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    Twitter is removing precise location data on tweets — a small win for privacy but a small loss for journalists and researchers
    For the past decade, location-tagged tweets have been a useful (if imperfect) tool for anyone trying to connect time, place, and information in ways that told us something about the world.
    By Joshua Benton
    “News unfolds like a saga”: The French news site Les Jours wants to marry narrative, depth, and investigative reporting
    “Serial” isn’t just a podcast: It’s also the format hook Les Jours uses to bring some of the lessons of drama to long-form investigative reporting. It’s a fascinating mish-mash of ideas you’ll recognize from short-run nonfiction audio, Quartz, Epic Magazine, and more.
    By Olivier Holmey
    Meet TikTok: How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using the of-the-moment platform
    “When I was a beat reporter, I used to look at national news and say: How can I localize this? I feel like this is the other way around: What’s going on in our community that people can relate to across all platforms?”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Audiobooks are no longer exempt from the broader shifts in the podcast world
    Plus: Spotify wants into news podcasting, a collective tries to boost the medium in Ireland, and a “slightly absurd, aurally adventuresome, quasi-journalistic podcast about food.”
    By Nicholas Quah
    Why do some people avoid news? Because they don’t trust us — or because they don’t think we add value to their lives?
    What if distrust is a smaller problem than the way news consumption leaves readers stressed, anxious, depressed, afraid, disempowered, and exhausted?
    By Joshua Benton
    News outlets will need public support to battle governments set on chilling investigative journalism
    Recent police raids against journalists in Australia and the United States seek to instill fear in the minds of journalists and their sources — less to punish the last story than to discourage the next one.
    By Michael J. Socolow
    As the Christchurch massacre trial begins, New Zealand news orgs vow to keep white supremacist ideology out of their coverage
    “We’re going to do our job — we won’t chill our coverage in any way — but we’re not going to spread hate or misinformation.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Populists prefer television to online news — but are sticking to Facebook as others leave
    “In the U.S., though there are some outlets with populist audiences — such as Fox and HuffPost — it is clear that the majority of outlets have audiences that are predominately non-populist left, such as The New York Times.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Investigative Network aims to bring more documentary video to local TV (but it’ll need funding first)
    “What I’ve seen with most nonprofits is they’re driven by former print people who have transitioned to digital. I can’t tell you how many times I see a digital story and think it would have been a good 10-minute, 15-minute, hour-long documentary piece.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    How could deepfakes impact the 2020 U.S. elections?
    Seven scenarios — from faked scandalous audio to voter intimidation to imagined journalistic corruption — show the sorts of misinformation disruptions that could be coming.
    By Nicholas Diakopoulos and Deborah Johnson
    The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it
    You can now VLOOKUP the SUMPRODUCT of the Times’ training efforts. It’s SORT of a TREND; even AVERAGE journalists can CONVERT data skills TO_DOLLARS.
    By Joshua Benton
    Droidward and Botstein can’t do it all, but AI-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the next knowledge economy
    Estimates say that today’s AI can automate only about 15 percent of a reporter’s job and 9 percent of an editor’s job. But that doesn’t mean AI won’t change a lot of the work that remains.
    By Nicholas Diakopoulos
    Even people who like paying for news usually only pay for one subscription
    “The average (median) number of news subscriptions per person among those that pay is one in almost every country.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Twitter is removing precise location data on tweets — a small win for privacy but a small loss for journalists and researchers
    For the past decade, location-tagged tweets have been a useful (if imperfect) tool for anyone trying to connect time, place, and information in ways that told us something about the world.
    By Joshua Benton
    “News unfolds like a saga”: The French news site Les Jours wants to marry narrative, depth, and investigative reporting
    “Serial” isn’t just a podcast: It’s also the format hook Les Jours uses to bring some of the lessons of drama to long-form investigative reporting. It’s a fascinating mish-mash of ideas you’ll recognize from short-run nonfiction audio, Quartz, Epic Magazine, and more.
    Meet TikTok: How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using the of-the-moment platform
    “When I was a beat reporter, I used to look at national news and say: How can I localize this? I feel like this is the other way around: What’s going on in our community that people can relate to across all platforms?”
    What We’re Reading
    Columbia Journalism Review / Lyz Lenz
    “It’s a weird game of insiderism, where Goldberg routinely pushes professional and personal boundaries. It might not matter at all, except that Goldberg has big plans for his empire.”
    AndroidForMobile Reports / Eryn Carlson
    “Journalism and librarianship both exist to support strong, well-informed communities. We’re all working to provide reliable information in a context that makes it as useful as possible.”
    CNET / Jason Hiner
    “Unfortunately, the first version of Apple News on the Mac that launched in 2018 didn’t live up to the usability of its iOS counterpart.”
    Open News / Anika Anand
    “Once we created our taxonomy and tagging system, we had a ton of data to look at and learn from. The clearest takeaway was how effective partnerships overall are for our local brands—hundreds of new subscribers sign up from our partnership efforts every month.”
    New York Times / Michael Grynbaum
    “Ms. Torre, 61, and her co-plaintiffs — Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy — said the leadership team installed by Charter Communications, the cable giant that acquired NY1 in 2016, reduced their airtime and anchoring slots, excluded them from promotional campaigns and consistently ignored their concerns.”
    Quartz / Alison Griswold
    “In its filing for a public offering, Fiverr wrote “Professionals are increasingly willing to spend money to save time.” But it took me far more time to find sellers on Fiverr, instruct them in what I wanted, wait for the delivery, and then check their work for plagiarism and other errors than it would have for me to simply write about the Fiverr IPO myself.”
    Wall Street Journal / Rob Copeland
    “Executives at the Google unit are debating moving all children’s content into a separate product, the stand-alone YouTube Kids app, to better protect young viewers from objectionable videos, say people briefed on the discussions. That would be a seismic and risky switch, as children’s videos are among the most popular on the platform and carry millions of dollars in advertising.”
    The Verge / Casey Newton
    It’s grosser than you think: A deskside death from a heart attack, …unclean bathrooms, sexual harassment, and more.
    Membership Puzzle Project / P. Kim Bui
    “I wanted to run a site that really built relationships and was less transactional. I wanted the community to understand that this was their site: we were just hosting it. I’m not sure I ever met the council representative, but I did meet business owners, librarians, mothers, and advocates.”
    The Morning Call / Jon Harris
    “The filing comes nearly a month after U.S. Bankruptcy Court signed off on the sale of the bankrupt Reading Eagle to MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media. MediaNews, which owns about 200 publications and counts hedge fund Alden Global Capital as its largest shareholder, offered the minimum bid of $5 million to buy the company’s assets.”
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