Category Archives: Online News

Enemy Of The People

Enemy of the people: Ken Thomas writes about the impact of President Trump’s attack on the U.S. media as “fake news.

Thomas quotes Prof. Jay Rosen saying, “It’s the erosion of the common world of fact. If we can’t agree on what the facts are, if there are no facts because they are in endless dispute, there is no accountability.”

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News Exhaustion

News exhaustion: Laura Hazard Owen writes that “pretty much everyone is exhausted by the news.”

A new Pew Research Center study shows that news fatigue is more common in those who follow news less often and those with lower approval of news media. Seventy-three percent of white Americans express news fatigue, higher than Hispanic and black Americans.

Suicide Coverage Best Practices

Suicide coverage best practices: Kelly McBride reports that the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain prompt a look at best practices in reporting on suicide.

Suicide is not a natural or logical outcome of adversity, she writes. “Instead, include a message of hope: Recovery is possible. In fact, most people who think about suicide do recover.”

Spanish Digital Era Ethics Manual

Spanish digital era ethics manual: Paola Nalvarte writes that the International Center For Journalists published a guide on ethical principles.

“The document highlights credibility as a fundamental value of journalism in the twenty-first century.”

Ombudsman Target of Sex Abuse Probe

Ombudsman is target of sex abuse probe: Alan Stamm reports that Jack Lessenberry, ombudsman at The Blade in Toledo, is under investigation for alleged misbehavior at a Memphis newspaper and at Wayne State University, where he taught.

Lessenberry has called sexual harassment “a national buzzword” and “the current crime the nation is fixated on.”

 

How The Internet Found Its Voice

How the internet found its voice: Lyz Lenz analyzes the rise of internet writing.

“It comes as no surprise that finding and creating a cohesive understanding of internet writing is just as dubious, problematic and maddening as the internet itself,” she writes.

“The internet, with its irreverence and short attention span, is a perfect vehicle for crassly delightful send-up humor.”

 

Guarding Against Deepfakes

Guarding against deepfakes: Nicholas Diakopoulos writes that a media synthesis algorithm generates convincing but fake video.

“Dire as the case may be, it could offer a great comeback opportunity for mainstream media,” writes Diakopoulos. Trained journalists can act as validators and assessors of mediated reality the public can trust.

 

Facebook Trust Guidelines

Facebook guide to what to read, trust and share in News Feed:

Based on research, “we’re making it easy for people to view context about an article, including the publisher’s Wikipedia entry, related articles on the same topic, information about how many times the article has been shared on Facebook, where it has been shared, as well as an option to follow the publisher’s page,” write Taylor Hughes, Jeff Smith and Alex Leavitt.