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Need to Know: Jan. 20, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States today (NPR) But did you know: Journalism faces a unique challenge heading into the Trump administration as he obstructs facts and pits Americans […]

Need to Know: Jan. 19, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Where you get your news depends on your political beliefs, with “consistent conservatives” more likely to turn to Fox News and “consistent liberals” more likely to rely on a mix of sources (Nieman Lab) But did you […]

Need to Know: Jan. 18, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: On Tuesday, The New York Times released the 2020 report, a 37-page examination of the newsroom’s progress from 2014’s Innovation Report and a plan for where it needs to head next (Poynter) But did you know: The […]

Need to Know: Jan. 17, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says press briefings may be moved out of the White House into a building next to the White House (ABC News), a move that would be in line with […]

Need to Know: Jan. 13, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Journalists and users alike are divided on the value of comment sections, with Vice saying “the problem is a matter of medium” when it turned its comment section off in 2015 But did you know: Commenters want […]

Need to Know: Jan. 12, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In recent weeks, Facebook has taken several important steps to forging closer relationships with publishers on the platform, including hiring Campbell Brown as its head of news partnerships (Slate) and creating a new program in partnership with […]

German officials are worried that Russia will interfere in their elections this fall and are proposing new measures to combat fake new

Motivated by the fear that Russia will try to intervene in their own elections this fall, German officials are considering new measures to “hunt down and eradicate fake news or other false information from the internet,” including fining Facebook for fake news posts. Political parties in Germany have already been instructed to disable bots that […]

Need to Know: Jan. 11, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: BuzzFeed published documents claimed to be compiled by a former British intelligence agent claiming that Donald Trump and his associates have deep ties to Russian spies and that Russia has “compromising information” on Trump (Recode) But did […]

Need to Know: Jan. 10, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Former NBC News correspondent and CNN host Campbell Brown was hired by Facebook as its head of news partnerships (New York Times) But did you know: As she tries to work with news organizations on Facebook’s behalf, […]

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