Readings on Media, Journalism, Writing & Publishing #1

I come across so many articles in a day that bookmarking them seems a laborious task. So I’m putting them together in this curated blog post ala newsletter. Let’s see if I can keep this up for long.

P.S. This is going to be a weekly post. I also intend to add my own insights, opinions and two cents’ worth, as I try my best to curate articles, video clips, websites, and images I pick up along the way.

Happy Reading!

How do we deal with fake news. Lots have been written about dealing with fake news. In fact, this Quartz article dives into tips on how to debunk all the quackery and hoax that we see online — especially on your Facebook feeds. TL;DR: It’s easy to spot fake news. Read and check the source of the story. The harder it is to say if the source is original or not, the higher the chance that the story is fake. Also, just check the URL.

Still on detecting fake news, this other article cited by Quartz says that Facebook has been hard at work in helping people detect fake news. Sites like Snopes are now tapped to check the veracity of news on Facebook.

Talk about the amount of information that is generated everyday. How do we make sense of these amount of data. I recently stumbled upon this website called the Pudding (pudding.cool) which is a collection of journalistic works that uses data visualization as a way of telling a story. What makes this website cool is that stories are not too complicated and are what we read from news websites. Example, check this Timeless Plays in NBA as ranked by YouTube views, shown in a cool and visual prose.

Long Reads: Everyday, I try to pick one long read — usually an essay that will take me more than 30 minutes to finish. This week, I found this posthumous story of Fil-Am and Pulitzer-prize winning Alex Tizon. He wrote his final story, which the Atlantic has published. It tells the tale about his Lola (grandmother), and why she described her as “My Family’s Slave.”

An excerpt from Tizon’s story evokes powerful images and emotions he has had with her so-called Lola.

Her name was Eudocia Tomas Pulido. We called her Lola. She was 4 foot 11, with mocha-brown skin and almond eyes that I can still see looking into mine — my first memory. She was 18 years old when my grandfather gave her to my mother as a gift, and when my family moved to the United States, we brought her with us. No other word but slave encompassed the life she lived.

Facebook is cracking down on fake Facebook Live events, according to this TechCrunch article. Good, but they should also spend more time preventing people from using the platform to broadcast suicides, crime, hate, and bad content that is NSFW (Read: Pornographic or worst).

Still on the subject of Facebook, Instagram is bent on ending Snapchat’s dominance with the recent move to add selfie filters on Instagram Stories. A quote from the story:

Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters,” as Instagram calls them, work exactly like Snapchat, and let you add virtual koala ears, nerd glasses, a butterfly crown or wrinkle-smooth makeup to yourself and friends in photos or videos.

Finally, I am parting ways with this story from Politico which reveals “How Trump gets his fake news.” Reading this story will make you cringe in disbelief, as the story reveals how one fake news managed to find its way to Mr. Trump.


About the Author: An ex-journo who has a day job spent mostly in front of a desk and a computer. On weekends, he teaches kids how to navigate the web, and on some occasion, how to write stories for people who don’t read beyond 140 characters. He is married with two daughters. He daydreams of becoming a rock star someday. Plays the guitar and hopes to eat more vegetables. Write comments via Erwin Oliva

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