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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.
    May 20, 2019
    “As the trolling ramped up in 2015, President Sauli Niinisto called on every Finn to take responsibility for the fight against false information. A year later, Finland brought in American experts to advise officials on how to recognize fake news, understand why it goes viral and develop strategies to fight it. The education system was also reformed to emphasize critical thinking.”
    CNN / Eliza Mackintosh and Edward Kiernan / May 20
    “A loose collective of developers and techno-utopians that calls itself the IndieWeb has been creating another alternative. The movement’s affiliates are developing their own social-media platforms, which they say will preserve what’s good about social media while jettisoning what’s bad. They hope to rebuild social media according to principles that are less corporate and more humane.”
    The New Yorker / Cal Newport / May 20
    “After reading through AndroidForMobile Lab’s Predictions for Journalism in 2019, we identified four areas of emphasis – data, local news, social media and business models – that will be crucial for journalism students to spend time on. We interviewed five journalism educators across the country who lead especially forward-looking programs and courses within those areas.”
    Storybench / Alexander Frandsen / May 20
    “Companies that make films and television shows — old media — have been awash in money from streaming services. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple and Disney Plus will spend roughly $15 billion combined on original content next year, according to Rich Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG Research.”
    The New York Times / Brooks Barnes / May 20
    “Japanese businesses often create Twitter accounts before making their official websites; students use the service to chat with friends and follow their favorite bands; Anime-fans post their Twitter handles with QR codes on business cards that they exchange at events; and Japanese monks use it to post videos.”
    Bloomberg / Selina Wang / May 20
    “A large company with deep pockets can not only afford the best AI tech, but they can also build superior AI models based on their large user/client base. This leads to a feedback loop that strengthens their position until they become untouchable.”
    Global Editors Network / Nicolas Kristen / May 20
    “Listeners also crave something different from the standard diet of political, or politicised, news. [The cofounder of UAE-based show platform Kerning Cultures, Hebah] Fisher says they want something ‘a lot more focused on personal narratives, as opposed to affiliation with this belief or this government’.”
    The National / Miriam Berger / May 20
    “Nearly half of students (45 percent) report not having much confidence in the media to report the news accurately, while 14 percent say they do not trust the media at all. This reflects a decline in trust from 2017, when half (50 percent) of college students said that they trusted the media to report the news accurately and fairly.”
    Knight Foundation / May 20
    This is the sort of thing terrestrial radio people should worry about.
    The Verge / Ashley Carman / May 20
    May 17, 2019
    “‘We’ve been knee-deep in this situation for what feels like forever,’ said CPB System Development SVP Ted Krichels, referring to data showing that small TV and radio stations continue to struggle while fundraising grows among larger stations.”
    Current / Dru Sefton / May 17