What we’re reading this week

JAMLAB Contributor
Nov 19 · 2 min read

Take a look at some of the things we are currently reading in our newsroom that you should be aware of

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Mail & Guardian | Why we need subeditors

In this piece, the M&G reminds us of the importance of the unseen and underappreciated role that sub-editors play in newsrooms. As publications struggle to stay afloat and the media industry, in general, is forced to reinvent its revenue model, one of the casualties of these changes is sub-editors. Media organisations around the globe have reduced their sub-editing staff or outsourced this function and more worryingly, asking journalists to sub-edit their own stories. This article stresses why quality journalism requires real investment.

Columbia Journalism Review | Journalists are not the only storytellers

In The Journalism Crisis Project, this piece explores how storytelling has changed to incorporate ordinary people whose experiences in their communities offer a perspective that outsiders and journalists do not have. “iPresente! Media — a Philadelphia-based bilingual media collective — presented a documentary about three Philly locals, highlighting the ways in which media can either limit or support the roles that people play in their communities.” The piece goes on to say: “All of the participants in the documentary have hopes and a vision for a journalism that serves them: they worry about distortion, about corporate ownership of local outlets, about narratives that only scratch the surface of the truth.”

Business Insider | Social-media innovation is dead

Following Twitter’s recent rollout of its Fleets feature for users, in this opinion piece, Chris Stokel-Walker laments what has become of our social media apps. “Everything is the same now,” he writes. Fleets is Twitter’s version of Stories, which you can find on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. What’s the point? Why not add differentiating features that users have been asking for for years? Say Stokel-Walker: “platforms have become so bloated that they feel they need to be all things to all people, worried that if they don’t provide a place for people to upload every element they could possibly want, they risk falling behind the race to corner the market. In reality, all they’re doing is diluting their offering”.

Salon | Faux-neutral journalism is no way to fight the truth-deniers

“With Trump defeated, journalists can’t just retreat back to “objectivity” — not with America’s future at stake,” writes veteran US journalist Dan Froomkin in this piece for Salon. Have we seen the end of the era where publications believe in order to reach more people it is best to remain neutral? Read and cast your verdict.


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