sp_AddNewsStory 'When it comes to the consolidation of local news companies, American worry a lot more about political bias than about newsroom cutbacks','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/rweYk-wqHa0/','Remember the (legitimate) spook that Deadspin video stitching together local Sinclair anchors around the country introduced? From creator Timothy Burke’s explanation: It was just a strange, spooky thing that happened, cut together in an attempt to play the strangeness and spookiness up…. Absent any background on media consolidation in this country, nor knowledge of what...',69,0,121,'8/16/2019 11:40:46 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Don’t click this: When should news organizations use “nofollow” links?','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/xduferkXHO4/','Should news organizations use “nofollow” links? In June, The New York Times wrote about a fake Joe Biden site that had become the most popular website about the Democratic presidential candidate. It was actually the creation of two Republican political consultants, not Biden’s campaign. “Links from established media websites are weighted heavily by search engines....',69,0,121,'8/16/2019 10:43:44 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'One potential route to flagging fake news at scale: Linguistic analysis','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/YjesSogUy1k/','Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? As a software engineer and computational linguist who spends most of her work (and even leisure) hours in front of a computer screen, I’m concerned about what I read online. In the age of social media,...',69,0,121,'8/16/2019 9:50:19 AM'
Rejecting for relevancy match:Facebook is expanding the third-party fact-checking program that it launched on its own platform in 2016 to Instagram — something that many who watch the space have advocated for awhile. Facebook has owned Instagram for seven years; this is an expansion of a trial that began in May. “The potential to prevent harm is high...sp_AddNewsStory 'America’s largest union of journalists is doing a rewrite of its leadership election','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/LFIrTAPFl_M/','A little-noticed announcement this week could have a significant impact on the future of labor and unionization in newsrooms across the United States and Canada. The announcement came from the NewsGuild, known until 2015 as the Newspaper Guild, and for the better part of a century the most important union representing journalists and other news...',69,0,121,'8/14/2019 2:13:02 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Americans with less education are more likely to say that local news is important to them (and to get it from TV)','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/lLSP6RcnPbU/','Some groups of Americans value local news more than others: People over 50, black Americans, and Americans with a high school education or less are more likely than other groups to say that they follow local news “very closely,” and they prefer getting that news from TV rather than online, according to research Pew published...',69,0,121,'8/14/2019 10:00:58 AM'
Rejecting for relevancy match:Back in June, Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided the headquarters of the country’s main public broadcaster, the ABC, to search for information on who leaked documents alleging misconduct by Australian special forces to ABC journalists back in 2017. That was one of several police actions against journalists that brought forward the issue of Australian press...sp_AddNewsStory 'Who works best in a revenue development role? Here’s what these local news organizations have found','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/VjrZfpsYHd4/','Folks, it happened: The key to sustainable local news has been discovered. And it involves making money. Spoiler alert: It’s all about making money, and that takes having people whose job descriptions are specifically devoted to that task — along with tying the money-generating to the journalistic mission. And okay, maybe they haven’t found the...',69,0,121,'8/13/2019 9:55:14 AM'
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sp_AddNewsStory 'Fox News and the White House’s cozy relationship, plus Jemele Hill’s smart work and podcast plagiarism','https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2019/fox-news-and-the-white-houses-cozy-relationship-plus-jemele-hills-smart-work-and-podcast-plagiarism/','This is the Poynter Institute’s daily newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good Friday morning. There is some controversy in today’s newsletter — including a media fight, allegations of plagiarism and some questionable emails between Fox and the White House. Let’s start there. FOIA findings: Fox News + White House = ️ Not […] The post Fox News and the White House’s cozy relationship, plus Jemele Hill’s smart work and podcast plagiarism appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'8/16/2019 7:30:26 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Guatemalans imported fake news from Mexico during their presidential campaign and almost didn’t notice','https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/guatemalans-imported-fake-news-from-mexico-during-their-presidential-campaign-and-almost-didnt-notice/','The post Guatemalans imported fake news from Mexico during their presidential campaign and almost didn’t notice appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'8/16/2019 7:00:36 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'You can now report a suspicious Instagram post and expect a certified U.S. fact-checker to verify