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Need to Know: Sept. 22, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook’s advertising policies have come under scrutiny after the company revealed earlier this month that a Russian firm linked to the Kremlin bought $100,000 worth of political ads during the U.S. presidential campaign (NPR) and an investigation […]

Need to Know: Sept. 21, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: An investigation by ProPublica found that Facebook was allowing advertisers to target users who had expressed interest in offensive terms, such as “Jew hater” and “how to burn jews” (ProPublica); Facebook’s advertising policies were already under scrutiny […]

Need to Know: Sept. 20, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: After ESPN’s Jemele Hill called Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter (Sports Illustrated), White House press secretary Sarah Sanders calls Hill’s criticism a “fireable offense by ESPN” (Washington Post) and Trump attacked ESPN on Twitter (CNN Media); […]

Need to Know: Sept. 19, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Think of data analysis as simply part of journalism for the modern world. Reporting has always involved numbers. Today, technology enables journalists to use numbers less anecdotally, more authoritatively, and to uncover otherwise invisible stories.” But did […]

Need to Know: Sept. 18, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: “Every major advertising group is blasting Apple for blocking cookies in the Safari browser,” arguing it will hurt the user experience and campaign targeting (Adweek) But did you know: Apple responded to ad groups’ criticism, saying the […]

Need to Know: Sept. 15, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook’s advertising practices have come under scrutiny after the company disclosed that a Russian firm linked to the Kremlin bought $100,000 worth of political ads during the U.S. presidential campaign (NPR) But did you know: ProPublica finds […]

Need to Know: Sept. 14, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Earlier this month, Facebook disclosed that a Russian firm linked to the Kremlin bought $100,000 worth of political ads during the U.S. presidential campaign (NPR): “Facebook owes us a more complete accounting of how its targeting features […]

Need to Know: Sept. 13, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Facebook is working on a tool that would allow publishers to sell subscriptions through its Instant Articles program (Recode) But did you know: Facebook has removed Instant Articles from Messenger, just one year after the format was […]

Need to Know: Sept. 12, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Trust is “not only a journalistic aspiration, but a business imperative. People who put a higher premium on trust‑related factors are more engaged with news, are more likely to pay for it, install news apps, or share […]

Need to Know: Sept. 11, 2017

Fresh useful insights for people advancing quality, innovative and sustainable journalism OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida Sunday morning, leaving millions without power and creating the possibility of “dangerous storm surges” (CNN) But did you know: As Hurricane Irma made its way into Florida, people began questioning why […]

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