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Facebook Will Limit the Spread of Video Clickbait in News Feed

Facebook announced its plans to limit the spread of video clickbait in News Feed. Specifically, Facebook is taking aim at posts containing fake video play buttons, as well as videos containing a static image. In a Facebook Newsroom post, Facebook engineers Baraa Hamodi, Zahir Bokhari and Yun Zhang elaborated on these deceptive posts: People want...

Mic Lays Off 25 People as It Refocuses on Being ‘the Leader in Visual Journalism’

As Business Insider reported, Mic joined a growing list of digital media companies today by laying off 25 employees to focus more on video content. The move mostly affected Mic's newsroom and editorial teams, though many departments were affected. "We made these tough decisions because we believe deeply in our mission to make Mic the...

News roundup: HHN scarezones revealed; The Muppets take LA... twice

By Robert Niles: Recovered from yesterday's full slate of National Roller Coaster Day announcements? (Please take a moment to vote in our poll on who won the day, if you haven't already.) Let's keep the interns in the newsroom busy with another theme park news round-up. Show More Summary

Layoffs hit Mic as digital media’s “great video pivot of 2017” continues

It’s now a well-known media punchline that if a newsroom experiences layoffs, the rationale will probably be because the company is “pivoting to video.” This is what happened to Vocativ, Vice, and MTV News earlier this month. Now Mic...Show More Summary

CNN's Henderson Claims GOP Has 'Played the Race Card' for 'Many Decades'

Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson claimed that the Republican party has been "playing the race card" for "many decades" as she commented on Republican reaction to President...Show More Summary

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF “DO AS WE SAY AND NOT AS WE DO”: The Columbia Journalism Review today points…

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF “DO AS WE SAY AND NOT AS WE DO”: The Columbia Journalism Review today points out that newsrooms are failing at the hiring diversity that their Op/Ed pages demand from everyone else: According to the study, minority individuals (black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or other) accounted for one person on the 11-person […]

Defense secretary reveals the trans military ban is in limbo

Secretary of Defense James Mattis sent some mixed messages Monday when he stopped by the Pentagon newsroom to discuss President Trump’s intended ban on transgender personnel in the military—which the president announced via Twitter. At best, the proposal remains in limbo and is still being studied; at worst, it’s inevitably still coming. The key takeaway […]

Vox: North Korea Backed Down Because of... Charlottesville?

"Kim Jong-un blinked and backed off some of his threats. So is it possible that some of the President’s amped up rhetoric worked?" That was John Berman today at CNN's Newsroom blurting out that perhaps President Donald Trump should get credit for North Korea backing down on its threat to hit Guam with a missile. Show More Summary

The AP makes the case that its wire stories overall do better on Facebook than individual publications’ stories

The Associated Press sends its stories off to more than 14,000 member newsrooms around the world, where they’re repackaged and shared from those newsrooms’ own social channels. But the relative success of those stories on Facebook hasn’t always been clear. Articles from the AP got around 34.7 million engagements across Facebook in July, and 31.3...

Watch a trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut: high-stakes poker thriller, “Molly’s Game”

Aaron Sorkin created The West Wing, which was about politics, and The Newsroom, which was about media. One might guess that his feature film directorial debut in 2017 might meet somewhere in the middle of those two institutions, as they’ve dominated the discourse since the dawn of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Show More Summary

A survey of independent media in the South asks if “movement journalism” can help newsrooms better cover social justice strife

Civic journalism, advocacy journalism, engagement journalism: All are buzzwords in the industry right now, particularly as the Internet allows groups underrepresented in the mainstream media to stake their own claims and amplify their own voices. Show More Summary

Facebook Is Ramping Up on Artificial Intelligence to Stop Spammers From Cloaking Their Tracks

The next target in Facebook's efforts to keep its News Feed clean is cloaking. Facebook product management director Rob Leathern and software engineer Bobbie Chang described in a Newsroom post how "bad actors"--such as those promoting diet pills, pornography or muscle-building scams--attempt to game the social network's review processes. Show More Summary

CNN's Baldwin Twice Falsely Claims Google Engineer Wants Women Away From Computers

The establishment press's failure to properly describe James Damore's 10-page "Echo Chamber" critique at Google was entirely predictable and pervasive. Brooke Baldwin took it to a new level Tuesday on CNN Newsroom, as she falsely claimed...Show More Summary

Kayyem: 'Biggest Threat' from Anti-Govt White Supremacists, Not Radical Muslims

Appearing as a guest on Sunday's CNN Newsroom to preview the same evening's CNN special on terrorism in the 1990s, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem was twisting herself into knots to downplay the threat of terrorism from...Show More Summary

Tina Fey to Boss Around a Bunch of Newsroom Staffers on Great News

Have you heard the news? Great News is pretty great! And it’s about to get a lot … greater. (We’ll think of a more inspired joke another time.) Tina Fey, who executive produces the NBC sitcom, will be recurring throughout the upcoming season as the new boss of the fictional ... More »

Newsroom Intruder ‘Bat Albert’ Captured With an Empty Can of Crisco

Thank god it's... fly-day? Bat terrorizes Gazette newsroom -- Emporia Gazette (@emporiagazette) August 4, 2017 The Emporia Gazette's Mary Ann Redeker definitely had fun with the assignment of reporting about the intrusion of a bat Friday into the Kansas newspaper's newsroom. Show More Summary

Coming up from the USA TODAY Network: Newsroom behind-the-scenes, Stephen King interpreted and more

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Big disgrace, somebody better put you back into your place

Gerard Baker, the head of the Wall Street Journal newsroom, is a disgrace, and I’m sorry that the story that he fellated Trump for an hour, then called it an interview, then forbade his “newspaper” to release the interview, isn’t getting more attention. Columbia Journalism Review: Given the criticisms that Editor in Chief Gerard Baker […]

Facebook Diversity Update: Modest Gains for Women, Hispanics, African Americans

Facebook global director of diversity Maxine Williams Wednesday reported modest percentage gains by women, Hispanics and African Americans in the company's work force. Williams said in a Newsroom post that: The number of women globally at Facebook was up to 35 percent in 2017 from 33 percent in 2016. The number of women in tech...

Facebook’s News Feed to Webpages: Be Quick or Be Gone

Facebook users have expressed a need for speed in News Feed, and the social network announced plans to oblige them "during the coming months." Engineers Jiayi Wen and Shengbo Guo announced in a Newsroom post that News Feed will be updated to prioritize stories that load quickly on mobile at the expense of those that...

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