it','https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/you-can-now-report-a-suspicious-instagram-post-and-expect-a-certified-fact-checker-to-verify-it/','Starting today, Instagram users can report false content and expect certified fact-checkers to analyze its veracity. (Full disclosure: This work will be done by a group of verified signatories to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles.) Facebook announced today it is expanding its Third Party Fact-Checking Program (3PFC) to the photo- and video-sharing social […] The post You can now report a suspicious Instagram post and expect a certified U.S. fact-checker to verify it appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'8/15/2019 11:00:53 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Misinformation doesn’t need a free and open internet to spread. Just look at Kashmir and Hong Kong.','https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/misinformation-doesnt-need-a-free-and-open-internet-to-spread-just-look-at-kashmir-and-hong-kong/','The post Misinformation doesn’t need a free and open internet to spread. Just look at Kashmir and Hong Kong. appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'8/15/2019 10:13:21 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Kanye West and Taylor Swift celebrate their VMA anniversary (via the Washington Post), plus NYTimes and Hearst Connecticut projects','https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2019/kanye-west-and-taylor-swift-celebrate-their-vma-anniversary-via-the-washington-post-plus-nytimes-and-hearst-connecticut-projects/','This is the Poynter Institute’s daily newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. One of the things I do — and love — in my job as Poynter’s senior media writer is read stories. Lots and lots of stories from all over — in newspapers, from magazines and on digital outlets. And one […] The post Kanye West and Taylor Swift celebrate their VMA anniversary (via the Washington Post), plus NYTimes and Hearst Connecticut projects appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'8/15/2019 7:41:36 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'CNN’s Chris Cuomo in the wrong kind of primetime; does a source death change interview rules?; News21 has a new project','https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2019/cnns-chris-cuomo-in-the-wrong-kind-of-primetime-does-a-source-death-change-interview-rules-news21-has-a-new-project/','This is the Poynter Institute’s daily newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good Wednesday morning. More layoffs hit GateHouse papers on Tuesday. But before that, did you see the video of CNN’s Chris Cuomo nearly getting into a fight with some random guy at a bar? I know it was you, […] The post CNN’s Chris Cuomo in the wrong kind of primetime; does a source death change interview rules?; News21 has a new project appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'8/14/2019 7:50:37 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Globe and Mail Creates Its Own Paywall Strategy Model for Retention','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/globe-and-mail-creates-its-own-paywall-strategy-model-for-retention/','When it comes to paywall strategy, The Globe and Mail built its own model. Sonali Verma, deputy head of audience,',66,0,121,'8/16/2019 3:00:52 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Survey: Teens Get Their News More Frequently From Social Media Sites','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/survey-teens-get-their-news-more-frequently-from-social-media-sites/','A large majority of teens age 13 to 17 in the U.S. (78%) say it’s important to them to follow',66,0,121,'8/16/2019 2:30:17 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Eastside Media Corp. Acquires Three Weekly Newspapers in Washington','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/eastside-media-corp-acquires-three-weekly-newspapers-in-washington/','Three weekly newspapers published in Woodinville, Wash. have been purchased by a group of regional investors. The sale includes The',66,0,121,'8/16/2019 2:18:33 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'BBC Defies Kashmir Media Blackout by Increasing Shortwave Broadcasts','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/bbc-defies-kashmir-media-blackout-by-increasing-shortwave-broadcasts/','The BBC World Service has extended its shortwave radio broadcasts in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir after almost two weeks',66,0,121,'8/16/2019 2:00:21 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Guatemalans Imported Fake News From Mexico During Their Presidential Campaign and Almost Didn’t Notice','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/guatemalans-imported-fake-news-from-mexico-during-their-presidential-campaign-and-almost-didnt-notice/','On Sunday, Guatemalans elected right-wing candidate Alejandro Giammattei as their next president. The campaign, however, was plagued with hoaxes related',66,0,121,'8/16/2019 1:30:42 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Bringing News Corrections Further Into the Digital Age: A New Project','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/bringing-news-corrections-further-into-the-digital-age-a-new-project/','The ASU News Co/Lab is going deep on corrections. Not jails and prisons, but the mea culpas journalists offer when they’ve erred',66,0,121,'8/16/2019 1:00:36 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Why it’s wrong to blame mass killings on mental illness','https://www.cjr.org/analysis/mass-killings-mental-illness.php','Donald Trump has tried to lay the blame for America’s mass shooting epidemic