Category Archives: Online News

Crosstown Project Turns Citizens Into Squeaky Wheels

Crosstown project turns citizens into squeaky wheels: “Crosstown joins a nationwide movement by government, universities and other institutions to make big data more useful to citizens and the news media,” writes Mark Jacob, focusing on core quality-of-life issues.

 

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Trusting News

Trusting news: Balance and honesty lead in what news consumers seek in trusting journalism, writes Joy Mayer.

Many say balance means journalism should reflect a diversity of opinions, and journalists keeping their opinions out of their work.

 

Preserving Digital Content

Preserving digital content: The Tow Center for Digital Journalism finds a need for archiving web content, write Sharon Ringel and Angela Woodall.

“Few newsrooms expressed confidence in their archival practices, or could say they were taking any steps to make sure that what is published today remains available in, say, 20 years,” says a study.

The Media “Reckoning”

The media “reckoning:” Margaret Sullivan agrees there should be a “reckoning” over media coverage of President Trump.

“I reckon that American citizens would have been far worse off if skilled reporters hand’t dug into the connections between Trump’s associates — up to and including his son Don Jr. — and Russians. That reporting has not been invalidated,” she writes.

 

Correcting Errors In The Digital Age

Correcting errors in the digital age: “One essential element of transparency is doing corrections right,” writes Dan Gillmor.

In the digital age, “we can fix the error right in the news article (or video or audio) and append an explanation, thereby limiting the damage, because people new to the article will get the correct information,” he writes.

 

Media Restraint Praised

Media restraint praised: Almost every major news organization decided not to publish video of the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, write Erik Ortiz, Farnoush Amiri and Claire Atkinson.

“Media and journalism ethics experts who follow mass shooting and terrorist attack coverage told NBC News that it had been encouraging to see outlets recognize when they have crossed a line,” they write.

 

Robot Journalism Ethical Checklist

Robot journalism ethical checklist: As more media organizations deploy artificial intelligence, writes Tom Kent, “we need to keep a focus on the ethics and quality of robot news writing.”

Kent’s checklist touches on the accuracy of underlying data, automation producing thousands of erroneous stories and pitfalls, like defending a robot-written story.