporting on their most contentious conversation, in his weekly “Sneak Peek” newsletter.


Other notable stories

  • The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan argues that, in any other administration, the appointment of former Fox News executive Bill Shine to a senior White House position would have been a major controversy. Noting that Shine left Fox under a cloud of accusations that he had not acted on alleged knowledge of sexual harassment at the network, and that his wife posted conspiracy theories on social media, Sullivan writes that “most of the nation—along with most of the news media—shrugged it off.”
  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press released a special report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, analyzing his opinions on issues of interest to journalists such as national security, defamation, privacy, FOIA, and government transparency.
  • For CJR, Ramya Krishnan writes that a recent disclosure from the Justice Department in response to questions about the administration’s animosity toward leaks and the journalists who publish them “does little to quell fears that this crackdown will damage journalists’ ability to protect their sources and shine a torch on government misconduct.”
  • BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel writes that “Sacha Baron Cohen—a consummate troll himself—is a perfect foil to the current political climate of grift and trolling.” The comedian behind Ali G and Borat is back this week with a Showtime series, Who Is America?, that takes aim at our current political climate. A bootleg clip of the first episode, featuring current and former members of congress advocating for a fictional program to arm kindergarteners, has already made waves on social media.
  • The Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani reports that John Amato, the CEO of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter who was forced out last week, was being investigated for harassing employees and engaging in other misconduct.

ICYMI: Covering Trump’s European tour

Posted: July 16, 2018, 12:10 pm

Hockey writers vote for MVP—and the gloves come off

On an otherwise peaceful night in the National Hockey League, a fight broke out on Twitter. Fans of the Colorado Avalanche attacked Mike Chambers, hockey writer for The Denver Post and president of the Colorado chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA), for not granting membership to the writers of a popular local sports […]
Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:55 am

More questions than answers from DOJ letter about journalist surveillance

The Trump administration has made no secret of its animosity toward leaks and the journalists who publish them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last August that his department was pursuing more than three times as many leak investigations as were open at the end of the Obama years, and that he was reviewing the Department […]
Posted: July 13, 2018, 8:02 pm

We're asking Facebook the wrong question about InfoWars

Talk about a PR strategy backfiring dramatically.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 6:44 pm

In Vermont, an unlikely ombudsman spurs review of domestic violence coverage

Over the course of two days, a spokesman for the Vermont State Police spearheaded a public critique of a local paper for what he termed “a massive failure of journalism.” The Barre Times Argus ultimately pledged to improve its standards for domestic violence coverage—though the paper’s editor raised concerns about the spokesman’s voluble criticism and […]
Posted: July 13, 2018, 3:54 pm

How waitressing, lifeguarding and debt collecting prepared us for journalism

We asked journalists what they learned from their non-journalism jobs that applies to their current work.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 3:00 pm

A new proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits and make it easy to sue over news photography

It’s a crisp autumn day and the news director has asked for drone video of fall colors. You know just the place: a rise aside a subdivision that borders a state park whose oaks and sugar maples are a riot of colors. You take off and, with camera pointed forward, fly a conservative 80 feet...
Posted: July 13, 2018, 2:42 pm

Three multi-billion-dollar companies dominate the Chinese internet landscape, from news media to AI

Internet penetration in China is at around just under 56 percent, according to a report released this year by the Chinese internet administrative agency CNNIC, which means there were around 772 million internet users in the country as of last December (and 753 million mobile internet users). These numbers have surely only grown since. (China’s...
Posted: July 13, 2018, 2:39 pm

AM/FM radio holds strong for American listeners

While local TV news still barely beats the internet as the top source of news for Americans (no, really), viewership and revenue continued to slide in 2017, according to Pew’s latest local TV news fact sheet. Americans are still drawn to audio content, with high percentages tuning into some kind of radio station (there are...
Posted: July 13, 2018, 1:29 pm

Craig Newmark explains, through stories, why he funds journalism

From the Bill of Rights to Leonard Cohen songs to 'Westworld,' these works inspired a billionaire to help journalism
Posted: July 13, 2018, 1:02 pm

How much is your newspaper worth? The answer could be nothing (or close to it)

"A high percentage [of smaller chains] are thinking of exit strategies."
Posted: July 13, 2018, 1:00 pm

Trump visit 'exhausting' British press corps

Covering the blimp, Trump protests and the American leader aggravate an already-tiring (and hot) summer in Britain.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:42 pm

Facebook might downrank the most vile conspiracy theories. But it won’t take them down.

