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On journalists not being ‘loudspeakers for liars’

Veteran U.S. journalist and j-prof Dan Gillmor has written an essay on how to respond to the challenges to truth posed by the President Donald Trump era.

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Gap between those who worry about Fake News and those who have seen it

The Reuters Digital News Report for 2018  finds that there’s a big gap between those who who worry about Fake News and those who have actually seen examples of it.

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Fixing journalism bugs

Journalism Bug Queue ————————– Known vulnerability: Amplification of messages from serial liars with authoritarian agendas Assigned to: Nobody Status: Eh, what are ya gonna do — Rob Cottingham (@RobCottingham) June 16, 2018

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Fri, June 15 2018 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Fixing journalism bugs

Rogers’ magazine, digital divisions downsize by one-third

Rogers Media is citing continuing pressures on its print products and shrinking ad revenues as reasons for its deep cuts announced Thursday.

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Thu, June 14 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Rogers’ magazine, digital divisions downsize by one-third

Less news being shared via social media

The new Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism study finds that while people are becoming disenchanted with Facebook, interest in news sharing via software such as WhatsApp is growing.

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Wed, June 13 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Less news being shared via social media

Russian journalist murdered in Ukraine

Here’s one of the tweets I saw Tuesday morning about the death of Arkady Babenko: One by one, Russian journalists who have attempted to hold the Kremlin to account are being murdered. https://t.co/ZrqkUSL54E — Jo Becker (@Jo_Becker) May 29, 2018

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Stuck inside of Virginia with the Afghan blues again

Seven Afghan journalists were resettled in Charlottesville, Va. — something that may have saved their lives. But they aren’t journalists any more, just wage slaves, and it’s got to hurt.

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Wed, May 16 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Stuck inside of Virginia with the Afghan blues again

Saving the Toronto Star

Brent Popplewell tells a long yarn in the Walrus about the Toronto Star, its seeming death march as ad revenues dry up — and a long-shot plan to save the storied daily newpaper.

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Mon, May 14 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Saving the Toronto Star

Could you be duped by fake news?

Depending on its sophistication, the answer is oh yes, you probably could. Some French journalists have created a conspiracy theory video to test you.

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Sat, May 12 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Could you be duped by fake news?

La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model

It tried literally stopping the presses in December 2017, but La Presse newspaper found that didn’t cut it, business-wise, in today’s disrupted climate. Now its parent company wants to cut it a $50-million cheque and send it out in the world as a not-for-profit newsroom.

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Wed, May 9 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on La Presse looks to a not-for-profit model