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:

    For every thing that exists, people will think every possible thought about it, and eventually will comunicate these ideas.
    And you can’t control that.

    Want to neatly control that? Sure, welcome yourself to the totalitarian club.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Don’t believe everything you read even if it fits your beliefs. Social engineering on a grand scale is real.

    How I became an ‘extremist’ overnight
    https://spectator.us/became-extremist-overnight/

    As with the Covington students, my smile has been taken as evidence of a sinister right-wing conspiracy

    In disinformation campaigns designed to destroy a person’s reputation, lies are mixed with kernels of truth to make it difficult for even good-faith readers to discern fact from fiction.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    So, the Trump administration is going ahead, directly contrary to established social media platform policies, and creating fake accounts for surveillance purposes? And that’s legal?

    US says it plans to create fake social media accounts to monitor immigrants
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-government-to-use-fake-social-media-accounts-to-monitor-immigrants-seeking-visas-citizenship

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers can now use fake social media accounts to monitor immigrants seeking visas, green cards and citizenship.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Key concepts for making informed choices
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02407-9

    Teach people to think critically about claims and comparisons using these concepts, urge Andrew D. Oxman and an alliance of 24 researchers — they will make better decisions.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New easy-to-use Deepfake app means anyone can create convincing fake news videos
    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/new-easy-use-deepfake-app-19165738

    ZAO can place anyone inside their favourite movie based on just a single selfie.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Game creator’s suicide after feminist Zoe Quinn accuses him of abuse shows peril of Twitter trials
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/467831-zoe-quinn-gamergate-alec-holowka-suicide/?fbclid=IwAR2AJ0WfIJILJg0D2RkVE4YO-q8c3osTxu_gv-dSks6bDslLd8bvrjdeb24

    The unraveling of Alec Holowka’s life in the days after facing unproven accusations should remind us why, at some point, civilized society turned away from mob rule and embraced due process.

    Not only is your social media feed becoming a live broadcast of an execution of the lost and the vulnerable, but the people handed the axe and hood may be no saner than the ones they are beheading.

    , let’s chart the fatal sequence that perfectly shows how NOT to handle any sexual abuse allegations

    August 26: Zoe Quinn, the feminist game developer whose conduct had sparked Gamergate, the five-year ideological war between online communities, accuses Holowka, the indie co-author of cult hit Night in the Woods, of mistreatment, via a lengthy Twitter post.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alec_Holowka

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ”For the sake of history and posterity, it is time that digital ephemera is valued as highly as the vintage gadgets that used to run it. People who are serious about old hardware should make sure its software lives on too.”

    Opinion FT Magazine
    Why we must preserve the web’s disappearing history
    https://www.ft.com/content/ccdbdf1e-cdd7-11e9-99a4-b5ded7a7fe3f?shareType=nongift

    Collectors prize vintage hardware. It’s a pity software and websites don’t receive the same attention

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Don’t believe everything you read even if it fits your beliefs. Social engineering on a grand scale is real.

    How I became an ‘extremist’ overnight
    https://spectator.us/became-extremist-overnight/

    As with the Covington students, my smile has been taken as evidence of a sinister right-wing conspiracy

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Finnish politician under ‘hate crime investigation’ for sharing Bible verse on Facebook
    https://www.foxnews.com/world/bible-verse-lgbt-hate-crime-investigation

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Luxury Dublin hotel bans all social media influencers
    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/hotel-bans-influencers-instagram-social-media-stars-elle-darby-the-white-moose-cafe-a8166926.html

    ‘I had nothing but the purest intentions’

    A hotel has banned YouTubers and Instagram stars – after a 22-year-old YouTuber asked for a five-night free stay and broke down in tears when she was bluntly refused.

    Stenson responded to Darby’s request, publicly, on The White Moose Cafe Facebook page

    However, although Stenson attempted to black-out Darby’s contact information in the message he posted to Facebook, social media users were quick to identify the YouTuber as Darby – and began to attack her with negative comments about her request.

    Darby also explains she does not know why the hotel owner decided to post her email, stating: “I don’t really know what their intent was – it was just malicious” and that since his post, she has received countless comments calling her a “disgusting freeloader.”

    However, since the 22-year-old’s heartfelt response was uploaded to YouTube, it appears the Dublin hotel has faced their own backlash following the controversy

    In a recent post to the Facebook page in response to the video, Stenson declared in all capital letters: “All bloggers banned from our business.”

    “Following the backlash received after asking an unidentified blogger to pay for a hotel room, I have taken the decision to ban all bloggers from our hotel and cafe,” he wrote – before denying that he had ever exposed Darby, and “the sense of entitlement is just too strong in the blogging community.”

