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Month: January 2018 (Page 1 of 3)

“Fake” news versus “wrong” news: a nonideological approach to a smarter readership – Charles J Glasser

Before we attack the problem, we must understand that the idea of “disinformation” – and that’s what we’re talking about here – is very old one. During the 1930s, New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was found to have filed completely false stories covering up the barbaric cruelties and famine committed in Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union. Continue reading

Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers? – Charlie Beckett

Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are going to make it a lot harder. Social networks offer immense opportunities for reaching vast new audiences and increasing the engagement of users with journalism. The most important platform in the world is about to make that more difficult. Continue reading

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