Bailout’s impact on media: Much of America’s daily and weekly press can benefit from the new Small Business Administration program, writes Ken Doctor, from loans up to a million dollars.
Sleep whispering: Listeners value calming sleepcasts that make them snooze, but not podcasts, writes Nicholas Quah.
“The question that needs to be asked is: Why will people pay for Calm but not for the premium tier in a podcast app?” he writes.
Fact-checker’s dilemma: Facts alone have limited power to resolve politicized issues like climate change or immigration policy, writes Adrian Bardon.
We accept expert testimony we like and reject the rest.
Visual misinformation: The unsung heroes of the internet who develop standards for structured data are turning their attention to visual misinformation, writes Joshua Benton.
Applying deepfakes and cheapfakes to videos.
News on stage: Catherine Adams writes: “One of the best ways journalism can address its well-documented crisis in credibility is to meet its readers face-to-face.”
Newsrooms across the world are experimenting with “live news” formats and filling theaters.
Fact-checking hits and misses: Presidential fake news tweets found to spur greater interest to read more news.
Denise-Marie Ordway sums up 2019 research on fake news warnings.
Hate crimes collaboration: ProPublica’s three-year project involving hundreds of newsrooms published over 230 stories, writes Rachel Glickhouse.
“Our approach included asking people to tell us their stories of experiences or witnessing hate crimes and bias incidents.”
Philanthropy for local news: The American Journalism Project aims to fill holes in media coverage with $46 million in venture philanthropy, writes Christine Schmidt.
Covering government, environment, education, social and criminal justice and public health seen as a public service.
AI in newsrooms: A report by think-tank Polis says artificial intelligence is used in newsrooms for news gathering, production and distribution. Defining AI “can be fuzzy.”
Facebook fake news: It’s not easy to spot fake news, writes Laura Hazard Owen, who conducted a test on whether posts identified as fake are flagged as false.