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    Media companies should open up an HQ2
    If it’s good enough for Amazon, why not for news publishers? Trade in your New York rent for a wider, subway-phobic pool of talent.
    By Joshua Benton
    This California journalism nonprofit is finding hope for the news industry in voices behind bars
    Voices of Monterey Bay is amplifying less-heard voices (prisoners, the children of farm workers), building a community base of support, and publishing in both English and Spanish.
    By Christine Schmidt
    Newsonomics: Inside L.A.’s journalistic collapse
    Southern California has gone from five significant daily newspaper companies three years ago to two today. And they’re both in trouble.
    By Ken Doctor
    “We stepped in and started doing it”: How one woman built an award-winning news outlet from her dining room table
    “This is all going on in my apartment. My kids were small and running around, there were always interns here. And then that spring, we were nominated for a really big award.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Cold, hard numbers will drive the stories on this Internet-crawling company’s new media arm
    Fintech company Thinknum has lots of interesting data to sell access to. Now it wants to build public-facing stories out of it.
    By Christine Schmidt
    At The Boston Globe, the editorial pages are looking for new ways to engage readers
    “We learned how important it is to have writers and editors and digital producers working collaboratively, near each other. It’s a model for the future.”
    By Dan Kennedy
    Americans say greater access to news sources is actually making it harder to stay informed
    But they’re evenly split on whether or not the news selection algorithms on sites like Facebook and Twitter should be regulated.
    By Ricardo Bilton
    For news nonprofits, the tax overhaul is bringing new uncertainty about future donations
    “For us, it’s rare that someone cites the tax deductibility as a reason for giving. People are supporting us because they’re passionate about what we’re doing. People want to be a part of the community thats supporting us.”
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Who needs video? Slate is pivoting to audio, and making real money doing it
    Plus: WBEZ tries to turn a podcast into a franchise, Science Friday joins WNYC Studios, and Gimlet opens up the HBO playbook.
    By Nicholas Quah
    If Facebook stops putting news in front of readers, will readers bother to go looking for it?
    The idea that the value of a piece of news is defined by likes and comments — that taking in information without getting into a back-and-forth with your uncle about it is somehow unworthy — is actually a profoundly ideological statement.
    By Joshua Benton
    Facebook drastically changes News Feed to make it “good for people” (and bad for most publishers)
    News publishers that have relied on Facebook for traffic will suffer.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Maybe the science and psychology of “post-truth” can’t explain this moment at all
    Plus: A French law against fake news during elections; Facebook meets with its fact-checkers; fake news jeans.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Newsonomics: Can a new management team soothe the roiled Los Angeles Times newsroom?
    New hires from The New York Times and The Washington Post bring new faces to a news organization that has been in flux under Tronc management.
    By Ken Doctor
    Media companies should open up an HQ2
    If it’s good enough for Amazon, why not for news publishers? Trade in your New York rent for a wider, subway-phobic pool of talent.
    By Joshua Benton
    This California journalism nonprofit is finding hope for the news industry in voices behind bars
    Voices of Monterey Bay is amplifying less-heard voices (prisoners, the children of farm workers), building a community base of support, and publishing in both English and Spanish.
    Newsonomics: Inside L.A.’s journalistic collapse
    Southern California has gone from five significant daily newspaper companies three years ago to two today. And they’re both in trouble.
    What We’re Reading
    Solution Set / Joseph Lichterman
    “Definitely asking yourself hard questions before you start on any project. Do you have the resources to do it? Why do you want to start this group? And what do you want to get out of it? Who will be able to join? Who on your staff will moderate it? What are the community guidelines? The questions can go on and on.”
    Digiday / Sahil Patel
    “No one’s going to the Watch tab; no one’s going to your Facebook page, either,” said a publishing executive. “And that’s the issue; if our videos are not going to show up in the news feed, how are we going to get people to go over to Watch?”
    Splinter / Clio Chang
    “Be smart: If you’re in your 30s and you need to ask the mother’s permission, date someone else.”
    Bloomberg / Lucas Shaw
    “Eight companies, including BuzzFeed and Refinery29, have agreed to produce programming for the new initiative, called Spotlight. One of the first shows will be a four- to seven-minute daily newscast featuring reporting from BuzzFeed journalists across the globe. Spotlight will only be available to customers in the U.S. at first.”
    Vice News / Noah Kulwin
    Because WhatsApp is a private, closed messaging service, fake news researchers don’t have much hard data to go on. Those studying the issue are “primarily able to get information by lurking in large WhatsApp political groups or examining context clues, giving analysts ‘certainly a tiny fraction of what’s going on.'”
    Mediashift / Howard Polskin
    Breitbart recorded more audience visits in December than Politico, Newsweek and Slate.
    Variety / Ted Johnson
    The “winner” in first place was columnist Paul Krugman for “claiming markets would ‘never’ recover from Trump presidency.”
    HuffPost / Lydia Polgreen
    “In our current climate, we as a newsroom need to take ownership of what we publish.”
    Columbia Journalism Review / Pete Vernon
    “Gender is a lens that reveals more about stories than we’re used to seeing. When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized India’s ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes, I wrote about the way this affected women in abusive homes who stowed away cash for survival; the way it diluted the bargaining power of sex workers, making them vulnerable to violence and AIDS.”
    The New York Times / Editorial Board
    “The Times editorial board has been sharply critical of the Trump presidency, on grounds of policy and personal conduct. Not all readers have been persuaded. In the spirit of open debate, and in hopes of helping readers who agree with us better understand the views of those who don’t, we wanted to let Mr. Trump’s supporters make their best case for him as the first year of his presidency approaches its close.”
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