“Just for being false, that doesn’t violate the community standards.” CNN’s Oliver Darcy asked John Hegeman, the head of Facebook News Feed, why InfoWars is allowed to maintain a page (with over 900,000 followers) when it is notorious for spreading fake news and conspiracy theories like that 9/11 was an inside job and that the...
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:30 pm

Covering Trump’s European tour

After two chaotic days at the NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump arrived in England to be feted with a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace. The US President entered the dinner holding hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a leader with whom Trump has had a tense relationship. The chummy atmosphere was quickly shattered: In an explosive interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, Trump blasted May’s handling of Brexit and touted her political rival Boris Johnson as a future Prime Minister.

“The remarks cast an immediate pall over a visit that included a lavish dinner with business leaders Thursday night and plans to meet Queen Elizabeth II for afternoon tea on Friday,” reported The Washington Post’s William Booth, Karla Adam, and Josh Dawsey. The Post added that the interview’s publication around 11pm local time sent British papers scrambling to recast their front pages.

Image via Axios

Trump’s European adventures garnered front page stories across the US as well, with the NYT’s print headline reading “Trump undercuts leader of Britain after NATO clash.” The Washington Post went with “Trump spectacle leaves NATO allies with ‘whiplash,’” while Murdoch’s New York Post declared “Donarchy in the UK.”

Leaders of the US’s European allies had expressed concerns about Trump’s trip in the days preceding the NATO meeting, worrying that antagonistic showings in Brussels and the UK could contrast with a friendly summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday. The early results of the trip appear to have bolstered those fears. “Coming after his combative performance in Brussels with leaders of the 28 other NATO nations, the day amounted to a global disruption tour unlike anything undertaken by any other recent American president,” wrote The New York Times’s Stephen Castle and Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

While cable news was somewhat distracted by the Peter Strzok hearings (more on that below), expect the weekend to be filled with analysis of Trump’s ongoing British trip and previews of what to expect from his upcoming meeting with Putin. The hyperbole about the crumbling of the post-WWII world order might be overblown, but there’s no doubt that what Trump is doing on the world stage will have a lasting impact.

Below, more on coverage of Trump abroad.

  • NATO aftermath: Politico’s David M Herszenhorn and Jacopo Barigazzi write that “Trump’s wildly unpredictable performance over two days in Brussels left many European leaders convinced that there is little method to the American president’s rhetorical madness, and simply no way to anticipate what he might do next.”
  • Cleanup on aisle Trump: Press Secretary Sarah Sanders attempted some damage control after the Sun interview landed, issuing a statement that read: “The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much. As he said in his interview with the Sun she ‘is a very good person’ and he ‘never said anything bad about her.’ He thought she was great on NATO today and is a really terrific person. He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K.”
  • Careful planning: With massive protests against the US president planned across the UK, CNN’s Laura Smith-Spark and Nadine Schmidt report on the British government’s efforts to keep Trump away from the public.
  • Looking ahead: The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser previews Monday’s Trump-Putin summit, writing that “beyond the allure of aggrandizement and the mystery of President Trump’s affinity for the Russian strongman, why the meeting is taking place now remains a mystery. Is the purpose to discuss arms control? Syria? Ukraine? To rehash the 2016 election? Remarkably, it’s not clear, and that in and of itself marks this as a most unusual summit.”


