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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.
    October 17, 2019
    Mark Zuckerberg: “People having the power to express themselves at scale is a new kind of force in the world. It is a fifth estate”
    “The event was livestreamed on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, where nearly every comment featured exuberant praise of the Facebook CEO or thanked him for creating the service, many using similar language.”
    NBC News / David Ingram and Ben Collins / Oct 17
    At The New York Times, a Hesitance to Hyperlink
    “‘I think that a big problem is that there are still editors who like…do not get the online etiquette of linking,’ one employee said. ‘They didn’t come up in a world where it’s both incredibly easy and just considered the right and normal thing to do to credit early and often.'”
    Vice / Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Jason Koebler / Oct 17
    The NYT Cooking app is now on Android
    “Cooking surpassed 250,000 subscriptions in Q2 2019, tripling the number of subscriptions in just one year.” (Without having an app available on roughly half of American phones.)
    The New York Times Company / Oct 17
    The Information will launch a tech news app that costs $29 per year, much less than its regular $399/year subscription rate
    “The Information describes Ticker as its first consumer app. The assumption is that anyone who’s currently paying the $399 annual fee for an Information subscription needs it for their job — whether they’re an investor, entrepreneur or some other professional in the tech industry. The new app, meanwhile, is designed for anyone who might be interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest tech news.”
    TechCrunch / Anthony Ha / Oct 17
    How the Charleston Gazette-Mail overcame bankruptcy, layoffs and management changes to double digital subscriptions
    “But the changes that got the Gazette-Mail there were also fairly simple – a tightened paywall, aggressive subscription offers, collaboration across departments, national partnerships and a newsroom that’s starting to embrace its role in saving itself.”
    Poynter / Kristen Hare / Oct 17
    Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on the hard-earned trust behind the Harvey Weinstein investigation
    “This is a case in which journalism stepped in when other systems failed. Megan and I have been staggered by the power that the journalism ended up having, but we feel really strongly that this is also a story about the limits of journalism.”
    AndroidForMobile Reports / Oct 17
    Will USA Today in print survive the Gannett-GateHouse merger? Executives insist yes
    “Gannett and USA Today leaders have called a staff meeting for 11:30 a.m. Thursday to dispute the findings of this article and answer questions.”
    Poynter / Rick Edmonds / Oct 17
    Public radio revenue has overtaken public TV revenue for the first time
    “It is easy to see why when you compare the revenue growth rates of public radio stations with public television stations since 2008. Public radio revenue has grown by 45% over the past decade but public television has seen a decline in revenue of -14% over the same time period.”
    PublicMedia.co / Steve Holmes / Oct 17
    How the Knoxville News Sentinel approached covering (or not covering) extremism in its community
    “It felt like it was designed to put it right in our laps and make sure that we would cover it.”
    Center for Journalism Ethics / Isaac Alter / Oct 17
    How a massive Facebook scam siphoned millions of dollars from unsuspecting boomers
    “Taken together, documents, recordings, and other information provide an unprecedented, detailed inside look at how black hat affiliate markers weaponize targeted advertising, fake news articles, and overseas labor to exploit Facebook on a massive scale. Burke’s Facebook account operation eventually became so large that Ads Inc. began selling surplus rented accounts and pages to other marketers for $800 per Facebook login. Meanwhile, the people whose account logins were being sold were paid $15 to $30 a month.”
    BuzzFeed News / Craig Silverman / Oct 17