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Lessons from Reported.ly’s social-first model: There’s a balance between protecting people and informing them, and choose your platforms wisely

At the Online News Association conference on Saturday, the staff of Reported.ly gathered to talk about the lessons they learned from the 20 months of Reported.ly. The goal of Reported.ly was to inform people through social media, but its small size meant that it couldn’t do everything, Andy Carvin says. While the team wanted to […]

When journalists get their info from social media, audiences find the reports less credible

Press conferences, interviews, telephone calls — these are the traditional ways in which journalists source their stories. Today, however, many more options are available. From Facebook to Twitter to Google, journalists have many new ways to track down information to inform their reporting. But what do audiences think about these techniques? Do readers think social […]

Reported.ly’s favorite tools for social media reporting

As we say goodbye to Reported.ly, the team is letting us in on some of their tips and tricks for social media reporting. Some of their favorite tools include: Banjoand Twitter advanced search for geolocation, BreakingNews.com for the day’s wire stories at a glance, TinEye for reverse image searches, and Trends24 to verify where hashtags […]

Dan Rather expresses concern about the transparency of Facebook’s algorithms

In a note on Facebook, Dan Rather expressed concern about the transparency of Facebook’s “mysterious algorithms,” while noting the benefits of Facebook for news : “I … worry about the opaqueness of Facebook and its mysterious algorithms. My team and I try to figure out why some posts seem to ‘hit’ and are shared thousands […]

Facebook is tracking ‘trends,’ and The Washington Post is tracking Facebook (and Google and Twitter)

“Before Gizmodo published allegations that Facebook’s editors were biased, no one thought much about the “Trending” stories the site promotes in the top-right corner of its home screen,” Caitlin Dewey writes, but the section’s mishaps shows the fallibility of algorithms. To better understand what kinds of news stories and topics the trending news section tends […]

Just three days after removing human editors, Facebook’s trending news section included a fake story about Megyn Kelly getting fired from Fox News

On Friday, Facebook announced that it would no longer employ human editors for its trending news section; on Monday, Facebook’s trending news section included a fake news story claiming Megyn Kelly was fired from Fox News. The story about Kelly occupied the top spot on Facebook’s trending news section, a spot that supposed to include […]

Trying to get rid of human bias in its trending topics, Facebook will no longer employ humans to write descriptions for the section

You might have heard: Former Facebook news curators told Gizmodo they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section, butFacebook says it found no systematic bias in its own investigation But did you know: Facebook will no longer employ humans to write the descriptions for its trending topics section, and has laid off […]

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