sp_AddNewsStory 'Here’s what ProPublica learned about managing a collaboration across hundreds of news organizations','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/U_FcPKZhtks/','ProPublica’s Documenting Hate collaboration comes to a close next month after nearly three years. It brought together hundreds of newsrooms around the country to cover hate crimes and bias incidents. The project started because we wanted to gather as much data as we could, to find untold stories and to fill in gaps in woefully...',69,0,121,'12/13/2019 10:00:53 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Here is a step-by-step guide for news outlets to share power with underserved communities','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/3ZiVYcpomi8/','How can a news outlet share power with its audience? That kind of question may make more traditional journalism thinkers quake, but it’s an inquiry that more and more news organizations are — slowly — undertaking. “We need citizens to be equipped to navigate the world around us. Because good journalism is great for democracy...',69,0,121,'12/13/2019 9:58:56 AM'
Rejecting for relevancy match:“People can self-generate their own misinformation. It doesn’t all come from external sources.” Researchers at Ohio State found that even when people are provided with accurate numerical information, they tend to misremember those numbers to match whatever beliefs they already hold: “For example, when people are shown that the number of Mexican immigrants in the...sp_AddNewsStory 'Four ways Mother Jones became profitable in this turbulent industry','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/WWA32V9tXl8/','When a news organization is slapped with a defamation lawsuit, it can be a cause for panic. In 2012, Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot sued Mother Jones over a story it had published about his political efforts. Mother Jones had a choice. It could either pay the $74,999 that VanderSloot had sued for — $1 short...',69,0,121,'12/12/2019 1:34:47 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'This is how Report for America ended up funding a community Wikipedia editor (!) at a library (!!)','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/HNfIQg7l8SU/','When Report for America announced last week that it was placing 250 journalists into 164 local newsrooms, the list of beats they’d be covering didn’t seem too out of the ordinary. It served as a sort of non-comprehensive to-cover list for local news: climate change’s impacts on a community, rural healthcare, housing struggles, immigrant issues,...',69,0,121,'12/12/2019 12:52:02 PM'
Rejecting for relevancy match:From its beginnings half a century ago, National Public Radio heralded a new approach to the sound of radio in the United States. NPR “would speak with many voices and many dialects,” according to its founding document, “National Public Radio Purposes.” Written in 1970, this blueprint rang with emotional immediacy; NPR would go on the...sp_AddNewsStory 'Small experiments beat big ones, and other takeaways from BizLab’s public radio innovation summit','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/kG6RNV-l8VY/','With all the trouble local newspapers are in, local public radio stations have been a bright spot in many communities: growing instead of shrinking, adding more than 1,000 journalists system-wide since 2011. The public radio business model — built on a mix of corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, and individual memberships — is still relatively strong....',69,0,121,'12/11/2019 11:35:13 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Hundreds of Tribune employees are protesting Alden Global Capital’s sudden interest in their newspapers','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/POUIqO66ew4/','It was late in the day November 19 that employees of Tribune Publishing’s newspapers got word: Its troncked-up former chairman Michael Ferro was giving a final “f— you” to the business by selling his 25 percent stake to Alden Global Capital, the Thanos of the newspaper business. (Or perhaps its Anton Chigurh? Norman Bates, Voldemort,...',69,0,121,'12/11/2019 10:47:26 AM'
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sp_AddNewsStory 'Staff Cuts At WXIN-WTTV Indianapolis','https://tvnewscheck.com/article/242259/wxin-wttv-indianapolis-cuts-staff/','As many as a dozen employees at Fox affiliate WXIN and independent WTTV, including one on-air reporter, were laid off Wednesday, roughly three months after Nexstar Media Group acquired the stations as part of its $4.1 billion deal to buy Tribune Media.
The post Staff Cuts At WXIN-WTTV Indianapolis appeared first on TV News Check.
