David Cohn, serial entrepreneur and founder of journalism startup Circa, to Poynter. A cites fake images circulated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year as an example. The Atlantic did some stellar work then, debunking doctored photos.
Fake images, twitter accounts and rumors accompany almost every major news story by now. Seeing how fast news spins, they can be transported widely and take hold in peoples’ minds. Cohn has a point in saying journalists shouldn’t just ignore false alarms, they should actively spread the word about what’s fake along with what’s real.
Nicholas Carr in a 2008 column, as quoted by Jay Rosen, who adds:
“That’s a power shift. And it leads directly to: Sources said the website (AllThingsD) is receiving a lot of “inbound interest” from potential buyers…”
NPR’s Arab Spring storyteller Andy Carvin talks about how he collects, shares and verifies information on Twitter in real time, the differences between Egypt and Libya and why it’s fair to criticize his work.
— AHMAD, activist in Syria
More quotes of the year at TIME Magazine.
Very interesting read.
In the first two hours of my day, I pick 300 items. The majority of them zap me painfully.” —
Many of us will order holiday gifts over the Internet, with online orders making up the majority of some retail sectors. What we often don’t know is how the items get from that button click to our front door.
They’re stored, sorted and shipped from giant warehouses around the country, often staffed by temporary workers who earn little while working a grueling job they could lose at moment’s notice. It’s the dirty secret of the billion-dollar online retail sector.
Horst Röper, Zeitungsforscher und Geschäftsführer des Formatt-Instituts in Dortmund, auf Zeit Online. Angesichts der Insolvenz der Frankfurter Rundschau und des drohenden Endes der Financial Times Deutschland fragen sich die Autoren, “wer sterben und wer überleben wird” in der deutschen Zeitungslandschaft.
“Die Werbekunden sind das größte Problem für die Zeitungsbranche”, schreiben sie. Das ist nicht ganz korrekt, denn das größte Problem der Zeitungsbranche ist die Digitalisierung, die alles durcheinander wirbelt, althergebrachte Geschäftsmodelle auf den Kopf stellt und besonders Tageszeitungen zwingt, ihre Aufgabe ganz neu zu denken.
Darauf kommen die Autoren am Schluss des Textes auch zu sprechen - und machen sogar ein wenig Hoffnung. Hier lesen.
The Israeli military and Hamas are livetweeting their war, including images of killed and wounded children. This certainly raises some questions, including for the companies whose platforms they’re using.
(The linked articles notes that the Israeli army’s Twitter account was briefly suspended. However, this is based on a report in the Daily Dot that does not cite sources for its claim, so I would treat it with caution.)
The Washington Post has more, including on a Youtube video from the Israeli military that was briefly taken down but has been reinstated.
Pulitzer Price winner Sara Ganim talks about how crime reporting has changed. Speaking of crime reporting online, Reuters social media producer Matthew Keys has shared some of the sources he uses for crime reporting, such as digital police scanner and court file system.
Some things, however, have stayed the same. Says Ganim, “I think sourcing is hands down the hardest part of the job, because you’re walking such a fine line.”