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tiedätkö, miten kiinnität kohderyhmäsi huomion Facebookissa? Case: tilastollinen A/B-testaus

    https://parcero.fi/facebook-ab-testaus

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IAB Tech Lab proposes a new tracking alternative to the cookie
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/04/iab-cookie/

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Tech Lab is calling for a new approach to online tracking, one that would replace the long-lived cookie.

    In a lengthy post, the IAB Tech Lab’s Jordan Mitchell runs through the history of tracking, describing the cookie as “a boon to the internet” that allowed websites to tailor their ads and content to each visitor, while acknowledging that this approach has some shortfalls

    THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNET, IDENTITY, PRIVACY AND TRACKING – HOW COOKIES AND TRACKING EXPLODED, AND WHY WE NEED NEW STANDARDS FOR CONSUMER PRIVACY
    https://iabtechlab.com/blog/evolution-of-internet-identity-privacy-tracking/

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jo yli puolet Google-haun käyttäjistä ei klikkaa mitään hakutulosta – verkkosivuilla tarvitaan uusia panostuksia
    https://www.karhuhelsinki.fi/blogi/jo-yli-puolet-google-haun-kayttajista-ei-klikkaa-mitaan-hakutulosta

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    LEHDISTÖTIEDOTTEILLA ENEMMÄN NÄKYVYYTTÄ JA JULKISUUTTA
    http://www.salaisetjutut.fi/?p=50#more-50

    Mikä on lehdistötiedotteiden salaisuus? Miksi ne ovat parempia kuin maksetut mainokset?
    Kerron Sinulle nyt salaisuuden, jota monikaan ei tiedä: lehdistötiedotteilla voit saada huomattavasti enemmän näkyvyyttä ja uskottavuutta yrityksesi palveluille ja tuotteille kuin perinteisillä maksetuilla mainoksilla.

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ren LaForme / Poynter:
    Since publishing the DEA’s opioid database in July, WaPo says 94 local and 11 national news outlets have used it for stories — In 2016, Eric Eyre at the Charleston Gazette-Mail revealed the breathtaking size and scope of the painkiller industry that was ravaging parts of West Virginia.

    The Washington Post created a database about the opioid epidemic. It’s had nearly 40,000 downloads.
    https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2019/the-washington-post-created-a-database-about-the-opioid-epidemic-its-had-nearly-40000-downloads/

    In 2016, Eric Eyre at the Charleston Gazette-Mail revealed the breathtaking size and scope of the painkiller industry that was ravaging parts of West Virginia.

    780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills over six years. 433 pain pills for every person in the state. 1,728 overdose deaths. In West Virginia alone.

    Eyre had been denied access to the data, which drug companies argued was “proprietary,” until a county circuit court judge unsealed documents that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had sent to the state’s attorney general.

    When 2,000 communities across the U.S. sued dozens of big drug companies over the destruction that painkillers were causing, a federal judge ordered the ARCOS data turned over to the plaintiffs for examination, but sealed the data away from the public and the media as part of a protective order.

    That’s when the Post and HD Media, the owner of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, jumped in. They appealed the decision.

    And in July, the Washington Post’s data team published a database of millions of painkiller transactions — available for the public, researchers, academics and other news organizations to use.

    In the past, The Washington Post has published databases for anyone, even competitors, to access.

    But this one was different. Leen said the painkillers database was “orders of magnitude bigger” than anything they’ve published before. It’s full of information about the size and scope of the painkiller epidemic in nearly every community in the United States.

    As of Friday, Leen said 94 local outlets have written their own stories using information from the databases.

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
    Survey: 74% of US adults think it’s a good idea for journalists to use social media, but 65% disapprove of journalists sharing personal views about news

    Americans Endorse Reporter-Audience Social Media Interaction
    https://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/266264/americans-endorse-reporter-audience-social-media-interaction.aspx

    Americans give a “thumbs up” to news reporters using social media to interact with their audiences, but they prefer that reporters use it to correct the record or give greater depth on the stories they are reporting, instead of expressing their opinions about the news. A new Gallup/Knight Foundation survey finds 74% of U.S. adults saying it is generally a “good idea” for news reporters to interact via social media, with 25% describing it as a “bad idea.”

    Although Americans are in favor of reporters using social media, most don’t see them engaging in give and take with their audiences very often. Just 10% say they see reporters interacting with their audiences

    Americans who have seen reporter-audience interaction are most positive about it, with roughly nine in 10 of those who see it frequently or occasionally saying it is a good idea. Two-thirds of those who never see such activity still believe it is a good idea, as do 55% of those who do not use social media.

