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    We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
    July 19, 2018
    “Forming a community means challenging engrained models of programming and organizing. Even for MPP.”
    The Membership Puzzle Project / Melanie Sill, Emily Goligoski, Amy Ashida / Jul 19
    “The Conversation’s staff recognizes that readers aren’t coming to the site for breaking coverage, but The Conversation wants its analysis to be relevant to the news cycle and to provide readers — and its publishing partners — with additional context and background on the news of the day. In recent years, The Conversation began looking inward for coverage: If it couldn’t get a fresh story immediately, could it update and re-use what it already has published?”
    Lenfest Institute / Joseph Lichterman / Jul 19
    When Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer a reporter’s follow-up question, another reporter gave her his chance: “Hallie,” he said, “go ahead if you want.”
    The New York Times / Michael M. Grynbaum / Jul 19
    “Facebook will work with to-be-named outside local and international organizations as well as its own internal image recognition technologies to help spot these types of offensive items. Parties will have to confirm the information is false, and other groups may be asked to weigh in. Although the policy change is upcoming, the company used these principles to remove posts in Sri Lanka alleging Muslims were poisoning food given or sold to Buddhists.”
    CNBC / Michelle Castillo / Jul 19
    “So that weekend, sitting alone in his studio apartment at the northern tip of Manhattan, Albright pulled an all-nighter, following YouTube recommendations down a dark vortex that led from one conspiracy theory video to another until he’d collected data on roughly 9,000 videos. On Sunday, he wrote about his findings on Medium. By Monday, his investigation was the subject of a top story on Buzzfeed News. And by Thursday, when I met Albright at his office, he was chugging a bottle of Super Coffee (equal parts caffeine boost and protein shake) to stay awake.”
    Wired / ISSIE LAPOWSKY / Jul 19
    Molly Crabapple: “At Port Isabel, immigrants are only allowed to speak to reporters for a half hour at a time on Wednesday mornings. When I applied to meet five immigrants who wanted to speak to me, ICE called this ‘excessive’.”
    Paste / Jacob Weindling / Jul 19
    “As paywalls have proliferated across the internet, The Guardian continues to give its stories away for free and is still losing money doing it — but is losing much less.” We wrote about their reader revenue approach last year.
    NBC News / CLAIRE ATKINSON / Jul 19
    “Comcast will now turn its full attention on Sky, a key asset to help the Philadelphia-based cable provider expand overseas. While the Fox studios and TV networks would have been complementary assets to Comcast’s own Universal studios and NBC TV assets, Sky would instantly give Comcast something it currently lacks: a global presence.”
    Bloomberg / Gerry Smith and Anousha Sakoui / Jul 19
    “Added King, an independent: ‘The press is the only industry in America with its own line in the Constitution and the First Amendment, and what you’re considering today is a very unusual case that brings into conflict two principles that are important to the establishment of the country. One is, you have to obey the law, and the law is in regards to tariffs. But the other principle is the First Amendment, and I would argue that these two principles run into one another. They are in conflict. This is a special case.'”
    Portland Press Herald / Eric Russell / Jul 19
    “When you start to hear about this kind of bottom-up work people are doing in communities, which is often tightly connected to public health, housing, labor, and more, it can give a kind of three-dimensional picture of climate change beyond talk of markets and models. That’s the kind of storytelling that’s potentially powerful for both environmental journalism and climate action.”
    Inside Philanthropy / Tate Williams / Jul 19


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