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This “Wikipedia for fact-checking” by students makes more room for context and origins of claims online

It may not be too late for a little course correction on how we’re all consuming and evaluating — or not — information in a digital environment. But squeezing some ideological diversity into readers’ media diets is far from a silver bullet to the problem of misinformation and partisan echo chambers slicing society into isolated...

The New York Times launches a Facebook group to discuss podcasts (and learn to make better ones)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 115, published April 11, 2017. Maximum Funded. Maximum Fun, the L.A.-based podcast company led by radio wunderkind Jesse Thorn, recently concluded the latest edition of its aptly named MaxFunDrive, the yearly membership drive it organizes to refresh and expand its recurring support base. The...

David Fahrenthold goes from tweeting pictures of his notepad to winning a Pulitzer Prize

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, who used pen and paper to get his Trump reporting on Twitter noticed, has been noticed: @Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting on Monday, for his “persistent reporting that created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of...

A few things to watch from this weekend’s International Journalism Festival in Perugia

If you weren’t in Italy the past few days, here are a few sessions to watch from the International Journalism Festival, which took place April 5–9 in Perugia. Videos of all the sessions are here, and the hashtag is here. Fake news was, not surprisingly, a big topic; here’s Facebook’s Aine Kerr, journalist Mark Little,...

Global Press trains women in developing countries around the world to be local journalists

In 2015, following the earthquake in Nepal, Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and a neurosurgeon, reported that he’d performed life-saving brain surgery on an 8-year-old girl named Salina Dahal. The story, with photos of Salina, was publicized worldwide. There was a problem: It wasn’t true. Salina never underwent surgery. Gupta had actually operated on...

With Push, small publishers have a cheaper, quicker way to develop their own mobile apps

Does every news organization need an app? It’s been a sticky question since Apple opened up the App Store nearly a decade ago. The app pendulum has swung in both directions multiple times over the years: For some publishers, apps remain an essential part of the distribution formula, while for others, developing an app is...

Two new features let publishers interact with readers through Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook’s relationship with the news industry has been, shall we say, a little one-sided. While the news industry depends on the platform for its growth and distribution, Facebook itself has sometimes downplayed the outsized role it plays in the news industry. On Friday, though, Facebook announced some new additions to Instant Articles that were developed...

What is the right amount of money to throw at the fake news problem?

Google puts more fact-checking into News and Search: The company is expanding a program it started last year for the U.S. and U.K. to the rest of the world. This information won’t be available for every search result, and there may be search result pages where different publishers checked the same claim and reached different...

What does fake news tell us about life in the digital age? Not what you might expect

Five months after the U.S. elections, fake news remains high on media, political, and public agendas, having sparked a wave of concern, responses, and counter-responses in countries around the world. Media and technology companies have...Show More Summary

Q&A: How Mic used its social accounts to influence its new vertical-focused editorial strategy

Last week, the millennial-focused publisher Mic unveiled a redesigned site and a new approach to organizing its coverage. It launched nine new verticals covering a range of topics from the Trump administration and body positivity to feminism and personal finance. The company also announced it had promoted Cory Haik to the role of publisher. Haik...

The election-related stories people seemed to prefer to read and share were about scandals and corruption

As the November 2016 election that eventually brought the U.S. President Donald Trump approached, local news outlets appeared to turn away from news stories that touched on specific issues such as the economy, energy, or education. Readers, too, were more interested in stories involving scandal and corruption, according to a report out Thursday from the...

Factba.se compila todas as declarações de Donald Trump, em todas as plataformas e a toda a hora

“Em Novembro, durante as eleições, pus-me a fazer contas e decidi, com alguma confiança (como muitos de nós na comunicação social), que aquilo estava ganho e que toda a gente podia ir dormir às nove da noite. Enganei-me. Enganámo-nos todos”, recorda Bill Frischling, que na altura era vice-presidente e empreendedor residente na U.S. News &...

Want to bring automation to your newsroom? A new AP report details best practices

In 2014, the Associated Press began automating some of its coverage of corporate earnings reports. Instead of having humans cover the basic finance stories, the AP, working with the firm Automated Insights, was able to use algorithms to speed up the process and free up human reporters to pursue more complex stories. The AP estimates...

“Society 10 years from now”: This South Korean social video startup is made by millennials, for millennials

Sodam Cho dropped out of studying for the South Korean media exam after her little brother was beaten by his teacher. When the incident made the news, the tables turned for the young aspiring journalist, who was now the one being interviewed by the press. That was when she experienced disappointment in what she saw...

Competing news outlets in Norway are building a new standalone site dedicated entirely to fact-checking

In Norway, fact-checking is growing up. The country of 5 million will soon get a site devoted entirely to fact-checking. Faktisk — which means “actually” or “factually” in Norwegian — is an unusual collaboration between rival news organizations that will be fact-checking everything from stories that are beginning to trend on social platforms to political...

If fact-checking’s going to stay relevant, it’s going to have to move past, uh, checking facts

Fact-checking has become completely entwined with partisan politics. “At a time of no trust in the media, why would the voter trust the [fact-checker] over the politician he or she supported?” Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, asked in January at a fact-checking summit in Washington, D.C. “We’re not reaching red...

The Huffington Post introduces a less “eat your vegetables” way to show alternate views on news

Right now, if you’re one of the small number of people who actually care about exploring the biases in your news consumption, you have to do a little work. You can install a Chrome extension, maybe, or an app. Or you can seek out alternate sources to add to your reading list. One thing these...

NPR’s upcoming daily news podcast sounds like a Morning Edition promo, which would be too bad

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 114, published April 4, 2017. First things first. NPR announced Monday that it’s launching something called Up First, a take on the morning news brief podcast that draws from the DNA of Morning Edition, one of NPR’s two tentpole programs. Editions will be published at 6...

The News Integrity Initiative is taking a cross-industry approach to fixing the news trust problem

News has a trust problem. Beyond the rise of fake news, the institutional attacks on journalism (not to mention plenty of self-inflicted wounds) have eroded the public’s ability to trust what they read. Just 18 percent of Americans said they have “a lot” of trust in news from national news organizations, according to a 2016...

Analysis without benchmarks: An approach for measuring the success of innovation projects

Newsroom innovation initiatives like our mobile lab in the Guardian U.S. are springing up everywhere. Projects are being funded by philanthropies and tech companies through smaller programs in New Jersey and larger ones at the BBC, and there are also national newsroom transformation projects underway like the Poynter Local News Innovation Program. Google, the Knight...

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