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Eurooppalaisten mediatalojen vertailu: Yle nousi luotettavuudessa ykköseksi
    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10963524

    Reuters-instituutin raportin mukaan Yle on kansalaisten mielestä luotettavampi kuin esimerkiksi BBC.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mitä jos 9/11 tapahtuisi nyt? “Yle käynnistäisi suoran lähetyksen minuuteissa”
    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10939966

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Olkiluoto 3 on lähes valmis, mutta uskooko kukaan?

    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10958171

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CJEU: Public documents could be censored because of copyright
    https://edri.org/cjeu-public-documents-could-be-censored-because-of-copyright/

    On 29 July 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered a judgment that could have serious impact on freedom of expression.

    CJEU replies: Copyright is king. Or freedom of the press. It depends.

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Janne Saarikiven kolumni: Valeuutisia vastustetaan mediassa ja politiikassa, mutta samaan aikaan niiden luomista opetetaan arvostettuna taitona kauppakoulussa
    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10947585

    Valeuutinenhan on käsite, joka on paljolti korvannut huolen sananvapaudesta. Joskus menneisyydessä oltiin huolissaan kaikkien mahdollisuudesta ilmaista mielipiteitään. Nykyisin taas ollaan huolissaan pikemminkin siitä, että mielipiteet eivät aina pohjaa niin sanottuihin tosiasioihin, vaan saattavat olla myös esimerkiksi pahanlaatuista propagandaa. Samalla pohditaan, onko ihmisillä kykyä erottaa toisistaan tietoa ja valetta.

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Journalistit ja poliitikot puistelevat päätään valeuutisille, mutta samaan aikaan yhteiskunta on täynnä valehtelun ja propagandan kouluja, joilla on tällaisia nimiä: mainostoimisto, konsulttitoimisto, brändiasiantuntija, henkilöbrändäyskurssi, tuotteen tarinallistamisen akatemia. Niistä valmistuvat ovat menestyneitä ja hyvin palkattuja.

    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10947585

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Just Got Really Bad News. Here’s Why It’ll
    https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/google-is-now-under-investigation-by-48-states-puerto-rico-district-of-columbia.html?cid=sf01002

    Probably Get Worse, and What It Means for You
    Every state except Alabama and California are now investigating the company for anticompetitive behavior in its advertising business.

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Give EU more powers to take on academic publishers, says research commissioner
    https://sciencebusiness.net/framework-programmes/news/give-eu-more-powers-take-academic-publishers-says-research-commissioner

    In a swansong message, Carlos Moedas calls on member states to give his successor more leverage to cut the cost of science journals

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Protest PR: the creative team behind Hong Kong’s anti-government demonstrations
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=VbSJzwi-xOY

    Hong Kong protesters are not only taking their message to the streets.

    Thousands are volunteering to create graphics, posters, videos and other content meant to promote their cause.

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Meet Facebook’s latest fake
    An “Oversight Board” programmed by Facebook should not be confused with democratic oversight
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/21/meet-facebooks-latest-fake/

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a 35-year-old billionaire who keeps refusing to sit in front of international parliamentarians to answer questions about his ad business’ impact on democracy and human rights around the world, has a new piece of accountability theatre to sell you: An “Oversight Board“.

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ylen Trollitehdas-peli palkittiin kansainvälisessä journalismikilpailussa – kiinnitti myös Wikipedian perustajan huomion
    https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10977035
    https://trollfactory.yle.fi/

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    William Davies / The Guardian:
    Contrary to hype around big data, the explosion of available information amid eroding trust in media makes it harder, not easier, to achieve consensus on truth

    Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/19/why-cant-we-agree-on-whats-true-anymore

    It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it.

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Winners and Losers of YouTube’s Conspiracy Crackdown
    https://medium.com/@markoledwich/the-winners-and-losers-of-youtubes-conspiracy-crackdown-60804c3e0436

    In January 2019, YouTube announced that they will be cracking down on conspiracy theories by changing search results and suggested videos to reduce the spread of “borderline content”, that “comes close to — but doesn’t quite cross the line of — violating our Community Guidelines”.

    It is a widespread view that people are pulled into a rabbit hole of disinformation by YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, which recommends them one extreme video after another. I have previously tried to show how this picture is not accurate, but matters of accuracy don’t prevent YouTube from taking measures to respond to the media backlash.

    Loser: Deep-State Conspiracy Channels

    No Change: Left/Center/Right

    Winner: Corporate Media

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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hacker Who Revealed Soccer Secrets Is Charged With 147 Crimes
    Rui Pinto ran a website called Football Leaks and won praise as a whistle-blower. Portugal’s authorities consider him a criminal.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/sports/football-leaks-rui-pinto.html

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