Welcome to Twipe’s Weekly News Digest! This week, we take a look at stories from across the world of publishing and news tech, touching on topics like short-form video, putting podcasts on YouTube, Twitter competitors, and more. Read our top 5 stories of the week below.
1. How publishers are leveraging short-form video
In recent years there has been a surge of video content, with the medium penetrating all forms of life. Most pervasive recently is that of short-form videos. Between the likes of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts, short-form videos have become amongst the most advantageous ways to get in front of users’ eyes.
To read the full article, click here.
2. Why news outlets are putting their podcasts on YouTube
Nieman Lab review studies on podcast listening in the US. The studies found that more podcast listeners prefer to watch podcasts on YouTube rather than listen to audio-only versions. There seem to be a number of potential benefits, from attracting new, younger listeners to the possible YouTube ad revenue.
To read the full article with Nieman Lab, click here.
3. Publishers create task forces to oversee AI programs
What started out as an informal dabbling with generative AI technology inside publishers’ newsrooms has developed into a full-fledged focus area for some media companies. Digiday explore how new teams are being formed within BuzzFeed, BridgeTower Media, Forbes, Ingenio and Trusted Media Brands, all dedicated to overseeing AI initiatives within different parts of their respective companies, ranging from editorial to tech.
To read the full article on Digiday, click here.
4. The platforms lining up to replace Twitter – and what they offer publishers
Press Gazette explore how Publishers are beginning to question whether Twitter is worth the hassle in the light of decisions made by Elon Musk. Links can no longer be shared to Substack, The New York Times lost their gold tick and there are rising fears that fake-verified accounts and posts could increasingly mislead users.
Read more on Press Gazette here.
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5. Will AI-generated images create a new crisis for fact-checkers?
AI image generators like DALL-E and Midjourney are popular and easy to use. Anyone can create new images through text prompts. Both applications are getting a lot of attention. DALL-E claims more than 3 million users. Midjourney has not published numbers, but they recently halted free trials citing a massive influx of new users. Reuters Institute discuss if AI-Generated images will cause a crisis for fact checkers.
Read the full article on Reuters Institute here.