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7:10 AM ET, May 9, 2016


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Marco Arment /
Despite Apple's dominant role in podcasting, the medium has remained decentralized and open; individual podcasters would suffer if Apple asserted more control  —  This New York Times article gets a lot wrong, and both podcast listeners and podcast producers should be clear on Apple's actual role …
John Herrman / New York Times:
Apple met with top podcasters as concerns have grown about its commitment to the medium; lack of sharing tools, analytics, paid subs remain industry sore points  —  Steven P. Jobs put his talent as a master salesman to the test when, in 2005, he introduced new Apple software for downloading digital audio shows.
BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and team expelled from North Korea  —  BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and his team are being expelled from North Korea after being detained over their reporting.  —  Our correspondent, producer Maria Byrne and cameraman Matthew Goddard were stopped …
Elle Hunt / Guardian:
Blogger who faked cancer and recovery faces legal action from consumer watchdog in Australia; Penguin fined $30K for publishing her book without fact-checking  —  Consumer Affairs Victoria has commenced legal proceedings against founder of recipe and lifestyle app The Whole Pantry
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Business news streaming startup Cheddar launching premium $6.99/mo service powered by Vimeo  —  Streaming video site from former BuzzFeed executive Jon Steinberg will start charging $6.99 a month  —  Former BuzzFeed executive Jon Steinberg's effort to create a Web-based “CNBC for millennials” is going behind a paywall.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Investment in equipment and personnel for video at Mashable Studios sent Mashable's costs soaring to $4M-$5M/month  —  As this week's Newfront digital video ad presentations in New York highlight, most news sites have been building up video production in the past couple of years.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Sunday Times now lets subscribers share stories with non-subscribers on Facebook and Twitter, and is posting occasional stories outside paywall  —  The Times has no plans for relaxing its paywall.  But that doesn't stop the publisher from recognizing the need to experiment with reaching beyond its subscription audiences.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Magna Global shifts $250M from its clients' TV ad budgets to spend on YouTube between October 2016 and December 2017  —  Magna Global signs upfront deal with YouTube for October 2016 through December 2017, as TV ratings remain under pressure  —  Magna Global, the ad buying arm …
Discussion: Digiday and Fortune
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
GroundTruth, a Boston-based non-profit, which aims to train and support foreign correspondents, tries to plug gap in foreign reporting through podcasting  —  How do you listen to international news, if you listen to it at all?  You might catch a segment on NPR or stream the BBC World Service.
Discussion: @torystarr3
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Die Welt measures story quality for newsroom feedback using five criteria: bounce rate, pageviews, social shares, time spent on page and video views  —  German daily Die Welt's internal grading system for its online articles sounds a little nerve-wracking.  All published pieces are assigned …
David Riordan:
Eulogy for The New York Times R&D Lab, which launched companies, built prototypes, inspired others, and imagined the future  —  The New York Times R&D Lab, a groundbreaking department of applied creative technology that helped one of the great institutions of journalism see how it could thrive amidst …
Devin Leonard / Bloomberg:
Profile of Jared Kushner, owner and publisher of New York Observer and Donald Trump's son-in-law  —  As the fuzzy strains of the Beatles' Revolution filled the room, Donald Trump took the stage on Feb. 9 in Manchester, N.H., to celebrate his victory in the state's Republican presidential primary.
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