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Verification Junkie

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"A growing directory of tools for verifying, fact checking and assessing the validity of social media and user generated content." 


Via Mindy McAdams
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Via Mindy McAdams.

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Human Rights Comment : Ethical journalism: self-regulation protects the independence of media

Human Rights Comment : Ethical journalism: self-regulation protects the independence of media | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

"The media play an enormously important role in the protection of human rights. They expose human rights violations and offer an arena for different voices to be heard in public discourse. However, the power of the media can also be misused to the extent that the very functioning of democracy is threatened."

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Q&A: Trump presidency is a lesson in distrust of media

Q&A: Trump presidency is a lesson in distrust of media | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Wardle said public discourse should reject the phrase “fake news” in favour of the considerably wordier “misinformation ecosystem”, so as not to legitimise the idea by repetition.

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Claire Wardle, director of First Draft News and contributor to Davidson College's MOOC #DNfakenews "The Story of Fake News", features on ABC Q&A.
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George Osborne announced as new Evening Standard editor

George Osborne announced as new Evening Standard editor | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

George Osborne has been announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard. The former Chancellor will succeed Sarah Sands and take up his role in early May. Mr Osborne said: "This is such an exciting and challenging job and I’m thrilled to take it on. The Evening Standard is a great paper, testimony to the hard work of Sarah Sands and the impressive team, and to the investment of its owners. I look forward to working with, learning from and leading this team of dedicated professionals. 

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I don't think we saw this coming!
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Thank you for your support, which is more important now than ever | Katharine Viner

Thank you for your support, which is more important now than ever | Katharine Viner | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
The Guardian now has the financial support of hundreds of thousands of readers. Thank you for backing the values to which we’re committed
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New business models for the journalism industries. Guardian boss Katharine Viner outlines theirs. They've produced some excellent journalism recently (follow the links) - but is it sustainable?
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TV writers threaten to boycott diversity measuring project

TV writers threaten to boycott diversity measuring project | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Writers to snub Project Diamond unless broadcasters reveal diversity of specific shows, which they are refusing to do

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It's not about quotas, but Writers' Guild of Great Britain and trade union Bectu argue that: "Diversity often improves when a spotlight is shone on specific programmes."


Diversity seems to be a hot topic at the moment (alongside fake news). The BJTC has recently announced the publication of "Everybody In: A Journalist's Guide To Inclusive Reporting For Journalism Students". This free eBook, written by BJTC colleagues from Birmingham City University, focuses on the representation of different social, cultural and ethical groups in the media. It is available here: https://leanpub.com/everybodyinbook.


Diversity is also one of the topics for discussion at the forthcoming BJTC spring partner day in April.

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Riz Ahmed warns lack of diversity on TV will drive young to Isis

Riz Ahmed warns lack of diversity on TV will drive young to Isis | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Actor says viewers from minority backgrounds are switching off and turning to terrorism propaganda films which make recruits look like James Bond

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Powerful words from Ahmed at Channel 4's Diversity Lecture. "“All of sudden I’d hear my mum shout ‘ASIAN’ and I’d run downstairs just to watch … I really want you to understand how much that meant to someone who doesn’t see themselves reflected back in culture. It’s a message that you matter.”
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Post-truth era is perilous for media, says former Sunday Times editor

Post-truth era is perilous for media, says former Sunday Times editor | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

In terms of truth of journalism it is a very perilous time. We have those people who don’t have the brains to distinguish facts [from fiction]. Then we have the bad performers in the press, particularly numerous in the UK … Then you have got the assault [on the media].

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"There are still enough rational people around to recognise investigative journalism is more important than ever.”
(Harold Evans via The Guardian)
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BBC journalist faces defamation charge in Thailand

BBC journalist faces defamation charge in Thailand | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Jonathan Head would face up to five years in jail if convicted in case that rights groups say exposes problem with Thai law
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Investigative journalism - a noble but risky business. The public interest argument doesn't carry the same weight in all parts of the world.
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Demands of 'snowflake' students pose threat to freedom of speech, universities warned

Demands of 'snowflake' students pose threat to freedom of speech, universities warned | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Universities could be forced to cater to the demands of a generation of sensitive “snowflake” students if controversial reforms to the rankings system are approved next week, according to leading academics. The Government is facing cross-party rebellion when the proposed reforms to put student satisfaction at the heart of university league tables come before the House of Lords this week.
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Baroness Wolf (KCL): “The student satisfaction measure is fantastically dangerous. The way to make students happy is not asking them to do any work and giving them a high grade.” Controversial! FYI (and mine): "Generation Snowflake, or Snowflake Generation, is a term used to characterise young adults of the 2010s as being more prone to taking offence and less resilient than previous generations, or too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own." (Wikipedia)
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Facebook lets rightwing site repost torture video after it was removed

Facebook lets rightwing site repost torture video after it was removed | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Daily Caller repackaged footage, days after Facebook removed it for violating community standards, and asked users to share if they ‘think this is a hate crime’
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"Facebook has sometimes struggled when deciding how to deal with sensitive journalistic content."
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The Guardian view on celebrity deaths: a dramatic meaning | Editorial

The Guardian view on celebrity deaths: a dramatic meaning | Editorial | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Editorial: Extravagant mourning for celebrity musicians is a way to confront our own mortality

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Are more celebs dying or are we just more aware of their deaths? What's the role of social media? And why do we seem to be so involved? <"Sudden emotional impulses are amplified with astonishing speed across the internet just as they can be in a crowd. Each apparently solitary smartphone user is really sharing other people’s emotion as well as their own."
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Goodbye to the byline: A senior editor at The Economist explains why the publication does not name its writers in print

