Shelly Palmer on Facebook’s decistion to rank news

“Facebook, the social media giant, is going to let you rank the news you think is most valuable. What could possibly go wrong?” he writes and quotes Mark Zuckerberg,   “There’s too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don’t specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them. That’s why it’s important that […]

How Reuters’s AI System Gathers Global News

The new system is called Reuters Tracer. It uses Twitter as a kind of global sensor that records news events as they are happening. The system then uses various kinds of data mining and machine learning to pick out the most relevant events, determine their topic, rank their priority, and write a headline and a summary. The news is then distributed around the company’s global news wire. The first step […]

Millán I. Berzosa on his new book and research about video in media

Adjustments in news organisations’ content strategies have been increasingly revolving around one phenomenon: focusing more on video news content, sometimes restructuring the newsroom to allow it. Despite the Reuters Institute’s recent Digital News Report 2017 pointing out that behaviours towards video do not evolve as quickly and significantly as expected, many publishers take the plunge and bet on the medium to drive their revenues. …The most searched queries on the internet incorporate ‘live […]

Informed thinking or critical thinking

How a journalism class is teaching middle schoolers to fight fake news:  Research last year out of Stanford University revealed that students – from middle schoolers to undergraduates – are easily duped by false information they find online. The study goes on to describe this as “dismaying,” “bleak” and a “threat to democracy.” These same students are the primary consumers of social media. Ed Madison, Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Oregon, describes how he tries […]

Why the Financial Times is going vertical on WhatsApp to drive subscribers – Digiday

The Financial Times has been broadcasting stories through WhatsApp for the past year as a way of reaching new readers, growing loyalty and driving people back to the FT’s site, where they are more likely to subscribe. During that time it has honed its content strategy to push out more specific market-related stories, rather than general news, and has found that people who access the FT’s journalism through WhatsApp are […]

GOP Candidate’s Attack On Reporter Shows Peril Of Asking Questions In Trump’s America | HuffPost

On Wednesday evening, Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the floor as Jacobs tried to ask his view on GOP health care legislation. As Jacobs and a Fox News crew told it, it was a shocking assault on a reporter just one day before a special election to fill the state’s lone House seat. But it was hardly an isolated occurrence. In the past […]