The future of news is weird and cool

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The future of news is weird and cool
August 8th, 2017
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Sweet irony

First up, Nolan Hicks says, “This is hilarious,” while Demian Bulwa says, “This is incredible.” They’re talking about Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street, by Phillip Matier and Andy Ross at the San Francisco Chronicle. Hey, “If you can’t buy a mansion, buy the street the mansions are on. For $90,000,” tweets Harry McCracken. “Sweet irony,” says Charles Desmarais. Mary Catherine O'Connor has a suggestion: “New owners: 1st order of biz shd be 2 throw massive block party w lots of jumpy castles and karaoke.” Annie Lowrey calls it, “Today's best totally absurd fractal inequality story, hands down.”


“Change your passwords every 90 days?!?! fugitaboutit. Guy who wrote that rule was just winging it & it doesn't work.” That’s Tripp Mickle, who links to Robert McMillan’s piece in The Wall Street Journal, The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! “W#o0p$!” tweets Matthew Rose.

Either way, don’t worry about typos, because according to another Wall Street Journal piece, this time by Eric Bellman, we’re heading toward The End of Typing: The Internet’s Next Billion Users Will Use Video and Voice, as the Internet’s next growth spurt likely won’t feature Gmail and iPhones. Says Taylor Lorenz, “This is such an interesting story on how people in developing countries are using the internet in new ways.”

In other tech news, yesterday we told you about a Googler’s anti-diversity screed. And now, Google Fires Employee Behind Controversial Diversity Memo (29,000 shares), report Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Ellen Huet. Asks Scott Bixby, “Anyone work in an office where accusing coworkers of biological inferiority wouldn't end in dismissal?” Recode’s Kara Swisher has more with Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech.

“This was a really good article on online discourse in the YA community,” says Roxane Gay. She’s referring to The Toxic Drama of YA Twitter, by Vulture’s Kat Rosenfield. “callout culture is toxic as hell,” tweets Ryan Cooper. Says T.C. Sottek, “I am just sitting here amazed at this entire spectacle.”

Very bad

“This should be fun. A big scientific report showing climate impacts across the US awaits approval from Trump,” tweets Brad Plumer. He links to Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S. (87,000+ shares), by The New York Times’ Lisa Friedman. “Awesome to see @LFFriedman killing it at @nytimes w/ this massive climate change report leaked by worried scientists,” tweets Samantha Page. Bottom line: “Climate report awaiting Trump approval says we are in a very bad situation, highest temperatures in 1,500 years,” says Patrick LaForge. You can also Read the Draft of the Climate Change Report at The Times.

At The Guardian, Oliver Milman reports, USDA has begun censoring use of the term ‘climate change’, emails reveal. He writes, “Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead.”

Meanwhile, “It takes honest-to-goodness work to get approval numbers this bad when you've inherited sub-5% unemployment,” says Dave Weigel, referring to Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid mistrust, from CNN’s Jennifer Agiesta. According to a new CNN poll, 38% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, and 56% say they disapprove. 

And in his special report for POLITICO, Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America, Adam Behsudi writes, “After the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, other nations launch 27 separate negotiations to undercut U.S. exporters.” Tweets Pradnya Joshi, “The mayor of a small ag town in Iowa says Trump ‘fooled a lot of people’ when he pulled out of TPP.”

But the fans come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there’s The curious case of Nicole Mincey, the Trump fan who may actually be a Russian bot (13,000+ shares), according to The Washington Post’s Abby Phillip.

Don’t ignore it

Back in DC, “WaPo sent reporters to the Trump Hotel in DC for a month. Here's what they found [Hint: It's like a WH annex],” tweets. Heather Long. In How the Trump hotel has rewritten the rules of business – and politics – in Washington, The Washington Post’s Jonathan O'Connell writes, “The hotel’s managers press conservative, Republican and Christian groups to do business where they can rub shoulders with Trump’s Cabinet.” Tweets ProPublica, “The Trump International Hotel is for-profit. These profits feed the Trump family business. Don't ignore it.”

Meanwhile at Mar-a-Lago, WaPo’s David Fahrenthold and Lori Rozsa have the story, ‘Apply by fax’: Before it can hire foreign workers, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club advertises at home - briefly (25,000+ shares). Tweets Fahrenthold, “‘Apply by fax’: While @realDonaldTrump urges other ppl to ‘hire American,’ his biz still does just the bare minimum.”

And in another Washington Post piece, “Chefs say a dishwasher can make or break a restaurant. So I signed up for a shift,” tweets restaurant critic Tom Sietsema. His story reveals, Dishwashers are the unsung heroes of the restaurant world. One shift is all it takes to know why (21,000+ shares). “Love this by WaPo restaurant/food critic @tomsietsema, who rolled up his sleeves and worked a dishwasher's shift,” tweets Peter Marks.

Next-level data journalism work

“This @paldhous series is fascinating just for the stories and subject matter alone…” tweets Mat Honan. He’s referring to Here’s How BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes, by BuzzFeed’s Peter Aldhous. “Stunning reporting by @BuzzFeedNews here, finding spyplanes by training an algorithm on flight data. Worth a read,” tweets Kelsey Atherton. “This is some next-level data journalism work,” says Matthew Braga. “The future of news is weird and cool,” says Andrew Fitzgerald.

The contours of American music fandom

Switching gears, here’s “Another ace bit of mappery from @nytgraphics's @jshkatz, who is rapidly making pop-culture demographics an art-form,” as John Burn-Murdoch puts it: What Music Do Americans Love the Most? 50 Detailed Fan Maps (13,000+ shares), from The New York Times’ Josh Katz. He tweets, “this morning: using 22 billion youtube views to map the contours of American music fandom.” What did we learn? For one, “Confirmed: FGL not actually all that popular on the Florida-Georgia line,” notes Erin Petenko. And “Places Rihanna is ‘less popular’ on YouTube aka places I am NEVER GOING,” says Julianne Escobedo Shepherd.

Sent the final final final draft

Finally, did you put on your pants today? OK, well there are still some other small victories you might be able to celebrate. Head over to The New Yorker and get your Freelance Achievement Stickers (41,000+ shares), courtesy of Jeremy Nguyen

More Tuesday reads:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: America’s first licensed pharmacist set up shop in the French Quarter in the early 1800s. What was his name?

Answer: That was Louis Dufilho, Jr.

Congrats to…David Daniel, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…What actress won the WH Smith Young Writers Award—once for short stories and once for poetry—as a teen?

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Career Updates
Yahoo Finance, VentureBeat, Gizmodo Media Group add new talent

Amanda Fung is joining Yahoo Finance as an editor. She comes from Crain’s New York, where she was a web editor and real estate reporter. Before that, she worked for Institutional Investor News and American Banker.

Anna Hensel, previously an assistant editor covering startups for Inc. magazine, has moved to VentureBeat, where she’ll be writing for the tech news site’s Heartland Tech Channel. Prior to Inc., she worked for Silicon Prairie News and Omaha World-Herald, among others.

Gizmodo Media Group has hired Susie Banikarim as its new editorial director, overseeing editorial operations at Gizmodo sites including The Root, Kotaku, Gizmodo, Deadspin, Jezebel and Jalopnik. Most recently, she was a filmmaker-in-residence at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media. A 2014 Nieman Fellow, she has also worked for Vocativ, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and ABC News.

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