sp_AddNewsStory 'Did NASA give spiders drugs to see how they would affect web-spinning?','https://www.poynter.org/tfcn/2019/did-nasa-give-spiders-drugs-to-see-how-they-would-affect-web-spinning/','The post Did NASA give spiders drugs to see how they would affect web-spinning? appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'12/13/2019 9:46:37 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'I got laid off. Here’s what I learned from sharing on social media.','https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2019/i-got-laid-off-heres-what-i-learned-from-sharing-on-social-media/','I’ve been telling folks that getting laid off from your profession of 21 years is like the worst “It’s not you, it’s me” breakup. Ever. Because that’s what it is. It’s hard not to take it personally, but ultimately, it’s a decision you had no control over. (And don’t take it personally.) What you do […]
The post I got laid off. Here’s what I learned from sharing on social media. appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'12/13/2019 8:00:48 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Chris Wallace stands up for the First Amendment » Greta Thunberg trolls Trump » Debates are piling up','https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2019/chris-wallace-stands-up-for-the-first-amendment-greta-thunberg-trolls-trump-debates-are-piling-up/','The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Annnnnd in this corner, wearing red, white and blue … Chris Wallace! This is an astounding statistic. According to a Freedom Forum Institute poll, 29% of Americans think the First Amendment goes “too far.” Think about that for a second. The First […]
The post Chris Wallace stands up for the First Amendment » Greta Thunberg trolls Trump » Debates are piling up appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'12/13/2019 7:30:38 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Why REI swapped its catalog for a magazine — and what that means for print media','https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2019/why-rei-swapped-its-catalog-for-a-magazine-and-what-that-means-for-print-media/','In September, some 450,000 members of outdoor goods store REI, the largest U.S. consumer co-op, received a surprise in their mailboxes. In lieu of the typical 28-page fall catalog talking up the merits of the latest waterproof jacket or tent, the Seattle-based outdoor gear retailer mailed out the first 84-page issue of a new quarterly […]
The post Why REI swapped its catalog for a magazine — and what that means for print media appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'12/12/2019 9:50:25 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Anti-vaxxers adopt new manipulation tactics to spread misinformation','https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/anti-vaxxers-adopt-new-manipulation-tactics-to-spread-misinformation/','The post Anti-vaxxers adopt new manipulation tactics to spread misinformation appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'12/12/2019 8:00:36 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Was Time magazine right to pick Greta Thunberg for Person of the Year? » Fox News on top of ratings » Sinclair may change course','https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2019/was-time-magazine-right-to-pick-greta-thunberg-for-person-of-the-year-fox-news-on-top-of-ratings-sinclair-may-change-course/','The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Thinking on Time’s Person of the Year Let’s get something straight. Time magazine’s Person of the Year is just an honorary title. Other than publicity, the “winner” doesn’t actually get anything. Those who don’t “win” don’t miss out on […]
The post Was Time magazine right to pick Greta Thunberg for Person of the Year? » Fox News on top of ratings » Sinclair may change course appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'12/12/2019 7:53:50 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Data Journalism Meets Podcast: How Reach Turns Databases into Human Stories','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/data-journalism-meets-podcast-how-reach-turns-databases-into-human-stories/','‘Numbers can have a numbing quality’ is a common saying in journalism, meaning that overuse of numbers can leave audiences',66,0,121,'12/13/2019 4:30:13 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'A New Guide for Telling Powerful and Inclusive Stories with Underserved Communities','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/a-new-guide-for-telling-powerful-and-inclusive-stories-with-underserved-communities/','Across Europe, news organisations are being challenged to be more representative of their users and, in particular, underserved communities too',66,0,121,'12/13/2019 4:00:50 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Doing More with Less: Seven Practical Tips for Local Newsrooms Everywhere','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/doing-more-with-less-seven-practical-tips-for-local-newsrooms-everywhere/','Building a sustainable model of audience supported, public-interest journalism is not easy. The story of declining advertising revenues, relationships with',66,0,121,'12/13/2019 3:35:12 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Why REI Swapped Its Catalog for a Magazine—and What That Means for Print Media','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/why-rei-swapped-its-catalog-for-a-magazine-and-what-that-means-for-print-media/','In September, some 450,000 members of outdoor goods store REI, the largest U.S. consumer co-op, received a surprise in their',66,0,121,'12/13/2019 2:33:53 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'FTC Weighs Seeking Injunction Against Facebook Over How Its Apps Interact','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/ftc-weighs-seeking-injunction-against-facebook-over-how-its-apps-interact/','Federal officials are considering seeking a