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Need to Know: December 10, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The number of temporary workers among local radio stations has declined steadily over the past 10 years as the recession has eased, with many reporting an average of one temporary or part-time worker (RTDNA) But did you […]

Need to Know: December 7, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Consumers love smart speakers. They don’t love news on smart speakers. (At least not yet.) (Nieman Lab) But did you know: Google is launching a voice-driven version of Google News for smart speakers and phones (Nieman Lab) So far, […]

Need to Know: December 6, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: 39 percent of rural Americans lack home broadband access — in contrast to only 4 percent of urban Americans (The Conversation) But did you know: The digital divide is wider than we think (The New York Times) A new […]

Need to Know: December 5, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Democrats promised that if they won back the House, they would start regulating Silicon Valley, starting with an Internet Bill of Rights (The New York Times) But did you know: New laws would stick up for publishers and help […]

Need to Know: December 4, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: 76 percent of Americans across the political spectrum have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in their local television news (Poynter) But did you know: Americans still prefer watching to reading the news — and mostly […]

Need to Know: December 3, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Tribune Media pulls out of Sinclair deal as conservative broadcaster’s expansion plan collapses (Politico) But did you know: Nexstar clinches $4.1 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media, sources say (Reuters) Nexstar Media Group Inc has reached an agreement […]

Need to Know: November 30, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: There was less misinformation during the midterms than in 2016. But its form has changed. (Poynter) But did you know: Hyperpartisan Facebook groups are the next big challenge for fact-checkers (Poynter) While Facebook has made strides in limiting the […]

Need to Know: November 29, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Today In” is Facebook’s latest experiment in connecting people to local news (Poynter) But did you know: Facebook launches Today In, but the tool is susceptible to misinformation and could leave Facebook open to claims of bias and […]

Need to Know: November 28, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: FactStream debuted live fact-checking with the January 2018 State of the Union (Nieman Lab) But did you know: What early experiments in live fact-checking have taught us (Nieman Lab) A recent experiment in live fact-checking, in which participants watched […]

Need to Know: November 27, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In many smaller markets, it’s local TV stations’ websites — not newspapers’ sites — that are the dominant digital local news source (Nieman Lab) But did you know: To improve local TV news, ABC’s stations are betting on a […]

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