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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