preliminary injunction against Facebook Inc. over antitrust concerns related to how its products interact,',66,0,121,'12/13/2019 1:30:30 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'The Boston Herald’s Editor-in-Chief is Jumping to 7News','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/people/the-boston-heralds-editor-in-chief-is-jumping-to-7news/','Joe Sciacca, the editor-in-chief of the Boston Herald, announced Tuesday morning that he is leaving the newspaper to take a job',66,0,121,'12/13/2019 1:29:47 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Podcast: Carole Cadwalladr and disinformation at the ballot box','https://www.cjr.org/podcast/podcast-cadwalladr-disinformation-brexit-trump-2020.php','Facebook, Google, and Twitter are going to be used to facilitate disinformation and racism in the 2020 US presidential election, and Carole Cadwalladr says we need to tell that story better. At the recent “Disinfo 2020: Prepping the Press” conference, Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, and Cadwalladr, a feature writer for the Observer […]',65,0,121,'12/13/2019 2:32:34 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'The journalistic newsfeed: editorial values and algorithms','https://www.cjr.org/tow_center/journalism-newsfeeds-ai-artificial-intelligence.php','Facebook, Google, Apple News: these are the technology companies vital to news distribution. Their algorithms, written with the values and priorities of Silicon Valley, drive the majority of online traffic to news, determining which publishers and stories gain exposure—sometimes with less-than-desirable results. Increasingly, news organizations are also joining this game of algorithmic curation. Maybe it’s […]',65,0,121,'12/13/2019 12:00:56 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Boris Johnson and Brexit come out of cold storage','https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/britain_election_boris_johnson.php','Britain still has Boris Johnson as its prime minister. In the country’s national election, his Conservative Party thrashed the opposition Labour Party, securing a comfortable majority in Parliament and making it highly likely that Brexit will happen. His victory, marked by a speech in which he gleefully repeated misleading claims, was ushered in by political manipulation and an inadequate press. Partisan outlets—in Britain’s case, newspapers, not cable news—shouted louder than ever, and even the media’s referees were bludgeoned by bad-faith campaign tactics. Misinformation abounded and fair questions were cast as partisan hit jobs . Trust—already at a low ebb across all Britain’s institutions— took a hit .
As is par for the course with elections these days, the specter of Russian intervention loomed—but, as Adam Satariano and Amie Tsang, of the New York Times , put it this week , “a surprising amount” of bad behavior “has come from the political parties and candidates themselves.” Labour contributed , as did the Liberal Democrats, a centrist party that distributed mock local newspapers and forged an email to make a reporter look dishonest . It was Johnson’s Conservatives, however, who muddied the truth the most brazenly. During the first televised debate, the Conservative Party used its Twitter account to “fact-check” Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson’s rival. In ads, the Conservatives clipped footage to make a senior Labour politician look foolish and to make senior BBC journalists appear supportive of Johnson’s talking points. ( Facebook and Google took the latter down after the BBC complained .) Sources even told reporters that an opposition activist had punched a Conservative Party aide; the reporters shared that as news , but a video later showed that there was no such punch. During an interview, Johnson seized a journalist’s phone and put it in his pocket.
ICYMI: MSNBC public editor: What if Rachel Maddow is right?
At least he actually did that interview. Johnson dodged sit-downs on the BBC and ITV —after every other party leader had already taken part. He stood up Andrew Neil, a notoriously forensic BBC interviewer, who said, “The prime minister of our nation will, at times, have to stand up to President Trump, President Putin, President Xi of China; it was surely not expecting too much that he spend half an hour standing up to me.” When Johnson skipped a climate debate, on Channel 4, the hosts put a melting ice sculpture in his place . (Channel 4 rejected Johnson’s proposal that he send a surrogate. One turned up anyway, bringing along a camera crew to capture the faux scandal of producers turning him away.) On Wednesday, a journalist with ITV’s breakfast show tracked Johnson down at a milk factory. Johnson hid in a fridge to avoid questions. The Conservatives categorically denied that he hid in a fridge.
It wasn’t an easy election to cover, but there were also avoidable journalistic missteps. The BBC, always a magnet for flak, took even more than usual. It was blamed (rightly) for letting Johnson wriggle away from Neil. Labour said that Corbyn had only faced Neil on the pretense that Johnson had already confirmed that he, too, would do so, and it was not the first time that Labour, and left-wing commentators, had accused the BBC of failing to ensure a level playing field. Early in the campaign, the BBC admitted that it made a mistake when it cut a clip of Johnson extolling truth in politics to remove people laughing at him. This week, a BBC political reporter said on air that Johnson “so deserves” a Parliamentary majority and Laura Kuenssberg, the political editor, reported that absentee votes—which are verified ahead of time but are meant to remain confidential until election night—looked “grim” for Labour. Both comments sparked widespread online outrage ; the BBC was forced to deny that Kuenssberg had breached electoral law by reporting the unofficial word of party officials who were present during the verification of the early votes.
