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Last chance to fill in the blanks on funding journalism’s future | Roy Greenslade

Owners’ last-man-standing game plan, in the belief winner takes all, sounds the death knell for journalism<p>Here is the news. Newspaper publishing revenues from both circulation and print advertising, have plunged by more than half over the past decade, down from almost £7bn to just over £3bn. Here’s …

Journalism

How The New York Times' Mark Thompson became the latest thorn in Facebook's side - Digiday

Facebook has been taking fire from all sides lately, but few have been more outspoken and consistent of late than Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York …

Journalism

Facebook and Twitter bias: it all depends how you look at it

Over the past week Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, might have felt a twinge of sympathy for countryman Mark Geiger. Geiger, you will remember, was the referee in the thrilling Colombia v England clash in the last 16 of the World Cup. If you were cheering for England, you will probably …

Social Media

Protecting Advertisers, Publishers From Bot Clicks In Campaigns

Many publishers and advertisers alike cite ad fraud as a big problem in the industry — it cost advertisers an estimated $7 billion in 2016.<p>The good …

AdTech

More than a magic electoral map: How Politico plans its (open source) Slack chats during the midterms

Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall of someone else’s Slack channel?<p>FiveThirtyEight fans can read its Slack-like conversations, adding statistical context to current events since 2015 (which political party would be more likely to survive the apocalypse, for example). The New York …

Elections

Facebook Launches Print Magazine "Grow," Says It's Not a Magazine

Facebook is not a publisher. Despite the fact it pays publishing companies for content that it then distributes across its platform, the company …

Social Media

These are the three types of bias that explain all the fake news, pseudoscience, and other junk in your News Feed

Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content of questionable accuracy, including conspiracy theories, clickbait, hyperpartisan content, pseudoscience and even fabricated “fake news” reports.<p>It’s not surprising that there’s so …

Social Media

Overview and Key Findings of the 2018 Report

This year’s report contains signs of hope for the news industry following the green shoots that emerged 12 months ago. Change is in the air with many …

Social Media

Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018–2022 - Trending now: convergence, connections and trust

Vice Media Was Built on a Bluff. What Happens When It Gets Called?

Contour by Getty Images.<p>It was sunny in Williamsburg on the last Wednesday in May, which also happened to be the second day of a new era at Vice …

Explainers are tedious. Fact-checks can feel partisan. Is there a third way?

Further research on these other forms of media would be good, especially considering how rare it is these days for any region to have two local papers competing with each other. In the case of the Florida papers that Archer looked at, for instance — The left-leaning Tampa Bay Times and …

The five ways we read online (and what publishers can do to encourage the “good” ones)

From skimming and scanning to (the ultimate) <i>reading</i>, a new paper by Nir Grinberg looks at the ways we read online and introduces a novel measure for predicting how long readers will stick with an article.<p>Grinberg, a research fellow at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science jointly …

What happens when two companies journalists love to hate are also handing out cash for journalism?

One Wednesday this spring, I wrote about an accelerator aimed at local newsrooms and funded by Facebook. Two days later, I criticized the fact that Facebook’s algorithm changes don’t actually appear to be hurting hyperpartisan publishers. This is a fairly common dynamic at Nieman Lab, where we …

New Data Collection Tools Spring From Impending GDPR

Last week, four trade groups, representing publishers like Conde Nast, Hearst and Axel Springer, addressed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, …

People who are delusional, dogmatic, or religious fundamentalists are more likely to believe fake news

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.<p>People prone to psychosis are also more likely to believe fake news. Is there a certain …

Why the “golden age” of newspapers was the exception, not the rule

Journalists pride themselves on knowing their history when it comes to politics and economics, but they are notoriously ahistorical about their own profession. They treat the idea of fair, fact-based journalism — what some call objectivity — the way the College of Cardinals treated the virgin …

Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex | WIRED

Inside the Macedonian<p>Fake-News Complex<p>Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex<p>by Samanth Subramanian | photographs by Guy Martin 2.15.17<p>The first …

Local News Is Shrinking — What Happens When The Watchdogs Disappear?

Local news layoffs mean less journalists reporting on police, city halls and statehouses.<p>A well-told news story always comes down to the facts.<p>It's …

The vaccine for fake news? More fake news.

What has been your strategy to share the game so far?<p>Our first focus has been through schools. We created an educational portal that can be used and …

Why Facebook Needs A Bill Of Rights

In his Congressional testimony, Mark Zuckerberg explained how Facebook is trying to prevent the spread of fake news. But “fake” news is often in the eye of the beholder. By hiring staff to police their news feeds, Facebook is on a path that is doomed to failure. However, if Facebook would take the …

The science behind why fake news is so hard to wipe out

It’s time for Facebook and Google to pay attention to the psychology of the illusory truth effect.<p>In the immediate aftermath of the October 1 night massacre in Las Vegas, Facebook and Google — the two largest distributors of news and information in the world — helped to spread misinformation.<p>In its …

Psychology

The Psychology Behind Fake News

It’s hard to venture online these days—or switch on any cable network—without coming across a heated discussion over “fake news.” Basic facts and …

Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service

Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to …

Here are 5 ways Facebook violates consumer expectations to maximize its profits

As the Facebook scandal continues to snowball, COO Sheryl Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have finally admitted publicly they have a lot of work to do to restore trust in, and combat abuse of, their platform. Those are facts supported by independent research from Edelman.<p>Trust is a result of …

This is the next major traffic driver for publishers: Chrome’s mobile article recommendations, up 2,100 percent in one year

If you use Chrome on your phone or tablet, you’re probably familiar with the article suggestions that you see when you open a new tab in your browser. However, if you’re a publishing executive, you may not be thinking of them as a meaningful traffic source. Well, we have news for you: Research by …

How Facebook Groups Are Being Exploited To Spread Misinformation, Plan Harassment, And Radicalize People

Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people in “meaningful” Facebook groups. But to get there he’ll have to battle the spammers, hackers, and trolls who exploit and hijack groups to make money or sow chaos.<p><b>One week after</b> the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, those searching on Facebook for …

In 2017, Google removed 3.2B ‘bad ads’ and blocked 320K publishers, 90K sites, 700K mobile apps

As the world’s largest search engine and a digital advertising behemoth, Google has a lot to answer for when it comes to misleading or false information being spread using its platforms, both through ads and through content that is monetised by way of those ads. More recently, the company has been …

Internet

We need to get better at covering studies about fake news

For much of its existence as an explicit form of online journalism, relatively few academics were interested in fact-checking. No longer.

Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for interfering with the 2016 …

Living in a sea of false signals: Are we being pushed from “trust, but verify” to “verify, then trust”?

<b>Editor’s note</b>: Craig Silverman — the indefatigable BuzzFeed journalist who specializes in misinformation, disinformation, and all things fake news — recently gave testimony at the Miami meeting of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, which is charged with examining “the causes and …