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"Anonymity filters out the egomaniacs so often found in other reaches of journalism." I wonder who/what they mean! Nonetheless, interesting thoughts on what benefits anonymous journalism can bring.
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A day with Facebook's trending topics: celebrity birthdays and Pokémon Go

A day with Facebook's trending topics: celebrity birthdays and Pokémon Go | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
From a hurricane to Brock Turner’s release, a lot happened last week. But Facebook calculated that a celebrity losing some weight was more important
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What audiences want to know vs what they "need" to know. How far should we allow social media to drive the news agenda?
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Google ad controversy: what the row is all about

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What is programmatic advertising, how does it work and why did big brands appear next to inappropriate material? The Guardian explains.

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A battle of the algorithms - as Google struggles to stick to its "Don't be evil" code of conduct?
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UK broadcasters back BBC's call for top spots on programme guides

UK broadcasters back BBC's call for top spots on programme guides | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
The House of Lords is debating legislation that would protect the prominence of public service broadcasters over streaming rivals
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"Public service broadcasters risk dropping out of view as viewers move online." Interesting to see the establishment trying to stick up for PSB over market forces.
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Face-off between MPs and social media giants over online hate speech

Face-off between MPs and social media giants over online hate speech | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it

Committee tells Twitter, Facebook and others they should get tough on online abuse, with one MP accusing them of ‘commercial prostitution’

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What exactly is preventing the social media giants from taking tougher action? Is the problem out control? Is it a cost thing? Is it some kind of freedom of speech line? Are they just washing their hands of the problem: "WE can't be responsible for what other people say on our platforms"?

It should be: "YOU publish ... so, be damned!"
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BBC focus too middle aged and middle class, says Ofcom chief

BBC focus too middle aged and middle class, says Ofcom chief | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Sharon White tells media audience that corporation needs to do more to address diversity and does not rule out quotas
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Ofcom boss Sharon White says: “Too many older people, especially women, feel they’re negatively portrayed on TV … People from a minority group – whether a distinct region of the country or a particular ethnicity – feel that they are neutrally portrayed at best, or negatively at worst. These are challenges the whole industry can – and must – address.”


She also referred to audience research which suggested: “younger groups often saw a lack of risk-taking. The BBC was not offering enough edgy content, or services relevant to them."


It's interesting to reflect on whether the loss of BBC 3 on terrestrial TV has had any impact here.


Meanwhile the BBC says it's made significant progress in this area, and plans to do more.

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BBC told to do more for colour blind people after election complaints

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Founder of campaign group says some coverage of poll was a ‘fiasco’ and accuses corporation of giving it the ‘brush-off’

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Interesting example (bookmarked a while ago) of how TV graphics sometimes give inadequate consideration to the needs of colour blind viewers.
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BBC crew attacked in China and forced to sign confession

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Journalist says crew trying to interview villager about land reform had cameras smashed and confiscated

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Getting the story? Staying alive? Journalists putting their lives on the line. "China has one of the most restrictive press environments in the world and is ranked 176th out of 180 countries for press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders, ahead of only Syria, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Eritrea. "
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Donald Trump press ban: Guardian, BBC and CNN denied access to briefing

Donald Trump press ban: Guardian, BBC and CNN denied access to briefing | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
The Guardian, New York Times, CNN and more were barred from ‘gaggle’ hours after Trump once again called much of the media an ‘enemy of American people’
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News management? Propaganda? When it becomes difficult to call to account and speak truth to power.
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Interviewing Donald Trump: how to get straight answers from difficult people

Interviewing Donald Trump: how to get straight answers from difficult people | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Simon Hattenstone has spent a professional lifetime asking questions people don’t want to answer. With Trump, we have a corker – but he has some tips
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Interviewing tricky customers. Some good basic advice.
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This blog is about to die, but I will still hold newspapers to account

This blog is about to die, but I will still hold newspapers to account | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Although I will stop writing about the media on a daily basis, I believe commentating at this time on the state of journalism is vitally important
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Greenslade: "I proclaimed at the start of my blogging career that I was a digital revolutionary. I did so as something of a wake-up call to fellow journalists who were sceptical about the radical effect of online media. "A decade on, I joke about being a counter revolutionary. I still regard media’s future as digital, of course. But I want us all to wake up to the implications of losing big media."
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Facebook hires TV journalist Campbell Brown as media liaison after fake news fallout

Facebook hires TV journalist Campbell Brown as media liaison after fake news fallout | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Campbell Brown will lead efforts to improve partnerships with news organizations that depend on social media company’s content distribution
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Stepping up the campaign to defeat "fake news".
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Media coverage of the EU Referendum (report 3) - Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

Media coverage of the EU Referendum (report 3) - Centre for Research in Communication and Culture | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
This is the third report by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) on national news reporting of the 2016 EU Referendum.
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Analysis of print and broadcast media of different aspects of the Brexit debate.
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Liverpool councillors call on shops to stop selling the Sun

Liverpool councillors call on shops to stop selling the Sun | Doing Journalism | Scoop.it
Councillors unanimously back motion asking retailers not to sell newspaper because of Hillsborough disaster coverage
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Rio Olympics 2016: Team GB medal tracker

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Track Team GB's medal tally during the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
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More data visualisations relating to UK medals in Rio and over the years. These from the BBC.
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