CNET: New Twitter prompt gets users to read news before retweeting it, says firm

CNET: New Twitter prompt gets users to read news before retweeting it, says firm. “After rolling out a test in June that prompts users to consider reading an article before retweeting it, Twitter says the company has seen ‘more reading’ and ‘more informed tweeting.’ In fact, people open articles 40% more often after seeing the prompt, the social media giant says, and the amount of people opening articles before retweeting went up by 33%. “

PR Newswire: New Study Links Social Media Usage to Poor News Judgment

PR Newswire: New Study Links Social Media Usage to Poor News Judgment (PRESS RELEASE). “New research from the Reboot Foundation finds that the more people are on social media the worse their news judgment, and there are stark differences between older and younger users when it comes to falling for ‘clickbait’ headlines.”

NiemanLab: Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing — and often hidden. Is help on the way?

NiemanLab: Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing — and often hidden. Is help on the way?. “Another possible contributor to Biden’s lack of success with Hispanic voters may be an onslaught of anti-Biden disinformation that ‘is inundating Spanish-speaking residents of South Florida ahead of Election Day, clogging their WhatsApp chats, Facebook feeds and even radio airwaves at a saturation level that threatens to shape the outcome in the nation’s biggest and most closely contested swing state,’ Sabrina Rodriguez and Marc Caputo reported in Politico this week.”

Washington Post: College newspaper reporters are the journalism heroes for the pandemic era

Washington Post: College newspaper reporters are the journalism heroes for the pandemic era. “In New York, it was the Washington Square News that first reported a covid-19 outbreak in a college dorm. In Gainesville, Fla., the Alligator is the newspaper that has been painstakingly updating a map of local cases. And the Daily Gamecock alerted the public to the ways that University of South Carolina officials were withholding information about covid-19 clusters. While the pandemic economy has devastated the local news business, there remains a cadre of small newspapers that are more energized than ever, producing essential work from the center of the nation’s newest coronavirus hot spots.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times will flag viral misinformation with a new Daily Distortions feature

NiemanLab: The New York Times will flag viral misinformation with a new Daily Distortions feature. “Daily Distortions will appear as a swipeable feature for mobile apps focused on one subject per day and a running blog with a wider selection of the misinformation being tracked by Times journalists. The information will be presented in a ‘compelling, predictable way’ and each edition is designed to be shareable. (A print version of the feature is in the works, too.)”

NiemanLab: For COVID-19, as with everything else, Americans on the right and left live in different universes when it comes to trusting the media

NiemanLab: For COVID-19, as with everything else, Americans on the right and left live in different universes when it comes to trusting the media. “In the Nieman Lab universe, one of the core Ur-texts — alongside You’re probably going to need a paywall to survive, Information inequality is increasing, and There aren’t enough philanthropists to pay for all of local news — is Perceptions of the news media in the United States are radically and increasingly polarized by ideology. We’ve written about a gazillion studies, reports, and papers that reach a version of that conclusion. And here’s another one, with an international twist.”

Mashable: 4th graders made their own clickbait headlines and they’re way better than ours

Mashable: 4th graders made their own clickbait headlines and they’re way better than ours. “It’s a strange world online and Ingrid Conley-Abrams — a school library director in New York City — wanted to prep her students as best she could. As a part of a lesson on media literacy and bias, Conley-Abrams created an optional assignment where kids made their own versions of clickbait. The results were delightful, brilliant, and, at times, slightly creepy.”

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News. “The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. Australias fair trade regulator Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said he would give his final draft of the laws to make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies for the news content they use by early October.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches New Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Images

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches New Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Images. “The public can now explore more than 1.5 million historical newspaper images online and free of charge. The latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs, Newspaper Navigator allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dating 1789-1963.”

The Guardian: Greens may back forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news if ABC is included

The Guardian: Greens may back forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news if ABC is included. “The Greens have signalled they could support a code to force Google and Facebook to pay for the value they receive from the distribution of Australian journalism if it is extended to cover the ABC, and if the Coalition comes up with a rescue package for the news wire service [Australian Associated Press].” ABC in this case is the Australian Broadcasting Association.

Poynter: This database shows media layoffs caused by the coronavirus

Poynter: This database shows media layoffs caused by the coronavirus. “The graphics of 2020 are grim ones — flattening the curve of the coronavirus, watching it spread, seeing jobs disappear. Now, we have another — what the pandemic has done to newsrooms in the U.S. Thanks to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, we can now see the places and mediums hit by cutbacks, layoffs, closures and more.”

Military Times: Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper

Military Times: Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper. “The Defense Department is rescinding its order to shut down the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, in the wake of a tweet late last week by President Donald Trump vowing to continue funding the paper.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump. Viewers are the only victims.

Columbia Journalism Review: Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump. Viewers are the only victims.. “…many outlets have seen sharp increases in readership and subscribers by capitalizing on (and reinforcing) the obsession with Trump. A new tool from Stanford University’s Computer Graphics Lab reveals that cable news has undergone a similar transformation. The Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer enables users to track cable news screen time for anyone they’d like, from 2010 to present.”

Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities. “The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering the free online course, ‘Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities,’ to help journalists obtain the tools necessary to investigate and monitor people and entities behind social media accounts. The MOOC (massive open online course) will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1, 2020, during four weeks, on Journalism Courses, the distance learning platform of the Knight Center.”