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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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Sat, June 16 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Gap between those who worry about Fake News and those who have seen it

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

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

How to change your media diet

The high velocity of news these days is making some people pull back. This NYT article has some tips on coping.

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Wed, February 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on How to change your media diet

Buzzfeed News editor explains why they published the Trump dossier

Buzzfeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith says the Trump dossier had been circulating for weeks at the highest levels of the U.S. government; wasn’t it time to let the public see it and judge for themselves?

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Mon, January 23 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Buzzfeed News editor explains why they published the Trump dossier

Report recommends tax tweak to help Canadian news media

The lede: “The government can help struggling Canadian media outlets and pump up to $1 billion into public coffers every year by simply updating its 20-year-old interpretation of federal tax law, a new study argues.”

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Mon, January 23 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Report recommends tax tweak to help Canadian news media

Facebook Live losing steam

Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested.

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook Live losing steam

The iPhone decade and how it changed journalism

From the Neiman Lab subhead: “‘We’re gonna make some history together today’ — (Steve Jobs) wasn’t wrong.” The iPhone turns 10 today and has been used for gathering news as well as changing how it’s distributed.

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Mon, January 9 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The iPhone decade and how it changed journalism

US conservatives wave fake news cudgel at MSM

Conservatives in America are now appropriating the term “fake news” to apply to MSM stories they don’t like — such as Russians hacking the election to help Donald Trump.

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Sun, December 25 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on US conservatives wave fake news cudgel at MSM