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Building trust to defeat fake news

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Every day some 50,000 web pages come online, offering a smorgasbord of information to consume, but when it comes to news do people really want to know what’s behind the stories they read online?

The Trust Project is hoping they do and recently launched digital standards to show things like who wrote a story, whether it’s news or opinion and who owns the site publishing it.

The Project, a consortia that includes the likes of The Economist, The Washington Post and 75 other news organisations, as well as online giants like Google and Facebook, hope it will raise the profile of quality journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

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Not social, just media

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It’s not social media anymore, it’s ‘high-impact eyewitness media’.

That’s according to the Associated Press (AP), which earlier this month outlined how it would augment its newswire services with user-generated social media content.

The AP Social Newswire will provide a feed of social media posts that have been vetted and verified by AP editors, adding a new element to the collaboration it’s had since 2015 with social media monitoring platform SAM, in which it’s also takend an equity stake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking like a true survivor?

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Predictions of the death of print have been around for while, but there’s nothing like walking into a really well-stocked newsagents to make you consider the medium anew.

As newspapers like the New York Times take a leaf out of the magazine playbook and indie-published titles flourish, it’s no wonder there are suggestions 2017 could mark another turning point in print’s fortunes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtually everywhere – VR and immersive experiences

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Picture: Knight Center for Journalism @ Flickr

In the last year virtual reality has clawed its way out of the ‘trough of disillusionment’ and begun its ascent of the ‘slope of enlightenment’. Well, that’s according to Garner’s much-cited hype cycle for emerging technologies.

What it seems to mean, certainly in recent months, is that virtual reality is pretty much everywhere as far as media and technology efforts go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gimme some truth

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The upside down winter by Viktor Varga @ Flickr

In a year whose disappointments have ranged from the political to the musical it turns out 2016 has at least one more reason to be less cheerful, and it comes from the unlikely quarter of the Oxford Dictionary.

The lexicographers earlier this month pronounced ‘post-truth’ to be their word of the year, thanks to its spike in use during the UK’s referendum on leaving the EU and the US presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »

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Want to know what the BBC teaches its journalists?

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You can now see what the BBC teaches its journalists thanks to the Corporation’s recent decision to offer free global access to the BBC Academy College of Journalism website.

Previously only freely available within the UK, the site offers pointers on developing a social media strategy, online journalism tips and how-to guides on things like smartphone journalism: Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you want to make sense of data?

From leaks to mis-communicated projects to much-discussed ideas, data is rarely out of the news at the moment.

Against this backdrop Google has set up new online course, Making Sense of Data, that it says is “intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualise, and manipulate data”. Read the rest of this entry »

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