Tag: fact-checking

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 »

by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the 62nd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week is a special edition of the podcast, with a focus on the coming election and the role of digital and social media leading up to it. But just as the political campaigns had to adjust to [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

With just minutes to go before last night’s second presidential debate, the folks over at PolitiFact.com sent out the following tweet: If you hear something during the #debate that you’d like us to fact-check, tweet it with #PolitiFactThis — PolitiFact (@politifact) October 17, 2012 Three hours later, after the dust had settled in the Hofstra [...] more »