Every Saturday, host Julia Furlan connects you with BuzzFeed News reporters and editors so you can get the full picture behind some of the fascinating and wide-ranging stories that were first reported by our team. The podcast will also be supplemented by a guide chatbot called JoJo.
BUZZFEED / BRIANNE O’BRIEN / MAY 10
“For now, Facebook has committed to fund news programming for Watch for a year. Generally speaking, the company is proposing budgets that range from $5 million to $10 million annually for daily news programming; for weekly shows, Facebook is willing to pay around $1 million to $2 million, though those budgets are largely based on costs per episode rather than an annual fee.”
DIGIDAY / SAHIL PATEL / MAY 10
“FX has given ‘The Weekly’ a 30-week commitment and a Sunday night time slot. The show, at 30 minutes per episode, is expected to debut later this year, possibly in time in for the midterm elections. Hulu has the rights to stream the new series, giving the program a dedicated streaming platform the day after it premieres on cable.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES / JOHN COBLIN / MAY 9
“While Fátima and Projeto Lupe! draw upon each organization’s respective fact checks to answer questions in real time, Facterbot delivers a general roundup of popular pieces of misinformation Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Users can choose from pre-selected responses to either learn more about each story or ask about different topics. It even offers translations in Spanish.”
POYNTER / DANIEL FUNKE / MAY 9
“The series looks at journalists and media professionals in the region who are innovating with design, storytelling format, distribution methods, business models, transnational collaboration, residency programs, niche markets, and more. It also includes four brief guides written by Latin American journalists that offer practical advice for innovating in crowdfunding, design thinking, transnational collaboration and business model.”
KNIGHT CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN / MAY 9
“Before the media landscape gets upended or shareholders take up pitchforks, here’s a breakdown of some of the prominent pay packages from the top ranks of entertainment executives.”
VARIETY / BRENT LANG AND DAVID LIEBERMAN / MAY 9
That’s $443,000 for the Old Grey Lady versus $205,000 for the Young GIF Lady. Overall, the Times generates roughly 5.5× the revenue and has roughly 2.5× the number of employees that BuzzFeed has. Other digital publishers: $157,000 for Axios, over $700,000 for Twitter, and $289,000 for Snap.
THE INFORMATION / TOM DOTAN AND MIKE SULLIVAN / MAY 8
“From professors to doctoral researchers, here are some of the people who are working to advance our collective understanding of misinformation.”
POYNTER / DANIEL FUNKE / MAY 8
“May 8, 2018, marks the culmination of a years-long project to create an article ecosystem that promotes internal efficiency and delivers an enhanced reading experience for our users. We now have a single responsive article for both mobile and desktop on the web, and we use a subset of the same code to render stories in our native apps, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and our content management system.”
MEDIUM / THE TIMES OPEN TEAM / MAY 8
It’s “a lot of lawyering to protect documents that other news organizations put online for all to view.”
WASHINGTON POST / ERIC WEMPLE / MAY 8
“For the editorial side, the goal was to have a story page designed for personalization as the Times moves in the direction of making recommendations that are specific to the user, and push people down the funnel to subscribe. The resulting page has containers at the bottom of articles that can be customized more easily than before, so they can be used to show related stories or personalized recommendations as the editor sees fit.”
DIGIDAY / LUCIA MOSES / MAY 8
“We see an uptick in editorial-creation-focused openings. The above graph illustrates Apple openings filtered for ‘Editor’ while solving for positions that are not for the TV App, iTunes, App Store, and Engineers. Those jobs, as of today, include titles such as Politics Editor, Business Editor, US Editor (London Based) Apple News, and more.
THINKNUM / JOSHUA FRUHLINGER / MAY 7
“What the Fact” will air Sunday mornings on the pay-TV channel of Newsy (a news network owned by E.W. Scripps).
POYNTER / MAY 7
“Asked if he could see himself running a network one day, Stelter pauses, wrestling with the question in silence for a full eight seconds. Finally, he asks, ‘Can you just put me down for smiling at your question?’”
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW / PETE VERNON / MAY 4
“‘When you’re writing for an immigrant community, it’s informational, it’s like consumer reporting,’ she said. Stories for American readers, on the other hand, have more ‘background information to understand how policies work, but it doesn’t apply to their lives.’”
AMERICAN PRESS INSTITUTE / DANIELA GERSON AND CARLOS RODRIGUEZ / MAY 4
“The Sprawl covers stories in editions. Klaszus will take on one story at a time, reporting on that topic in an in-depth manner for a few consecutive weeks. Then, when The Sprawl has exhausted its coverage of that topic, it’ll wrap up its reporting and go into hibernation.” The one-person organization has 376 supporters on Patreon.
LENFEST INSTITUTE / JOSEPH LICHTERMAN / MAY 4