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Can a science escape room livestreamed on Twitch help bring viewers to public media?
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Can a science escape room livestreamed on Twitch help bring viewers to public media?
“What made us want to watch this for an hour and a half? Their ability to talk through the puzzles made me not only understand the puzzles but find out the answer and get invested.”
Good stuff first: Google moves to prioritize original reporting in search
The company has changed its global search algorithm to “highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting,” and to keep such articles in top positions for longer.
Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.
“59 percent of the stories we were able to categorize served a critical information need…Aside from critical information needs, 31 percent of stories categorized covered sports and 9 percent were obituaries.”