Online Journalism Blog: Facebook safety for journalists – new initiative launched

Online Journalism Blog: Facebook safety for journalists – new initiative launched. “Facebook has launched a new initiative in partnership with a number of journalism organisations to help journalists ‘protect their accounts and themselves on Facebook.’ The Facebook Safety for Journalists page covers 10 steps that journalists should take, ranging from password protection to abuse and harassment.”

Poynter: A new fact-checking coalition is launching in Japan

Poynter: A new fact-checking coalition is launching in Japan. “Unlike in neighboring South Korea, where ‘fact check’ has become a widely recognized buzzword, in Japan the word calls to mind something foreign. Claims by public figures and in news reports often go unchecked across the country. A group of academics, journalists and nonprofit organizations wants to change that.”

Poynter: With Amazon Polly experiment, The Washington Post hopes to capitalize on growing interest in audio

Poynter: With Amazon Polly experiment, The Washington Post hopes to capitalize on growing interest in audio. “The last Washington Post column I came across was only interesting because a computer read it to me. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that sounds like a cross between a customer service agent and Siri. Its ‘lifelike’ reading is dispassionate, and each comma prompts an overly long pause between words. Yet, I found myself listening to several articles for at least a few minutes apiece as I stared into empty space at work. And that’s exactly what The Post is shooting for.”

The Half-Forgotten Way to Compile Real News Feeds: RSS (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: The Half-Forgotten Way to Compile Real News Feeds: RSS. “It doesn’t matter where you get your news from — it’s hard to find quality information among the endless amounts of propaganda, lies, and satire posing as real content. All newspapers and TV channels are guilty, as are plenty of supposedly ‘independent’ websites. Rather than keep fighting a losing battle, why not take matters into your own hands?”

Quartz: Fake evidence of affairs and other creepy ways government spyware is targeting Mexican journalists

Quartz: Fake evidence of affairs and other creepy ways government spyware is targeting Mexican journalists. “‘You don’t have the balls to watch how I make out with your partner.’ That’s the kind of text message several journalists and human right activists in Mexico received as part of a campaign to hack into their phones. The messages could be traced back to government spyware, according to a new report by the Citizen Lab, a research center based at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.”

University of Colorado Boulder: Fake news outlets have more media impact than fact-checking outlets

University of Colorado Boulder: Fake news outlets have more media impact than fact-checking outlets. “Last year, fake news websites had about twice as much influence on the media landscape as fact-checking websites did, according to a new study co-authored by a CU Boulder researcher. Between 2014 and 2016, fake news websites outpaced fact-checking websites, both in terms of the number of articles produced each month and their influence on the broader media agenda, the study found.”

Bloomberg: Media Companies Are Getting Sick of Facebook

Bloomberg: Media Companies Are Getting Sick of Facebook. “Facebook’s latest pitch to publishers such as CNN is for them to provide a regular stream of TV-quality, edited, original videos that will give Mark Zuckerberg’s company a chance to compete with YouTube to siphon some of the $70 billion pouring into TV ads each year. In exchange, the publishers can share some of the revenue for ads that roll in the middle of the videos. Facebook will control all the ad sales. It’s getting tougher for CNN and others to view these arrangements as mutually beneficial.”