on history’s most convenient scapegoat: mental illness. Or, as he has taken to calling people with psychiatric disease, “mentally ill monsters.” (He’s also referred to “nut jobs,” “lunatics,” and “wackos.”) Trump, reading to Americans from a teleprompter, declared that “mental illness and […]',65,0,121,'8/16/2019 11:41:57 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Bernie Sanders’s media criticism','https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/bernie-sanders-amazon-washington-post.php','There’s nothing unusual about politicians complaining of unfair coverage. Recently, however, a number of Democratic presidential candidates have ventured beyond garden-variety gripes to make broader critiques of the political press. After a gunman citing a “Hispanic invasion” murdered 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, a reporter asked Beto O’Rourke if President Trump could do anything to “make this better”; O’Rourke replied with exasperation. “He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals,” he said. “I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the fuck?! It’s these questions that you know the answers to.” Last weekend, also responding to a question about Trump’s racism, Julián Castro said , “American journalists are so steeped in a ‘both sides’ dynamic… That presents a problem when things are generally right and wrong.” Days later, Symone Sanders, an adviser to Joe Biden’s campaign, took aim at CNN for its trivial focus on Biden’s “gaffes.” (He had just confused the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings, amid other missteps.) “This is a press narrative, not a voter narrative,” Sanders said. This week, it was Bernie Sanders’s turn to target the media. On Monday, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Sanders complained that Amazon paid no federal income tax last year. “I talk about that all of the time, and then I wonder why The Washington Post , which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn’t write particularly good articles about me,” Sanders said. The Post responded tersely. In a statement to CNN , Martin Baron, its editor, called Sanders’s characterization a “conspiracy theory”; Brian Fung and Cecilia Kang , both of whom used to cover tech for the paper, insisted on Twitter that Bezos does not influence coverage. On Tuesday, Sanders clarified his position. “I think my criticism of the corporate media is not… that they wake up, you know, in the morning and say, ‘What could we do to hurt Bernie Sanders?’” he told CNN . Instead, he says, “There is a framework of what we can discuss and what we cannot discuss, and that’s a serious problem.” ICYMI: The 1619 Project and the stories we tell about slavery This view is rooted, at least in part, in personal grievance—Sanders and many of his supporters say the mainstream press has consistently downplayed the success of his candidacy. Also, the complaint is not new: it echoes a line refined in 2016, during Sanders’s first presidential bid. But his media criticism still stands out from that of his rivals because it is structural: Sanders argues that media ownership is too concentrated in the hands of a small group of corporations whose interests shape coverage, as do those of advertisers. And the competitive, horse-racey nature of political reporting, they say, favors scoops over stories on persistent problems such as entrenched inequality. (This is a valid point, though it should be noted that Sanders’s claim that “not one reporter” has ever asked him about his plans to fix “grotesque” inequality is untrue .) In recent months, to circumvent mainstream coverage, Sanders’s campaign has developed its own sophisticated media apparatus —molded in part by veterans of progressive news outlets. The campaign has a web show, called The 99 , and a podcast, Hear the Bern , hosted by Briahna Joy Gray, who worked as an editor at Current Affairs and The Intercept before she became Sanders’s national press secretary. Yesterday, the campaign launched a newsletter, Bern Notice . Criticism of the media is a recurring theme across Sanders campaign communications, though in an ironic twist, Bern Notice has promised “scoops.” The first edition , by David Sirota, a senior adviser to the campaign who was previously a left-wing journalist and commentator, refers to “billionaire media tycoons” and the Post’s “ideological crusade” against Sanders. (No scoop there.) The reaction to team Sanders’s view of the press has been high-pitched, and polarized. CNN’s Chris Cillizza chided Sanders for what he called a non-apology over the Bezos remarks; Nate Silver, editor of FiveThirtyEight, a data-driven news site, attacked Sanders’s “sense of entitlement… he feels as though that by virtue of having been the runner-up last time, he’s entitled to the nomination this time, and if he doesn’t win it, it’s only because ‘the media’/’the establishment’ took it away from him.” Sirota wrote in Bern Notice of “a full freak out by—shocker!