The news site has an unusual policy on crime reporting: No names or mugshots of those arrested unless they’re public figures, the arrest is judged to be a public emergency, or its reporters are able to interview the accused directly.
The investigative nonprofit CORRECT!V was the first to sign on to help monitor hoaxes and misinformation on the platform, “but the search for partners is more difficult than expected for Facebook. The company recently received many cancellations from German media, according to Spiegel — and the test phase of the project has still not begun. (via Google Translate).
The station, which sold its television broadcast rights in the FCC’s spectrum auction for $68.1 million, said Friday it ‘will cease broadcasting in the coming months,’ and that ‘as a result of this sale, we will be making major new investments in our radio and digital businesses.’ (WBIN-TV laid off nearly all of its staff, reportedly without warning, on Friday morning.)
“For example, there is a heightened understanding in the wake of November’s election that if a brand buys an ad in The Huffington Post, for example, it could be perceived as supporting a liberal agenda.”
Last week, a PBS station in San Antonio pulled from the air a segment by longtime journalist and commentator Rick Casey (Casey had criticized Republican Representative Lamar Smith comments about “getting your news directly from the president” being the only way to get the “unvarnished truth”).
“The idea is an attempt to get readers to understand — or even acknowledge the existence of — the viewpoints of people who don’t think like them. BuzzFeed’s “Outside Your Bubble” feature will appear at the bottom of its widely-shared articles. A BuzzFeed staffer will curate different opinions from Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, blogs and elsewhere with help from data tools, Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith said in an interview.”
“Donations to the program, which began on Feb. 9, have ranged from $4 to $20,000, according to an announcement from The New York Times. More than 100 contributions came from international sponsors even though the program only serves U.S. public schools.”
“A sprawling new manifesto by Zuckerberg, published to Facebook on Thursday, should set off new alarm bells for journalists, and heighten news organizations’ sense of urgency about how they—and their industry—can survive in a Facebook-dominated world.”