Category Archives: Accuracy

Better Ads Standards

Coalition for Better Ads: Ads that disrupt the browsing experience or delay access to content can frustrate consumers. Standards adopted.

“The goal is to measure consumers’ preferences about the types of ads they least prefer in order to help the global marketplace take steps to deliver a better ad experience.”

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Facial-recognition and Internet Vigilantes

Year of the Internet Vigilantes: Doris Truong writes about online identification technology to combat misinformation.

“It might lie in facial-recognition technology. You might have it in your hands already, depending on which smartphone you’re using.” Trust but verify.

Mysteries of Journalism to News Consumers

What news consumers don’t know about journalism: Margaret Sullivan asks journalists what they wish news consumers knew about their business.

“The vetting process is similar at many large news organizations — and it’s just one of the practices that journalists assume, perhaps incorrectly, that news consumers understand,” writes Sullivan. “Sourcing is one of the least understood of the mysteries.

 

Deciding on Corrections or Clarifications

Correcting “significant errors:” The Guardian’s readers’ editor tells how he decides if an error needs a correction or clarification, using six criteria.

“Seriousness of any potential harm” tops the list, followed by “consequences if item misunderstood.”

“Human frailty plays its part,” writes the editor. “People can mishear, misunderstand, misread, mistype and overlook. People cut corners and sometimes crash.”

Gallup Poll Divide on Gun Control Laws

Same poll, two conclusions: David W. Moore writes about a Gallup Poll on gun control laws.

“How did Gallup find barely a majority of Americans supporting new gun laws and, in the same poll, find virtually everyone supporting at least one new gun law, with large majorities supporting each of the three new laws included in the poll?” asks Moore. A mystery.

Mistake Feeds “Fake News” Charges

Brian Ross mistake feeds “fake news” charges: Vivian Wang quotes ethics expert Kathleen Culver saying “this error plays right into the hands of people who callously try to say that news media all just lie.” ABC News suspends Ross. Culver calls for wider assessment.

Justice Department Targets Journalist Sources

Justice Department criminal investigations into sources of journalists are up 800 percent, writes Trevor Timm. Lawsuit aims to show how government is stifling freedom of speech.

Keeping Hold of What’s Real

Reality reporting: Margaret Sullivan writes, “As a nation tries to keep hold of what’s real…, we need more of what’s working: rigorous, careful journalism and radical transparency.”