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Need to Know: Mar. 23, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2015, the Women’s Media Center said only one-third of top circulated organizations’ stories are written by women: Some reasons for this might include that women in journalism are more susceptible to burnout and men are often […]

Need to Know: Mar. 22, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last week, the Independent Journal Review removed a story about Barack Obama’s trip to Hawaii and implied the trip “had something to do with a federal judge’s decision to block President Trump’s immigration order,” saying that the […]

Need to Know: Mar. 21, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2015, The Washington Post started to catch up and surpass The New York Times in web traffic, but each newspaper is winning the battle for web traffic in its own way, with NYT receiving more direct […]

Need to Know: Mar. 20, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Last summer, Gannett bought North Jersey Media Group, which includes NJ’s second-largest daily The Record and a number of community newspapers (NorthJersey.com) and announced last fall that it would cut half of North Jersey Media Group’s 426 […]

If Trump’s plan to eliminate funding for public broadcasting is carried out, public broadcasting at all levels would be affected

You might have heard: In his first federal budget plan, Trump proposes eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well eliminating the endowments for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (New York Times) But did you know: Though Trump’s proposed budget is not finalized (and […]

Need to Know: Mar. 17, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In his first federal budget plan, Trump proposes eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well eliminating the endowments for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities […]

Need to Know: Mar. 16, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: After launching in 2012, business news site Quartz has pushed forward a number of innovative products, including an iOS app to “position ourselves to be wherever [our] users are,” a dashboard to measure the global economy, and […]

German Justice Ministry proposes fining social media platforms up to €50 million for failing to remove illegal content fast enough

The German Justice Ministry has proposed a draft law that would fine social media companies up to €50 million (about $53.2 million) for failing to remove hate speech, “fake news,” threats or other illegal content fast enough. As part of the law, the ministry is also asking social media companies to name one person responsible […]

Need to Know: Mar. 15, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook and Google dominate online ad revenue in the U.S., and Facebook has focused its efforts on growing video on the platform But did you know: Facebook and Google are expected to expand their digital ad dominance […]

Need to Know: Mar. 14, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The Washington Post is licensing its publishing platform Arc to Tronc (Washington Post) But did you know: The Washington Post has plans to open up its Arc platform to all publishers through a self-service platform (Wall Street […]

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