Nieman Lab: The Daily Digest

Quartz, built on free distribution, has put its articles behind a paywall

Being a Quartz Member ($100/year) will now be required for access to all of its stories — one more case of a quality publisher finding that advertising revenue isn’t enough to allow a readership without limits. By Christine Schmidt.

Assigned to the 2020 campaign trail? Consider a Google form on your way out

“I represent thousands of people who have told me they want to hear about this, and I happen to be the guy who’s paid to go on planes and dig up documents and ask these questions for them, because they’re busy living their lives.” By Christine Schmidt.
Here’s the state of Hispanic media today — and where it goes from here
What We’re Reading
The New York Times / Campbell Robertson
“As the newspaper war escalated, so did the journalism” →
“On the day last month when Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, The Advocate put up a paywall for the first time, limiting the number of articles nonsubscribers can read free online. With the end of a six-year battle and one big paper left in town, the journalists of New Orleans now turn to the real newspaper war: surviving in the news industry at all.”
The Wilson Times
North Carolina’s last two family-owned daily newspapers form a joint media company →
“We believe our mission is vital to democracy, and we maintain local reporting staffs at all of our publications to provide responsible coverage in the communities they serve. We’re not a hedge fund or investment group that buys local papers to extract profit at the expense of the product. We’re career newspaper people who want to help save the business we love.”
Bloomberg / Kurt Wagner
Facebook will raise content moderators’ pay because $15/hour is no longer enough in metro areas →
“Facebook said its decision to increase wages is not a direct response to negative press coverage. ‘We started this process middle of last year,’ [vice president of human resources Janelle] Gale said. ‘Way before those articles came out.'”
Media Matters for America / Katie Sullivan
Fox’s “news” side pushed misinformation every day for four months straight →
“A Media Matters investigation found that the ‘news side’ isn’t as inoculated as the network claims. We looked at Fox News and Fox Business programming for the first four months of 2019, and we documented examples of the ‘news’ division spreading misinformation on air every single day between January 1 and April 30.”
Reuters / Paresh Dave and Sheila Dang
TV networks emerge as obstacles on YouTube’s hunt for ads →
“This week, the big U.S. TV networks plan to drive the knife further into digital rivals, repeating the phrase ‘brand safety’ and exploiting YouTube’s struggle to curb unsuitable content, during the upfront ad sales period when TV networks preview the fall season for advertisers.”
Pew Research Center / Aaron Smith, Laura Silver, Courtney Johnson, Kyle Taylor, Jingjing Jiang
People in emerging economies worry social media sows social divisions →
Majorities in most countries surveyed say social media has both given “ordinary people in our country…a meaningful place in the political process” and increased “the risk that people in our country might be manipulated by domestic politicians.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Nicholas Diakopoulos
The top 20 percent of sources in newsy Google Search results accounted for 86 percent of article impressions →
“What we do know is that Google’s algorithmic curation of news in search converts to real and substantial amounts of user attention and traffic.”
CNBC / Alex Sherman
Reviewing the earnings: Which media company has actually disrupted? →
“A broadcast TV company spent a huge amount of money on a traditional cable TV business. A once-hot digital media darling got written down to $0. A traditional newspaper company has nearly tripled its valuation from three years ago.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Corey Hutchins
Should a public library publish local news? It might happen in Colorado →
“Voters in Longmont—who previously approved a publicly owned fiber-optic broadband network, and now have some of the fastest internet speeds in the nation—could be asked to consider new taxes to fund a “library district,” a special governmental subdivision that would operate a community library.”
The Atlantic / Robinson Meyer