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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, […]

The untapped potential of Facebook groups: An average post in the Boston Globe’s group for subscribers receives twice as many comments as post on the Globe’s main Facebook page

The Boston Globe’s Facebook page has nearly half a million likes — but it’s in the Globe’s Facebook group for subscribers where the newspaper is developing an engaged community. Though the subscriber group is just over a month old, an average post in the subscriber group brings in twice as many comments as a post […]

After Breitbart incorrectly reported that a mob set a church in Germany on fire, a local newspaper says its reporting was distorted to create the story

After Breitbart News claimed that a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” set fire to a church in Dortmund on New Year’s Eve, German news organizations and politicians are warning against a spike in fake news during its election year. Following Breitbart’s report, Dortmund police clarified that no “extraordinary or spectacular” incidents had taken place, but the […]

Lessons in inclusive hiring: Recruiting diverse candidates is an ongoing process and formalize your hiring process with a rubric for what makes a ‘good’ candidate

“Building a diverse newsroom is work,” Shani O. Hilton wrote in 2014 — work that begins long before you actually hire someone, Stacy-Marie Ishmael argues. Ishmael shares her lessons from inclusive hiring, including: Recruiting is a continual process, job descriptions are important and can play a part in who’s likely to apply, post your job […]

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