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Facebook should hire fact-checkers. Here's what they would do

Media criticism of Facebook is pouring in after a lack of editorial oversight on Monday led to a new Trending Topics-related hiccup (in case you missed it, the social network highlighted a totally fake story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly). While the previous brouhaha erupted over the tricky ethical issue of whether Facebook should balance political perspectives … Read More
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As user participation turns 10, media leaders discuss the future of audience engagement

As the day ended at Hearst Tower in Manhattan, Jay Rosen began talking about a concept he has been studying for decades. The subject? Audience engagement with the news. The example? Comedian John Oliver. Rosen, a professor at New York University, found a brash example to close 10UP, a summit held by Poynter and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation … Read More
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4 lessons from Reveal's serialized Instagram investigation

One week ago, Reveal from the Center of Investigative Reporting started telling a serialized investigation in a whole new way — on Instagram. The experiment with social-first storytelling had some big successes, racking up 706 likes and prompting more than a 50 percent growth in Reveal's followers (as of Monday, Reveal had 2,563 followers. It … Read More
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Facebook lays off Trending Topics team

"Quartz confirmed from multiple sources that Facebook has laid off the entire editorial staff on the Trending team—15-18 workers contracted through a third party."

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Mounting losses turn The Daily Tar Heel into a newspaper startup

Betsy O’Donovan got straight to the point. "We have been losing money since 2011, and we have two years to figure our way out," said O’Donovan, general manager of the University of North Carolina's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. O'Donovan, a former Nieman Fellow who studied the newspaper industry's collapsing business model, joined the 123-year-old newspaper earlier this month … Read More
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With Rio coverage, NBC and BuzzFeed got 35 million views in two weeks on Snapchat

"Headquartered with NBCU in the International Broadcast Center and traveling all around Rio, the BuzzFeed team produced up to 20 pieces of content for each daily edition. The content had very little to do with the actual competitions but instead focused on the athletes and atmosphere in Rio."

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The case for keeping comments

On Tuesday, NPR followed through with a much-discussed decision to abolish its story-page comments in favor of social media, joining a growing list of publishers including The Toronto Star, Vice’s Motherboard, Mic and Reuters. The recent closures are an indicator of a troubling trend that signals detachment on the part of news organizations when … Read More
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Inside TEGNA's digital-first broadcast strategy

"By following the lead of our employees to create content that is digital first, it frees them up from the sameness of format that is plaguing local television news."

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Gimlet Media's latest membership perk? A Slack channel for die-hards

A few weeks ago, Chris Giliberti arrived at the office to discover a delicious surprise. Giliberti, chief of staff of Gimlet Media, turned up at the Brooklyn-based podcasting company and found a box of cookies from a nearby artisanal bakery on his desk. A greeting was written neatly on the lid of the box in black marker: "To Chris + … Read More
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Gawker's demise is troubling for experiments in reader engagement

This is a column about Gawker.com's demise, but it is also a column about a plane ride I took last Friday. The two are related, though it might not seem that way at first. I’ll start with the plane ride, which was from San Francisco to Raleigh-Durham. I sat next to a woman who brought an assortment of religious … Read More
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How CIR created an investigative series just for Instagram

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting's Instagram account has doubled its followers in the past year. And beginning today, those followers, old and new, will get a project created just for them. "Bad Plea Deals" is the California-based nonprofit's first project made specifically for Instagram. The investigative series will unfold in 21 chapters posted three … Read More
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CNN just launched a new drone division. Here's what they plan to do with it.

For months, anticipation has been building about the prospect of journalists sending drones skyward to cover the news. At long last, after many months and piles of red tape, the Federal Aviation Administration in June released guidelines that will allow journalists without pilot licenses to operate drones after passing a test. Those guidelines go into effect later this … Read More
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