Internet Archive: Archiving Online Local News with the News Measures Research Project

Internet Archive: Archiving Online Local News with the News Measures Research Project. “The News Measures Research Project web captures provide a unique snapshot of local news in the United States. The work is focused on analyzing the nature of local news coverage at a local level, while also examining the broader nature of local community news.”

TechCrunch: Why the Facebook News tab shouldn’t be trusted

TechCrunch: Why the Facebook News tab shouldn’t be trusted. “I used to think of Facebook as being in a bizarre love quadrangle with its users, developers and advertisers. But increasingly it feels like the company is in an abusive love/hate relationship with users, catering to their attention while exploiting their privacy. Meanwhile, it dominates the advertisers thanks to its duopoly with Google that lets it survive metrics errors, and the developers as it alters their access and reach depending on if it needs their users or is backpedaling after a data fiasco.”

Audio archiving, public meeting tracking, and more local boosts: Here are the 34 news projects Google is funding in North America (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: Audio archiving, public meeting tracking, and more local boosts: Here are the 34 news projects Google is funding in North America. “On the same day that Facebook’s tab will start paying (some) publishers for their content, Google has announced its grantees in the local news-focused Google News Initiative North American Innovation Challenge. Thirty-four projects and newsrooms will receive funding from the largest digital advertising revenue earner as part of this challenge, out of a total of $5.8 million this round.”

University of Tennessee Knoxville: New Website Catalogs 26 Years of Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project

University of Tennessee Knoxville: New Website Catalogs 26 Years of Eyes on LaFollette Photojournalism Project. “Each spring, professor Rob Heller from UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information takes his advanced photojournalism students to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find and photograph stories in the Campbell County community of 7,000, about 45 miles north of Knoxville…. A new website chronicles the history of the project and the amazing body of work it’s yielded over the years.”

Nieman Lab: Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.

Nieman Lab: Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.. “The nuts and bolts of Facebook’s local news efforts have largely remained within a black box. In an effort to open that black box, Facebook made a month’s worth of data collected for the Today In feature available to us so that we could analyze the local news available on Facebook. We combined these data with user interaction data from Facebook’s CrowdTangle platform and U.S. Census data in order to get a sense of how Facebook users engage with the different types of local news stories that are available to them, and how the availability of local news differs across different types of communities.”

NiemanLab: Attempting a meta-network for local news, Facebook announces community-building grantees

NiemanLab: Attempting a meta-network for local news, Facebook announces community-building grantees. “In its latest quest to build community, Facebook is trying to develop a meta-community for local news publishers to then, you know, build that community. The cycle is being completed with funding, with recipients announced Wednesday, for local outlets to host events and create tools for their own local areas.”