People in the news business are avid consumers of news about our industry. We get half a dozen industry newsletters a day in addition to a regular stream of stories that catch our attention.

We’ll share some of the more interesting and useful pieces here so you can keep up too. Check back often; we’ll keep it updated!

How To Use Your Phone To Spot Fake Images Surrounding The U.S.-Iran Conflict — Tips on fact checking those images your friends are circulating on social media.

Hundreds Of ‘Pink Slime’ Local News Outlets Are Distributing Algorithmic Stories And Conservative Talking Points — Columbia Journalism Review’s painstaking tracking of politically motivated sites purporting to be straight news.

Two-thirds Of Americans Have Heard Of Bots But Many Fewer Think They Can Recognize Them On Social Media — A good overview of how this technology works and ideas for keeping an eye out for it.

What Research Says About How Bad Information Spreads Online — Scholars are research now false  information spreads — and how to stop it.

I Taught My 5th Graders How To Spot Fake News. Now They Won’t Stop Fact-Checking Me — This column in Vox has lots of media literacy tips for all readers, not just 5th graders.

Americans And The News Media: What The Do — And Don’t — Understand About Each Other — Twin surveys of journalists and the public show that the public is confused by what the news media does, and the press doesn’t do a very good job of educating them.

Nearly 7 In 10 Americans Have News Fatigue — The Pew Research Center surveyed news consumers and found most people are just overwhelmed by how much news is out there. Republicans felt more unable to keep up than Democrats.

The Crisis In Local Journalism Has Become A Crisis Of Democracy — Two veteran journalists look at the toll that is being taken on the public with the escalating loss of local news reporters throughout the country and cutbacks at community newspapers.

Welcome To Our New Local Media Hellscape — Ideological “news” websites are springing up all over the country in front of the 2018 elections. Many make it impossible to tell who owns and operates them.

 Should We Stop Saying Fake News? — The Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank based in St. Petersburg, Florida, makes a case that the phrase has become too weaponized to be useful.

What Some Reporters Get Wrong About The First Amendment — Columbia Journalism Review asks legal scholars what people — including journalists — think the First Amendment is supposed to do for us.

Request Denied: States Try To Block Access To Public Records — An Associated Press series on the state of public records throughout the country

Study: Bots Have Turned Twitter Into A Powerful Political Disinformation Platform —  A new study sheds light on how the social media platform can be hijacked by bots to spread political disinformation during election campaigns.

It’s Time To Re-think How We Cover Trump — A Columbia Journalism Review essay on why journalists need to take back the agenda in 2018.

• Do Parents Model Kids News Consumption? — A look at teens’ news habits 

• Columbia Journalism Review Special Report: Making Media Literacy Great Again — A basic understanding of where news comes from is back on the syllabus as students navigate an increasingly bewildering media environment.

• Pierre Omidyar: 6 Ways Social Media Has Become A Direct Threat To Democracy — Civil Beat’s publisher wrote this op-ed for The Washington Post

With Its Latest Video Series, The Washington Post Wants To Pull Back The Curtain On The Reporting Process — new video project brings the public in on “how to be a reporter”

Study: Educating News Consumers About the Media Can Curb Conspiracy Theory Appeal — The more consumers understand the news media and how journalists do their jobs, the less likely they are to buy into conspiracy theories.

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online — A report by the Pew Research Center