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Getting to the root of the “fake news” problem means fixing what’s broken about journalism itself
At MisinfoCon, stopping “fake news” wasn’t the only focus: Issues from news literacy to newsroom standards and reader empathy to ad revenue were all up for discussion.
By Shan Wang
Marc Andreessen is still an optimist about the future of news, three years post-tweetstorm
“I think I am more convinced that consolidation needs to happen (across broadcast TV, cable TV, newspaper, magazine, radio, wire service, Internet).”
By Joshua Benton
With truth and science under attack, Wired’s new editor Nick Thompson is planning a defense
“Wired is doing well, but this industry changes so fast that you have to be on top of all these opportunities and you have to look at ways you can evolve while staying core to what you really believe.”
By Ricardo Bilton
The Ida B. Wells Society wants to build a better pipeline to connect news orgs with journalists of color
While investigative reporting is some of the most critical work journalists do, few of the people doing it are non-white.
By Ricardo Bilton
Newsonomics: Softbank, Fortress, Trump – and the real story of Gatehouse’s boundless ambition
A leadership void in newspaper companies has opened up local journalism further to private equity firms looking to vacuum out profits.
By Ken Doctor
This anti-Brexit newspaper first launched as a pop-up, but it’s doing well enough to continue indefinitely
“If I were a U.S. journalist, I would be looking to launch The Trump Watch.”
By Joseph Lichterman
Brazil’s own Politico? Supported by paid newsletters, Poder360 digs into the country’s power structures
Revenue from a three-times-daily insider newsletter for corporate clients supports a newsgathering operation of more than 20 writers.
By Natalia Mazotte
How to cover pols who lie, and why facts don’t always change minds: Updates from the fake-news world
“Putting others’ words in quotation marks, to signal, ‘We don’t know if this is true, we’re just telling you what they said’ or even ‘Nudge, nudge, we know this isn’t true,’ is a journalistic cop-out.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House hit list for elimination
That’s bad in ways you already know and in more ways you don’t.
By Nicholas Quah
Getting to the root of the “fake news” problem means fixing what’s broken about journalism itself
At MisinfoCon, stopping “fake news” wasn’t the only focus: Issues from news literacy to newsroom standards and reader empathy to ad revenue were all up for discussion.
By Shan Wang
Marc Andreessen is still an optimist about the future of news, three years post-tweetstorm
“I think I am more convinced that consolidation needs to happen (across broadcast TV, cable TV, newspaper, magazine, radio, wire service, Internet).”
What We’re Reading
The Verge / Casey Newton
Mozilla acquires Pocket to gain a foothold on mobile devices
“Pocket comes to the table with 10 million monthly active users and a set of existing and potential businesses new to Mozilla, including advertising, a premium subscription service, and analytics for publishers.”
Digiday / Max Willens
The Huffington Post is trying to reach teenage girls via email, that thing they have to use for class sometimes
“We know that teens haven’t really made decisions about the brands they’re going to allow into their lives in a behavioral way. This is about introducing them to HuffPost’s brand.”
Politico / Louis Nelson
George W. Bush calls the media “indispensable to democracy”
“Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”
Poynter / Benjamin Mullin
Months after breaking the Panama Papers, ICIJ is going independent
“Our team had achieved what had never been achieved before. And here I was, facing the prospect of having to lay off journalists that were the heroes of this story.”
Society for News Design
These are the winners of the Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design 2016
Gold medals to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
BuzzFeed / Joseph Bernstein
How YouTube serves as the content engine of the Internet’s dark side
“The entire contemporary conspiracy-industrial complex of internet investigation and social media promulgation, which has become a defining feature of media and politics in the Trump era, would be a very small fraction of itself without YouTube.
Medium / James Tyner
Dear news media: Create news for people who have never read a newspaper
“For people like us, who didn’t grow up with newspapers and who have used the internet since we were toddlers, a lot of the conventions of news today don’t make sense.”
NPR.org / Sam Sanders
How the media are using encryption tools to collect anonymous tips
“I think what we’re seeing is things like Signal almost democratizing that ability [to leak].” Plus see our guide to how to leak here.
The Independent / Niamh McIntyre
Another 100 companies pull advertising from Breitbart
“Audi, Visa, T Mobile and Lufthansa have joined the growing list of companies to withdraw, according to Sleeping Giants, the group behind the campaign, which claims that at least 1,250 advertisers no longer wish to be associated with it.”
Stratechery / Ben Thompson
How Twitter could do “live” better
“Imagine a Twitter app that, instead of a generic Moment that is little more than Twitter’s version of a thousand re-blogs, let you replay your Twitter stream from any particular moment in time.”
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