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:

    Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more

    Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with debunking lies spread on the social network.

    The four-person team from Reuters will review user generated video and photos as well as news headlines and other content in English and Spanish submitted by Facebook or flagged by the wider Reuters editorial team.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Andy Greenberg / Wired:
    Analysis: among the 10K most popular sites, right-leaning outlets placed 227 cookies in a user’s browser, versus 131 for the left-leaning counterpart

    Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

    One analysis of news outlets found that the median popular right-wing site planted 73 percent more cookies than its left-wing counterpart.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Alex Hern / The Guardian:
    UK proposes plans to put media regulator Ofcom in charge of regulating social media, with a focus on removing illegal content and minimizing “harmful” content — Ministers unveil plans to block harmful content, while guaranteeing free speech — Ofcom will be put in charge …

    Ofcom to be put in charge of regulating internet in UK

    Web firm bosses could be fined or imprisoned if they do not protect users from harmful content

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “Mainoksessa ei saa valehdella, mutta ei siinä tottakaan tarvitse puhua.” – vanha viidakon sananlasku

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    McClatchy Files For Bankruptcy, Further Signaling America’s Local News Crisis

    Topline: McClatchy Co., America’s second-largest newspaper chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday amid mounting debt obligations and a dramatic loss of print revenue, a development seen as the continuance of the country’s news crisis.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Big number: Almost 50%. That’s how many newspaper jobs disappeared between 2008 and 2018, according to the Pew Research Center. A combination of the 2008 financial crisis and declining print revenue, paired with the rise of digital publishing and tech giants like Facebook and Google, have all hurt newspapers’ abilities to stay profitable. 225 counties across America no longer have a local paper. The remaining 50% have just one local paper, published once per week.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ten Hours of Static Gets Five Copyright Notices

    Sebastian Tomczak blogs about technology and sound, and has a YouTube channel. In 2015, Tomczak uploaded a ten-hour video of white noise.

    In the beginning of 2018, as a result of YouTube’s Content ID system, a series of copyright claims were made against Tomczak’s video. Five different claims were filed on sound that Tomczak created himself. Although the claimants didn’t force Tomczak’s video to be taken down they all opted to monetize it instead.

    Normally, getting out of this arrangement would have required Tomczak to go through the lengthy counter-notification process, but Google decided to drop the claims. Tomczak believes it’s because of the publicity his story got.

    YouTube’s Content ID system works by having people upload their content into a database maintained by YouTube. New uploads are compared to what’s in the database and when the algorithm detects a match, copyright holders are informed. They can then make a claim, forcing it to be taken down, or they can simply opt to make money from ads put on the video.

    Copyright bots like Content ID are tools and, like any tool, can be easily abused.

    Some lobbyists have advocated for these kinds of bots to be required for platforms hosting third-party content. Beyond the threat to speech, this would be a huge and expensive hurdle for new platforms

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    15 years ago, shares of McClatchy traded above $700. On Monday they traded below $1.

    McClatchy’s Fall And The End Of The American Family Newspaper

    The Sacramento Bee was introduced in 1857 with an editorial that stated, “The object of this newspaper is not only independence, but permanence.”

    Such bold confidence may ring a bit hollow in this century, especially this week, when McClatchy Co.—which publishes the Bee, along with The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and over two dozen other publications—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    The McClatchy newspaper empire took generations to build and scarcely a decade to eviscerate.

    McClatchy is but the latest casualty in the death spiral of the American newspaper business. Two weeks ago, Warren Buffett offloaded his papers to Lee Enterprises, signaling that he was cutting his losses. Overall, nearly half of newspaper jobs disappeared between 2008 and 2018, according to the Pew Research Service.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Reuters built a prototype for automated news videos using Deepfakes tech

    Coming to you live from the inside of an artificial neural network

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The hidden biases that drive anti-vegan hatred

    People love to moan that vegans are annoying: research has shown that only drug addicts inspire the same degree of loathing. Now psychologists are starting to understand why – and it’s becoming clear that the reasons aren’t entirely rational.

    “So basically we live in an era today, at least in the Western world, where there’s more and more evidence, more and more arguments, and more and more books about how eating meat is bad,” says Rothgerber. “But still, our behaviour hasn’t changed significantly.” He points out that 2018 looks set to be – it takes a while for the annual statistics to be released – the year with the highest per capita meat consumption in the history of the United States.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mediataitoviikolla huomio lasten ja vanhempien tietoturvataitoihin

    Tietoturvaosaaminen on nykyarkemme kansalaistaitoja. Tietojen ja taitojen omaksuminen alkaa älylaitteen ensikosketuksesta, ja kehitys ja jatkuu läpi elämän. Haluamme olla tukemassa niin lasten kuin aikuistenkin tietoturvataitojen kehittymistä.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Anti-Vaxxers Are Asking People To Stop Calling Them Anti-Vaxxers Because It’s “Highly Offensive”

    A group of anti-vaxxers is asking the media to stop referring to them as anti-vaxxers (even though that’s literally what they are), and people have been less than enthusiastic in accepting their suggested replacement.

    This week, the anti-vaxxer group Crazymothers (no, we’re not even remotely kidding) posted the request to their Twitter and Instagram pages.

    “Dear Media,” the open letter read. “Please retire the use of the term ‘Anti-vaxxer.’ It is derogatory, inflammatory, and marginalizes both women and their experiences. It is dismissively simplistic, highly offensive and largely false. We politely request that you refer to us as the Vaccine Risk Aware.”

    People responding to the group were quick to point out that if they were really aware of the risk of any adverse effects of vaccines, which are mainly minor, extremely rare and do not include autism

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy internet content rules

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe this week — attending a security conference in Germany over the weekend where he spoke about the kind of regulation he’d like applied to his platform ahead of a slate of planned meetings with digital heavyweights at the European Commission.

    “I do think that there should be regulation on harmful content,” said Zuckerberg during a Q&A session at the Munich Security Conference, per Reuters, making a pitch for bespoke regulation.

    “At the conference he also said Facebook now employs 35,000 people to review content on its platform and implement security measures — including suspending around 1 million fake accounts per day, a stat he professed himself “proud” of.”


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