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Is this a movie review or a news story about the life of every American parent rn
This is the state-of-the-news-industry piece you've been waiting for this week: @kdoctor on the immense damage being done to the local news business by the coronavirus.
On the positive side: Audiences are consuming and *valuing* local news at a scale unseen in years. That's translated into a big acceleration in digital subscriptions. As one news exec put it: "This may be our last chance to prove how valuable we are."
On the negative side: As a percentage, newspapers' ad revenues have dropped about as much during this brief stretch of coronavirus as they did *during the two worst years of the financial crisis*. They're down 30-50%. (2008: Down 17%. 2009: Down 27%)
"All of this — this March massacre of news revenue — is prologue, of course. We just don’t yet know what it’s prologue *to*. The 2020 calendar has never looked longer."
I have finally figured out what Twitter's feed design was born for: dramatic reveals of insane bird feet
Somehow, “President Asks FBI Director to Jail Reporters” is only the third-biggest Trump-related story of the last 24 hours
Anybody remember two months ago, where an established and respected journalist accused the president of the United States of raping her?
It is frankly astonishing that the @nytimes is treating a credible accusation of rape against the president by a well-known journalist as *a book publishing story*