Your Thursday news roundup: Go Google yourself, Serial for the win, no news for millennials

GOOGLING YOURSELF FOR GOOD

Sites that help journalists generate contact information on sources can be incredibly useful, but it's worth flipping the script to see how much of your own personal information is available for anyone with a WiFi connection.

With the proliferation of websites that share addresses, phone numbers and more, protecting that personal information isn't as easy as it once was.

Poynter's Ren LaForme writes about ways to keep your personal information personal.

THIRD TIME'S ALSO A CHARM 

Just wrapping up its third season, "Serial" is known as the podcast that popularized the medium, helping ignite the thousand and thousands of audio offerings that now proliferate the media landscape. It's still got it. Vulture reports that a vastly different third season — reporting not on a specific case but on a specific criminal justice system, in Cleveland — retained its listeners despite the narrative departure. Season Three's ninth and final episode aired last month. Serial tells Vulture it got more than 50 million in-season downloads, making it the show's most popular season, though the entire series boasts 420 million downloads over the years. 

HELPFUL RESEARCH

Newsrooms often don't grant themselves time after a tragedy to regroup and examine their coverage to determine what they did well and what they might — unfortunately — draw from in case of future incidents. That's especially true in cases of mass shootings. 

Journalist's Resource rounded up five studies that examine newsroom coverage of mass shootings, including the portrayal of shooters of different races and how time and resources can impact coverage. Read more and get links to the studies here.

STILL SEARCHING

The shuttering of Mic, Vice's belt-tightening and the underwhelming performance of outlets designed for younger media consumers has Digiday speculating on what went wrong.

From Why ‘news for millennials’ media plays never panned out: "Today, the effects of these new brands’ efforts can be seen across the publishing landscape. But the layoffs, sales and revenue misses of 2018 exposed the fact that 'news for millennials' was, for the most part, just a bit of marketing opportunism that didn’t work out. Without a firehose of cheap referral traffic or brands that engendered loyalty in audiences, the great changing of the news guard has yet to come."

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