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    Can signing a “pro-truth pledge” actually change people’s behavior online?
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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.
    May 17, 2018
    “The results were mixed. While we had more than 150 readers join the Slack channel, they mostly lurked. It’s tough to diagnose why. Was the text format intimidating? Too much work? Do people really want to listen to an expert first and foremost?”
    Digital Content Next / Maureen Hoch / May 17
    “We want to create a space for young people to ask questions and feel comfortable talking about politics and policy with Texas Tribune journalists, policy makers and each other, especially on the issues that affect them most. We’re going to spend our summer focused on college affordability and whether rising tuition costs have made it harder for students to get by.”
    The Texas Tribune / May 17
    “Budget stories are painful for readers to get through, but guiding them through the process with points and data makes it more consumable.”
    Street Fight / David Arkin / May 17
    “In the UK, those on the left and right do not differ in regard to the media source they turn to most for news. Both those on the ideological right and left cite the BBC as their main news source.”
    Pew Research Center / May 17
    Commerce content “accounted for around 25 percent of Gizmodo Media Group’s digital revenue in 2017.” The new site will be “stocked with evergreen product guides and reviews; news about products the Inventory writers have already reviewed; and a section dedicated to points, travel deals and credit cards, which are highly lucrative for affiliate commerce publishers.”
    Digiday / Max Willens / May 17
    “The Local Connection is a weekly newsletter, sent on Mondays, that features a handful of national and regional news stories with specific details about how to find a local connection or angle.”
    Medium / Joe Amditis / May 17
    “How do we build awareness of Wikipedia in different countries, cultures, and language groups around the world? We trust local Wikimedians to offer their expertise.”
    Wikimedia Blog / Noa Morales / May 17
    “The inaugural class, most of whom already have several years of newsroom experience, will start working for Report for America news organizations in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, and New Mexico in early June.” GroundTruth also $650,000 in new funding.
    The GroundTruth Project / May 17
    May 16, 2018
    “Until today, many senators will have been able to largely stay silent on the issue, and a vote to support this highly unpopular rule may come back to bite them come midterms. Net neutrality may very well be an issue constituencies care about, or at least that’s what Democratic challengers are hoping for.”
    TechCrunch / Devin Coldewey / May 16
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