Japan News: Google launches News Showcase service in Japan, will pay fees to 40 publishers

Japan Times: Google launches News Showcase service in Japan, will pay fees to 40 publishers. “Google LLC expanded its News Showcase service to Japan on Thursday, enabling users to view headlines from more than 40 Japanese newspapers and news agencies that each collect a licensing fee from the tech giant. Unlike news content that appears through Google searches, the service allows news organizations to curate and package their coverage on the News Showcase page or app.”

“Jump Cut” is a Model Open Journal: Digitized from Microfilm & Hosted on Archive.org (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive: “Jump Cut” is a Model Open Journal: Digitized from Microfilm & Hosted on Archive.org. “From the beginning, Jump Cut was all about being accessible and uncensored. Now, the alternative media criticism journal has achieved maximum exposure: All of its back issues are available digitally for free through the Internet Archive. John Hess, Chuck Kleinhans, and Julia Lesage launched the publication when they were graduate students at Indiana University in 1974.”

B&T: Commercial Radio Australia Set To Begin Collectively Bargaining With Google And Facebook Over News Payments

B&T: Commercial Radio Australia Set To Begin Collectively Bargaining With Google And Facebook Over News Payments . “Commercial Radio Australia’s (CRA) 261 member stations will soon be able to collectively negotiate payments for news content with Google and Facebook. The ACCC announced today that it had issued a draft determination proposing to authorise collective bargaining for CRA.”

CNN: Here’s how the Covid-19 conversation is changing in the media

CNN: Here’s how the Covid-19 conversation is changing in the media. “It’s happening from Fox to CNN, from The New York Times to the Los Angeles Times. And it’s happening on two tracks simultaneously. Vaccinated America is learning how to live with mostly mild flare-ups of the Covid-19 virus. Unvaccinated America is grappling with the death and suffering that comes from rejecting the protection of the vaccines. And in places where the two Americas intersect — schools, shopping malls, cookouts, county fairs — it feels like two languages are being spoken without a trusted translator.”

NiemanLab: Should you turn your “read next” links into a game? There’s a widget for that.

NiemanLab: Should you turn your “read next” links into a game? There’s a widget for that.. “A reader comes to your site, maybe through search or a post on social. Metrics like time-spent-on-site suggest that converting them into a dedicated reader is difficult. Many publishers use recirculation links — ones that guide users to stories they might like to read next — to try and convince readers to stay awhile. But what if you could make a game of it?”

Techdirt: Political Consultant Misrepresents Nearly Everything In Arguing That The Gov’t Should Make Google/Facebook Pay News Orgs

Techdirt: Political Consultant Misrepresents Nearly Everything In Arguing That The Gov’t Should Make Google/Facebook Pay News Orgs. “If you don’t know who Doug Schoen is, he’s a quintessential political/lobbying insider, who has worked for the Clintons and more recently for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. It might surprise some people to find that he also was a regular on Fox News… before switching to propaganda purveyor Newsmax, where he was hired earlier this year as an ‘analyst.’… He has penned a truly facts-optional op-ed for The Hill to argue that it is imperative for the government to force Google and Facebook to pay news organizations (presumably including his employer, Newsmax — though The Hill fails to note Schoen’s affiliation with Newsmax).”

Harvard Gazette: How the government can support a free press and cut disinformation

Harvard Gazette: How the government can support a free press and cut disinformation. “In a new book, ‘Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech’ (Oxford University Press, 2021), Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard Law School, says the First Amendment not only does not preclude the federal government from protecting a free press in jeopardy, it requires that it do so. Minow spoke with the Gazette about some of the ways to potentially clean up social media and bankroll local news, and why arguing on Twitter isn’t a First Amendment right.”

New York Times: How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics

New York Times: How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics. “Facebook and other social platforms have in recent weeks attracted attention for vaccine misinformation, as Covid cases surge from the infectious Delta variant and vaccination rates slow. But The Freedom’s Phoenix and The Atlanta Business Journal are two small publications — along with dozens of radio and television stations, and podcasts aimed at local audiences — that have also become powerful conduits for anti-vaccine messaging, researchers said.”

EurekAlert: On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog — or a fake Russian Twitter account

EurekAlert: On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog — or a fake Russian Twitter account. “Many legacy media outlets played an unwitting role in the growth of the four most successful fake Twitter accounts hosted by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) that were created to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study led by a University at Buffalo communication researcher.”

Rebuild Local News: Rebuild Local News coalition backs Senate bill to preserve community journalism

Rebuild Local News: Rebuild Local News coalition backs Senate bill to preserve community journalism. “The bill — jointly introduced by the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Ron. Wyden (D-OR), the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) — seeks to provide a pathway to financial viability for local news in newspapers, in digital only publications, and on television and radio stations through a series of tax credits. The legislation mirrors a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), which has strong bipartisan support.”

Editor & Publisher: The Podcast Revolution

Editor & Publisher: The Podcast Revolution. “In conversations with people who podcast, you’ll hear the word ‘intimate’ used a lot to describe the relationship between listener and the voices emanating from their earbuds. It’s as if there’s no one else in the equation, as if you’re being told a story just for you. For news organizations increasingly reliant on audience more than advertising, audio is proving to be a platform that makes those connections, builds trust and familiarity, and solidifies those relationships.”

Reuters: Australia’s Nine signs Facebook, Google deals under new licensing regime

Reuters: Australia’s Nine signs Facebook, Google deals under new licensing regime. “Australian broadcaster and publisher Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd said it signed multi-year content-supply deals with Google and Facebook Inc, harnessing tough new licencing laws to bolster profit. The step means that all of Australia’s three largest media firms now have deals with U.S. tech giants that had until this year fiercely opposed laws making them negotiate over the fees they pay for the links driving clicks to their platforms.”

Mumbrella: ABC signs letters of intent with both Google and Facebook

Mumbrella: ABC signs letters of intent with both Google and Facebook. This is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “The ABC has signed letters of intent with both Google and Facebook, becoming the latest media outlet in the country to sign commercial agreements with the two digital giants. ABC Managing Director David Anderson made the statements during a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday evening.”