Hongkiat: How to Improve Writing Quality with Data Storytelling. “In our interconnected, globalized world, there’s a more significant need than ever for the kind of human connection and understanding that storytelling can convey. New technologies such as the big data revolution, data visualization, and data analytics tools allow us to raise the quality of our stories by backing them up with relevant data.” Ends abruptly — will there be a part 2?
WTOP: Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp for headlines. “News Corp. says it has reached a licensing deal with Facebook that lets the social network feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications on its upcoming news section.”
Columbia Journalism Review: Moving beyond ‘Zuck sucks’. “Journalists covering Silicon Valley have increasingly embraced the role of ‘watchdog’ rather than ‘mascot’—a development, BuzzFeed News’s Craig Silverman told us in an interview, that marked the rise of “adversarial” tech reporting. This critical turn in tech journalism has ushered in reporting on the broken promises, negligence, and other shortcomings of Big Tech companies and their most prominent executives, he explained. But this may not be enough to spur the public engagement necessary to affect real change.”
College Media Network: 4 Places to Read Great Music Journalism. “In my role as instructor for College Media Network’s Music Journalism courses — which have now expanded to Basic and Advanced Courses — I’m always pushing my students to read as much music writing as possible, whether it be old or new. Here are four places you can dig into some of that great music writing right now…”
Nieman Lab: From live blogs to time capsules: How CNN is trying to put its breaking news into context. “Politico, The New York Times, and plenty of others publish liveblogs for elections and other major events, so this isn’t breaking news in itself, but CNN’s live story is a new tool spun up by the product team in the past year with pretty decent results so far.”
Los Angeles Times: Column: Facebook’s bogus video claims just cost it $40 million, but they caused much more damage. “Facebook doesn’t deserve all the blame for the carnage. The truth is that there was never a great deal of evidence to suggest that online users liked video much, especially when their goal was to obtain information. The impression that video was the coming thing was fueled by occasional clips that went viral. But these often were undernourishing curiosities, such as BuzzFeed’s famous 2016 exploding watermelon stunt (currently notched at 11 million views on Facebook).”
The Daily Beast: Real Housewives of Soccer Go to War Over Instagram Mole Hunt. “It was a lengthy investigation, one that was carefully planned and meticulously executed over the course of several months. And when the big reveal came, it was delivered in stunning style, with a sensational and dramatic denouement.” Filter it though I may, I usually spend time slogging through gossipy news stories and do not include them here. But I thought this was interesting, so let me be gossipy for one moment.