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 […]

Businesses Can Now Automatically Block Video Theft on Facebook | Digital Trends

Facebook’s Rights Manager tool is now automated, helping businesses prevent pirated videos by flagging duplicate content. The changes come as part of the Rights Manager, a system launched a year ago that detects identical video content, either as a whole or in smaller clips and allows the page administrator to take a number of different actions, including reporting copyright infringement or “white listing” other pages that have permission to use […]

Newspaper decline continues to weigh on AP earnings – SFGate

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Newspaper-decline-continues-to-weigh-on-AP-11083204.php Earnings at The Associated Press shrank substantially last year, reports the agency. The last year with which they can be meaningfully compared is 2013 (in 2015 and 2014 when profits were boosted by one-time operations) Net income last year shrank to $1.6 million from $3.3 million in 2013, net income at the AP. The agency is a not-for-profit news cooperative. According to CFO Ken Dale the agency is financially […]

This Tool Can Help You Disappear from the Internet – Fortune.com

“If you’re interested in downsizing your online footprint, a tool called deseat.me could be a huge help,” wrote David Z. Morris on Fortune.com website last November (full article at: http://fortune.com/2016/11/26/social-media-downsizing-tool/) If you use Gmail as your primary email account, “log in to Deseat.me through Google, and the service will do a deep dive into your records and pull up every social media site, mailing list, and online store you’ve ever signed up […]

Google ‘may build an adblocker into Chrome’ – The Guardian

A future version of Google Chrome may include a built-in adblocker, designed to prevent the most intrusive online adverts from being displayed on users’ computers and smartphones by default, The Guardian writes. What motivation can a company whose business is based on advertising have to take such a step? The move could help avoid users adopting more aggressive, adblockers, the paper explains. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/20/google-chrome-adblocker-feature