—the Washington pundits who are paid by the corporations and billionaires who own the media.” There’s so much at stake in the 2020 campaigns that, at the whiff of a false equivalency, the press takes a hammering. It’s understandable that large media companies would receive criticism, and that reporters who work hard to expose inequality would resent that treatment. But not all politicians’ criticism of the media is equal, and while journalists should ignore cries of “fake news,” they would be wise to listen when someone’s making a valid point. Below, more on Bernie Sanders: Corn Dog Democrats: Sanders’s comments on Bezos followed coverage of his campaign trip to Iowa, where many outlets gave Sanders a poor review. Tara Golshan disagreed; for Vox, she explains how coverage missed the mark . Labor relations: Last month, the Post reported that some of Sanders’s campaign staff were earning less than $15 an hour, a rate that Sanders has said should be the federally guaranteed minimum. After the story broke, Sanders complained to the Des Moines Register that staffers had aired their gripes in the media. “That is really not acceptable,” he said. “It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.” It’s not just Bernie: David Uberti reports for Vice that Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, is funding “news outlets” in swing states that will publish stories favorable to Democrats. “This should be covered by local news, but local news is dying,” a spokesperson told Uberti. Other notable stories: The government of Israel moved to bar Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, Democratic members of Congress, from making a political visit to the country. Israel cited Omar and Tlaib’s support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, but pressure applied by Trump reportedly was decisive. ( Tlaib will be allowed to visit her grandmother , who lives in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on humanitarian grounds.) Politicians and pundits across the political divide criticized Israel’s decision, though some focused more on the bad “optics” than the principles. According to Amir Tibon , Washington correspondent for Haaretz , an Israeli newspaper, Israel wanted to keep the media’s attention on 41 other Democratic lawmakers who just visited the country, but Trump “wants the media to focus entirely on Omar and Tlaib, because it’s good for him politically.” Yesterday, the Post published a story by Carol D. Leonnig and Aaron C. Davis under the headline “Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death.” People familiar with the process told the paper that Epstein’s hyoid bone was among those to have been broken. “Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older,” the story explains, “but they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation.” The report stoked predictable conspiracy theories. But four experts told CNN’s Oliver Darcy that the evidence the Post presented—in particular, the fact that multiple bones were broken—seems highly consistent with suicide by hanging. (For more on Epstein, Kyle Pope, our editor and publisher, spoke with James B. Stewart , a Times columnist who visited Epstein’s mansion last year, on our podcast, The Kicker .) Politico’s Michael Calderone tracks the feud between Nate Silver and reporters at the Times , where Silver used to work. Silver’s frequent criticism of the paper’s political coverage strikes some Times staffers “as less about methodology and more about personal grievances,” Calderone reports. And Slate’s Ashley Feinberg got the transcript of a meeting, on Monday, at which Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times , addressed staffers’ concerns about the paper’s recent coverage of race and racism. Emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show a cozy relationship between Trump’s Treasury Department and conservative outlets including Fox News, Breitbart, and The Daily Caller. Per The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr, David Asman, a Fox Business host, advised Tony Sayegh, a former Fox contributor who served as Treasury’s spokesperson, on tax policy, then contacted Sayegh to flag favorable coverage. The Wall Street Journal’s Suzanne Vranica reports that advertisers are increasingly banning news websites from running their ads opposite stories that contain politically sensitive keywords, such as “Trump,” “Mueller,” and “shooting.” This “blacklisting,” Vranica writes, “threatens to hit publications’ revenue and is creating incentives to produce more lifestyle-oriented coverage that is less controversial than hard news.” For CJR, Ryan Bell profiles Stuart Palley , a photographer whose long-term project, Terra Flamma , aims to counteract the media’s “rote and repetitive” coverage of wildfires and spotlight the role climate change plays in intensifying them. “I wanted to make pictures with more depth and nuance to help people understand the impact of wildfire instead of just getting into the horserace of breaking news,” Palley says. For the Times , Charlie Warzel, Brianna Wu, Joan Donovan, and Sarah Jeong contributed to a package assessing Gamergate’s impact on internet culture five years after it started. “The lesson of Gamergate—the one we feel reverberating throughout our politics every day in 2019—is that there’s a sinister power afforded to those brazen enough to construct their own false realities and foist them on others,” Warzel writes. On Monday, staff at The Ringer, a sports and culture website, announced the formation of a union with the Writers Guild of America, East. Three days later, management voluntarily recognized the effort . And The Laundromat , a movie based on ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation, will have its premiere at the Venice Biennale next month. Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, and Gary Oldman are among the cast. ICYMI: Coverage of mass shootings threatens public safety. Let’s fix it.',65,0,121,'8/16/2019 8:06:26 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Q&A: Gary Rosenblatt on covering sexual abuse in the Jewish community','https://www.cjr.org/q_and_a/gary-rosenblatt-jewish-week.php','When Gary Rosenblatt announced plans to step down as editor and publisher of the New York Jewish Week earlier this summer, the news was widely reported within Jewish media and almost entirely ignored outside it. That failure was unfortunate and undeserved: in his 26 years at the Jewish Week and 19 earlier ones heading the […]',65,0,121,'8/16/2019 6:55:53 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Stalking wildfires to capture the horrible beauty of climate change','https://www.cjr.org/covering_climate_now/stuart-palley-wildfire-photography.php','At around 3am on November 9, 2018, photographer Stuart Palley stood on the sidewalk of a residential street in Thousand Oaks, California. A wildfire known as the Hill Fire was burning down from the foothills, driven by Santa Ana winds and fueled by unseasonably hot and dry conditions. Palley had been on the scene for […]',65,0,121,'8/15/2019 12:05:08 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Podcast: Jeffrey Epstein on background','https://www.cjr.org/podcast/jeffrey-epstein-james-stewart-background-suicide-new-york-times.php','“Slippery,” but “charming.” “Magnetic,” but “useless.” And “utterly unapologetic.” Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein invited New York Times columnist James Stewart to his Manhattan home last August. Following Epstein’s apparent suicide last week, as he awaited trial for sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex, Stewart and the Times made the decision to […]',65,0,121,'8/15/2019 11:25:36 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Could WordPress + Tumblr create an alternative to Facebook?','https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/wordpress-tumblr-facebook.php','When Verizon announced earlier this week that it was selling Tumblr, the blogging platform Yahoo acquired in 2013 for $1.1 billion, most of the attention focused on the price: according to Axios , the communications conglomerate sold Tumblr for just $3 million (Vox says closer to $2 million). In other words, Yahoo vaporized about 99 percent of the platform’s theoretical value in the six years it owned the company. But apart from this massive bonfire of value, one of the most interesting things about the Tumblr sale was the acquirer: Automattic, the parent company of WordPress. If Tumblr was the Coney Island freak show of the blogosphere, WordPress is the more dependable cousin—the one with a steady job. Could the combination of the two bring back the glory days of independent blogging? Some are clearly hoping that it will , and if anyone has a chance of pulling it off, it’s probably WordPress. More than 35 percent of the world’s 1 million most popular websites run on the company’s publishing software (about ten times the number that use its nearest competitor). That list includes many leading publishers such as The New Yorker , TechCrunch, the BBC and Variety magazine. But the software behind all of these sites isn’t the product of some massive corporation: founder Matt Mullenweg cobbled it together in 2003, when he was just 19 years old. Even more surprising, the core of WordPress is still open source , meaning anyone can help develop it, and any user can download, install and run it for free. Automattic helps manage the free version, but also sells a for-pay version and related services to large publishers. The company is valued at over $1 billion. In an interview with The Verge on Tuesday, Mullenweg—who is now CEO of Automattic–makes it clear the purchase of Tumblr wasn’t just an attempt to cash in on a Verizon fire sale. Part of his motivation, he suggests, was to try to bring back some of the magic of the old days of blogging, when the web seemed to be mostly made up of individuals writing on their own websites instead of posting to a Facebook news feed. And Mullenweg clearly sees the open-source, do-it-yourself ethos of Tumblr and WordPress as an alternative to the centralized control of a social-networking behemoth like Facebook. “I would love for Tumblr to become a social alternative,” he says . “It has the fun and friendliness of some of the other networks we use, but without that democracy destroying…” The sentence is left unfinished, but it’s obvious who Mullenweg is talking about. ICYMI: Journalists need more help than ever coping with work trauma More than just about any other piece of software, WordPress helped fuel the blog revolution in the mid- to late 2000’s. Although many early bloggers used a variety of tools, including Moveable Type and Blogger (founded by Evan Williams, who sold it to Google in 2003 and went on to become a co-founder of Twitter), WordPress quickly became the go-to for anyone who wanted to publish their own writing. And as media companies like The New York Times started to dabble in the web, WordPress also became the default platform for many of their blogs as well. TechCrunch started the technology blog boom and was eventually acquired by AOL ; The Huffington Post built a blog empire before it was also acquired ; and blogs helped start the careers of some notable journalists, including Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept and CNN’s Brian Stelter, who got his start with a self-published blog called TV Newser while he was still in university. As Twitter and Facebook rose in popularity, blogging—which took more time and effort—declined, to the point where you could count the number of independent bloggers on one hand. Tumblr continued for a time, powered in part by porn. Verizon banned pornographic content after it acquired Yahoo, a decision which many believe killed the service. But Mullenweg told The Verge that Tumblr still has a significant number of loyal users, and that he’s hoping to offer them monetization features and other services. Whether WordPress + Tumblr can create something that goes head-to-head with Facebook and Twitter—and whether independent journalists would take to such a thing as an alternative to