#Journalism agenda: Turkey’s “fake” “fact-checkers”… “Tracing a fake news story, from parody site to FoxNews.com…

These fake ‘fact-checkers’ are peddling lies about genocide and censorship in Turkey
Poynter (blog)
Last October, a Marxist hacker collective, The Red Hack, leaked the personal email archive of Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan’s son-in-law. The email archive featured the budget for a think-tank, Bosphorus Global, to be run

When it comes to news literacy, there’s a lot to be pessimistic about these days. Plenty of people are still reading and sharing fake new stories from dubious sources, while others are wary about real news stories from legitimate ones.

How does a clearly fake story about a Russian warplane and a United States Navy destroyer end up as a FoxNews.com story? The NY Times traces it, from its origin on a parody website, to Facebook, to Russian TV, to The Sun (British tabloid), to FoxNews.com.

On Monday afternoon, The Intercept published a bombshell story: “Top-secret NSA report details Russian hacking effort days before 2016 election.” The story — later confirmed by CBS — reveals that “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishingemails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept,” and includes PDFs of the NSA’s report.

An analysis of news and advertising in the UK general election

A break down of the key online trends in this year’s UK General Election from Enders Analysis.


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As newsroom budgets have gotten tighter, reporting in war zones has often been one of the first things to go.

In Italy, IlGiornale.it, the digital arm of the country’s fifth-largest national newspaper, has experimented with reaching out to readers directly to fund its reporting abroad. In late 2013, the newspaper created Gli Occhi della Guerra(“The Eyes of War”), a crowdfunded reporting project that at launch offered readers the option to help fund reporting trips to either Afghanistan or Libya. Most readers opted for the former, and within weeks, had financed the Afghanistan trip — and, soon after, the Libya trip as well.

It’s fitting that, in a year when the Panama Papers investigation won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting (the entire leaked data set for that investigation totaled 11.5 million documents adding up to 2.6 terabytes), the Associated Press is releasing its updated 2017 Stylebook with a new chapter on data journalism.

“Government agencies, businesses and other organizations alike all communicate in the language of data and statistics,” the AP said. “To cover them, journalists must become conversant in that language as well.”

Here are a few of the AP’s data journalism recommendations:

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