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    What news leaders learned at the 2018 Institute for Nonprofit News conference
    Finding funding and telling stories that sell were the two big topics at the conference.
    By Marlee Baldridge
    With its Facebook Watch news show, Alabama’s Reckon wants to make a national audience care about local news
    More Facebook Watch news shows are on the way — but is the effort worth it for all local publishers?
    By Christine Schmidt
    There’s a big difference between the number of people who worry about fake news and who say they’ve actually seen it
    Plus: Facebook looks to hire “news credibility specialists,” and Reuters tries to figure out if highly partisan sites are gaining traction in and outside the U.S. (it looks as if they’re not).
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world
    But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    In the U.S., the left trusts the mainstream media more than the right, and the gap is growing
    As Facebook moves to privilege “broadly trusted” sources in its News Feed, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research shows that broadcasters and newspapers are more trusted than digital-born outlets across a number of countries.
    By Antonis Kalogeropoulos and Richard Fletcher
    For the World Cup, livestreamed online video is threatening to score the equalizer on traditional TV
    In both the U.S. and China, more people say they’ll watch matches via live video online than via terrestrial, cable, or satellite television.
    By Shan Wang
    “Did you even READ the piece?” This startup wants to make that question obsolete for commenters
    The battle against the uncivil comments section is also a battle against high bounce rates for reallyread.it.
    By Christine Schmidt
    Civil promises that you don’t have to care about blockchain to care about what it’s doing (also, its first newsrooms just launched)
    But beyond the crypto talk, how to actually pay for journalism very much remains an unsolved problem.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Grow the pie: Podcast revenue seems to be growing fast enough for everyone to get a slice
    Plus: Google’s latest table-stakes move, Stuff You Should Know sets a record, and In The Dark keeps blowing up.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Canada’s The Logic is a new subscription news outlet focused on the innovation economy, à la The Information
    “Is it a tech story? Is it a business and tech or policy and politics story, is it a cultural story? Well, it’s actually all the above: The impact of technology on the cognitive, economic, and political ways we live is quite transformative.”
    By Shan Wang
    In the hunt for sustainability, DocumentCloud and MuckRock are joining together as one organization
    “It’s a much better problem to have: How are you going to make those all work together, rather than how are you going to make it work at all.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Americans think the news industry is “headed in the wrong direction,” but what does that even mean?
    People are increasingly trustful, however, of their own preferred news outlets.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Newsonomics: Why is Michael Ferro slowing down Patrick Soon-Shiong’s deal to buy the LA Times and San Diego Union-Tribune?
    “Any would-be scenarios involving Tronc include odd tradeoffs, weird valuations, and questions of sheer feasibility.”
    By Ken Doctor
    With its Facebook Watch news show, Alabama’s Reckon wants to make a national audience care about local news
    More Facebook Watch news shows are on the way — but is the effort worth it for all local publishers?
    By Christine Schmidt
    There’s a big difference between the number of people who worry about fake news and who say they’ve actually seen it
    Plus: Facebook looks to hire “news credibility specialists,” and Reuters tries to figure out if highly partisan sites are gaining traction in and outside the U.S. (it looks as if they’re not).
    After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world
    But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report.
    What We’re Reading
    MPR News / Nancy Yang
    New members will receive a commemorative tote bag for a donation. While the funding strategy might not be totally sustainable, it’s certainly memorable.
    International News Media Association (INMA) / Shelley Seale
    “The biggest benefit we’ve really seen from micropay is that it lowers the commitment. What we created was this pattern of behaviour — it was a pretty high wall to cross, when the reader just wanted that one next story. Commitment is a big barrier, too; it’s not just the money. That notion that I’m going to be tied to something, I’m going to have to cancel later.”
    Quartz / Justin Sablich
    “261,925,664: Flashes per hour from the 14,800 bulbs that displayed scrolling news headlines on the Times Square ‘zipper.'”
    The Verge / Jacob Kastrenakes
    “The $85 billion deal puts the many massive media properties owned by Time Warner — including HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN — under the ownership of one of America’s largest internet, TV, and phone service providers. It creates a whole mess of potential conflicts of interest when it comes to content favoritism, with opponents of the deal drawing concern around AT&T’s ability to promote its own shows and movies over those of other companies.”
    Digiday / Jessica Davies
    “France’s five main trade bodies representing publishers, advertisers, agencies and ad tech vendors are set to meet June 15 with Mounir Mahjoubi, France’s secretary of state for digital, said Bertrand Gié, president of Geste and digital director of national newspaper Le Figaro.”
    Journalism.co.uk / Marcela Kunova
    the BBC’s early research shows that users enjoy the simplicity of the experience, while the developers appreciate the relative simplicity of implementing it.
    TechCrunch / Anthony Ha
    “Nuzzel is joining the Trust Project and the Credibility Coalition, and it’s also partnering with NewsGuard and Deepnews.ai.”
    Poynter / Taylor Blatchford
    Almost one-third of stations added a newscast to their schedules in 2017; the majority of stations kept their lineups the same, with only 5 percent cutting a newscast.
    Columbia Journalism Review / Sam Thielman
    “And with this latest ruling, [Richard J. Leon, the judge who approved AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner] hasn’t just paved the way for more vertical integration; he’s raised the barrier to entry in the media world to the size of B-movie monsters.”
    BuzzFeed News / Craig Silverman
    “Then Schenk went a step further and created a blog called the Honey Pot Times and uploaded a George Lucas death hoax. ‘I know [Rice] likes to steal stories about death hoaxes, so I created one for him,’ he said.”
    AndroidForMobile Lab is a project to try to help figure out where the news is headed in the Internet age. Sign up for The Digest, our daily email with all the freshest future-of-journalism news.
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