Do Technology Companies Care About Journalism?

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On Tuesday, Google announced it would partner with McClatchy to fund three, new local news entities in communities of less than 500,000 people. This marks a change in how quickly the news business is being absorbed into the fringes of large technology businesses. For the first time, a major technology company is working directly with news executives to set up a local news operation, which it proposes to fund.

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2 thoughts on “Do Technology Companies Care About Journalism?

  • March 28, 2019 at 9:23 am

    In the very near future, Apple and Google will replace the New York Times and The Washington Post making newspapers obsolete.

  • March 28, 2019 at 9:31 am

    The probative question would be why do technology companies care about local news. As framed, the headline invites an inference that only a preferred type of concern — as arbitrated by the editor — would comprise caring about local news.

    Funding local news is prima facia evidence that they have some interest and concern. Honed to a fine point, the question is what editorial values and control will tech agencies purchase with their investment.


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