Today in what matters to media

We hate to start this section off this way, but it can't be ignored: National Geographic has just set about the biggest layoff in its history. "One of Rupert Murdoch's first moves as National Geographic's owner? Firing fact-checkers for its television network," points out TNR's Jamil Smith. "Oh, god. Nat'l Geographic staff email: 'Watch your inbox for important information about your employment status,'" shares Daniel Roberts. Let us comfort ourselves now with the idea that NPR is building an analytics bot that somehow emphasizes caring over clicks. "How much does our audience care about our work? NPR's trying to analyze that. Fascinating and promising!" comes the hopeful tweet from AP's Paula Froke. And from Poynter, here's why John Henry and Rick Berke are starting a big venture covering the life sciences.

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