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

The challenges NYT faces in its global expansion: There’s fierce competition from established rivals in other countries and it needs to shift its strategy for different markets

As part of trying to double its digital revenue by 2020, The New York Times is taking on an ambitious international expansion. But even for a company that has as much “global recognition and respect” as NYT, Jessica Davies writes that there’s some significant challenges for NYT to overcome. Those challenges include competition from established […]

Why French publishers believe solidarity is the key to fighting ad blockers

Eighty percent of France’s top 40 publishers are banding together to fight ad blockers. The publishers are fighting blockers in their own ways, with some simply asking users to turn ad blockers off while others restrict what content is viewable to users with ad blockers enabled. But the publishers participating say that the unified front […]

The editor of Norway’s Aftenposten is challenging Mark Zuckerberg to talk about censorship on Facebook

Espen Egil Hansen, editor of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that helped force Facebook’s reversal on the “napalm girl” photograph, is challenging Mark Zuckerberg to talk about censorship on Facebook and to own up to his responsibilities as one of the Internet’s most powerful people. Hansen writes: “Zuckerberg is de facto the most powerful editor-in-chief on […]

What it’s like to be a ‘fixer’ in China: Foreign journalists can leave, but fixers have fewer protections from the government

Christine Wei, a news assistant for AFP based in Beijing, talks to Piper French about what it’s like to be a “fixer” in a country that’s particularly tough on journalists: “They always tell us: you are a Chinese national, this is your home. Foreign journalists, they can leave any time they want, but you cannot: […]

Norwegian newspaper editor to Mark Zuckerberg: Recognize your role as ‘the world’s most powerful editor’

Norway’s largest newspaper Aftenposten is standing up to Facebook after the social network censored a historic photo of the Vietnam War. Aftenposten’s editor in chief Espen Egil Hansen says in his open letter to Mark Zuckerberg that the paper will not comply Facebook’s requirement to remove the image. Hansen also calls on Zuckerberg to live […]

EU says blocking ads at the network level raises net neutrality issues, a ruling that’s good for publishers

On Tuesday, the European Union’s Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications officially said that ad blocking at the mobile network level raises net neutrality issues. That’s a good decision for publishers, Jessica Davies writes. While publishers should take responsibility for their role in the rise of ad blocking, Incisive Media’s chief digital officer John […]

Chinese government bans entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles or makes fun of Chinese values

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has banned all entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles and celebrities, or makes fun of Chinese values. The government agency has ordered Chinese news organizations’ entertainment news “comply with the Communist Party’s ideologies and adopt a positive tone,” Liu Zhen reports. The agency also said […]

How a Lithuanian news site is using its journalists to get users to turn off ad blockers

Lithuanian news site 15Min.lt, the country’s second-largest news organization, is taking a new approach to getting users to turn off ad blockers. Rather than a pop-up message asking the reader to turn their ad blocker off, 15Min.lt is using its journalists to appeal to readers directly. 15Min.lt created 12 videos featuring members of its staff […]

India’s The Quint is taking cues from Vice and Mic on how to connect with younger audiences

Indian news outlet The Quint is a digital-only outlet that provides news for younger generations in both English and Hindi. Before founding the Quint, co-founders Ritu Kapur and Raghav Bahl say they looked to other news organizations for clues on how to successfully reach younger audiences: “It was clear to us that it was about […]

How the ‘right to be forgotten’ in Europe became the ‘right to forget the news’

Several court decisions in the last few months have expanded Europe’s “right to be forgotten,” Elena Perotti writes, and those decisions have expanded the burden upon the news media. In particular, news organizations should pay close attention to a legal battle Google is facing in France: Google is appealing to the French Data Protection Authority […]