Category Archives: Online News

One Story, 15 Corrections

One story, 15 corrections: The Washington Post is embarrassed by widespread errors in a freelance article about two African-American families, writes Sydney Smith.

Errors included misspellings, family details, omissions of key details and statements, descriptions of incidents, context and allegations.

 

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Recognizing Satire

Recognizing satire: “People have long mistaken satire for real news,” write R. Kelly Garrett, Robert Bond and Shannon Poulsen.

Satirical newspapers found to be quoted as factual. Democrats and republicans fooled. Americans think made-up news is a significant problem.

 

Collaborative Data Journalism

Collaborative data journalism: ProPublica launches a guidebook on allowing hundreds of people to access and work with a shared pool of data, writes Rachel Glickhouse.

It includes how to start newsroom collaborations, ways to collaborate and managing workflows. Taking on enormous projects with hundreds of journalists.

 

Detecting Deepfake Videos

Detecting deepfake videos: Fake videos pose a grave threat to the 2020 elections, writes Olivia Beavers, unless media adopt policies to tell real videos from forgeries.

“In the internet age, newsrooms have scrutinized images and videos to determine whether they are authentic or fake,” she writes. “But deepfakes will be a more difficult challenge, particularly because artificial intelligence makes the authenticity of such videos indistinguishable to the human eye and forgeries harder to detect.”

 

Why Journalism Matters

Why journalism matters: “Why journalism matters should be one of the most important questions of our age, writes Glynn Greensmith. It’s the path to becoming informed.

“When journalists are targeted, arrested, beaten and murdered all over the world, it’s because the people doing it know how important journalism is,” Greensmith writes. Decline of journalism coincides with the decline in democracy.

 

Sex Abuse Against Freelancers Unnoticed

Sex abuse against freelancers unnoticed: Though sex abuse in newsrooms was a major story, writes Steven Potter, misconduct against freelance journalists got little attention.

Women are especially vulnerable, he writes. They have little recourse against abusers and remain unprotected.