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    What We’re Reading
    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 17, 2019
    “I have no idea what [Mark Zuckerberg’s] done personally. I focus on how we all work on this together. It’s all hands on deck. People need to enlist much like in the US after the attack [on Pearl Harbor] in December of 1941, much like people during the Battle of Britain. There are foreign adversaries who’ve come out, published their public statements and say that they’re at war with us.”
    The Guardian / David Smith / Jul 17
    “Journalism may not have come honorably to the conclusion that dispassionate distance is a virtue. But that’s the fragile line that separates the profession from the rancid, institution-debasing cesspool that is today’s politics….Were we to use my moral standards, the line for calling people and words racist in this country would have been crossed decades ago. But that’s not what journalists do. We report and interview and attribute.”
    NPR / Keith Woods / Jul 17
    “WAN-IFRA and the Google News Initiative (GNI) have launched Table Stakes Europe…applications are already being accepted (the deadline to apply is 1 September)…’No one has figured out the answer going forward. But what it does is put local enterprises on a hopeful path toward the future that’s grounded in the own experienced reality of making progress and transformation.'” JB
    WAN-IFRA / Brian Veseling / Jul 17
    “All of this — the thinning newsrooms, the video emphasis, and the out-of-state consultants and contributors — is a big change for a newspaper that was the first in Oregon to win a Pulitzer Prize for its local investigative journalism in 1934.”
    Jefferson Public Radio / April Ehrlich / Jul 17
    “According to El Nuevo Día’s Dennis Costa, officials outlined efforts ‘to manipulate public narrative through mass media, influence public polls to favor the administration, and operate a “troll network” to discredit negative press coverage.'”
    Columbia Journalism Review / Jon Allsop / Jul 17
    July 16, 2019
    “The Dodo, a digital publisher focused on animal content, is launching a new kids vertical called Dodo Kid that will live across multiple channels, as well as a commerce line and book publishing.”
    Axios / Sara Fischer / Jul 16
    “The judge found that Stone violated her previous order limiting what he could say publicly about his case.”
    BuzzFeed News / Zoe Tillman / Jul 16
    “We just found it wasn’t the ideal approach for New European readers who are so passionate about the cause that they want to support us in a more direct way, Guardian-style.”
    Press Gazette / James Walker / Jul 16
    “A new Pew Research Center analysis estimates that around one-in-five adult Twitter users in the U.S. (19%) follow Trump’s personal account on the platform, @realDonaldTrump. Trump’s immediate predecessor, Barack Obama (@BarackObama), is followed by 26% of U.S. adult Twitter users.”
    Pew Research Center / Jul 16
    “Carter Center U.S. fellows receive intensive training from leading mental health and journalism experts and a $10,000 stipend to report on a mental health topic of their choice. The fellowship program challenges recipients to delve deeper into learning about a mental health issue of interest to ensure the public gets reliable information about mental illnesses.”
    Carter Center / Jul 16