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Need to Know: August 20, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook teams up with Atlantic Council to fight misinformation (Axios) But did you know: A variety of groups — from academics to journalists — are mobilizing to stay ahead of fake news (Axios) A surge of nefarious activity online […]

Need to Know: August 17, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Yesterday, in an effort spearheaded by the Boston Globe, more than 300 U.S. newspapers denounced Trump’s attacks on media in coordinated editorials (NPR) But did you know: The Senate adopted a resolution backing the free press (Reuters) The U.S. […]

Need to Know: August 16, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Americans believe two-thirds of news on social media is misinformation (Poynter) But did you know: Americans want fake news to be banned from the internet (Knight Foundation) The majority of Americans don’t think platforms like Google and Facebook are […]

Need to Know: August 15, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Alex Jones and Infowars content was removed from Apple, Facebook and YouTube (The New York Times) But did you know: Twitter suspends Infowars host Alex Jones’ ability to tweet (CNET) Finally following the lead of every other social media […]

Need to Know: August 14, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Traffic from Google Search to publisher sites globally has risen by more than 25 percent, more than outpacing the decline in Facebook referrals over the same time period (Chartbeat) But did you know: As Google shifts to mobile, its […]

Need to Know: August 13, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: The New York Times published a statement from A.G. Sulzberger urging President Trump to consider the dangerous consequences of his anti-press rhetoric (The New York Times) But did you know: Boston Globe calls for war of words against Trump […]

Need to Know: August 10, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Researchers are mapping “news deserts,” looking for areas where news and information is lacking (Columbia Journalism Review) But did you know: Local media presence doesn’t necessarily mean communities’ information needs are being met (Duke University) In a new study published […]

Need to Know: August 9, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2017, 25 percent of Americans said they supported draconian limits on the press (Poynter) But did you know: 43 percent of Republicans want to give Trump the power to shut down media (Daily Beast) In a new survey […]

Need to Know: August 8, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: In 2016 Facebook bought CrowdTangle, a tool that publishers use to track how content spreads on the internet (The Verge) But did you know: Facebook’s terms of service restrict journalists from using their own investigative tools on the platform […]

Need to Know: August 7, 2018

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong faces furor over old tweets (USA Today) But did you know: Following a string of controversies like Jeong’s, journalists are deciding to delete their old tweets (Poynter) Deleting old tweets might […]

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