Brits and Europeans seem to be better than Americans at not sharing fake news » Nieman Journalism Lab

Posted by | 9th June 2017

France>UK>U.S……at least when it comes to not sharing junk news, according to a memo from Oxford University’s Internet Institute’s Project on Computational Propaganda. The researchers measured “bot activity and junk news” on Twitter in the final week of campaigning before the U.K. general election (from May 27–June 2) and found that junk news (defined as… Read More »

Democracy Never Faced a Threat Like Facebook – Bloomberg

Posted by | 9th June 2017

The social media giants based in the U.S. may soon face a new attack in Europe: There’s a perception among activists and officials that the basis of their business model — targeted advertising — can be a threat to democracy. In a speech on Wednesday, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager — who, as the top European Union antitrust official,… Read More »

The Swedish startup Kit is rethinking analytics for a broader view of what makes a story successful » Nieman Journalism Lab

Posted by | 9th June 2017

“We are trying to structure the editor part of this whole process,” said Strömberg. “A lot of data-driven editorial teams are looking at the subject: What do we want to write about? And there’s a a lot of data mining, data analysis, and text analysis engines that look at the content itself and say, well,… Read More »

Reuters’ new survey suggests that readers are getting (a bit) smarter about verifying breaking news » Nieman Journalism Lab

Posted by | 9th June 2017

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. But Reuters’ latest Tomorrow’s News report suggests that some readers are getting savvier about the… Read More »

5 Media Stories From the Comey Hearing – Adweek

Posted by | 9th June 2017

When it is all over, the anthology of reporting, analysis and opinion on former FBI director James Comey’s testimony today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee (hashtag ComeyHearing, hashtag ComeyDay) will be massive. We’re doing our part to contribute to the textual overflow by taking a look at some of the media angles and… Read More »

Trust, Content And The Future Of Media

Posted by | 9th June 2017

Aspermont plan to create new channels in areas such as agriculture and energy, whilst also scaling up a new publication for the Canadian market that was launched for just $15,000. Such progress is possible because Aspermont regards themselves less as a media company and more as a technology company that use their digital capabilities to deliver… Read More »

Trump’s blocking people on Twitter, and some think it’s a First Amendment issue | VentureBeat | Social | by Mathew Ingram, Fortune

Posted by | 7th June 2017

Twitter users block others on the service all the time, in some cases because they are abusive and sometimes just because they’re irritating. But is it different if the user doing the blocking happens to be the president of the United States? The Knight First Amendment Institute says it is different, or at least that… Read More »

Michael Moore launches TrumpiLeaks whistleblowing site | Film | The Guardian

Posted by | 7th June 2017

Michael Moore has launched a website that allows whistleblowers to securely leak information about the Trump administration.TrumpiLeaks uses high-powered encryption software to allow users to share documents, photographs, video and audio recordings pertaining to Donald Trump and his associates with the film-maker and activist. “Patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with… Read More »

Internet Spending Will Continue to Propel Media Industry Growth To 2021 – Study | Deadline

Posted by | 7th June 2017

Consumer and advertiser lust for internet-delivered content will help to lift total spending on U.S. media and entertainment to $759.1 billion in 2021, a 19.5% increase over last year, consulting firm PwC predicts today in its 18th annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook — a widely followed five-year forecast. PwC’s new estimates are notably higher than they… Read More »

Apple, podcasting’s dominant (and mostly benign) middleman, is rebooting how it delivers shows » Nieman Journalism Lab

Posted by | 6th June 2017

We’re getting a redesigned Podcasts app that’ll come with the announced iOS 11 update. Official details are scant at the moment, and while your mileage may vary with sourcing Reddit, there are a couple of screenshots of the new app floating about from this thread, which also hint at potential upcoming livestreaming tool support. Meanwhile,… Read More »

Look Ahead: Hearken Develops Open Notebook, a New Tool for Pre-Publication Audience Engagement – Editor & Publisher

Posted by | 6th June 2017

In order to help reporters be more transparent while also earning the trust of their readership, Hearken is developing a new tool for pre-publication audience engagement. With Open Notebook, journalists can document and share what’s happening as they report, allowing those interested to follow along and contribute. The tool provides a place for reporting materials… Read More »

Land of the giants: Where do publishers fit in the ecommerce ecosystem?

