3 to read: The mystery of Tucker Carlson | The Athletic: Same old? | Viral spread of misinformation

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Sept. 8, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.  

The mystery of Tucker Carlson: From thoughtful writer to king of the TV trolls: So who is Tucker Carlson? Former colleagues editors from his early years describe a brilliant, nuanced writer. Now he comes across as a bombastic, blowhard Fox News troll — as a rich, arrogant snot. It’s been an interesting evolution, and Lyz Lenz does a nice profile for CJR.

The Athletic: Reinventing sports coverage or same old box scores in a shiny suit?: The Athletic is on a hiring and growth spree. It’s hiring local sports reporters in undercovered markets and building market share fast — 250 employees in 38 markets. But its boast that it’s reinventing sports coverage is overblown, says Aaron Gordon for Slate. It’s the same old stories, just in a nicer package. Good story on a fast-growing sports startup.

“Misinfodemics”: The viral spread of misinformation: I learned a new word this week, always a cool thing: “misinfodemics.” It’s “the spread of a particular health outcome or disease horrible facilitated by viral misinformation.” Sound familiar? Nat Gyenes and An Xiao Mina write a compelling piece for The Atlantic about the horrors that happen through the viral spreading of misinformation. Their focus is on health, but it’s relevant to news and how it spreads through platforms. An excellent read. (Transparency alert: Nat and Xiao were colleagues at the MIT Media Lab.)


3 to read: News war | Charging readers, big time | Transforming Rolling Stone

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Sept. 1, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. A decades-old newspaper battle rambles on in small-town PA: Newspaper wars? They’re still a thing? Yep, at least in a few places. Here’s a visit to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the country’s smallest city with two competing daily papers. It’s a nasty fight — which of course makes it all the more interesting. Good story by Dan Eldridge for CJR.

2. Making it work — by charging business subscribers $695 a year: It’s increasingly clear that advertising for news sites will not be a major revenue stream. But charging readers seems to be viable. The latest evidence is the Innovation Leader, a business-focused publication founded by Scott Kirsner, which charges its readers $695 a year. It’s working, apparently. An interesting take on building a strong vertical by Simon Owens on for The Business of Content.

3. The Women Who Transformed Rolling Stone in the Mid-70s: A fun piece about how a handful of women helped transform the amateurish (if fun) old boy atmosphere at Rolling Stone magazine, back when it was a rock ’n’ roll must read. By Jessica Hopper for Vanity Fair.

Extra read: Let me sum this up with one word: Appalling: California man arrested on charges of threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees he called ‘enemy of the people’.

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3 to read: Next for #FreePress | Newsletter strategy | Trust up

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Aug. 25, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. The news editorials were a start: Now, the 7 next steps for #FreePress: More than 400 newsrooms collectively wrote about the importance of a free press. That was a good start. What’s next? Melody Kramer of the Wikimedia Foundation and Betsy O’Donovan at Western Washington U have seven ideas about what to do next: It starts with defining a goal. Good, interesting stuff.

2. Newsletter strategy: How the NYT handles its *55* newsletters: Newsletters are as old school digital as it gets, but they still work amazingly well. For those of us who do or are interested in newsletter strategies (ahem), this is a worthwhile Q&A with Elisabeth Goodridge, editorial director of newsletters for the NYT. By Mollie Leavitt for The Idea.

3. Man bites dog: Trust in news is up, especially for local media: Who says all news is bad? Apparently people like their local media — it’s the *other* media that are the bad guys. This story, by Indira Lakshmanan and Rick Edmonds for Poynter, should almost have an irony warning attached. But it is a good read about who trusts what, when it comes to media.

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3 to read: Fact-checker fight | Zuckerborg’s education | Taking on Trump | Trolling the troll

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Aug. 4, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. The curious tale of how fact-checker Snopes is feuding with one of the internet’s most notorious hoaxers: Snopes has made such a rep as a fact-checking powerhouse that Facebook made them a partner in verifying stories. Turns out, that was bad news for some of the Internet’s most notorious trolls — or perhaps satirists, as they prefer to be known — which had been making money spoofing Snopes. Now Snopes has effectively turned off the Facebook spigot for the sites, drastically cutting readership. Good read by Daniel Funke for Poynter.
2. The expensive education of Mark Zuckerberg (& how we are paying the price): Kara Swisher, the editor at large of Recode, does a pretty good eviscerating the Facebook founder in this opinion piece for the NYT. The basic thrust of the piece (told in a well-deserved exasperated tone) is how could Zuckerberg not recognize the potential problems posed by bad actors? Yes, Mark, why the hell did it take so long to realize the damage Facebook was doing to society and democracy?

3. The 37-year-old who took over the NYT & is taking on Trump: Trump recently tweeted details of his meeting with the new publisher of the NYT. Except the new pub, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, took immediate exception to how the president characterized the meeting, and let the world know so. The story of the collision between the two titans offers fascinating insight into the young Sulzberger who will be leading the NYT for the foreseeable future. Nice work by the WaPo.

And one extra bc I’m off for a few weeks…

Trolling the Pizzagate troll Mike Cernovich: Cernovich has made a (crappy) rep trolling legit journalists with all sorts of out-of-context claims. But it turns out the troll is getting trolled. And he doesn’t like it very much. Boy, how he doesn’t like it… A wonderful read by Luke O’Brien for HuffPo.

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