Offshore

This subsection of the Need to Know newsletter offers news and insights from journalism around the world.

The New York Times’ international growth hinges on programmatic ad sales in London and Singapore

Part of The New York Times’ plan to double its digital revenue by 2020 is to expand its programmatic ad sales overseas, Jessica Davies reports. NYT has hired programmatic ad chiefs in the two cities where it expects the most growth, London and Singapore. But as Davies explains, achieving scale in these markets will likely […]

After losing its funding, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is relaunching its fact-checking unit in partnership with a university

Last spring, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation was forced to shut down its Fact Check unit after the Australian government cut its funding. Now, the unit is returning less than a year later, as a partnership between ABC and RMIT University in Melbourne. RMIT will provide researchers and technical support, and Fact Check will be based […]

Facebook is rolling out a fake news filter in Germany, similar to its plan for fake news in the US

After German lawmakers began expressing concern over fake news and the potential for Russian influence in its upcoming elections, Facebook will be rolling out a fake news filter in Germany over the coming weeks. The filter will look similar to Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news in the United States: It will fact-check and flag […]

German officials are worried that Russia will interfere in their elections this fall and are proposing new measures to combat fake news

Motivated by the fear that Russia will try to intervene in their own elections this fall, German officials are considering new measures to “hunt down and eradicate fake news or other false information from the internet,” including fining Facebook for fake news posts. Political parties in Germany have already been instructed to disable bots that […]

After Breitbart incorrectly reported that a mob set a church in Germany on fire, a local newspaper says its reporting was distorted to create the story

After Breitbart News claimed that a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” set fire to a church in Dortmund on New Year’s Eve, German news organizations and politicians are warning against a spike in fake news during its election year. Following Breitbart’s report, Dortmund police clarified that no “extraordinary or spectacular” incidents had taken place, but the […]

BuzzFeed is moving production for sponsored videos for UK advertisers to its London office

BuzzFeed’s focus on video is starting to take hold in the U.K. as well, Jessica Davies writes. BuzzFeed is doubling the size of its London office and will add two new studios with a focus on sponsored video. The goal, Davies writes, is bringing “all video production made on behalf of U.K. advertisers in-house.” Before, […]

Using a card-style format, The Telegraph redesigned its app and sped up load times

Trying to better engage its small but loyal audience of paying subscribers, The Telegraph has redesigned its mobile app with speed and convenience as priorities. Now, when a user enters The Telegraph’s app, they can choose from eight sections, including top stories, entertainment and business. Within the section, stories appear in card format in a […]

The ‘right to be forgotten’ laws show how we’re having to adjust free speech and privacy for new circumstances

The “right to be forgotten” is an example of how we’re having to adjust the established principles of free speech and privacy for new circumstances and technology, City University of London professor and head of journalism George Brock writes. But where the law has failed in the EU is that it fails to balance those […]

The Guardian is buying its own ad inventory to try to figure out where money is spent

To figure out where money is spent across the supply chain, The Guardian is buying its own inventory. And in some cases, it’s finding that only 30 pence for every pound is making it back to The Guardian, chief revenue officer Hamish Nicklin says. Nicklin wouldn’t say which businesses were taking the money, but said […]

How an Italian local news group is using automation to produce about 250 videos per day

Some balked at Tronc’s goal to put out 2,000 videos per day through automation— but Italy’s Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso is on their way to doing just that. Using a tool called Wochit, the local news group (which has 18 local and regional titles in Italy) is producing 250 videos per day on average. Wochit is […]