social networks—remains to be seen. Here’s more on WordPress and Tumblr: A company with no HQ : WordPress takes the idea of distributed software to the ultimate extreme, in that the company itself has no headquarters or head office. Mullenweg is based in Houston , but the company’s 850 or so employees work in more than 69 countries around the world. Mullenweg says he travels constantly—about 375,000 miles last year—to stay in touch with them. The Internet needs Tumblr : Angela Watercutter writes about Tumblr for Wired , and says “it was, and occasionally still is, a living embodiment of what the internet can and should be… the antithesis of other social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter and Reddit.” Other networks simulate community, she says, but Tumblr embodies it. Verizon and media didn’t mix : The decline of Tumblr was due to more than just the porn ban, according to this piece from Fortune on Verizon’s media troubles. The company’s media investments, including Tumblr, have been a disaster—the telecom giant wrote down the value of its media holdings by $4.5 billion in December of last year, including its G90 streaming service. Yahoo didn’t get it either : Before Verizon finally ruined Tumblr, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had tried to ruin it as well, according to a number of Tumblr and Yahoo watchers. The company tried to turn the service into an advertising vehicle, but it failed miserably, in part because the culture of Tumblr resisted ads (founder David Karp was famously opposed to advertising before the acquisition). Other notable stories : CNN international correspondent Clarissa Ward says she was targeted by a Russian propaganda campaign while working on a report about the country’s activity in Africa and the involvement of a secretive group of mercenaries. As the network prepared to publish its report, a site linked to a Russian oligarch known as “Putin’s chef” released a video about CNN’s trip to Africa, which included clips of the team at their hotel that were filmed without their permission, and accusations that they bribed local residents. According to her newly published book, MSNBC correspondent Mariana Atencio got a call from a network executive just before she was about to leave for the White House Correspondents Association dinner in 2017. The executive told her not to dress “too Latina,” Atencio writes. An MSNBC spokesperson told The Washington Post ‘s Erik Wemple that “action was taken” for what the network called an “unacceptable comment.” The New York Times looks at how the Chinese government is using its control of the media to manipulate the public’s view of protests that have been taking place in Hong Kong. In one case, when a projectile hit a woman in the eye, the state television network said it was thrown by a protester, and posted what it said was a photo of the protester counting out money, implying she was a paid provocateur. Jessica Lipsky writes for CJR about the enduring influence of the newspaper for the Black Panther Party, which she says not only helped produce some of the civil rights movement’s top leaders, but also acted as a kind of economic support system, because those who sold the paper got to keep 10 cents out of the 25-cent cover price. The Nieman Lab reports that the News Guild, one of the leading unions for journalists and other media staffers, is going to re-run the election of a new president. The organization held an election in May to choose a new leader, but critics soon complained of irregularities, including more than a thousand members who never received a ballot. The Guild represents workers at Quartz, BuzzFeed, Vice, Vox, HuffPost, and Slate, just to name a few. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet talked with CNN about a recent newsroom meeting in which staffers complained about bad headlines and other gaps in the paper’s coverage, including its reluctance to use the term “racist.” Baquet said the paper’s job was not to “be the leader of the resistance,” but one Times journalist told CNN that “when the stakes are so high and so many people feel personally threatened and there’s real danger in the air, the show-don’t-tell approach feels inadequate.” According to the latest research from the Pew Center, people over 50, black Americans, and Americans with a high-school education or less are more likely to say they follow local news “very closely,” and they prefer getting their news from TV rather than online. The research is based on a survey of nearly 35,000 adults between October and November of 2018. I talked with Casey Newton, the Silicon Valley editor for The Verge, on CJR’s Galley discussion platform about a wide range of topics , including whether the government should break up giant technology companies like Facebook and Google (he says they should), and why media companies should take the money Facebook is offering to pay for their content. Miles Kohrman and Katherine Reed write for CJR about the way that mass shootings are covered and how it needs to change. They argue that the news industry “hasn’t seriously reckoned with its responsibility to cover mass shootings with the discretion they require [and] if we don’t change that soon, we risk further contributing to the uniquely American crisis of mass killings.” ProPublica, which has gained attention for large-scale investigative reports based on public data, has published an open-source guide for other media organizations and journalists that want to use large datasets in their reporting. The guide was created in part with funding from Google’s Digital News Initiative. ICYMI: In Kashmir, journalists struggle under India’s blackout',65,0,121,'8/15/2019 7:46:06 AM'