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News orgs may sign on to an even closer partnership with Facebook. Like?

Good morning. Here are eight media stories. Update status The New York Times reports that Facebook is in talks with several news organizations, including BuzzFeed, National Geographic and the Times itself, to host content on Facebook. "Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as … Read More

How Vox Media gets readers to share on Facebook

Vox Media Before and after Vox released its interview with Barack Obama in February, the outlet teased viewers with a series of video previews. Each a couple of minutes long and seasoned liberally with swooping graphics, the videos were uploaded directly to Facebook and contained excerpts of the president's conversation with Vox journalists … Read More

New study finds millennials are strong news consumers, but take an indirect path

Millennials are getting a bad rap as a newsless and disengaged generation, according to a new study of their news habits. But print newspapers and digital home pages are not their main way of finding what they are looking for. Rather social media and search are the two top avenues for finding news, according to a report released today … Read More

Here’s what Facebook knows about ethnic minorities on social media

There were a few relevant insights for journalists in a SXSW session Friday that was primarily designed to motivate advertisers and marketers to target Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians on Facebook. If you want to get relevant content in front of a diverse audience on social media, you have to understand the nuances of how that audience is different from the … Read More

Facebook is purging fake news stories, but The Onion probably won't be affected

Facebook Social networking giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it's taking steps to stamp out malicious fake news stories while leaving funny fake stories unaffected. The company is tweaking its inscrutable News Feed to cut down on the number of "stories that are hoaxes, or misleading news," Facebook software engineer Erich Owens and research scientist Udi Weinsberg write in a … Read More

Sorry, journos: Heavy use of social media is not stressful, study says

The Pew Research Center's latest internet study, out this morning, uses some intricate survey methodology to come to a straightforward finding: heavy users of social media, Facebook particularly, are not stressed by the experience. That's noteworthy in light of a spate of think pieces and entire books arguing that digital information overload is messing with our minds and lowering … Read More

Cue the outcry — more big Twitter changes on the way

Friday. Good morning (or good evening, if you're reading this at night). Andrew Beaujon is back next week. Let's freak out about Twitter changes: Sayeth Twitter: "in many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of. But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy." Noooooooo! ( … Read More

Free Press designer 'cared about every single word, every comma, every period' on 1A

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Free Press designer dies: 25-year veteran Steve Anderson was 59. Remembers Amy Huschka, assistant editor/social media: "He was so proud of his Twitter account and loved sharing historic images and daily 1A's with his followers." From Jason Karas, a designer and colleague: "He cared about every single word, every comma, every … Read More

Facebook is more important to news distribution than you think, and journalists are freaked out

Facebook's Liz Heron answered for a litany of perceived sins and slights last week during a conversation with The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal and attendees at the Online News Association conference in Chicago. Journalists are anxious about being left out of the loop about how Facebook works, and they want answers. Does Facebook play favorites in the News Feed Algorithm? … Read More