Phys .org: How social media makes it difficult to identify real news

Phys .org: How social media makes it difficult to identify real news. “There’s a price to pay when you get your news and political information from the same place you find funny memes and cat pictures, new research suggests. The study found that people viewing a blend of news and entertainment on a social media site tended to pay less attention to the source of content they consumed—meaning they could easily mistake satire or fiction for real news.”

NPR: Facebook Pledges $100 Million To Aid News Outlets Hit Hard By Pandemic

NPR: Facebook Pledges $100 Million To Aid News Outlets Hit Hard By Pandemic. “Facebook says it’s dedicating $100 million to prop up news organizations pummeled by the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Just two weeks ago, the company announced it would devote $1 million to aid local newsrooms in the U.S. and Canada covering the crisis. It turns out, Facebook was already thinking about giving far more.”

MediaPost: Social Media, Local TV News Are Top COVID-19 Information Sources, Trust Issues Remain

MediaPost: Social Media, Local TV News Are Top COVID-19 Information Sources, Trust Issues Remain. “Social media — just ahead of local TV news — is the place U.S. consumers are turning to for local information on COVID-19, according to a survey from Magid — however, trust issues remain. The consumer researcher says social media — which includes Facebook, Twitter — pulled in 34% number; local TV newscasts, 33%; with national newscast (ABC, NBC, CBS), 28%. National cable TV networks (CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC) are at 20%. Results hear tally multiple overall mentions of news sources for the story.”

“Total annihilation”: Coronavirus may just be the end for many alt-weeklies (NiemanLab)

NiemanLab: “Total annihilation”: Coronavirus may just be the end for many alt-weeklies . “COVID-19 is ‘a nearly perfect weapon against alternative weeklies.’ In dozens of cities, papers are asking for donations, laying off staff, or abandoning print as social distancing dries up their revenue streams.”

NiemanLab: People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more

NiemanLab: People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more. “The coronavirus pandemic continues to throw salt in the wound we journalists have about the public’s trust in news. The communications firm Edelman published a special edition of its annual Trust Barometer Report that highlights the role that the private sector must play in informing people about the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, the study also underscores the public’s conflicting views of the news media.”

TIME: Time for Kids Launches Free Digital Library for Those Affected Globally by School Closures During the Coronavirus Pandemic

TIME: Time for Kids Launches Free Digital Library for Those Affected Globally by School Closures During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “TIME for Kids, the school-based publication that has provided quality, trusted journalism to millions of students in elementary classrooms for 25 years, announced today that it will bring TIME for Kids to homes for the first time. As families, teachers and students adjust to school closures as a result of the global spread of COVID-19, the new TIME for Kids digital library will provide access to new issues of TIME for Kids and Your $, the financial literacy magazine for kids, each week. TIME for Kids will also make available a complete library of previously published editions from 2020 along with additional educational resources and activities.”