Other notable stories

  • FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony before a joint committee hearing on Capitol Hill dominated Thursday’s cable news programming. I checked in a bit throughout the day, and had the same impression as The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez: the hearing was “filled with theatrics” from grandstanding lawmakers, and “Strzok was alternately praised for his impassioned defense of the bureau against accusations of partisanship and berated for his scathing text messages about then-presidential candidate Trump to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an affair at the time.”
  • Fox News’s Chris Wallace will interview Vladimir Putin following the Russian leader’s meeting with Donald Trump in Finland next week. FNC says the interview will air in its entirety next Monday, and that Wallace will focus on “the summit, Syria, Russian interference in the 2016 US election, arms control and where Putin sees Russia’s place in the world.”
  • CJR’s Jonathan Peters reports on a recent warning from the Department of Homeland Security that cast photography of government buildings as “a sign of terrorism-related suspicious activity.” The DHS message instructed people to report such activity to local authorities. Peters writes that “a chilling effect often occurs when police show up and question a photographer for simply making pictures, even if no arrest or charges follow.”
  • Weeks after AT&T took control of the company formerly known as Time Warner, the Department of Justice has filed notice that it is appealing a judge’s approval of the deal. CNN’s Hadas Gold reports that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told journalists that “his company was expecting the Justice Department to appeal, but are prepared and ‘not worried’ about it.”
  • BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel writes about how Facebook proved it isn’t ready to handle fake news. The most recent example of the social network’s inept response centers around a question asked by CNN’s Oliver Darcy concerning the continued presence of InfoWars on the platform. Facebook spent much of Thursday trying and failing to provide a reasonable answer.
  • The remnants of were sold to a holding company owned by the founder of Bustle and co-founder of Bleacher Report on Thursday, report The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Randles and Lukas I. Alpert. Bryan Goldberg said he has “no firm plans in place at the moment” for the future of the site and its archives, which he won for a reported $1.35 million.
  • CJR’s Karen K. Ho profiles New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova, who began playing poker as part of her research for an upcoming book, and got so good at the game that she has turned pro. “No one could have expected that I would have succeeded at the rate that I did,” Konnikova tells Ho.

ICYMI: Explaining journalism to Rep. Jim Jordan

Posted: July 13, 2018, 11:44 am

Photographing America’s armed educators

A few months before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I began to seek out schools in America that planned to arm teachers, or already had. When working in the US, my projects largely focus on Texas—a state with a long and ingrained relationship with firearms, and the birthplace of […]
Posted: July 13, 2018, 11:01 am

Homeland Security photography alert is ‘a seed of fear’

Photojournalists, beware: The US Department of Homeland Security has its eyes on you. The agency tweeted Monday: Know the signs! Did you know photography and surveillance could be a sign of terrorism-related suspicious activity? If you notice this, be sure to report it to local authorities. #seesay #protectyoureveryday — Homeland Security (@DHSgov) July 9, […]
Posted: July 12, 2018, 5:55 pm

Twitter is weeding out bots and — now — locked accounts. “Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer”

Twitter has taken steps to fight spam and bots on the platform. Now, it’s making other changes “as part of our ongoing and global effort to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter.” The company’s Vijaya Gadde wrote in a blog post Wednesday: Over the years, we’ve locked accounts when we detected sudden changes...
Posted: July 12, 2018, 5:30 pm

Ecuador’s U-turn away from media repression

On March 7, Carlos Ochoa, the former head of the Supercom, Ecuador’s feared media regulator, left his office in disgrace, facing an investigation into his tenure as head of the state-run TV outlet GamaTV. The dismissal of Ochoa, once one of the most powerful figures looming over Ecuador’s journalists, was a clear sign of a […]
Posted: July 12, 2018, 4:30 pm

In Alabama, a small-town paper is figuring out digital advertising — and they’re doing it live

Digital advertising has, broadly speaking, been a disappointment for American newspapers. From 2013 to 2017, digital ad revenue for newspapers increased only about 8 percent — only barely beating inflation. (Meanwhile, overall digital ad spending — dominated by Google and Facebook — more than doubled over the same period.) But in the Alabama Piedmont, the...
Posted: July 12, 2018, 4:14 pm

What kind of information — not just content — do you need as a news consumer?

For all the questions journalists ask, sometimes one of the most important ones can get lost in the shuffle: What do you, as a reader/​listener/​viewer/​news absorber, need? The self-authority of journalists has been banged about for years and I’m not here to beat the drum any further. But while groups like Hearken, GroundSource, the Coral...
Posted: July 12, 2018, 1:29 pm

Several people are typing: The good, the bad, and the mansplaining of WikiTribune

On June 30, a spam article was posted to WikiTribune, Jimmy Wales’ news startup that argued “news is broken and we can fix it.” “International Airport Escort service In Mumbai,” it read. “I Provide Good Quality Educated Profile At Very Low 100% Safe And Original. 100 % Satisfied Guaranteed (Age- 19-25) College Girls.” A contributor...
Posted: July 11, 2018, 4:01 pm

