MediArXiv: New digital archive for media research (NECSUS)

NECSUS: MediArXiv: New digital archive for media research. “The online platform Open Access in Media Studies has announced the launch of the new project MediArXiv. MediArXiv is the new open archive for media, film, and communication studies, and will be launched in early 2019 on the Open Science Framework platform. “

UNESCO: UNESCO launches Observatory of Killed Journalists, tracking actions taken to punish crimes against media practitioners

UNESCO: UNESCO launches Observatory of Killed Journalists, tracking actions taken to punish crimes against media practitioners. “On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November, UNESCO launched the Observatory of Killed Journalists. The Observatory is an online database providing information on the status of judicial enquiries into each killing of a journalist or media worker recorded by UNESCO since 1993, based on information provided by the country in which the killing took place.”

Study: Fake news is making college students question all news (Poynter)

Poynter: Study: Fake news is making college students question all news. “It’s tough out there for college students these days — especially on their news feeds. According to a new media consumption study, almost half of the nearly 6,000 American college students surveyed said they lacked confidence in discerning real from fake news on social media. And 36 percent of them said the threat of misinformation made them trust all media less.”

TechCrunch: UK media giants call for independent oversight of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

TechCrunch: UK media giants call for independent oversight of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter . “The UK’s leading broadcasters and ISPs have called for the government to introduce independent regulatory oversight of social media content. The group of media and broadband operators in the tightly regulated industries spans both the state-funded and commercial sector — with the letter to the Sunday Telegraph being inked with signatures from the leaders of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, BT and TalkTalk.”

The Atlantic: Why Google Doesn’t Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly

The Atlantic: Why Google Doesn’t Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly. “As a thought experiment, pick some markers of relevance (timeliness, impact, keyword density) and quality (originality, sourcing, depth). Now apply a ranking algorithm to the work of the mainstream media, which is to say the big networks, papers, and digital sites that abide by traditional journalistic values. Then apply the same standard to the conservative publications that PJ Media bemoaned the lack of.”

TorrentFreak: FilePursuit Finds Amazing Files All Year Round, Not Just at Christmas

TorrentFreak: FilePursuit Finds Amazing Files All Year Round, Not Just at Christmas. “People looking for all kinds of files tend to visit file-sharing sites for their fix but there is another way. FilePursuit is a web and Android-based service that trawls the Internet looking for open directories and it does an incredible job. Today, TorrentFreak catches up with its creator to find out where it all started.”