Edition #89

A hopeful sign of digital newsroom growth in Asia and the case for checking luggage.

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1) The International Center for Journalists just released their 2019 survey on the use of technology in global newsrooms. There’s a lot to read — check out the highlights on their site — but this particular slide stood out:

Interesting to see East/Southeast Asia as a locus for digital newsroom growth (if you’re interested in the topic, you should definitely be following the work of Splice), and on the other end of the spectrum, where digital-only is shrinking, is good old North America. (ICFJ)

2) India’s national election earlier this year was called its first “WhatsApp election,” because of the outsized influence the messaging platform had on political discourse there during the cycle. The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University is looking at that election as a case study on the impact of WhatsApp on the political conversation (and the spread of misinformation), and collected over 1 million messages from over 1,400 chat groups. (CJR)

3) The DNA newspaper in India, aka Daily News & Analysis, abruptly shut down its print operations last week, citing losses. It will continue as a digital-only publication. (The Print)

4) Two interesting recent bits of news from Vice:

  • Just ahead of the Refinery 29 acquisition, Vice re-organized their international division, bringing it into a unified global structure. (Digiday)

  • James Murdoch also bought a stake in the company as part of the Refinery deal. Wonder what that’s about. (New York Times)

5) Verizon is reportedly looking for a buyer for HuffPost — AOL merged with HuffPost back in 2011 for $315 million, and Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 for $4.4 billion. (TechCrunch)

6) The Sun (UK) is expanding to the U.S. Is this what felt like to be in Europe when Breitbart announced their plan to launch sites in France and Germany back in 2016? (The Drum)

7) Profits at the Telegraph (UK) are massively down, despite subscriber growth — the paper now counts over 400,000 subscribers across print and digital. (Press Gazette)

8) Singapore Press Holdings, the publisher of the Straits Times among other titles, is laying off 5 percent of its workforce as part of a restructuring. (Today Online)

9) A great, thorough profile of Maria Ressa, the editor-in-chief of Rappler in the Philippines, and how her site’s work covering Duterte’s campaign of extrajudicial killings has put her at risk. (New York Times)

10) A new project from the Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY and journalists Lam Thuy Vo, Disha Raychaudhuri and Moiz Syed: The Journalists of Color Resource Guide

11) Of the 6,000 languages currently spoken on Earth, just 15 of them cover half the world’s population. Of those, English is dominant, and that power often distorts the global media story, writes Tanya Pampalone in Watch Your Language: How English is Skewing the Global News Narrative. (GIJN — this essay is also the lead piece in a new book, “Unbias The News: Why Diversity Matters for Journalism”)


The joys of checking luggage: Roxane Gay writes about her strongest travel opinion — that you should check your luggage whenever possible: “I preach the gospel of bag checking wherever and whenever I can. That is my ministry. I welcome you into my church with open arms because I don’t have a suitcase with me.” (Gay Magazine)


I’ve just recently added the Longform Podcast and Recode Media to my podcast rotation, both highly recommended.


Lastly, a shameless plug: I wrote something this week for Humungus (a non-toxic-masculinity publication on Medium) about Dungeons & Dragons and the joy it has brought into my life: A Love Letter to D&D