JCPA NEWSROOM REPORT – August 12, 2021
Thursday’s update on the importance of local journalism, the threat posed by Google and Facebook, and how you can take action to support the JCPA
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Patrick Soon-Shiong, owner of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, joined the New York Times’ Sway podcast to discuss the purchase of media outlets and how to help save local newsrooms.
- Why It Matters: Soon-Shiong explained that the JCPA is the “only way” to bring the collective power of large outlets to negotiate against Big Tech.
- What’s More: Soon-Shiong detailed the importance of modernizing the classic newsroom to compete with what he describes as an “engagement monopoly” from Facebook and other platforms.
- Three Australian lifestyle publishers claim that Facebook continues to use their articles on its news service after refusing to negotiate licensing deals.
- What’s More: A spokesperson for one of the publishers shared that the content usage occurred after a confrontation with Facebook, in which Facebook informed the publisher that they would not be receiving compensation as they would be excluded on the platform.
- Why It Matters: The publishers are alleging that ACCC’s news media bargaining code has failed to protect their content.
- New York Times, Sway: Should we worry as billionaires buy up newspapers?
NOTABLE ON SOCIAL
- Pennsylvania News Media Association @PNAnews – August 11, 2021 (4K Followers): Our team members & @LancasterCounty residents Jane Hungarter & @BarbHuesken count on LNP|@LancasterOnline for community news they can’t get anywhere else, news essential for their families & neighborhoods. #WeAreLocalMedia
- Chris Helms @ChrisHelms_TDN – August 11, 2021 (27 Followers): Every city hall should have local journalists watching it. Here’s me and my @TauntonToGo colleague @DesmondBernal14 at Taunton City Hall #WeAreLocalMedia (photo credit City Councilor John McCaul) For more on the Journalism & Competition Preservation Act: newsmediaalliance.org/digital-progra…
SUGGESTED ACTION STEPS
- Post on Social Media:
- Retweet the #WeAreLocalMedia tweets above.
- “The JCPA is an opportunity for us to act together in a capitalistic way, where we go and create competition and have fair reimbursement.” Listen to @DrPatSoonShiong discuss how to save news media from the exploitation of Big Tech.https://nyti.ms/3sc48Q3
- Sign our Change.org Petition:
- Please add your name to our petition (www.change.org/savelocalnews) to let Congress know that you want to save local news through the JCPA and encourage them to co-sponsor the bill.
- Feel free to share the petition via your social media accounts and encourage others to sign.
- Participate in the #WeAreLocalMedia Social Media Campaign:
- Post photo of your staff in the newsroom or somewhere notable in your community on your social channels, using the hashtag#WeAreLocalMedia.
- Be sure to mention the JCPA in your post and consider also tagging your members of Congress so they know the value of this important legislation.