The Washington Post's media columnist Margaret Sullivan joins the MediaShift podcast to talk about platforms, the Florida shooting and why not every publication needs a ombudsperson. (Eric Hanson/Washington Post)

In the news this week, many publishers are pivoting to subscriptions as online advertising dries up. And Facebook is starting a Local News Subscription Accelerator to help metro daily newspapers. But can everyone succeed with subscriptions? Independent publisher LittleThings is closing, citing the Facebook algorithm change as the culprit. And publishers are kicking the tires on yet another slate of micropayment startups. Will the audience buy in this time? And the Washington Post’s media columnist Margaret Sullivan to discuss the spread of bots and misinformation on social media, and the problem with online discourse.

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