journalism, news, socialmedia

newsrewired snapshots for digital journalists: fake news war, live video, data vis, and robots

I wasn’t at the news:rewired digital news conference yesterday, 8 February, but the updates were so excellent, and adding to a timeline in Twitter Moments was surprisingly easy.

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content, news, publishing, socialmedia

Facebook not a publisher, but with 1.8bn users comes responsibility

An introduction from a Business Insider article:

“Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner sat down with Andreas Dietrich of the Swiss publication Blick and discussed the issue of fake news and Facebook’s part in it.

“Döpfner believes Facebook should not have to sort out hoaxes from real news because it is a distributor of news — not a publisher.” Read more at uk.businessinsider.com

Facebook is indeed, not directly a news organisation, and clearly dealing with the sources of fake or ‘alternative’ news would be the ultimate solution.

But to ignore the amount of ‘news’ being posted, shared, and commented on by such a huge social network without acknowledging and taking some basic responsibility in blocking factually incorrect stories would be letting down it’s user base to say the least.

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Worth reading: Change never stops, but we will always need journalism

A few pertinent quotes at the turn of another tumultuous year in news media from Peter Preston, in his Guardian column, an excerpt from his chapter for Last Words? How Can Journalism Survive the Decline of Print?: “..digital consumption/addiction accelerates away and social media dominate reading time and attention. One habit dies; another takes over.”

“And all of this, one crisis after another, one false dawn after another, seemed to promise some publishing nirvana just around the corner…

“To this day, only about 10% of news on the net comes with a price tag. The central competition, therefore, had to be scrabbling for advertising riches…”

“The point about looking back is that this unwinding chronicle never ends, never finds a steady state. There’s a whole new world beyond Facebook and Google out there – and only one certainty firm in the mix. However produced, however delivered, this swirling world needs facts, perceptions, arguments, reflections, hard truths. This world needs journalism.”

Amen. 

Original article http://j.mp/2hG1bEI, published 1 January, 2017

content, journalism, news, strategy

Worth reading: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)

Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)
As publishers’ tablet dreams diminish, are smartphones picking up the slack when it comes to reading long articles online? A report out from the Pew Research Center [from May 2016] tries to answer that question, and comes away with some reassuring findings: Yes, people are willing to engage with longer content (i.e., news stories over 1,000 words) on their phones.…

Seems to be various schools of thought on this, how the length of the article affects chances of being read, or being read to the end, etc.

Underlying this question, it’s quality of the content, information or writing that really counts, especially for long-tale value.

May 6, 2016 at 02:50PM
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Worth reading: Your new iPhone 7 headphones will break all the time because of Apple’s obsession with minimalism

Your new iPhone 7 headphones will break all the time because of Apple’s obsession with minimalism
Deep within Apple’s labyrinthine website, beyond its beloved laptops, phones, and tablets, is a class of items that are universally reviled.

A couple of week’s old, but still interesting on the whole iPhone headphone jack saga

September 8, 2016 at 02:23PM
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