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Facebook's fake news problem won't fix itself

Evidence of Facebook's fake news problem is piling up: The "Trending" section keeps getting hoaxed. Hyperpartisan pages spew fake posts that go viral. And traditional media are picking up those fakes as true. The bigger problem, however, is that Facebook seems incapable of rooting out hoaxes even after acknowledging they are clearly fake news. On Aug. Read More
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The Information's Jessica Lessin on building her business, putting subscribers first and the future of media

When Jessica Lessin founded The Information in 2013, she was making a big bet. Her gamble, all tidied up: Readers would pony up hundreds of dollars per year for the latest and best tech news. Rather than chasing pageviews, Lessin wagered she could build her business by providing on-the-ground reporting, scoops and savvy analysis. Now, three years later, she's … Read More
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With new funding, CUNY wants to invent J-school 2.0

The journalism industry is changing quickly. And journalism schools often are slow to catch up. That's according to Jeff Jarvis, the director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. At many journalism schools, Jarvis said, it can take three years to get a new course into the curriculum. For an industry that … Read More
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Want to learn how to use Facebook better? Facebook has some courses for you

Facebook on Tuesday launched a series of courses devoted to teaching journalists how to use the social network better. The courses are a one-stop shop for boning up on Facebook and its associated social networks and arose from "conversations with editors and journalists across the globe" who were looking for "a single destination where they can learn about Facebook’s … Read More
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Yes, Trump has a nightly show. No, it's not news.

Donald Trump doesn't need news networks to broadcast his message to a million supporters. All he needs is a smartphone and a Facebook page. This evening, the Republican nominee used Facebook Live to debut his "nightly campaign coverage" from Trump Tower. The show, broadcast from Trump's official Facebook page, linked to a fundraising page for the Trump campaign. Traditional … Read More
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From Cholera to Clinton, a look at the history of data journalism

When staffers at the marketing agency Fractl decided to look into data journalism, they went way back. Way back. As they note, a kind of data journalism was used in the Han dynasty. "I was most surprised to learn just how long the concept has been around," said Andrea Lehr, a strategist at Fractl. In 1849, for instance, … Read More
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In a policy change, Facebook will allow more newsworthy graphic content

Facebook seems to have heard publishers who complained that it was censoring the news. In a blog post Friday, two executives at Facebook announced that the social network intends to relax its policies regulating content that is "newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards." Joel Kaplan, vice president for … Read More
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The Huffington Post is raising money for groups of people Trump has insulted

This week, The Huffington Post launched a crowdfunding campaign for groups that represent people Donald Trump has insulted. "Join us in supporting these organizations, which represent communities that have been maligned and attacked by Donald Trump over the course of this election, and which are working tirelessly on issues of justice and equality for all Americans," the page … Read More
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The Washington Post will use automation to help cover the election

On Election Day, journalists at The Washington Post will get an assist from their non-human counterparts. The newspaper announced Wednesday morning that it will use automation to cover 500 races. Among them: Senate, House and gubernatorial contests across the United States. The automation technology, Heliograf, was first used by The Post to cover the Rio Olympics and will be … Read More
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As the election draws to a close, BuzzFeed News plans a social media sprint to the finish

Looking back on BuzzFeed News' coverage of the 2016 election cycle, Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith doesn't have many regrets. But if he could do it over again, there's one thing he'd change. "There was a certain amount of investigative resources that went into Republican candidates who flamed out," Smith said, before adding a quick joke. "But we're making the reporters refund … Read More
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How to encourage audience-first thinking

Audience engagement goes beyond traditional journalism to create an environment for listening to your community, sharing meaningful stories and responding to people's questions, wants and needs. Here are some ways to create room for engagement and audience-first thinking in your organization. Start small. Embrace a culture of learning (failure = not learning). Create space for a sandbox and protect that … Read More
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What the Trump tapes can teach us about news archives

The recent emergence of the bombshell "Access Hollywood" clip that sat in the NBC vaults for over a decade before wreaking havoc on the Trump campaign illustrates the value of keeping archival material searchable and retrievable. The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan recently listed several “journalism lessons” that reporters could take from the current presidential campaign. Among her many … Read More
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How can you make print noisy? The California Sunday Magazine has one answer

For a recent issue of The California Sunday Magazine, editors decided to try something new and devote the whole magazine to one topic — sound. The issue features the sounds of forests, the ocean, things being made and musicians, moving from quiet to loud. But how do you make a print issue about sound audible? The solution was actually pretty … Read More
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