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.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    8chan Owner Jim Watkins Deflects Blame As Scrutiny Of Extremist-Linked Message Board Increases

    Topline: Jim Watkins, the owner of extremist message board 8chan, has defended the site after increased scrutiny following the shooting in El Paso, Texas, and days after the site’s founder, Fredrick Brennan, called for the platform to be shut down.

    Key background: 8chan has been a breeding ground for far-right extremism and has been recently linked to the Poway, California, synagogue shooting in April and the Christchurch mosque killings in New Zealand in March.

    Experts and critics have warned that kicking 8chan offline will push it deeper underground. The controversy has also put a spotlight on the internet infrastructure companies hosting websites that share extremist content.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why Banning 8chan Was So Hard for Cloudflare: ‘No One Should Have That Power’

    Matthew Prince, Cloudflare’s chief executive. “It’s dangerous for infrastructure companies to be making what are editorial decisions,” he said.

    the decision to take 8chan offline, at least temporarily, fell largely to Matthew Prince, the chief executive of the little-known San Francisco company Cloudflare.

    Cloudflare’s service protects a large chunk of the internet, and for years, the decade-old company avoided making decisions about which sites deserved protection and which did not.

    That changed in 2017, after white nationalists held a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va. After the rally, Mr. Prince was pressured to remove The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi hate site, from Cloudflare’s service.

    It was a break from the company’s content-neutral stance, and Mr. Prince expressed reservations about his choice.

    as one of several internet executives with control over the web’s most basic infrastructure

    in the wake of the El Paso shooting, the calls for him to exercise it by revoking 8chan’s security protections grew louder

    Banning 8chan “would make our lives a lot easier,” Mr. Prince said, “but it would make the job of law enforcement and controlling hate groups online harder.”

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    8chan Forced to Move to Obscure Dark Web Service

    8chan is distributing a copy of its content over a decentralized platform that supporters of the Islamic State also tried to use.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    It appears the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that has the potential to radically change how the content posted on social networks are governed, stripping crucial protections from tech companies and inserting much more government oversight. This is being done under the guise of a popular political talking point claiming that social media networks are censoring conservatives.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ”Bloomberg News says that almost one-third of its content is written with the help of robot reporters. The system it uses, known as Cyborg, can pull the essential facts out of routine financial statements and write basic news stories in double-quick time.”

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Linux Journal shuts down, because cheapskate Linux users don’t spend monen

    Linux users are cheap as hell. Sorry, but it is largely the truth.

    many people only choose Linux because it is free — not because they prefer it.

    And look, that’s fine. There’s nothing really wrong with being averse to spending money. Quite frankly, not wasting money is a noble trait.

    Eventually, when developers can’t pay their bills, that free software you love will disappear.

    Sadly, it is not just software that will vanish because of cheap Linux users, but other aspects of the Linux community too — such as magazines. True, magazines across the board are becoming less popular, but unfortunately Linux Journal has abruptly shut down. This is actually the second time the publication has met its demise

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Goodbye, Linux Journal

    Linux Journal’s coverage from 1994 to 2019 highlighted Linux’s rise to an enterprise platform that runs a majority of the world’s servers and services.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New York Times:
    How YouTube radicalized Brazil, diverting users to conspiracy and far-right channels, elevating Bolsonaro’s party, and possibly creating a public health crisis

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Unfortunately, this seems to require confidence in the provider(s) of the detection tools, in this case DARPA, ie. US military. What will happen when one of these providers decides to falsely declare a video a fake ?

    The New Arms Race: Deep Fakes and Their Impact on Information

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ursula Perano / Axios: owner Automattic says it will buy Tumblr from Verizon, take on ~200 staffers, and keep the porn ban; source says Automattic paid less than $10M — Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of blog site and publishing tool WordPress, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Verizon agrees to sell Tumblr to owner of WordPress

    Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of online publishing tool WordPress. A source familiar with the deal puts the price-tag “well below” $20 million, while another source puts it below $10 million.

    The big picture: Tumblr, while unprofitable, hosts more than 450 million blogs and was once considered a major player in the social media space. The network was acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    YouTube lets biggest stars off the hook for breaking rules, moderators say

    If it feels like certain high-profile YouTubers get way more lenience when it comes to content moderation than everyone else does, that’s apparently because they really do, according to a new report.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Yahoo derailed Tumblr

    After Marissa Mayer promised
    ‘not to screw it up’

    The biggest acquisition of Mayer’s tenure as Yahoo CEO, Tumblr was supposed to revive Yahoo by broadening its audience and bolstering its long declining advertising business.

    Tumblr launched in 2007 to make it easier for people to write, share and discover blogs about anything. Literally anything.

    Tumblr built strong communities, launched Internet memes, led to countless book deals and helped shape the culture, online and offline. It remains an incredibly vibrant network with hundreds of millions of accounts

    But the team behind Tumblr was derailed for a year by mass staff departures, internal politics with its parent company, Mayer’s questionable executive appointments and a flawed attempt to integrate Tumblr’s ad sales team with Yahoo

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Knight Foundation:
    Survey: Americans are “very” (66%) or “somewhat” (26%) concerned that if a large company bought their local news org, the owners’ views would influence coverage

    When it comes to local news mergers, bias top concern

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
    YouTube changes policy: copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music via its manual tool — YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number …

    YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How New Technology Affects Our Consumption Of Art And Media

    Despite the growth of AI and machine learning in the fields of insurance and business, the one sector where we are not fully exploring new technology’s possibilities is that of art and media. Sure, the potential of streaming media has been explored to a large degree with the availability of films on Netflix and Amazon, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Other forms of digital art have become more popularized with the internet, especially in the realm of graphic design

    In terms of media exposure, the internet has given birth to an entirely new genre of media innovation

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google “Machine Learning Fairness” Whistleblower Goes Public, says: “burden lifted off of my soul”

    Google Insider Wants More Insiders to Blow Whistle: “people have been waiting for this Google Snowden moment where somebody comes out and explains what everybody already knows to be true”

    “I felt that our entire election system was going to be compromised forever, by this company that told the American public that it was not going to do any evil”


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