54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation

The news media most successful at creating and maintaining ties with their readers, users, listeners and viewers will increasingly be media that dare challenge some of the journalist dogmas of the last century: the dogma of arm’s length; the dogma of neutrality; the dogma of objectivity; the belief that journalists have a special ability to...
Posted: July 11, 2018, 1:13 pm

YouTube has a plan to boost “authoritative” news sources and give grants to news video operations

Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday announced a few improvements it intends to make to the news discovery and viewing experience. The platform has had a bit of a bad run recently: surfacing videos that accuse mass-shooting survivors of being crisis actors, hosting disturbing videos targeting children, encouraging radicalizing behaviors through its recommendation algorithm, frustrating content creators...
Posted: July 10, 2018, 4:01 pm

The promises and pitfalls of reporting within chat apps and other semi-open platforms: A journalist’s guide

In early 2013, residents of East Boston were faced with a proposal for the construction of a billion-dollar casino complex in their neighborhood. A community collective action group called “No Eastie Casino Coalition” formed in opposition to the construction of the complex, involving a range of people from the community, including many young people who...
Posted: July 10, 2018, 3:25 pm

The Washington Post wants to figure out the best places to put ads in your favorite podcasts

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 168, published July 10, 2018. Into the Woods. The rollout for Crooked Media’s first audio documentary, The Wilderness, began yesterday with the launch of a standalone website — which gives a preview of the season’s overall 15-part structure as well as the extensive list...
Posted: July 10, 2018, 1:06 pm

With a registry for news sites and fines for “fake news,” Cambodia’s press freedom slides further

Multi-million-dollar tax bills “pulled out of thin air.” The pruning of an independent newspaper after being sold to party-friendly investors. A final headline declaring “Descent into Outright Dictatorship.” With the closure of the Cambodia Daily in September and the sale of the English-language Phnom Penh Post in May, the country’s press freedom is more than...
Posted: July 9, 2018, 3:32 pm

More than 11,000 people are paying (yes, paying) for email newsletters on Substack’s platform

Substack offers its latest paid-subscriber numbers as evidence that there’s a market out there for valuable information in email newsletter form — a market that can support many more indie news operations than just everyone’s go-to example, Ben Thompson’s Stratechery. Just over 11,000 subscribers of Substack newsletters are now paying for content, distributed fairly evenly...
Posted: July 9, 2018, 2:58 pm

A couch to crash on: PressPad aims to tackle one small part of journalism’s class diversity problem

Addressing journalism’s class diversity problem is tricky. Applicants of lower socioeconomic status have resumes that are usually less clean than those of wealthier peers coming out of j-school; maybe instead of an internship in a faraway city, they chose to work at a local dive for the summer and freelance on the side. Many colleges...
Posted: July 9, 2018, 2:44 pm

Tell me more: The Globe and Mail is slipping a little extra context into its stories (while explaining its editorial thinking along the way)

The Canadian national daily The Globe and Mail is testing a new feature that could enhance readers’ understanding of its online stories — and of the mechanics of its journalism. Susan Krashinsky Robertson, normally a marketing and media reporter at the Globe, has taken a three-month leave from her reporting duties to test expandable, in-article...
Posted: July 4, 2018, 9:29 am

Water in a news desert: New Jersey is spending $5 million to fund innovation in local news

Compared to its peers, the United States is notoriously stingy when it comes to government dollars supporting media. Norway spends about $135 per capita each year on its public broadcasters; Germany spends $107, the U.K. $86, France $55, and Canada $22. The U.S. spends about $2.25. (That’s about half a Starbucks grande iced caramel macchiato...
Posted: July 3, 2018, 9:11 pm

Thanks to California, a news site (or other business) now has to let you cancel your subscription online

Here’s a script you’re surely familiar with if you’ve ever tried to cancel a subscription to, well, anything: FADE IN: INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY On a couch sits CUSTOMER, alcoholic beverage in one hand, smartphone in the other pressed to her ear. CUSTOMER looks steely, resolute, and frustrated, all at once. CUSTOMER Hi. I’d...
Posted: July 3, 2018, 3:49 pm

