Journalist and Media 2017

I have written on journalism and media trends eariler few years ago. So it is time for update. What is the state of journalism and news publishing in 2017? NiemanLab’s predictions for 2017 are a good place to start thinking about what lies ahead for journalism. There, Matt Waite puts us in our place straight away by telling us that the people running the media are the problem

There has been changes on tech publishing. In January 2017 International Data Group, the owner of PCWorld magazine and market researcher IDC, on Thursday said it was being acquired by China Oceanwide Holdings Group and IDG Capital, the investment management firm run by IDG China executive Hugo Shong. In 2016 Arrow bought EE Times, EDN, TechOnline and lots more from UBM.

 

Here are some article links and information bits on journalist and media in 2017:

Soothsayers’ guides to journalism in 2017 article take a look at journalism predictions and the value of this year’s predictions.

What Journalism Needs To Do Post-Election article tells that faced with the growing recognition that the electorate was uniformed or, at minimum, deeply in the thrall of fake news, far too many journalists are responding not with calls for change but by digging in deeper to exactly the kinds of practices that got us here in the first place.

Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed article says that what we saw in the 2016 election is nothing compared to what we need to prepare for in 2020 as incipient technologies appear likely to soon obliterate the line between real and fake.

YouTube’s ex-CEO and co-founder Chad Hurley service sees a massive amount of information on the problem, which will lead to people’s backlash.

Headlines matter article tells that in 2017, headlines will matter more than ever and journalists will need to wrest control of headline writing from social-optimization teams. People get their news from headlines now in a way they never did in the past.

Why new journalism grads are optimistic about 2017 article tells that since today’s college journalism students have been in school, the forecasts for their futures has been filled with words like “layoffs,” “cutbacks,” “buyouts” and “freelance.” Still many people are optimistic about the future because the main motivation for being a journalist is often “to make a difference.”

Updating social media account can be a serious job. Zuckerberg has 12+ Facebook employees helping him with posts and comments on his Facebook page and professional photographers to snap personal moments.
Wikipedia Is Being Ripped Apart By a Witch Hunt For Secretly Paid Editors article tells that with undisclosed paid editing on the rise, Wikipedians and the Wikimedia Foundation are working together to stop the practice without discouraging user participation. Paid editing is permissible under Wikimedia Foundation’s terms of use as long as they disclose these conflicts of interest on their user pages, but not all paid editors make these disclosures.

Big Internet giants are working on how to make content better for mobile devices. Instant Articles is a new way for any publisher to create fast, interactive articles on Facebook. Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a project that it aims to accelerate content on mobile devices. Both of those systems have their advantages and problems.

Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier article tells that there’s a new form of digital censorship sweeping the globe, and it could be the start of something devastating. The centralization of the internet via app stores has made government censorship easier. If the app isn’t in a country’s app store, it effectively doesn’t exist. For more than a decade, we users of digital devices have actively championed an online infrastructure that now looks uniquely vulnerable to the sanctions of despots and others who seek to control information.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Report: U.S. declines again in press-freedom index, falls to ‘problematic’ status
    https://wapo.st/2UFrPmt?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.ad9d3eafb5a7

    For the third time in three years, the United States’ standing in an annual index of press freedom declined, a result the report’s authors attributed to President Trump’s anti-press rhetoric and continuing threats to journalists.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mueller report details the evolution of Russia’s troll farm as it began targeting US politics
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/18/mueller-report-ira-internet-research-agency/?tpcc=ECFB2019

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ”Sri Lanka blocked several social media networks in the wake of terrorist attacks on Sunday, including Facebook and the messaging service WhatsApp. The extraordinary step reflects growing global concern, particularly among governments, about the capacity of American-owned networks to spin up violence.

    YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Viber were also inaccessible, according to internet monitoring groups.

    “This was a unilateral decision,” said Harindra Dassanayake, a presidential adviser in Sri Lanka.

    Officials blocked the platforms, he said, out of fear that misinformation about the attacks and hate speech could spread, provoking more violence.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/world/asia/sri-lanka-social-media.html

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ben Munster / Decrypt:
    Interviews with contractors who write crypto white papers reveal startups routinely force them to fabricate business models, inflate funding budgets, and more — We dive into this murky industry to find out who writes these things, what goes into the research and how much it really costs to get one written.

    Confessions of a White Paper writer
    https://decryptmedia.com/6643/confessions-of-a-white-paper-writer

    We dive into this murky industry to find out who writes these things, what goes into the research and how much it really costs to get one written.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
    Facebook tells UK MPs that New Zealand shooter’s first-person video fooled its AI content detection, saying it was something “we had not seen before” — – Labour party lawmaker calls tech platforms a “cesspit” — Tech firms giving evidence on hate crime to U.K. panel

    Facebook Says First-Person Christchurch Video Foiled AI System
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-24/facebook-says-first-person-christchurch-video-foiled-ai-system

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Casey Newton / The Verge:
    Blocking social networks after terrorist attacks can do more harm than good, especially in places like Sri Lanka where official sources are often unreliable

    Blocking social networks after terrorist attacks can do more harm than good
    We should be suspicious when governments crack down on speech in the name of safety
    https://www.theverge.com/interface/2019/4/23/18511812/sri-lanka-facebook-ban-easter-bombings-social-networks

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
    Facebook tells UK MPs that New Zealand shooter’s first-person video fooled its AI content detection, saying it was something “we had not seen before” — – Labour party lawmaker calls tech platforms a “cesspit” — Tech firms giving evidence on hate crime to U.K. panel

    Facebook Says First-Person Christchurch Video Foiled AI System
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-24/facebook-says-first-person-christchurch-video-foiled-ai-system

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