Media Insider: Tronc Buys New York Daily News for $1, Snapchat Fact Checks Stories, HuffPost Takes Reporters on ‘Listening Tour’

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

Tronc buys Daily News for $1, adds a New York voice to newspaper chain

Tronc Inc. bought the New York Daily News for $1. The newspaper owner will assume ownership of, the paper’s printing facility in New Jersey, and its pensions and liabilities, reports AdAge. This acquisition expands Tronc operations into New York, bringing its ownership total to 10 major markets in the US.

FYI: Gannett will cut about 210 jobs in a restructuring.

HuffPost is taking its reporters on a “listening tour,” seeking stories, new readers, data, and solidarity

HuffPost is taking its reporters on a “Listen to America” tour to 25 cities across the US. The tour is part of an effort by the digital publisher to find stories about people who feel left behind by powerful economic and political institutions. According to NiemanLab, reporters will visit cities like Charlottesville and Houston via bus, and speak with residents about what’s been on their minds. HuffPost will partner with local media outlets in each city to publish stories.

Read: This New York Times Magazine piece covers people’s experience in a city outside of a major news market.

Snapchat: We call police to check facts

Snapchat’s in-house team of journalists plays a key role in helping the social app cover the news accurately. BBC reports that Snapchat checked with local police in Charlottesville before highlighting the protests. The app — mainly popular with younger Americans — is keen to highlight the ways it is investing in becoming a news source. Several mainstream news media — including CNN — already make content available on Discover.

Some social media platforms have a hard time combatting the spread of fake news. BuzzFeed reports that a fake viral video of Hurricane Irma has been viewed more than 19 million times on Facebook.

You can now view Instagram Stories on the web

If you’ve been wanting to view Instagram Stories on a larger screen, the wait is over. According to The Verge, Instagram is adding the ability for you to view Stories on desktop and mobile web. Arrows will replace the tapping that is used to navigate Stories. Also, an upload feature that allows users to upload via mobile web is soon expected. There are no plans to let users upload via desktop, reports The Verge.

Did you know?: Facebook is getting ready to earn back some of the $22 billion it spent on WhatsApp.

Conservative publisher wants nothing more to do with Times

Regnery Publishing will no longer recognize The New York Times best-sellers list, and its writers can no longer claim to be New York Times best-selling authors, reports the Associated Press. The publishing company believes its books are not ranked as highly by the Times as they deserve to be. Times spokesman Jordan Cohen said the goal of the best-sellers list is to reflect authentic best-sellers. He also noted that conservative authors have routinely ranked high and in great numbers on their lists.

ICYMI: Scribd is now bundling its subscription with news organizations (starting with The New York Times).

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Tabresha B. Langham is a Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She also is a social media junkie, foodie, music fiend and Auburn University Alumn (War Eagle!). Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNmedia, or follow @TabreshaL.

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