The Guardian | X, formerly Twitter, strips headlines from news story links to improve their look

In August, Forbes reported that the social media platform, X, was planning on hiding headlines and other text from tweets that link to news articles. Elon Musk commented on the planned change and that the decision was directly from him and would greatly improve the aesthetics of the app. Read the article here.

The Irish Times | Sally Hayden: Visa discrimination thwarts African journalists and weakens democracy

For Africans, no matter their qualifications, visa applications can be extremely onerous and time-consuming, and the process humiliating. Applicants describe being treated with disdain and suspicion, charged unfair fees and made to produce overly specific documentation. And rejections often happen for no clear reason. Read the article here. | RFW encourages newsrooms in the global south to work together

The Report for the World (RFW) is encouraging newsrooms in the global south to work together on shared opportunities around audience engagement and revenue generation. RFW is a media development organisation that runs a programme with 32 partner newsrooms across 20 countries, in Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. It works to strengthen the business models and editorial processes of resource-thin news organisations. Read the article here.

Axios | Social media traffic to top news sites craters

Traffic referrals to the top global news sites from Meta’s Facebook and X, formerly Twitter, have collapsed over the past year, according to data from Similarweb. Read the article here

Nieman Lab | Journalists can be TikTokers too

Three journalists explain how to use the platform for news, Sophia Smith Galer, a journalist who uses TikTok to reach new audiences said that the skills and expertise she’s built from creating on TikTok helped to grow her audiences on other platforms. Her Instagram following has grown by 30% since June, she said. Read the article here.

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