Facebook is thinking, apparently, about moving Page feeds out of the newsfeed everybody sees and moving them to a new Explore Feed that’s buried under the More menu on the mobile site. That means publishers and media companies that have spent years building an audience and gotten hooked on using Facebook for promotion, branding, and … Continue reading Is Facebook looking at moving media content out of the news feed?
Media folks, we’ve got a lot of work to do. The general public now believe overwhelmingly that news organizations are biases and subject to partisan agendas. We used to joke in newsrooms that if we had both Democrats and Republicans calling to complain about our story, we were probably OK, but if only one side … Continue reading We’ve got work to do: Majority of public thinks media is biased
With all the talk about fake news and how much the public doesn’t believe journalists, it’s important to note that there’s a huge difference in how people view NATIONAL news media versus LOCAL news media. The local folks live and work in your community, go to church there, shop at stores, pay local taxes and … Continue reading The difference between NATIONAL news reporting and LOCAL News reporting? Trust.
Have you become disillusioned with the TV news business? Tired of the fluff and happy talk? We want serious, experienced reporters that are willing to take on the tough stories, dig deeper, and do the important journalism our town deserves. Here's the kicker: We're willing to pay for experience. If you're a recent college grad, … Continue reading We’re hiring serious journalists to do the important stories
I put this up right outside my office door to remind everybody who walks into our TV station how important it is that journalists do their job. The Bill of Rights warrants Congress shall make no law abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press. The founders saw journalists role as so important it … Continue reading Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press
If this isn’t a wake up call for the media, I don’t know what is. A Spring 2017 poll from Emerson College shows the nation is split on the job President Trump is doing: 48% of registered voters approve of the job he’s doing, versus the 47% that disapprove. It’s split about the way you’d … Continue reading Who’s more truthful: Trump or the media?
You may not have heard of Medium.com, but 60 million visitors a month have. It's a place where experts, professionals, and regular folks share research, opinion, and long-form articles on often-thought-provoking topics. I was honored to be named one of the Top Writers in two categories this past year: Social Media and Journalism. It may … Continue reading Dughi named “Top Writer” in Social Media, Journalism by Medium.com
This fake news thing is bigger than just election results. “Fake news” has become a label people freely put on facts they don’t agree with. People will call something “fake news” when in fact it’s true. They just disagree. But call something by a label enough and it often sticks. Source: this past election. But … Continue reading Can students tell the difference between fake news and real news?
Everybody is up in arms about fake news these days. Politicos that think it swung the election are crying foul. Advertisers that had their ads show up on fake news sites are unhappy. Journalists talk about how it continues to undermine public trust. Wait a minute, though. How does fake news hurt journalism? I mean, … Continue reading Fake news might actually be a good thing for real journalism
There was a short window of excitement when a TV newsie announced she was hired to lead Facebook's News Partnerships team. Campbell Brown, former NBC News anchor and White House correspondent, and prime-time CNN news anchor, announced - on Facebook - that she's taking on a new role at the social media platform to “help … Continue reading Has Facebook hired someone to fix its “fake news” problem? Uh, no.
We all should be concerned about this fake news stuff. Regardless of where it comes from or where you might run into it, spreading falsehoods makes all of us dumber. It appears most Americans agree. 73% of American say they are concerned about fake news Civic Science released a survey of 2,000 adults after the … Continue reading Are you really, really concerned about this fake news stuff?
Media folks fight with each other every day. They’ll do all sorts of things to beat their competition. So, when 18 media organizations get together to unite on a common goal, it might make you wonder what they’re all worried about. It appears they are worried about President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with the media. They’ve … Continue reading President-Elect Trump slips the press pool twice; media goes crazy
If you work in journalism, be thankful you’re not working in Turkey. Journalism there is under attack at unprecedented levels. The government has forced the closure of more than 170 broadcasters, newspapers, magazine and media-related companies. Courts have ordered censorship of more than 30 news websites. The government has revokes more than 300 press credentials … Continue reading Turkish government jails hundreds of journalists, shuts down 170 TV and newspaper companies
In the world of social media and online aggregation, the one thing that is most rare is truth. Every day I come across stories and posts that stretch the truth or obliterate it completely. I believe it’s a big part of why the trust in media in general has plummeted to historic lows. RELATED: Trust … Continue reading Google News adds Fact Checking to top stories
Breaking News! At the local TV station, they roll out a microwave live truck, a reporter and photographer, light up the studio, get the anchors in place, and bring in the control room crew. 7 or 8 people, a million dollars’ worth of equipment, and 10–15 minutes later, you’re on the air with Breaking News. … Continue reading How do you know what you’re seeing is real?
Make no mistake. The First Amendment has been under attack for some time now. The problem is the will to fight seems to be waning as news organizations too often don’t have the resources, or money, to fight the battles. Add to that a new generation of digital journalists and armies of people with cell … Continue reading Standing up for the First Amendment in the Digital Age