Journalism: Verizon’s SugarString.com Makes Pravda Look Open And Neutral
JOURNALISM is dying. Verizon has a new news website:
The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.
There’s just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.
It looks like the PRs are running the show. And Pravda is the model.
Still. You don’t have to read it. Well, not unless Verizon games the web like all other huge American tech companies have…