Why has the Save Journalism Project targeted Apple?

From “The Grim Reaper of Journalism: Google, Apple, Facebook

High-quality journalism has been recognized since America’s founding as fundamental to the functioning of our democracy. But now, journalism in America is facing an existential threat from the monopolistic control of tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple. Big tech’s dominance over the digital advertising market and their unrivaled capacity to monetize its platforms are having drastic effects on journalism as a whole

BIG TECH IS TO BLAME Newspapers who adapted and survived the last digital revolution did so through advertising. But today’s digital market is dominated by Google and Facebook — and their stranglehold is only tightening each year. Revenue from digital advertising that used to go to news publishers is now ending up in big tech’s pockets instead.

    • 63% OF DIGITAL AD REVENUE IS CONTROLLED BY GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK
    • 12% OF DIGITAL AD REVENUE IS CONTROLLED BY AMAZON, TWITTER, SNAPCHAT, MICROSOFT, & OATH
    • 25% OF DIGITAL AD REVENUE IS SHARED BY ALL OTHER COMPANIES, INCLUDING NEWS PUBLISHERS
    • 90% OF ALL NEW DIGITAL AD REVENUE EACH YEAR IS SWALLOWED BY GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK

My take: The crisis is real and I like the map, but the text is pretty sloppy, even for a bunch of laid-off journalists. For one thing, there is no Oath anymore. More important, they put Apple the headline but didn’t even try to make the case against it.

9 Comments

  1. Aaron Belich said:
    There’s this tweet about them boohooing Sign-on with Apple:

    https://twitter.com/savethenews/status/1176601547494572032?s=21

    John Gruber made a point about how email newsletters are seeing a small resurgence; Stratechery, Above Avalon, etc… new articles show up in your inbox and are immediately accessible to the reader. There’s no slogging through login’s, pop-up messages about privacy, auto-playing video ads, pop-up ads or requests from the site to provide notifications, etc…

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    September 27, 2019
  2. Jerry W Doyle said:
    I long held a conviction that the quality of democracy and the quality of journalism are intertwined deeply. The fact media has become so corrupt is no less than a mirror of our nation’s democracy. No longer are we able to read a newspaper or view a news program without reading or listening to the journalist or the news commentator push no less than partisan information, thus never leaving the viewer or the reader informed to split the difference.

    The media has produced a nation of unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinions targeted to confirm their own bias, a people morbidly obese in mind and spirit by perpetual junk food of no less than propaganda. It is understood, even within the industry itself, that one of the sad things about contemporary journalism is that it actually matters little.

    If the news media continues its current trajectory then it is incumbent on the public to sharpened their hatchets and go to work. Journalism is under withering fire these days from political ideologues working in the industry to use the media to press their political agendas. I once believed that money controlled our political system, but the average person understands the culprit is the press’ desire to control government policy.

    I now understand Walter Lippmann when he described journalism as “… the last refuge of the vaguely talented.” The press narrowly defines democracy to include only people like themselves.

    In summary, one of the sad notes about contemporary journalism is that it actually matters very little. Seriously! Today’s press corp narrowly define democracy to include only people like themselves; not like the “deplorables” in Heartland America.

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    September 27, 2019
    • George Row said:
      Jerry said:
      “… I once believed that money controlled our political system, but the average person understands the culprit is the press…”

      and who/what do you think controls the press?
      However big the ego of a journalist might be it is dwarfed but that of the billionaire who owns the publication.

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      September 27, 2019
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    OT: Something weird is going on in the options market (at least for AAPL).

    My Sept 28 $21.50/$200 Call Spread is in the money ($220.70), today is the last day to trade. In the past time premium at this point is about 30 cents. For the day, so far, time premium has been running around 50 cents.

    This means an investor could buy the contract at about $2.00, and should AAPL hold a $220.00 print through the Close, the investor will make about 25% on the day.

    Most unusual.

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    September 27, 2019
  4. Steven Noyes said:
    The single biggest issue facing American journalism in the US today is journalism itself. The rise of the “activist journalist” in main stream media has corrupted the entire concept of what it means to be a journalist. Now, more than ever and regardless of media outlet, I find myself having to dig deep into the original source material to simply have a vague concept of the factual aspects of what is being reported on.

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    September 27, 2019
  5. Fred Stein said:
    Putting Apple in the headline, when there is no case made, and, no case to be made, shows the other flaw in journalism. “It if bleeds, it leads.” Eye and ears seek sensationalism, which generates ad revenue. New media just changes ownership of channels and maybe changes the sources of ad revenue a little.

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    September 27, 2019
  6. Gregg Thurman said:
    The rise of the “activist journalist” in main stream media has corrupted the entire concept of what it means to be a journalist.

    Exactly. It used to be journalists aspired to be Edward R Murrow. Today they aspire to be Woodward and Bernstein.

    Woodward and Bernstein told the truth, but they brought an Administration down. Today’s journalists aren’t so much interested in the news as bringing someone down.

    And Puh-lease stop using “amazing” as an adjective, not everything thing is.

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    September 27, 2019
    • John Butt said:
      This is the problem we suffer from in NZ where our newspapers are not politically controlled, but are also struggling to survive. Click bait is all about bringing someone down – anyone

      We do have a new breed of news websites, with voluntary subscriptions, which are usually full independent reporting and only suffering the age old problem of Journo opinions sometimes getting in the way.

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      September 28, 2019

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