Enough with the “Netflix for audio.” Podcast companies should take a cue from meditation apps instead

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 167, published July 3, 2018. Quick announcement! Hot Pod has a new website. It’s very ~modern~. Premium promise. There are some questions that we’re fated to circle around and around, over and over again, until someday something sticks. Like, for example: “Will people pay...
Posted: July 3, 2018, 2:34 pm

Newsonomics: Atlantic Media’s Quartz sale is as quirky and quartzy as the site itself

Give David Bradley new credit for publishing innovation. The Atlantic Media owner built his company into one of the country’s highest quality journalism companies, embracing the possibilities of digital far better than most of his peers. Over a couple of decades, he and his team assembled a group of high-performing B2C and B2B companies. Now,...
Posted: July 2, 2018, 7:35 pm

“In 2018, coherence is bad journalism, bordering on malpractice.” Here’s how to do better (with some help from conflict mediators)

In 2018, coherence is bad journalism, bordering on malpractice. How journalists can do a better job covering polarizing subjects–in ways that people will actually hear. — Amanda Ripley (@amandaripley) June 27, 2018 “The goal is not to wash away the conflict; it’s to help people wade in and out of the muck (and back...
Posted: July 2, 2018, 4:07 pm

Newsonomics: What’s next for the L.A. Times, and a few other questions of the moment for the news business

How do we respond to tragedy? That question is never far from the work of journalists, and Friday’s Annapolis Capital Gazette assault only made it more intimate, with journalists becoming one with the story they’ve covered time and again. Numerous journalists responded to the murder of five of their own by restating the truths of...
Posted: July 2, 2018, 4:01 pm

As The New York Times extends its reach across countries (and languages and cultures), it looks to locals for guidance

These are numbers that shout opportunity, seized. The New York Times now has around 2.33 million paid digital-only news subscribers (not counting subscribers to Crosswords and Cooking). 15 percent of those subscribers are from outside the United States. The New York-based, East-Coast-centric news organization is now seeing higher growth rates outside the U.S. than within...
Posted: July 2, 2018, 1:25 pm

We stand with the Capital Gazette. Here’s how to help them.

In shots that seemed to echo in newsrooms around the country, five staff members of Maryland’s Capital Gazette were killed Thursday in a targeted attack. The obituaries of the slain — Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, and Rebecca Smith — were completed and online in what seemed like an instant. Capital Gazette...
Posted: June 29, 2018, 2:14 pm

Americans may appreciate knowing when a news story is suspect, but more than a third will share that story anyway

Do “news source ratings” work? Depends on what you mean by “work.” Research from the Knight Foundation and Gallup out this week suggests that, yes, “the use of an online tool to indicate news organization reliability increases healthy skepticism when individuals consume news online.” The tool in question is NewsGuard, the initiative launched in March...
Posted: June 29, 2018, 1:30 pm

Ten newsrooms, 4 countries, thousands of kids: ProPublica launches a project to find immigrant children

When the government has thousands of noncitizen children somewhere in its custody, how do you find them? You report on it — together. Eight — make that nine, and now ten— news organizations are working together across four countries, trying to determine where these children have been taken and, exactly, how many there are. “Help...
Posted: June 28, 2018, 5:19 pm

More than a magic electoral map: How Politico plans its (open source) Slack chats during the midterms

Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall of someone else’s Slack channel? FiveThirtyEight fans can read its Slack-like conversations, adding statistical context to current events since 2015 (which political party would be more likely to survive the apocalypse, for example). The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others...
Posted: June 28, 2018, 2:21 pm

Freedom from what?: It’s time to broaden the definition of a “free press”

What, exactly, is press freedom, and why does it matter? In the popular discourse of the United States, we do not ask this question very often or very deeply. The answers are obvious and almost cliché: the public has a right to know, journalists are the people’s watchdogs, they afflict the comfortable and comfort the...
Posted: June 28, 2018, 12:05 pm

Fewer women, people of color worked at radio stations in 2017 than 2016, a new survey shows

The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and Hofstra University just released its annual newsroom survey on newsroom diversity, which covers 2017 and shows slight progress over 2016. However, there is still work to be done. The good news is that women are slowly seeing themselves reflected in a wider variety of broadcast newsroom...
Posted: June 27, 2018, 5:26 pm