As election day neared, Britain seemed to have lost faith in honest reporting. The Yorkshire Evening Post , a local newspaper, received numerous complaints for publishing a picture of a sick child that some thought was faked. James Mitchinson, the top editor, published an open reply to doubters, patiently and meticulously explaining why they were mistaken. (Journalists shared it widely.) “Whatever you do,” Mitchinson urged, “do not believe a stranger on social media who disappears into the night.” The same could have been said for the man who disappeared into the fridge. But Britain chose to elect him prime minister anyway.
Below, more on Britain’s elections:
“Disgraceful, and frankly… disgusting”: After Labour’s heavy defeat, Corbyn said he would step down as its leader. He took a parting shot at the media , thanking his wife for “all that she puts up with because of the way in which the media behaved towards me, towards her, and indeed, towards my party during this election campaign.”
Whither the BBC?: Politico ’s Emilio Casalicchio outlines “how the BBC lost the election” ; Charlie Beckett, a media professor at the London School of Economics and former BBC staffer, told Casalicchio that “the rules of the game have changed and the broadcasters haven’t caught up yet.” For the left-wing magazine Jacobin , Tom Mills asks whether the BBC is in “its last days.”
News consumption: During the campaign, The Guardian and Revealing Reality, a research group, analyzed the smartphone use of six people over three days ; it cast new light on a “chaotic world—in which news is being shaped less by publishers or foreign agents but by social media algorithms and friendship groups.” Separately, The Guardian also looked at the quiet influence of Apple News—which has just five UK editors— in shaping the ways people consumed election news .
Meanwhile, north of the border: Another big story on election night came in Scotland, where the Scottish National Party, which favors Scottish independence, made sweeping gains. The Guardian ’s Libby Brooks and Jim Waterson report that two big newspapers, the Herald and Scotsman , once dominated political discourse in Scotland, but they are now shadows of their former selves . This week, journalists at the Herald and its sister titles vowed strike action over impending job losses .
Standing up stories: For Popbitch ’s take on election coverage (“When Popbitch is being more responsible than you, you’ve fucked up”), click here . (H/t: Waterson.)
Other notable stories:
The lineup for next Thursday’s Democratic primary debate is now locked in: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang made the cut . Yesterday, we learned the calendar for the first four debates of 2020 : CNN and the Des Moines Register will host on January 14 in Iowa; ABC, WMUR-TV, and Apple News will host on February 7 in New Hampshire; NBC, MSNBC, and the Nevada Independent will host on February 19 in Nevada; and CBS, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and Twitter will host on February 25 in South Carolina. (Unlike in 2016, Facebook and Google will not be involved .) In other debate news, the Times reports that Trump may skip the general election debates next fall .
Maria Bustillos, CJR’s public editor for MSNBC , takes issue with criticism —from outlets on the left and the right—of Rachel Maddow and her obsessive focus on the Trump-Russia story. “With all the worrying about how bad it would look for Maddow if there were no collusion between Trump and Russia,” Bustillos writes, “few have stopped to think how bad it will look for the Russia-skeptics if she turns out to have been right.”
Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky—who both filed sexual-harassment lawsuits against Fox News, and both settled—are founding Lift Our Voices, an organization that will try to stop companies from using nondisclosure agreements to hide workplace misconduct and discrimination. Rebecca Keegan has more for the Hollywood Reporter .
The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities in Nigeria to stop harassing Sahara Reporters , a US-based outlet focused on the country. In recent months, its website and Nigerian bank account have been blocked. Its founder, Omoyele Sowore, was imprisoned. Citing these, among other disturbing trends, the Punch , a Nigerian newspaper, will start calling Nigeria’s government an “autocratic military-style regime.”
This week, the Associated Press inscribed a memorial to Y.C. Jao , an AP correspondent in China who was executed by state officials in 1951 because of his journalism. (Officially, Jao was accused of spying and counterrevolutionary behavior.) The AP only learned the circumstances of Jao’s death last year, thanks to a letter from his nephew.
And Paul Joseph Watson, a longtime editor at InfoWars , testified that he told his boss, Alex Jones, to stop peddling conspiracies about the Sandy Hook school shooting. (A victim’s father is suing Jones for defamation .) HuffPost ’s Sebastian Murdock has more .
