What does membership mean for BuzzFeed News — at a company that’s already raised nearly $500 million in venture capital?

It was a year ago that Jonah Peretti re-gridded BuzzFeed’s strategy, with BuzzFeed News set aside in its own column that would later become its own distinct website. It would never go behind a paywall, unlike other news organizations “because your ability to access news is important every day” — but after raising half a…

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“So many times we forget to listen”: How Spaceship Media moderated a Facebook group of 400 political women without it going off the rails

When I spoke with Spaceship Media’s cofounders a year ago, they were about to embark on creating arguably the most ambitious news-centric Facebook group in existence: A goal of 5,000 women with diverse views in one group, talking about politics without everything self-imploding. The Many, as Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay dubbed it, was an…

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How getting WhatsApp API access helped this Brazilian team project process 70,000 fact-checking questions

WhatsApp blasts past other platforms in terms of immediate information sharing. But until recently, no news organization had access into the “black box” of misinformation’s backend. My colleague Laura Hazard Owen has chronicled WhatsApp’s impact in misinformation and news distribution abroad, especially as elections in Brazil, Mexico, and elsewhere translate to closer scrutiny of information…

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35 prototypes, one year, and lots learned: The BBC puts its mobile storytelling plan in action

Hyperlocal, summaries, perspectives, scrollable video transcript: For the past year, the BBC’s research and development team has been pursuing workable options for mobile storytelling beyond the standard 800-word article. After 35 prototypes (and lots of tapping, swiping, and creating reusable contextual information), the four-person team — including a full-time journalist — has activated at least…

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Canada introduces a $595 million package in support of journalism

While Americans spent last week pardoning (and eating) turkeys, our neighbors to the north were focused on bringing home the bacon for Canadian journalism. Canada’s federal government introduced a CAN$595 million-over-5-years tax package to bolster the country’s journalism market, including: A temporary, non-refundable tax credit that will allow subscribers to claim 15 per cent of…

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