INFOGRAPHIC: “How Are Journalists Using Social Media?” and a Journalism roundup:

How are Journalists Using Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Facebook announced yet another tweak to the algorithm that governs its users’ News Feeds yesterday. The social network has introduced a new tool that allows users to flag a post as “a false news story.” The move follows a few other attempts by the platform to better delineate different types of content. For example, in August, it was reported that the company was experimenting with satire tags meant to help users differentiate between parody and news. They’ve also taken steps to push back against clickbait.

What, exactly, would Tinder for video discovery look like? How do you wrangle all the live video around a story across social networks? And is it possible to useMystery Science Theater 3000 as a prototype for a video engagement app?

These are a few of the ideas and questions journalists and technologists came up with at this past weekend’s Hacking Journalism event in New York. More than 100 people, from companies like The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Vox Media, Genius, Wired, Chartbeat, and The New York Times, descended on Condé Nast’s offices to focus on creating new tools and other products for video.

A new census from Duke’s Reporters’ Lab says that fact-checking sites are on the rise worldwide:

You may remember a year ago I posted this short piece that detailed the decline of free daily newspapers in Europe. (“Remember how, a few years ago, some thought that Metro and others of its free ilk would sweep into the space paid dailies were leaving behind? It didn’t work out exactly that way.”) I included this chart by Piet Bakker, perhaps the world’s top analyst of free newspapers:

Protecting Journalists, Protecting Democracy

 Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog / by Douglas Frantz

…tside experts from many disciplines and develop steps for concrete action. The focus was on helping journalism’s most vulnerable members – the freelancers and local reporters who often work without the training and support networks available to their colleagues from large news organizations. The participants spanned the landscape of journalism and training. There were freelance reporters and photographers from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia; officials from NGOs in the United Sta

When Amy O’Leary announced in early January that she was leaving The New York Times to become editorial director at Upworthy, there was a collective jaw-drop in the digital journalism community.

What happened next certainly surprised me

— Jacob Harris (@harrisj) January 6, 2015


Sloppy P.R. charticles considered harmful

 Nieman Journalism Lab / by Jacob Harris /

When Nieman Lab asked me for a prediction on journalism in 2015, I knew instantly what I wanted to write about. I’m definitely not someone you could describe as a futurist, so I picked an issue that had been irritating me lately: the increasing proliferation of small chart- or map-driven “data journalism” pieces produced as P.R. for Internet startups. Bad Data Journalism is a particular hobby-horse of mine, so I was a bit surprised to see th – James Ball – Jan 19, 6:24 AM – GCHQ’s bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the US and UK’s largest media organisations, analysis of documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. Emails from…

nytimes-logoFor two decades, The New York Times has had a reader insight panel — a subset of its audience that it occasionally surveys to “better understand the reading habits, lifestyles and interests of Times readers. (They’re far from alone in this;here’s The Washington Post’s, for instance.) If you’re on it, as I am, you get occasional questions about whether you read a certain section, whether you’d be interested in a particular new Times product, and so on.

Every weekday at 7 a.m., the countdown clock atop the Charlotte Five homepage resets — counting the hours, minutes, and seconds until another batch of five stories are posted.

In a groundswell of support for freedom of the press and in solidarity with the victims of last week’s political assassinations, all major U.S. newspapers—with the exception of The New York Times—have published the cover of the satirical Charlie Hebdo’s first issue since the terrorist attacks. Social media channels throughout the English-speaking world have responded to the Times decision with an unambiguous negative 45% social sentiment in the past few days.

Misleading With Statistics

How journalists make arguments with distorted data

No, BuzzFeed isn’t “beating” the New York Times

It becomes all too easy, when discussing BuzzFeed, to oversimplify its mission and contribution to journalism. Because it sprang to life as a purveyor of GIFs and humorous lists, perfecting the form such that it reaped huge web traffic rewards, it lent itself to dismissive characterizations as mere clickbait fodder, even as it evolved into a more complicated and serious endeavor.



Andy Carvin thought would have a quiet launch.

Quiet is a relative term, and in the case of — which aims to cover the news almost entirely through social media — that meant tracking things like the first gay couples to marry in Florida and a car bombing near a police academy in Yemen.


Seeking to hasten the use of drones for newsgathering, the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced it has signed a research agreement with CNN to share data from the network’s ongoing study of the issue with the goal of creating a “framework” for future use of such unmanned aircraft for that purpose.


Geeks Bearing Gifts: Reinventing TV News

Here’s another chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, this one about a topic I’ve discussed here: reinventing TV news. Read the whole thing on Medium. A snippet:

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Yesterday, CNN announced that it had struck a deal with the feds that represents some progress for those interested in using drones for journalism:

CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting.

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