Nieman Foundation at Harvard
College students broadly mistrust news. Fake Kardashian gossip probably won’t help.
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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
October 19, 2018
“Some of the bot accounts tweeted using a hashtag in Arabic that became the top worldwide Twitter trend on Sunday. The hashtag roughly translated to “#We_all_trust_Mohammad_Bin_Salman,” the Crown Prince and putative leader of Saudi Arabia, who has come under international scrutiny following the disappearance of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post.”
NBC News / Ben Collins and Shoshana Wodinsky / Oct 19
October 18, 2018
“‘Mic’s decision to build out a premium video journalism newsroom in 2016 was a result of growing digital video consumption, which has only accelerated across all platforms including social, mobile, web and streaming. It did not have to do with Facebook’s average watch-time metrics,’ a Mic spokeswoman said.”
Wall Street Journal / Benjamin Mullin / Oct 18
“Anna Bateson, chief customer officer at The Guardian, said she sees that 12 percent figure rising to around 20 percent of the publisher’s total.”
Digiday / Lucinda Southern / Oct 18
“The tool will track the articles that subscribers read, giving them an indication of the amount of information they have read on a topic, and suggesting further reads to them. It aims to offer subscribers a more ‘satisfying read’, making it easier to find the content they need more quickly.” CS / Caroline Scott / Oct 18
“Slate’s weekday podcast, ‘What Next,’ starting Oct. 17 and like the morning ‘The Daily,’ lasts 20 or so minutes and tackles the news of the day. Slate is trying to differentiate ‘What Next’ by designing it for the evening commute with a 5 p.m. post time.”
Digiday / Lucia Moses / Oct 18
“Through a collective of multiple stations simultaneously experimenting, we can uncover new avenues for revenue generation that will benefit all of public radio, as well as establish a process for generating and evaluating ideas for new revenue.” Deadline is October 31.
Public Radio Business Laboratory / Oct 18
“The struggle to double check evidence when the only sources of information—the Turkish government and closely intertwined Turkish media—are politically biased has been a challenge for journalists reporting the Khashoggi case.”
Columbia Journalism Review / Amanda Darrach / Oct 18
“At 3pm on 16 October 2017, as she drove away from her family home, a bomb placed under her car was detonated. She was 53 years old. The last words she wrote were: ‘There are crooks everywhere, the situation is desperate.'”
the Guardian / Margaret Atwood / Oct 18
“According to the report, when middle school students were asked to distinguish between an ad and a news story, they often couldn’t. High school students did not consistently notice that a chart on gun violence was created by a political action committee and college students did not go out of their way to research sites with .org URLs.” CS
Poynter / Daniel Funke / Oct 18