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    Facebook enters the news desert battle, trying to find enough local news for its Today In feature
    Starting in May, Facebook will also solicit ideas for ways to build community through local news, looking for around 100 participants to receive funding and mentorship.
    By Christine Schmidt
    Is the business model for American national news “Trump plus rolling scandals”? And is that sustainable?
    An interview with researcher C.W. Anderson: “You do have to wonder how long we can keep up before people have a nervous breakdown.”
    By Lívia Vieira
    Can our corrections catch up to our mistakes as they spread across social media?
    Even the best reporters eventually get something wrong. This experiment tried to use the tools we use to spread our stories to spread our mea culpas.
    By Dan Gillmor
    A European movement encourages Facebook and Twitter to contact every person who has seen fake news
    Plus: Pro-China accounts on Reddit, and same-day election misinformation.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Nine local partners in Charlotte form a new reporting collaborative, with Solutions Journalism Network and the Knight Foundation
    “Gone are the days when a single news organization had the resources to dominate local news coverage, or when multiple news organizations would enter fierce competition to ‘win’ on the same local story.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    How to build a newsroom culture that cares about metrics beyond pageviews
    “The most powerful predictor for how metrics adoption will go in a newsroom is whether reporters are interested in how their communities experience and respond to journalism.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Collaborating at the Capitol: A new Illinois reporting service nearly doubles the number of statehouse journalists
    Reporters in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, and now Illinois are banding together to share statehouse coverage.
    By Christine Schmidt
    “WhatsApp has come in to fill the void”: In Zimbabwe, the future of news is messaging
    A look at how outlets like 263Chat, Kukurigo, Center for Innovation and Technology, and Magamba Network are distributing news via the app. WhatsApp connections comprise almost half of all internet usage in Zimbabwe.
    By Julia Thomas
    Refinery29’s Unbothered is made for and by black millennial women
    “A lot of the time, diversifying content is tied to a financial decision. And while I do think that targeting black women is a very smart financial decision, it was also very important that we communicate that this is out of an authentic desire to fill a void.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    The podcast industry is growing out of its teen years — and facing a new identity struggle
    Plus: The latest podcast-listening statistics, podcaster burnout, and messes and misconduct.
    By Nicholas Quah
    The New York Times wants to know your religion, marital status, Insta handle, hobbies, areas of expertise…
    But only for journalistic purposes — not to target advertising.
    By Christine Schmidt
    Facebook enters the news desert battle, trying to find enough local news for its Today In feature
    Starting in May, Facebook will also solicit ideas for ways to build community through local news, looking for around 100 participants to receive funding and mentorship.
    By Christine Schmidt
    Is the business model for American national news “Trump plus rolling scandals”? And is that sustainable?
    An interview with researcher C.W. Anderson: “You do have to wonder how long we can keep up before people have a nervous breakdown.”
    Can our corrections catch up to our mistakes as they spread across social media?
    Even the best reporters eventually get something wrong. This experiment tried to use the tools we use to spread our stories to spread our mea culpas.
    What We’re Reading
    Al Jazeera
    “Once [European colonizers] took power, they wrote laws designed to ensure that the colonized would not rise up against the colonizers; laws that could also be used to silence, censor, jail or intimidate journalists who refused to toe the line. Much of that colonial legislation is still in place today, and there is now a growing list of journalists in sub-Saharan Africa falling afoul of those laws.”
    The White House
    : “Fortunately, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate understand [public broadcasting’s] contributions…very well.” See for more context.
    Washington Post / Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg
    “But in this case, the hashing system was no match for the tens of thousands of permutations of video being uploaded about the shooting in real time, Mohan said. While hashing technology can recognize simple variations — such as if a video is sliced in half — it cannot anticipate animations or two- to three-second snippets of content, particularly if the video is altered in some way.”
    Boing Boing / Cory Doctorow
    “It’s been a year since the music links on Myspace stopped working; at first the company insisted that they were working on it, but now they’ve admitted that all those files are lost.”
    Folio / Kayleigh Barber
    “Wired’s [paywall] included the subscriber benefit of getting an ad-free digital experience, which is something that the brand’s readers explicitly expressed they wanted—and has, so far, worked. ‘Our subscription numbers [are] over 100,000 subscriptions in the year after we launched the paywall, which is a crazy number when you compare it to the number of digital subscriptions we had the previous year.’ With roughly 30,000 subscriptions prior to the paywall, the number is up 272 percent YOY.”
    Reuters / Bhanu Pratap
    “New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she wants to discuss live streaming with Facebook.”
    Motherboard / Joseph Cox
    “In a copy of the attack video viewed by Motherboard, the attacker shows several weapons right at the start of the stream, and they frequently reappear through the footage as the attacker drives to the mosque. ‘I’m not sure how this video was able to stream for [17] minutes,’ the second source with direct knowledge of Facebook’s content moderation strategies told Motherboard.”
    Bloomberg / Tracy Withers
    “We stand in support of our fellow New Zealanders and have made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform until we are confident that the distressing footage from yesterday’s events will not be shared.”
    Poynter / Daniel Funke
    “Formerly deputy director of the fact-checking outfit, he said that he plans to make Africa Check’s coverage more representative of the needs of individual countries on the continent. ‘With each country, we need to learn what resonates and what has the biggest impact, and then adopt our strategies to the local conditions,’ he said.” “
    Columbia Journalism Review / Charles R. Davis
    “It remains curious, and especially so in the wake of layoffs: with a billionaire for a founder, why does The Intercept need to solicit donations from its readers? And now, with cuts being made from the bottom of the organization, eyes are on its salaries at the top. First Look Media Works, Inc. — the tax-exempt 501(c)(3) side of FLM, and parent of The Intercept — paid Greenwald more than $1.6 million from 2014 to 2017, the last year for which there is a financial disclosure.”
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