Media is plural: March 8-12

by Carl Natale on March 13, 2021

I curate some of the items from the daily email I write for the newsroom and am sharing them with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Maybe readers miss Donald Trump now that he’s “gone”

“Nearly every big news site saw its traffic decline in February, compared to a tumultuous January that included the Capitol insurrection and Biden’s inauguration.”

It looks like news readers don’t have an endless appetite for news. Sara Fischer of Axios writes that news seems to be less interesting without chaotic politics. And GameStop. 

Maybe this is good for local news if it sticks. They may turn their attention to local mayhem and restaurant news.

Cross your fingers that I’m right. The past year has been ugly for all types of media organizations

How to make Twitter forget about the Oprah interview

Publish a story challenging the New York bagel. Which led to a bit of back and forth over where to find the best bagels. BTW, Montreal bagels are a thing. 

BONUS:Listen to a great interview with Tejal Rao, who wrote the NYT bagel story. It was recorded pre-bagelopalypse.

If you feel udder loneliness…

Cow cuddling is a business. Kellie B. Gormley of The Washington Post writes “People are signing up to hug cows at sanctuaries across the country, many desperate for affection as the nation approaches a full year of social distancing during the pandemic.” 

I understand it’s a moooving experience.

Let’s call it vaccine curious

Pew Research has a new survey finding increased acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines. It’s not too surprising. Part of it has to do with media coverage. While it’s not our job to be vaccine cheerleaders, we do need to offer the best medical information we can access. 

The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan writes that local reporters need to publish basic medical information. And not spend too much effort on debunking vaccine myths.

Maybe Tucker Carlson was right

James Shanahan writes that we need to be cautious about surveys showing how much support there is for QAnon. Some surveys contradict each other. And there is perhaps some nuance.

Are pants still a thing?

Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate feedback on presentation and content.Let’s get back to doing good work.
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Sorry Yogi, you can’t use that drone to find picnic baskets

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The drones are falling! The drones are falling!

The Washington Post has a very impressive report that covers drone crashes and near misses with aircraft in the United States. It makes the FAA’s case very nicely that drones need to be tightly regulated and restricted. Which makes a certain bit of sense. But too much control and we’re going to lose a lot of […]

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What else needs to be said?

The great Northern Jerk-Off — StuffJournalistsLike (@JournalistsLike) April 22, 2014

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This actually makes journalism sound like fun

@mathewi The story of daily journalism: Set 'em up; knock 'em down; baffle beyond comprehension; then explain, as to a child. — Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) April 22, 2014

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A troll by any other name…

So what makes you think that requiring real identities will clean up reader comments?

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