Posted by | 25th May 2017

What do all those ecommerce strategies have in common? They all sit in relatively narrow verticals, in which the expertise of their editorial content can both influence and create purchase intent. They are also all for relatively high-value transactions – holidays, tech products, cars – in which the publisher’s don’t have to compete with the giant ecommerce… Read More »

When Death Becomes Social Media Spectacle – Motherboard

Posted by | 24th May 2017

According to documents, Facebook “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress who are attempting suicide” and hopes that by leaving such content up for a certain period of time, other users may be able to intervene. However, many media professionals are concerned by what they see as a hasty and misguided approach.”Facebook has… Read More »

Social networks face tougher EU oversight on video content

Posted by | 23rd May 2017

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks face being roped into EU laws on hate speech, after ministers agreed a controversial overhaul of the bloc’s rules for video content. Social media platforms where video forms an “essential” function will have to abide by some of the same rules that apply to the EU’s broadcasters, giving countries… Read More »

Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news » Nieman Journalism Lab

Posted by | 23rd May 2017

Scribd’s $8.99/month subscription service started out with only ebooks. Over time, it’s expanded to audiobooks, sheet music, documents, magazines — and, as of Tuesday, newspapers. “Select articles” from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian, as well as some archival content from the Financial Times, will now be available to Scribd… Read More »

Can fact-checkers agree on what is true? New study doesn’t point to the answer – Poynter

Posted by | 23rd May 2017

False. Pants on Fire. Three Pinocchios. Ratings are often the most popular and the most controversial part of fact checks.Readers enjoy their clarity. Search engines benefit from the structure they provide. And, because they can provoke irate reactions, ratings force reporters to build the strongest possible case for their conclusions. A majority of fact-checkers use… Read More »

How mixed reality could transform game shows of the future | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi

Posted by | 22nd May 2017

Game shows haven’t changed much in the last few decades. But The Future Group wants to combine television game shows with mixed reality technology. The Oslo, Norway-based startup raised $20 million to create a game show, Lost in Time, where contestants are filmed performing game show challenges in front of a green screen. The Future Group then… Read More »

All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked | TechRadar

Posted by | 22nd May 2017

Did you miss Google IO 2017? Even though there weren’t any high-impact product reveals at Google’s annual conference, there were still plenty of interesting announcements. A lot of these concerned incremental updates to Android, Google Home, Google Assistant, Android TV and Daydream VR. Oh, and Google wants to help you get a job. There was also… Read More »

Banned on Facebook: how the social network tackles controversial topics | TechRadar

Posted by | 22nd May 2017

A number of documents and manuals used to train Facebook’s moderators have been exposed in an investigative report by The Guardian, revealing the type of content users are and aren’t allowed to post on the social networking site.That includes taking some controversial stances. For instance, it’s allegedly Facebook policy to allow the livestreaming of video… Read More »

“Who’s your 4chan correspondent?” (and other questions Storyful thinks newsrooms should be asking after the French election) » Nieman Journalism Lab

Posted by | 22nd May 2017

Efforts by online activists didn’t stop Emmanuel Macron from winning the French presidential election, but they were further proof that campaigns of misinformation, smears, and targeted leaks are now part and parcel of major democratic events. Pepe the frog may have been pronounced dead on May 8, but the movement that took cartoonist Matt Furie’s… Read More »

How Generation Z, Millennials (and the rest of us) consume media: 7 key trends

Posted by | 22nd May 2017

Trend-watchers have, for some time, paid considerable attention to the media habits and preferences of Millennials (people aged 20-33), with Generation Z (those aged 14-19) becoming an increasingly important demographic for many companies to engage with. Where these audiences go, others tend to follow, providing an additional incentive to understand the next generation of media… Read More »

Donald Trump is losing his war with the press — but the media still has a massive credibility problem – Salon.com

Posted by | 21st May 2017

If the Trump administration is indeed waging a war with the press, then it appears the “opposition party” — as the president’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has called the news media — is currently winning. The Trump era has, if anything, inspired a new journalistic zeal. And the president’s frequent authoritarian outbursts and unwavering hostility… Read More »

Sony’s Richard Marks: Voice commands are key for transforming VR into the Holodeck | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Jamie Feltham, Upload VR

Posted by | 21st May 2017

Speaking in an interview with Glixel, Marks talked about what he thinks will be the next big step for PSVR. Surprisingly, it’s not new tracking systems or peripherals, but what we do with our voices and how virtual worlds react to them.Marks explained that he was interested in the voice control automation systems that were… Read More »