Bloomberg: Russia ‘Spits’ on EU Sanctions in Escalating Propaganda Battle. “The European Union promised to shut down the flow of Vladimir Putin’s propaganda after Russia invaded Ukraine, slapping sanctions on state-backed media RT and Sputnik days after the attack. Nearly two years into the war, the Kremlin appears to have the last laugh.”
NiemanLab: Google News Initiative grants in Africa and the Middle East yield mixed results, study finds
NiemanLab: Google News Initiative grants in Africa and the Middle East yield mixed results, study finds. “Innovation — in newsrooms and elsewhere — takes more than a new idea. It requires transforming that idea into value for the organization… A new study investigates reasons that one-year grants supplied by Google News Initiative in Africa and the Middle East resulted in a number of projects that fall short of that definition, instead producing ‘minimum viable products’ that were under-realized versions of the original ideas.”
NiemanLab: Pocket will show users more local news. “On Wednesday, Pocket, which is owned by Mozilla, launched a partnership with the American Journalism Project to bring its adherents, and Firefox browser users, more of a type of story that previously flew under the radar of its recommendation system: local news.”
The Verge: Gannett lawsuit claims Google’s ad monopoly is hurting the news business. “Gannett filed a federal lawsuit against Google and parent company Alphabet on Tuesday, alleging that Google has monopolies on the ad tech market that have hurt local news.”
Today’s Gizmo combines the authority of the FCC TV license database with local news search. And when I say local, I mean, like, a street. Here’s how StreetScoop Local News Search works: – Enter an address in the United States – The address converts to latitude/longitude – A dataset is consulted to find the nearest large city to that address – That city name is searched in the FCC’s TV permit database and the domain names of local TV stations are aggregated into a query string – The query string along with the street name are bundled into a Google search which opens in a new window. Local news search! Authoritative sources!
Reuters: German Cartel Office Ends Proceedings Against Google News Showcase. “Germany’s cartel office has concluded proceedings against Google over its online news service after the tech giant made several changes benefiting publishers, the office said on Wednesday.”
Northwestern Local News Initiative: Pro-Journalism Legislation Faces a Make-or-Break Session. “The clock is ticking on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. With the midterm elections coming up on Nov. 8, the lame-duck session could be the last realistic chance for Congress to pass this bipartisan effort to make Google and Facebook pay for local news content on their platforms.”