ICYMI: The Rise and Fall of Facts',65,0,121,'12/13/2019 8:10:16 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Who didn’t kill Jimmy Hoffa','https://www.cjr.org/analysis/jimmy-hoffa-the-irishman.php','The good stories are the ones we remember. That’s what worries Dan Moldea, an investigative journalist, who has spent 45 years searching for the body of Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters union leader with ties to the mob. Recently, after he saw The Irishman, the new Martin Scorcese movie that spins a theory of Hoffa’s death, […]',65,0,121,'12/13/2019 6:50:47 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'MSNBC public editor: What if Rachel Maddow is right?','https://www.cjr.org/public_editor/msnbc-maddow-russia.php','The bloodsport of Red vs. Blue party politics drives the US media. But the polarization of Blue vs. Bluer is just as striking. And there’s no better symbol of the schism than MSNBC’s most popular anchor, the pen-tapping, eyebrow-waggling, Russia-obsessed lightning rod, Rachel Maddow. According to Adweek, The Rachel Maddow Show averaged 3.2 million viewers […]',65,0,121,'12/12/2019 11:55:17 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Whose responsibility is the right to be forgotten?','https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/right-to-be-forgotten.php','This fall, Europe’s highest court ruled that the “right to be forgotten”—a European move to make sure that false or damaging information does not dwell forever online—must remain limited to domains in the European Union only.
The ruling means that search engines such as Google need not comply with requests to de-link or remove personal information, unless they come from within the EU. And that any information that is removed will still be available when searching from outside of its borders. While of course you cannot force other nations to follow laws they themselves have not adopted, it does render the removal of that information somewhat pointless.
The debate is likely to continue. The right to be forgotten has only existed since 2014. And it’s eminently likely that many more cases will be brought, and will broaden its scope. But the heart of the debate remains who, exactly, should be responsible for managing information online.
Google is desperate to avoid this immense responsibility (in the same way it is desperate to avoid any responsibility for anything). Since the “right to be forgotten” was adopted in the EU, it has already received 3.3 million requests to take down links . And though newsrooms are often responsible for generating the information in question—outdated criminal allegations, for example—they’re also over-stretched, and not the ones supplying the stories to billions, or profiting from them.
But a few American newsrooms are leading the way. They’re putting moral considerations above financial ones to implement their own policies for unpublishing and amending pieces.
The Gazette, a daily newspaper published in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, guides readers to an “Article Removal Request” form designed for people accused of criminal activity in stories. They ask only that the person themselves makes the request, that the charges have been dismissed in court or that the person has served their time and/or had the charge expunged from their record.
And the Cleveland Plain Dealer, provides an email address (“ firstname.lastname@example.org ”) for individuals to send requests to.
But they are in the extreme minority. A September Nieman Lab article, pulling info from research conducted by PhD candidate Deborah Dwyer, stated that “80 percent of news outlets surveyed had established unpublishing policies, but almost half of those were not in writing and only two percent were shared beyond the newsroom.”
For now, as detailed previously , most people who have a good reason to want their information taken offline will be ignored. And that is an argument for more newsrooms taking responsibility for their work. And for the US adopting similar legislation to Europe, sooner rather than later.
Below, more on the right to be forgotten:
Germany highest court has ruled that a man who was convicted of murder 37 years ago has the right to have his name removed from online search results.
Other notable stories
Is local news dying? According to an op-ed published in Poynter by Kristen Hare , the answer is no. In her opinion, the more accurate description of the state of local news is that it is changing to adjust to the new landscape. This means traditional methods of sustaining local newsrooms, such as ad revenue and paper sales, are being replaced with subscription fees, philanthropic funding, and partnerships with national newsrooms.
It’s December, and that means a slew of investigative stories will soon be published. The reason? In order to be considered for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize, a story must be published by December 31, 2019. A Quartz article reported that in the last five years, 23 percent of Pulitzer winning or finalist entries were published in the month of December.
According to a Buzzfeed investigation , US Border officials are issuing fake court notices to keep out immigrants who have been granted asylum. But the Department of Homeland Security has denied the allegations via social media , calling the story “fake news”.
A Houston Chronicle investigation that probed misconduct within the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division has led to prosecutors reviewing a 2013 drug possession case in which an officer told a local judge he used another cop as his confidential source.
After receiving $3.1 million in funding ($1.56 million from Google News Initiative and $1.56 million from the American Journalism Project), Berkeleyside has announced a plan to launch an Oakland news site in the spring of 2020. Simultaneously, Berkeleyside is in the process of becoming a nonprofit focused on delivering “civic-minded local reporting more broadly.”
The British Prime Minister hid in a fridge to avoid a journalist on the eve of a pivotal election.
Six months after promising it would take a “hard look” at its hate speech and harassment policies, YouTube has announced that it will expand the criteria for what is considerable for censorship by the platform. But, as Vox notes , actual change “will largely depend on execution rather than policy.”',65,0,121,'12/12/2019 7:16:31 AM'
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