Tag: fact-checking

by Jefferson Yen

In journalism, it begins and ends with credibility. It’s what allows news organizations to rise above the noise of online chatter. Unfortunately, it seems that in the effort to chase traffic and capitalize on viral content, media companies are propagating misinformation far more often than they are debunking rumours. According to Craig Silverman’s report for […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. FAA weighs letting film, TV industry use drones (Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal) 2. As TV time-shifting grows, networks move toward getting paid for 7 ad days instead of 3 (Jeanine Poggi / AdAge) 3. Ukrainian fact-checking site spots fake photos in social media (Lydia Tomkiw / Nieman Lab) 4. Amazon and a […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. ABC’s live Oscar Internet stream suffers nationwide outage (Todd Spangler / Variety) 2. Comcast is acquiring video ad company FreeWheel for $320 million (Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch 3. Washington Post expands fact-checking project (Craig Silverman / Poynter) 4. J-schools: Success in news today is about a lot more than reporting and writing (Lance Knobel […] more »

by Josh Stearns

Last week Twitter and CNN announced a major partnership with the data analysis startup Dataminr to shift the way journalists use Twitter as an early alert system for breaking news. Dataminr worked with CNN to fine-tune the algorithms they use, to help close the gap “between the eyewitness wanting to be heard and the journalist who wants to listen,” […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. British newspaper has advantages in battle with government over secrets (NYT) 2. Fear of NSA surveillance is having a chilling effect on the open web (GigaOm) 3. Facebook leads an effort to lower barriers to internet access (NYT) 4. Washington Post considered using robot sportswriters (Poynter) 5. A look at Storyful’s Open Newsroom verification […] more »

by Josh Stearns

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing one commenter called it a “watershed moment for social media” – but not in a good way. “Legions of Web sleuths cast suspicion on at least four innocent people, spread innumerable bad tips and heightened the sense of panic and paranoia,” wrote Ken Bensinger and Andrea Chang […] more »

by Henk van Ess

Did Pope Francis play a major role in Argentina’s Dirty War? Reporters claim they can substantiate this allegation. They published photos of dictator Jorge Videla with a cardinal, allegedly Jorge Bergoglio, the recently elected Pope Francis. But something was wrong with these findings. Great find, Brad: pope’s connivance with dictatorship RT <a href="https://twitter.com/delong">delong</a> Hugh O'Shaughnessy: […] more »

by Michael Cervieri

The Washington Post is creating an algorithm to augment its fact checking of political speeches. How might it work? And do we want it to? During the Republican primaries in 2011, Steven Ginsberg, national political editor for the Washington Post, was covering a Michele Bachmann speech in Iowa. It was a small affair, not much […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. New York Times attacked by hackers for sources (memeburn) 2. Guardian CEO: “Responsive-designed sites are now table stakes for publishers” (Nieman) 3. Washington Post’s Truth Teller and the future of robots doing journalism (PandoDaily) 4. Following the Scientology debacle, The Atlantic will become more transparent about sponsored content (AdWeek) 5. Why Matt Lewis Hates […] more »

by Jenny Xie

Much of the buzz in 2012 was defined by media coverage of big events, some much anticipated, some unexpected. As we drew closer to the 2012 presidential elections, news organizations engaged audiences with an unprecedented focus on social media, interactives, and Nate Silver’s math. When the London Olympics finally rolled around, NBC was swept over […] more »