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Exploring how technology and culture are evolving the way people get information, news and content about the world, and how that is changing media, marketing and journalism.
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Google News Initiative announced to fight fake news and support journalism

Google News Initiative announced to fight fake news and support journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Google News Initiative is a new program announced by Google to help combat fake news and support journalism. The company is working to help make sure search results are more accurate, especially during elections and breaking news cycles.
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This feels like a natural evolution of their relationship with media and news companies. 
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In Philadelphia, 3 newsrooms had to become 1. Now, they’re taking on a whole new kind of change

In Philadelphia, 3 newsrooms had to become 1. Now, they’re taking on a whole new kind of change | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Often, newspapers working to become digital have to overcome their legacy identities. Here, there were three identities. So, it didn't begin with starting over.
First, three separate newsrooms had to learn how to work like one.
Today, the Philadelphia Media Network — the company that owns The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com — employs about 250 journalists, 217 of which are unionized.

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A story of hope, but also one of desperation and confusion. So much to change and so little time. 
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Paying for news: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism

Paying for news: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The Media Insight Project has undertaken what we believe is one of the largest efforts ever to understand who subscribes to news, what motivates them, and how creators of journalism can engage more deeply with consumers so more people will subscribe.

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The flip side of this is media outlets doing a better job of developing news and content that is worth paying for. 
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How to Detect Fake News in Real-Time – Krishna Bharat – Medium

How to Detect Fake News in Real-Time – Krishna Bharat – Medium | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Both social networks and search engines have engineering levers (think: ranking flexibility) and product options to reduce exposure, mark as false, or fully stop misinformation waves. They will make these decisions individually based on the severity of the problem and how their organization balances information accuracy and author freedom. Google Search has a focus on information access. Facebook sees itself as a facilitator of expression. They may resolve things differently.
David Patton's insight:
Great to read confirmation of my belief that there is metadata around fake news that can allow us to identify it without resorting to human judgement. 
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Can trust in the news be repaired? Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others are spending $14 million to try

Can trust in the news be repaired? Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others are spending $14 million to try | Future of Information | Scoop.it
A global coalition of tech leaders, academic institutions, nonprofits and funders, including Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, on Monday announced a $14 million initiative to combat declining trust in the news media and advance news literacy.
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Great hope for these efforts. 
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Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust? | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The consternation about fake news from Western journalists, scholars of propaganda, and policymakers has inspired waves of stories and talk-shops addressing its growth as a threat to our public discourse, our journalism, and our systems of governance. And we see many attempts to understand, fix, or apportion blame. Yet many of the proposed fixes are deeply problematic because they advocate overly broad and vague restrictions on expression. Solutions that would limit suspected “fake” expression or strongly encourage private intermediaries to restrict some kinds of speech and prioritize or “whitelist” others are particularly troubling.

David Patton's insight:
I have the same concerns about the idea of creating a group of people or process to deem content not "fake." Debunking can been done through an automated review and exposure of the metadata around the content and action.  
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Is journalistic solidarity savvy or short-sighted?

Is journalistic solidarity savvy or short-sighted? | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The degree of menace journalists face from Trump goes beyond merely being deprived access to the gaggle. There is a dark side to Trump’s war against the media, a kind of dirty war being fought by his true believers against the press, mainly in the anonymous shadowlands of the Internet. Cross Trump and it can mean that you are the target of a full-blown smear campaign.

David Patton's insight:
Solidarity is fine, though unlikely to happen consistently. It's more important that the media collaborate better to reduce duplication of effort, maximize resources and challenge the changing marketplace for news content. 
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Facebook has started to flag fake news stories

Facebook has started to flag fake news stories | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Facebook’s “disputed” tag also shows how gingerly the company is approaching the issue of fake news.

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They need to go bigger on using data to categorize content vs. human intervention. 
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Who Has All the Content? A Taxonomy of Services

Who Has All the Content? A Taxonomy of Services | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Looking across the scholarly publishing sector, there are many delivery platforms, representing a diversity of models, such as ACS Publications, PLOS One, Project Muse, and ScienceDirect. In conducting their research, scholars and students find that the voyage from discovery to access can frequently be tortuous. The need to use multiple content platforms adds to their cognitive burden.

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Another example of how literal content silos, particularly in academic and scholarly is making it more difficult to unlock insights about the world. 
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If AI Can Fix Peer Review in Science, AI Can Do Anything

If AI Can Fix Peer Review in Science, AI Can Do Anything | Future of Information | Scoop.it

HERE’S HOW SCIENCE works: You have a question about some infinitesimal sliver of the universe. You form a hypothesis, test it, and eventually gather enough data to support or disprove what you thought was going on. That’s the fun part. The next bit is less glamorous: You write a manuscript, submit it to an academic journal, and endure the gauntlet of peer review, where a small group of anonymous experts in your field scrutinize the quality of your work.

