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    Apple News Plus is a fine way to read magazines, but a disappointment to anyone wishing for a real boost for the news business
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    March 25, 2019
    “The service will launch in the U.S. and Canada effective immediately via an update the Apple News app. The company plans to launch it in Australia and the U.K. later this year, and in other European countries in 2021. Subscribers will be able to share their subscriptions via family sharing without any additional charges.”
    Variety / Janko Roettgers / Mar 25
    “Dwell time, Apple’s version of time spent, doesn’t account for the effort or cost that goes into making content; and the metric puts visual publishers at a disadvantage compared with those that publish long reads or essays. Some see the possibility that dwell time, as a metric, could create perverse incentives that change the kinds of content publishers include in the service.”
    Digiday / Max Willens and Lucinda Southern / Mar 25
    “With an estimated quarter billion Indians having come online since the last general election, companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have become central parts of the Indian media environment, including the disinformation problems that it faces.” 52 percent of respondents to the say they get news via Facebook, the same amount as from WhatsApp.
    The Hindu / Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / Mar 25
    “The number of articles about Ocasio-Cortez has surged in recent months, according to Chartbeat, a publishing analytics company. The average article about her gets 1,300 page views, or roughly double what typical political articles generate, the firm found.”
    Bloomberg / Gerry Smith / Mar 25
    “Lots of companies are said to have been talking to one another about combining, and any merger would face big hurdles. Investors including Discovery and Turner, which have backed Group Nine and Refinery, respectively, and the boards of both companies would have to agree on the terms.”
    Business Insider / Lucia Moses / Mar 25
    “Barr’s announcement was a thunderclap to mainstream news outlets and the cadre of mostly liberal-leaning commentators who have spent months emphasizing the possible-collusion narrative in opinion columns and cable TV panel discussions.”
    Washington Post / Paul Farhi / Mar 25
    “Many of the small startups at the conference—which included sites like WhereByUs, Blavity, Spaceship Media, City Bureau, Berkeleyside, and Migratory Notes—seemed glad to have anyone offering help and financing, including Facebook, but one or two admitted they felt a bit like props in a marketing campaign.”
    Columbia Journalism Review / Mathew Ingram / Mar 25
    “You realize that these videos aren’t circulated by a few maladjusted individuals.”
    The New York Times / John Herrman / Mar 25
    “A case study comparing two community newspapers finds that the paper more focused on audience metrics published fewer stories about civic issues, used fewer sources and let reader traffic guide news judgment to a greater degree than the paper that viewed analytics as a secondary consideration.”
    Journalist's Resource / Chloe Reichel / Mar 25
    March 22, 2019
    Beating out Facebook (10.9%), Snapchat (8.3%), Instagram (5.7%), all web browsing (4.6%), WhatsApp (3.7%), Netflix (2.4%), and the Apple (2.1%) and Google (1.9%) app stores.
    What's New in Publishing / Monojoy Bhattacharjee / Mar 22


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