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April 2 · Issue #387 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Tuesday’s newsletter. Here’s what you need to know from the past 24 hours…
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Google is introducing the ability to schedule emails in Gmail to send later. Several third-party apps offer this feature, but its introduction to Gmail will make it a far more widely used way of managing email.
  • A fake news ‘tips line’ has launched on WhatsApp in India, The Next Web reports. It lets users forward suspicious-sounding messages on to receive a fact-checking.
  • Slack has picked the New York Stock Exchange for its IPO this summer, Bloomberg reports.
The big thought
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The power of obtuse ideas
Can standup comedy improve trust in journalism? It sounds bizarre, but sometimes the most obtuse ideas can reach places more conventional ones can’t.
A former colleague of mine, Kirsty Styles, has created Standup for Journalism, which will see six people in the field of journalism trained in stand-up comedy before doing a live show next month.
Styles writes:
“It’s no secret that journalism has an image problem… demonstrated by the fact that journalists are trusted less than estate agents. Why on earth would anyone want to be one?
"While we might not trust journalists, we certainly love comedy. It was the top podcast genre in 2018, standup is booming on Netflix and top comedians get paid in the tens of millions of pounds, according to Forbes. In fact, US comedian Jon Stewart was once voted the ‘most trusted newscaster’ in America. No joke…
"Getting public support, by getting on stage, may be crucial to securing the future of an industry that’s in trouble.”
The idea of journalists connecting with the public in new ways is certainly appealing. Cuts in funding have seen journalists increasingly shut away in a news room in some big city far away from the people they serve. That’s no way to build empathy in both directions. Opening up through jokes? It’s a start.
So as a statement of intent – as a direction of travel – I like the idea of Standup for Journalism. It’s taking place in Manchester, UK in the coming weeks, so if you’re in media and in the local area it’s worth applying.
And if you’re not, it might serve as inspiration to try some unconventional methods to reach your own goals. Perhaps that’s something British politicians need right now.
One big read
One week with Apple News Plus: a messy but good-enough Netflix for magazines
The Verge goes in deep with Apple’s new news subscription service.
“For $10 a month, Apple News Plus is the most comprehensive magazine subscription service on the market. If you’re thinking about subscribing, that — and only that — is what you should be focused on: getting a service designed mostly for magazines. But there are a lot of caveats, namely the service’s clunky interface, inconsistent design, and poor discovery features.”
One big tweet
Ashley Mayer
The change in sentiment towards tech April Fools jokes is a perfect proxy for how attitudes about the tech industry have evolved.

Ten years ago: how adorable and clever!! 🥰
Today: please stop and just do your job, preferably without destroying democracy and/or society 🙄
4:05 PM - 1 Apr 2019
That’s all for today...
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