Yvonne Leow columns

Yvonne Leow is a digital media consultant and founder of Bewilder. In 2018, she co-founded a local media company called By The Bay, and has previously consulted for tech companies like Nextdoor and Sequoia Capital. Yvonne formerly worked for Vox.com, Digital First Media, and the Associated Press. She was also a JSK fellow at Stanford University and a former national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. You can find her at @YvonneLeow.

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What newsrooms can learn from creator culture and monetization strategies
April 12, 2021

The popular notion that social media creators are primarily chasing fame is an antiquated and oversimplified claim. It deludes professionals, like journalists, into believing that creators shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Like the music and movie industry before us, it’s time for journalism to rethink the way things are done

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  • Journalists are creators now, and that’s a good thing

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    Journalists are creators now, and that’s a good thing
    February 3, 2021

    We’re living in a remarkable time when reporters no longer have to win an editor’s approval to publish a story, reach an audience, and get paid. In fact, anyone can technically do it.
  • Saving democracy is a slogan not a strategy

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    Saving democracy is a slogan not a strategy
    November 24, 2020

    In the past four years, Yvonne Leow has seen increasingly fervent articles, studies and op-eds declaring journalism’s essential role in a healthy democracy. Yet these proclamations have been strikingly disconnected from reality.
  • Why local journalism needs a funding pipeline

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    Why local journalism needs a funding pipeline
    October 8, 2020

    Dozens of media funders responded with emergency COVID-19 local journalism relief funds. Yet, I can’t help but wonder, “Where has all of this money gone?”
  • Local news: Filling in the future gaps

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    Local news: Filling in the future gaps
    September 11, 2020

    When we discuss the future of local news, buzzwords like “nonprofit”, “reader revenue”, and “collaboration” come to mind. These existing ideas, however, fall short of a vision.
  • Redefining local journalism: What is news?

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    Redefining local journalism: What is news?
    July 31, 2020

    And does society still need us to provide it?

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