Search Engine Journal: Twitter Transparency Report Shows Dark Side Of Social Media

Search Engine Journal: Twitter Transparency Report Shows Dark Side Of Social Media. “Twitter’s transparency report showed decreases in the number of suspended accounts or had content removed due to violating Twitter’s rules. The report also details increasing government requests for information and how often Twitter complies with those requests. Of particular note is an increase in governments targeting journalists with legal demands.”

Hooking Candiru: Another Mercenary Spyware Vendor Comes into Focus (CitizenLab)

CitizenLab: Hooking Candiru: Another Mercenary Spyware Vendor Comes into Focus. “Candiru is a secretive Israel-based company that sells spyware exclusively to governments. Reportedly, their spyware can infect and monitor iPhones, Androids, Macs, PCs, and cloud accounts. Using Internet scanning we identified more than 750 websites linked to Candiru’s spyware infrastructure.”

NiemanLab: YouTube hit Channel 5 News is “reporting for people who don’t watch the news”

NiemanLab: YouTube hit Channel 5 News is “reporting for people who don’t watch the news”. “Since hitting the road in 2019, [Andrew] Callaghan’s work has evolved beyond a parodic presentation of small-town news. He recently reported from Ukraine, interviewing the mayor of Lviv and refugees in the country and across the border in Poland. Much of the money that Channel 5 brings in is spent on operating costs for the traveling production, and the rest is split evenly between Callaghan and two collaborators.”

NiemanLab: Lost for words? A new, free resource offers journalists guidance on thorny topics

NiemanLab: Lost for words? A new, free resource offers journalists guidance on thorny topics. “Using funding from Google News Initiative, the project brought together a long list of news leaders to write a style guide with more than 275 entries — including ones for ‘crisis pregnancy center,’ ‘opportunity gap,’ and ‘DREAMer’ — containing detailed definitions, notes on usage, and additional resources.”

NiemanLab: The Los Angeles Times gets a fully staffed “burner account”

NiemanLab: The Los Angeles Times gets a fully staffed “burner account”. “Unlike other social teams — including the Times’ own audience engagement staff — the 404 does not create content to amplify existing journalism. And readers won’t see work by the 404 on the Times’ website. Instead, the 404 has been tasked with ‘continually inventing new types of experimental content’ in hopes of reaching younger, more diverse audiences who are not already reading or engaging with The L.A. Times.”

University of Vermont: University of Vermont Launches National Center for Community News

University of Vermont: University of Vermont Launches National Center for Community News. “The new Center for Community News is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and UVM College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) donors. The $400,000 initiative builds on the successful Community News model in Vermont, which brings students together with professional editors to provide news reporting at no cost to local news outlets.”

Poynter: News organizations have a social media problem

Poynter: News organizations have a social media problem. “News outlets often ask their journalists to promote their work and to engage with their audience on Twitter and other social media platforms. Some even use social media to promote their own ‘brand.’ (That’s a whole other topic, but I generally get it, because it helps the news outlet, too.) However, when you’re interacting with people on Twitter, for instance, and writing about controversial issues, someone is eventually going to tweet something that someone might find offensive or confrontational.”

Poynter: Twitter used to be a necessity. What is it now?

Poynter: Twitter used to be a necessity. What is it now?. “I’ve never believed social media platforms are neutral — we’ve seen enough over the past decade to know how human biases can be baked into the infrastructure of our digital lives — but I tend to be more optimistic than pessimistic about social media’s role in journalism and media. But between Dean Baquet’s leaked New York Times memo and Elon Musk’s stutter-step pursuit to buy the platform, I’ve been seriously — and frequently — reconsidering my relationship with Twitter.”

Report: China-linked Twitter harassment targets female Asian journalists outside China (Axios)

Axios: Report: China-linked Twitter harassment targets female Asian journalists outside China. “A network of Twitter accounts previously linked to the Chinese government is targeting female journalists of Chinese heritage who work for western news outlets in a campaign of online harassment, according to a new report…. The campaign appears to be part of the Chinese government’s efforts to silence criticism of Beijing abroad through coercion, intimidation, and retaliation.”

The Guardian: ABC to abolish 58 librarian and archivist jobs with journalists to do archival work

The Guardian: ABC to abolish 58 librarian and archivist jobs with journalists to do archival work . This is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, not the American network. “Archivists and librarians at the ABC are in shock after management unveiled plans to abolish 58 positions and make journalists research and archive their own stories. Reporters and producers working on breaking news, news programs and daily programs like 7.30 will have to search for archival material themselves and will be expected to log the metadata of any new material into the system.”

Learn how to capture the world in 3D: Sign up for this free online course on photogrammetry for journalists (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Learn how to capture the world in 3D: Sign up for this free online course on photogrammetry for journalists. “Photogrammetry allows journalists to tell stories about the world around them by creating three-dimensional replicas from photographs. Learn more about the photogrammetric process and how it can be used for journalism in a new free online course from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.”

The Shift (Malta): Documenting the ‘sudden awakening from a deep sleep’ – Book on 2019 protests launched

The Shift (Malta): Documenting the ‘sudden awakening from a deep sleep’ – Book on 2019 protests launched. “Local human rights NGO aditus foundation on Friday launched a photobook and online archive that brings together photographs taken by citizens, participants and onlookers of the political protests that took place in Malta between November 2019 and January 2020, in the hope of preserving the memory of the protest.”

NiemanLab: Should Google pay for news in Brazil? It’s complicated

NiemanLab: Should Google pay for news in Brazil? It’s complicated. “No solution is ideal. The worst thing that journalists can do, however, is to step aside and let media owners and platforms decide among themselves. The solution should not allow Big Tech to remain free and unregulated, nor should it force it to pay the same media owners that have lobbied against diversity in media. Somewhere in between — and with ample and public and transparent debate — there is a middle ground to be found.”