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Week of 13 Jul 2018


YouTube has had a tough year. Its algo has been surfacing stuff it shouldn’t — conspiracy theories, fake news, and crap that scares the hell out of kids.

So they’re introducing new tweaks to the platform. Developing stories will now carry links to authoritative sources to help build context. Local news will also get more prominence. But perhaps the most helpful part (and I think this is the first time they’re doing this) — YouTube is giving out $25 million in grants to “support news organizations in building sustainable video operations”.

Governments & policy

After six months of preliminary hearings, a Myanmar court decided to charge two Reuters journalists under the Official Secrets Act.

The prosecution alleges that the two, who were reporting on a massacre of 10 Rohingya men and boys, collected and obtained secret documents about security forces with the intent to harm national security. That’s bullshit. We’ve already heard in court from the police that they were ordered to plant the documents and entrap the reporters. A court witness also testified that the documents were already published in the mainstream press. FFS. And oh, ASSK, who relied on journalists to communicate with the outside world in all those years of house arrest is still silent on the matter.



Two researchers interviewed 54 newsrooms in 9 countries in the U.S. and Europe.

They found out that the problems in media run deeper than simply those of business models or tech. They concluded that to solve media, we need to get away from the journalism fundamentals that we all grew up with. Controversial but necessary sacred cows to slaughter: "The dogma of arm’s length; the dogma of neutrality; the dogma of objectivity; the belief that journalists have a special ability to find and choose what is important for citizens. And not least: the basic idea, that journalism is primarily about transporting news and information from A to B." Which of these would you walk away from to save your business?
Nieman Lab