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Most Kenyans have seen fake news, according to a new report

Almost nine out of ten Kenyan voters believe they have seen fake news about the upcoming election, according to a new report. The survey — conducted by Portland, a consultant, in partnership with GeoPoll, a mobile polling company — polled a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Kenyans by text message. Eighty seven percent of respondents claimed they saw "information … Read More
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Facebook releases an update on its project to combat fake news and support journalists

More than six months after announcing a project to combat fake news, Facebook released an update today. The Facebook Journalism Project — a three-pronged approach aimed at providing training, products and tools for journalists and news consumers — was created as a way to solidify relationships with media organizations, which often hold contradictory feelings about the social network. One key part of … Read More
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Building your business? See how you stack up to the competition

Whether you're launching a new product or service, or revising the strategy of your current business, it's critical that you know your competition and the marketplace. An analytical review of your competitors will help you chart your course. How big are your competitors’ audiences? Use a web tracking service to get a sense of how many visitors competing websites receive. Read More
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This tool will help your long-distance interviews feel more face-to-face

How do you conduct interviews when you're not face-to-face? Phone and scribbled notes? In-app recording? This week, we explore another way to connect when you're far away. Hare: Ren! What are we learning about this week? LaForme: I was hoping to learn a little bit from you this week. Earlier today, I did my first online interview where I recorded … Read More
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Knoxville's alt-weekly is closing after 2 years. 'Maybe we can't figure this out.'

Staff at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Mercury went back and forth on how depressing their final issue should be. The two-year-old publication distributed its last edition on Thursday. "Of course, a lot of people are looking at it as more evidence of the death of print," said Jack Neely, a contributing editor. "I'm not as convinced." The Mercury started … Read More
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The Cohort: That awkward moment when a handshake becomes a hug

Welcome back to The Cohort. Our guest writer for one last edition is Liz Plank, a senior correspondent at Vox Media and the co-host of a forthcoming podcast exploring divisions amongst women in America. The Cohort’s founder, Katie Hawkins-Gaar, is back in our next edition and looking forward to returning to The Cohort. Of … Read More
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The Times and Trump: An 'incredible' interview

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Trump, the news machine The New York Times' President Trump interview – conducted by Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt – was one of those where you could have … Read More
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Drone journalists get very good news – instant waivers

Drone journalists just got some very good news. The FAA says that this year it will begin offering "instant authorization" for drone flights in controlled airspace. It will start what is called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, in select cities. By the end of the year, 50 cities will be included. In an article for Forbes, Pepperdine professor Gregory … Read More
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This new Facebook analytics tool lets publishers compare their mobile and Instant Articles traffic

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a comment from The Atlantic. Facebook today released a new developer's tool for publishers to see how their stories are doing on the social media platform. The analytics tool, which is located under the "Publishing Tools" tab on Facebook pages, allows news outlets to compare the traffic of their regular mobile articles with … Read More
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4 'breath test' questions to diagnose your story leads

The first words of any story are critical. With that precious beginning, you offer your audience a promise that your story is worth their time. That’s the heavy-duty job of your lead. Occasionally leads will seem to magically fly onto the computer screen. But, more often, they are the product of hard work of writing and revising. Use the “breath … Read More
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Meet the 'cranky country publisher' who files lawsuits instead of tweets

At the Sacramento Valley Mirror, Tim Crews is everything. He’s the founder, publisher, editor and owner. He reports, takes photos and sells ads. The newspaper is so small that he even helps deliver copies when it prints twice a week. And you wouldn't know it by his blank email signature or no-nonsense tone, but Crews is also a controversial, bulldog … Read More
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Why Twitter should boot President Trump

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Twitter will surely never ban President Trump from tweeting. Should it? Wired magazine makes the case it's totally justified – and falls short. It writes, "The case for banning Trump from … Read More
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BuzzFeed's new audio morning briefing was made for Amazon Alexa

Instead of waking up and checking their phones for the latest push notifications, newsletters or podcast episodes, BuzzFeed's audience can now just ask for the morning's top news. The digital news organization launched a new morning briefing Wednesday that was made for smart speakers with hands-free voice services, such as the Amazon Echo. The briefing, titled Reporting to You, is typically a two- … Read More
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