- Chelsea Manning walked free from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday, bringing to a close one of the most extraordinary criminal cases in American history over the leaking of government secrets to the public. Her initial sentence, reached after 3 years of pre-trial imprisonment, amounted to 35 years in jail and was commutated by President Obama in his last days in office. The commutation was the result of campaigning and pressure from different groups and people, including journalists, LGBTQ and free speech activists, and passionate lawyers who assisted Manning during her time in prison, fighting for her freedom, civil rights and for the recognition of her identity. Evan Greer, campaign director of ‘Fight for the Future’ and Manning’s friend, has been one of the most vocal people in this fight and coordinator of the campaign that literally saved Chelsea Manning’s life.
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- A guide to “Around the web” sections, often fake and misleading content some news orgs host on their site for a little compensation. While some news sites, including The New Yorker and Slate, have recently banished such links from their pages, deeming them too déclassé to rub shoulders with their own content, others welcome the easy revenue boost.
- Facebook tweaks its News Feed to take another swipe at clickbait. Facebook engineers may be spending a lot of time trying to solve the platform’s fake news problem, but it hasn’t forgotten about the site’s other, equally persistent foe: clickbait.
- How to burst a journalist’s filter bubble. Here is a fascinating post which takes assumptions made by a reporter and tests that against actual polling. The subject itself is irrelevant — but the method is a great anecdote to relate to journalism students to demonstrate why it’s important to challenge your own assumptions about what “most people” think.
- How news flows on social media. In “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest,” Zeynep Tufekci examines how invisible gatekeepers — algorithms — affect which stories and movements gain traction. She draws on her observations at marches in Istanbul, Cairo, and New York to examine how the distribution of news on social media can have a profound effect on social movements.
- European publishers are moving away from offering all of their content online for free, according to a factsheet released by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The factsheet looks at the different kinds of paid content (freemium, metered paywalls, hard paywalls) across 171 different news organisations in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Finland, and Poland.
- Australia’s kid-focused newspaper Crinkling News wants to teach media literacy to young readers. The newspaper attracts the $200,000 it needs to survive after its editor warns of need to ‘develop media literacy in Australia’.
- The Washington Post is the first national news publisher to debut a Reddit profile page. “We aim to meet readers where they are, and that includes Reddit’s 270 million monthly users, hundreds of whom share Post articles every day on Reddit,” said Jessica Stahl, deputy audience editor at The Post.
- The Associated Press is adding user-generated social content (all verified, of course) into its wire services. A new tool will now allow users of its service to pull in topical and verified content shared by users on social media such as photos and videos around breaking news.
- Vox and ProPublica are teaming up on video production. The Vox/ProPublica Video Fellow will be based in the Vox newsroom; the position will be financed by ProPublica. The deadline to apply is May 31.
- The Atlantic has a redesigned homepage for the dizzying, Trump-ified news cycle. The homepage now has room for double the amount of stories above the fold and the ability to feature stories from different sections of the website. That means, even when there’s a “Trump-related explosion,” they can showcase a broader swath of the magazine’s work.
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