Report: Online media are more a part of the problem of misinformation ‘than they are the solution’ | Poynter.

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Why Twitter Is Even More Worthless Than You Think

One percent of people who see my tweets click on the links. That’s not traffic. It’s a rounding error.

Source: www.theatlantic.com

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A new Tow Center report looks at how news outlets help spread (or debunk) false rumors online

“Once a certain critical mass is met, repetition has a powerful effect on belief. The rumor becomes true for readers simply by virtue of its ubiquity.”

Source: www.niemanlab.org

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Fishing For Success

I had the chance to spend some time at Fishing for Success on Saturday.  I met some great families, including Jhairus Todd and his dad.  Here’s the story I created about them and the event as a training module for my class.

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How Insurance Can the Make the World a Little Safer for Freelance Journalists | Mediashift | PBS

August 2014 was a horrific month for freelance journalists. We are still mourning the loss of our colleagues, James (Jim) Foley and Steven Sotloff, Americans who entered Syria to report on the country’s violent civil war.

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Podcasts are back — and making money

The short-form audio files, around for more than a decade, are enjoying a resurgence of popularity and profit.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Why do we insist that local journalism has to scale?

Philadelphia Magazine profiled Jim Brady and his new local journalism startup that just launched. Brady is most well known for heading up TBD, a DC website that many hailed as one of the most ambitious experiments in local journalism. It hired a staff of…

Source: www.simonowens.net

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Chartbeat gets certified to measure attention, tries to move advertising away from clicks and pageviews

Web analytics firm Chartbeat says it is the first to be certified by the Media Ratings Council for a new way of measuring the actual attention of readers, as part of a move to get publishers and advertisers to stop focusing only on clicks and pageviews

Source: gigaom.com

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Watching what happens: The New York Times is making a front-page bet on real-time aggregation

A new homepage feature called “Watching” offers readers a feed of headlines, tweets, and multimedia from around the web.

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Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom | Mediashift | PBS

I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets and phones in class.

Source: www.pbs.org

I have noticed distracted students in my class and found a great explanation as to why digital devices should be Banned.  Phones, iPads and laptops are no longer acceptable in my classes.

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