Library of Congress: World War I: A Wartime Clipping Service Update: All 400 Volumes Now Online. “The massive collection, World War History: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 to 1926, is now fully digitized and freely available on the Library of Congress website. The 79,621 pages are packed with war-related front pages, illustrated feature articles, editorial cartoons, and more. You can search by keywords, browse the content chronologically, and download pages.”
Nieman Lab: Few people are actually trapped in filter bubbles. Why do they like to say that they are?. “We’re not trapped in filter bubbles, but we like to act as if we are. Few people are in complete filter bubbles in which they only consume, say, Fox News, Matt Grossmann writes in a new report for Knight (and there’s a summary version of it on Medium here). But the ‘popular story of how media bubbles allegedly undermine democracy’ is one that people actually seem to enjoy clinging to.”
Unredacted: FOIAonline Still Broken Six Months After Disastrous Redesign: FRINFORMSUM 12/6/2018. “Six months ago the would-be government-wide FOIA portal, FOIAonline, was redesigned and the site lost much of its functionality as a result. (The Reporters Committee’s Adam Marshall has a good run-down of all the things wrong with the site here.) In July FOIAonline posted a notice on its homepage saying the setback would only be short-term, claiming that ‘Much of the information from the previous version of FOIAonline is not yet in 3.0. This process is expected to take several weeks to complete. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through the most recent cases to the oldest.’ Several weeks turned into six months and there are still no updates about when we can expect the website, which the Environmental Protection Agency provides the IT for, to return to its previous usability.”
Your Local Guardian: Kingston University launches online archive of Leveson Inquiry. “Launched by former Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, the inquiry led by judge Sir Brian Leveson delved into the practices and ethics of the press. The new online archive, called Discover Leveson, features a range of witness statements, video testimonies and transcripts and hundreds of biographies and short essay guides.” If you’re not familiar with the Leveson Inquiry, the BBC has a backgrounder.
Poynter: We’re launching a podcast about fact-checking and misinformation. “Who is fact-checking for? How can reporters avoid amplifying bogus claims? And is fact-checking even the best way to fight online fakery? These are some of the biggest questions facing the ongoing battle against misinformation. And starting today, we’re tackling them in audio form.”
Vanity Fair: “Everyone’s For Sale”: A Generation Of Digital-media Darlings Prepares For A Frigid Winter. “As the threat of the so-called FAANGs—Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google—continues to grow, large legacy players, such as AT&T and Time Warner, or Disney and 21st Century Fox, are combining at a rabid pace. Certain heritage brands, like Time, Fortune, and The Atlantic, have landed in the warm bosoms of philanthropic billionaires. New York Media, the parent company of New York and a coterie of buzzy Web brands including The Cut, is pursuing a sale or strategic investment.” I suspect the author meant “rapid” instead of “rabid,” but that’s the best typo I’ve seen in many a day.
Lifehacker: Quickly Tell if a Shared News Story is Old With This Chrome Extension. “Over the past year, all (well, at least most) of us have gotten a little more skeptical about what we read in the news, especially on social media. Within my own group of Facebook friends, one huge source of misinformation seems to be old news rather than inaccurate news.”