Misinformation, crowdsourcing and publishers’ distributed strategies

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edited by Marco Nurra


  • Medium was blocked in Malaysia. Over a single article posted by Sarawak Report, a London-based site that investigates government wrongdoings in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. Officials from the government issued a takedown notice to the publishing platform over a single article. Medium says it “stands by investigative journalists,” and won’t remove any posts until it receives an order from “a court of competent jurisdiction” to do so. Rather than sending a response, Malaysian government blocked the site.
  • How does misinformation spread online? Walter Quattrociocchi, the head of the Laboratory of Computational Social Science at IMT Lucca in Italy, has been studying the phenomenon of misinformation online
    🔊 Walter Quattrociocchi will be #ijf16 speaker.
  • Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple Watch… Nowadays, publishers have to distribute their news on different platforms. Digiday analyzes publishers’ distributed strategies. On the other hand, Journalism.co.uk has published two articles about how Vox and Fusion create native content for their social networks.
  • Unlocking the power of crowdsourcing by working with readers. Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Guide to Crowdsourcing charts the evolution of crowdsourcing in mainstream newsrooms, the way more newsrooms are using digital tools to gather news in collaboration with their audiences, from the Guardian’s landmark database on MP expenses to its more recent project tracking U.S. police killings. 
    🔊 Amanda Zamora will be #ijf16 speaker.
  • Adblocking almost as popular on mobile devices as desktops. Increased use follows introduction by Apple of ability to block ads on iPhones and iPads.
  • How journalists deal with science and social science? There’s a constant conflict between social scientists and the reporters who cover them. It’s derived from “a fundamental tension between the media’s desire for novelty and the scientific method”. When we talk about science we can identify similar issues: journalists must better understand how science works in order to separate real breakthroughs from hype.
  • Virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña charts the future of VR journalism. “It was very clear to me that this was going to change everybody’s lives”.
  • As the Freedom of Information Act turns 50, journalists are innovating new ways to use the law. But there’s a problem: are Slack messages subject to FOIA requests? US General Services Administration, NASA, and the State Department are all experimenting with using Slack for internal communication. The move is a potential boon to government productivity, but it could also be a threat for government accountability.
  • Adapting to a more global, more diverse Internet: “Global communities will be talking back to media — and demanding better representation. It won’t be enough to speak just one language, or even three”
    🔊 An Xiao Mina will be #ijf16 speaker.

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