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Book Post β€’ 628 implied HN points β€’ 28 Jan 24
  1. Recent years have seen a significant decline in journalism, with many major news outlets facing layoffs and cutbacks.
  2. Local news has been especially hard-hit, with many newspapers closing down, leaving 'news deserts' in over 200 counties.
  3. The rise of artificial intelligence is also impacting journalism, with AI tools changing how news is consumed and altering the media landscape.
Simon Owens's Media Newsletter β€’ 823 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. Many worry about AI-generated content replicating and stealing audiences, but the impact on publishers is still largely hypothetical.
  2. AI is already degrading the user experience of the web, causing harm and making content resources useless.
  3. Platforms like Amazon, Google News, and ad tech are flooded with AI-generated content, harming users and eroding trust in the information served.
Simon Owens's Media Newsletter β€’ 1097 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Google traffic may not be as valuable as perceived, as it often results in low engagement and conversion rates.
  2. High-quality publishers can leverage brand recognition as a powerful tool to compete in search results dominated by AI-generated content.
  3. Building a strong personal brand in the Creator Economy can lead to burnout and lack of exit options, prompting some creators to launch companies separate from their personal brands.
SatPost by Trung Phan β€’ 127 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Develop your own taste and stick to it, like Larry David did with his unique sense of humor.
  2. Non-obvious ideas may take longer to succeed, but they present less competition and more potential for success.
  3. Structure and constraints can foster creativity, as seen in the improv-based process behind 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.
Silent Lunch, The David Zweig Newsletter β€’ 14 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. Dave is pausing the Silent Lunch newsletter to focus on finishing his book and external research work.
  2. During the pause, paid subscribers will not lose any money, with payments suspended for monthly subscribers and subscriptions extended for annual subscribers.
  3. Dave assures readers that once the newsletter resumes, they can expect more content they love, including investigative pieces like those mentioned in the post.
Read Max β€’ 2141 implied HN points β€’ 03 May 23
  1. The author is on strike from their writing work due to concerns about changing compensation structures and exploitation in the entertainment industry.
  2. The strike aims to protect writers from exploitation by studios and streaming platforms, ensuring fair compensation and job stability.
  3. The Writers Guild of America is specifically addressing the potential impact of artificial intelligence on the writing profession during the negotiations.
Counting Atoms β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. The author has a preference for films and books that are not too obvious or unsubtle.
  2. The author found 'Barbie' to be too obvious and unsubtle, making it difficult to enjoy.
  3. The author enjoyed films like 'Interstellar' and 'Inception' that are clear despite being considered difficult to follow.
Textual Variations β€’ 231 implied HN points β€’ 19 Oct 23
  1. The movie 'Hellraiser: Bloodline' had an interesting production history with multiple cuts and a leaked workprint version.
  2. Arrow Video is releasing a limited edition box set that includes one of the workprint versions of 'Bloodline'.
  3. Fans may want to wait for a standalone release of 'Bloodline' to get a better quality version without buying the box set.
Textual Variations β€’ 265 implied HN points β€’ 06 Oct 23
  1. Original content removed from streaming platforms may not be permanently erased and can often be reissued on other formats.
  2. Different types of streaming originals exist, such as acquired originals, house originals, and co-originals, each with unique relationships with the streaming platform.
  3. The removal and reissuing of streaming originals can be driven by a combination of factors including cost savings, streaming performance, and better revenue opportunities on other platforms.
Journo Resources - The Opportunities β€’ 157 implied HN points β€’ 24 Oct 23
  1. Various journalism job opportunities available at companies like Bloomberg, BBC, and ITV.
  2. Feedback is crucial in the application process, even if facing rejection.
  3. Upcoming events and resources to support journalism career growth and development.
Journo Resources - The Opportunities β€’ 216 implied HN points β€’ 13 Jun 23
  1. The financial data showed a turnover of nearly Β£92,000, breakdown of revenue sources, and major expenses.
  2. Revenue sources included grants, job ad sales, memberships, sponsorships, and affiliate sales.
  3. Major expenses included staff costs, freelance payments, services, and goods like printing.
Journo Resources - The Opportunities β€’ 98 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jul 23
  1. Catharina from Journo Resources announced her departure and reflected on her time with the company.
  2. There are various job opportunities available in journalism, such as news reporters, editors, and content creators.
  3. Upcoming events and opportunities for emerging journalists, including training sessions and awards.
Dana Blankenhorn: Facing the Future β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 14 Aug 23
  1. Disney is speculated to undergo a breakup with various divisions being sold or spun out.
  2. The traditional entertainment and streaming business model of Disney is facing challenges and changes due to factors like climate change, labor issues, and evolving consumer behaviors.
  3. The impact of technological advancements and changing consumer preferences is forcing businesses like Disney to adapt, evolve, and find new business models to remain relevant.
Journo Resources - The Opportunities β€’ 58 implied HN points β€’ 23 May 23
  1. Creativity and ideas are crucial in journalism, both for job applications and freelance work.
  2. Managing stress and setting realistic expectations can help maintain creativity.
  3. Various job opportunities in journalism are available, including internships, apprenticeships, and roles in different media organizations.
Good Reason β€’ 3 HN points β€’ 28 Sep 23
  1. Comedians often exaggerate and fabricate stories, but there are limits to how far they can go.
  2. Shows like 'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' used comedy to critique mainstream news media and promote intellectual discourse.
  3. There is a risk of catering to audience expectations and generating 'clapter' in comedy, leading to echo chambers and a focus on emotional truth over factual truth.