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The volume of human knowledge locked away in millions of hard-to-access scientific papers is staggering -- and sad. We must unlock and connect that knowledge to better understand the universe. 
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The death of the click

The death of the click | Future of Information | Scoop.it
For the past 10 years, we've operated on the premise that the most important digital metric is the click that refers a person to a website.
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I won't say that its long overdue, but it is time 
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Mark Zuckerberg takes on fake news, the importance of the news industry and the rise of filter bubbles in new manifesto

Mark Zuckerberg takes on fake news, the importance of the news industry and the rise of filter bubbles in new manifesto | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a “strong news industry” in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news “critical to buildin…
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The post does much to connect the importance of news to communities. 
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Recollections from inside the Google News 'black box'

Recollections from inside the Google News 'black box' | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Former Google News staffers reveal how today’s information gatekeepers decide which news the public sees.
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Great storytelling on an issue for the past that is relevant today. 
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On Bias, Clickbait, and the Future of Journalism

On Bias, Clickbait, and the Future of Journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The journalism industry has done itself a huge disservice, [in my opinion], in holding up “unbiased objectivity” as the gold standard of reporting. There has never been a single “unbiased” article ever written. Reporters are human too. Readers by and large understand this. They see our bias express itself in a million different ways, from the stories we decide to take on to the people we decide to talk to, to the questions we pose to them. 
This disconnect, between the bias inherent in any human activity and the media’s claims to “objectivity” is one reason, I think, why trust in the media is so low today.

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I think the current media climate has been a reaction to the too long held righteousness of the journalists and their objective reporting. 
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The Local News Business Model

The Local News Business Model | Future of Information | Scoop.it

What most fail to understand about newspapers is that it is not simply the business model that is obsolete: rather, everything is obsolete. Most local newspapers are simply not worth saving, not because local news isn’t valuable, but rather because everything else in your typical local newspaper is worthless (from a business perspective).

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A bit harsh but plenty of truth and optimism for another approach. 
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Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action

Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Three courses of action that can be taken in the immediate future.

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A dense but interesting read. 
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The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online

The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse. This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of ideas and compromise privacy
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Yes.
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I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned

I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Twitter is just a new gadget in a journalists tool box. It has expanded reach, but it has also fueled the flood of propaganda masquerading as news. It has amplified the political discourse, sometimes in very ugly ways.
But it can be a useful addition to old-fashioned dogged reporting.

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Not revealatory, but a good look at what is happening. 
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The future of podcasting is strong, but the present needs to catch up

The future of podcasting is strong, but the present needs to catch up | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The latest Edison Research report capturing the size of podcast listening audience is in, and growth continues to look pretty solid. However, just how we should feel about that growth appears to be a debated question among some pockets of the community.

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Podcasts will see even stronger growth as more good stuff gets created & technology improves to be able to find it
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How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook

How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate.

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Increasingly, the competition for eyeballs and attention between these disinformation campaigns and journalism outlets is like the American Revolutionaries guerrilla warfare tactics vs. the Redcoats traditional battlefield tactics. We know how that turned out. 
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Navigating the News: New report details how youth express low trust in media, vary strategies to verify content

A new report finds that teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories they care about, according to a study produced by Data & Society Research Institute and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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As usual, the kids have figured it out well before the rest of us.
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Marketers Everywhere Are Rethinking Middle America Post-Trump. Inside One Effort to Help Them

Marketers Everywhere Are Rethinking Middle America Post-Trump. Inside One Effort to Help Them | Future of Information | Scoop.it

The election post-mortem hasn’t just been a crisis of confidence for the number-crunching community. It shook people up on the client side and the agency side.

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Truth: "The belief that we have reached a very sophisticated stage in data gathering and analysis has been shattered."
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REDEF TechSET: Zuck Lays Out The Facebook Manifesto

REDEF TechSET: Zuck Lays Out The Facebook Manifesto | Future of Information | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg has penned a 6,000 word 'manifesto' on the future. Some think it's about the world at large. Some think it's the blueprint for the social network taking responsibility for its influence. Others see a darker side. We take a look at the opinions.
David Patton's insight:
It's a bit meta to post a curation on this curation page, but this is a great wrap up of everything that has been said about this post. 
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The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism

The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism | Future of Information | Scoop.it

Zuckerberg is making it clear that he wants Facebook to take over many of the actual functions—not just ad dollars—that traditional news organizations once had. He uses abstract language in his memo—he wants Facebook to develop “the social infrastructure for community,” he writes—but what he’s really describing is building a media company with classic journalistic goals: The Facebook of the future, he writes, will be “for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.

David Patton's insight:
Perhaps journalism can meet him halfway and figure out its business model AND how to adjust to the change in how people access information? 
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INSIDE MEDIUM'S MELTDOWN: How an idealistic Silicon Valley founder raised $134 million to change journalism, then crashed into reality

INSIDE MEDIUM'S MELTDOWN: How an idealistic Silicon Valley founder raised $134 million to change journalism, then crashed into reality | Future of Information | Scoop.it

With Medium, Ev Williams was on a mission to clean up the mess that blogging had become — and the misinformation and drivel it attracted. He hoped to cure professional journalism of these ills, too.

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I think Medium has been successful for a certain audience and perhaps just needs more time to mature. 
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