Poynter→ Electing the dead, drawing cards for a mayorship and other weird election stories

2020-10-28 This year’s election might feel like the weirdest ever, but there’s plenty of precedent. I have a quirky election story to share with you. In 2015, I was a reporter for the Bradenton Herald. My beats were law enforcement and Anna Maria Island, a 7- …›

MediaWell→ How Americans Adopted Russia’s Election Disinformation Playbook | The New York Times

2020-10-28 In 2016, Russia developed a simple, effective playbook to undermine U.S. elections with disinformation on social media. Four years later, Americans are using the same playbook on each other. […] Source: How Americans Adopted Russia’s Election Disi …›

Current→ Steve Youngwood elected CEO of Sesame Workshop, Sherrie Westin named president

2020-10-28 Youngwood and Westin will take over for Jeffrey Dunn, who will retire in June. …›

Current→ The ‘Local that Works’ — and what’s still needed

2020-10-28 "The presence of frontline reporters throughout the country provides a different sort of opportunity for public media journalism: to surprise, to uncover, to find not just the local angle but the issues that are most engaging local citizens and might b …›

MediaWell→ Why mixed messaging can erode trust in institutions | The Conversation

2020-10-28 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revised its guidance to acknowledge that COVID-19 can be spread through tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols. It had earlier removed a similar guidance from its website, saying it was “po …›

Poynter→ A pep talk for student journalists before Election Day

2020-10-28 The Lead is a weekly newsletter that provides resources and connections for student journalists in both college and high school. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every Wednesday morning. Dear student journalists, This year has been a l …›

PRX Official - Medium→ The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, National Park Service, and PRX Present “The Agitators…

2020-10-28 The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, National Park Service, and PRX Present “The Agitators: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass,” A New Dramatic Podcast Adapted from the Play by Mat SmartThe creative team includes playwri …›

MediaWell→ Folk devils and fear: QAnon feeds into a culture of moral panic | Populist Publics

2020-10-28 Using conspiracy theories that include child sex traffickers and restaurants serving human flesh, QAnon has unleashed a modern-day moral panic. It is now more than 30 years since sociologists proposed moral panic as a way to understand the incitement …›

MediaWell→ Encrypted Propaganda: Political Manipulation Via Encrypted Messaging Apps in the United States, India, and Mexico | Center for Media Engagement

2020-10-28 Encrypted messaging applications (EMAs) such as Signal, Telegram, Viber, and WhatsApp have experienced a usership boom in recent years. This uptick in adoption, with WhatsApp growing its user base by over a billion from 2016 to 2020, has occurred for …›

Columbia Journalism Review→ The world is burning, but the political press insists on its horserace

2020-10-28 This article is adapted from “The Climate Beat,” the weekly newsletter of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative strengthening coverage of the climate story. The authors are Covering Climate Now’s executive and deputy directors. LAS …›

MediaWell→ Engendering Hate: The contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online | Demos

2020-10-28 Our report, with U.S.-based National Democratic Institute (NDI), outlines a new framework for understanding how disinformation is being used online to exclude women from public life, in the first major study into this threat to democracy. The report h …›

Columbia Journalism Review→ Investigating local partisan shadow news: A Q&A with Priyanjana Bengani

2020-10-28 Last week, outlets like the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the New York Times reported the emergence of partisan websites posing as local news—a phenomenon known as “pink slime journalism,” a term that compares the outlets’ hidde …›

American Press Institute→ Need to Know: October 28, 2020

2020-10-28 OFF THE TOP You might have heard: Deep newspaper job cuts prompt rare plea for federal funding to news media (The Washington Post) But did you know: Lawmakers want to protect local newspapers from Google, Facebook (The Wall Street Journal) Ahead of hea …›

Columbia Journalism Review→ Who has voted, and who hasn’t

2020-10-28 Yesterday, with a week to go until Election Day (whatever those words mean these days), the US Elections Project—a website maintained by Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida—reported that the number of votes cast by mail and i …›

RJI Stories→ The why of source diversity and inclusive storytelling

2020-10-28 Reporting that does not reflect the community lacks accuracy because it only tells half the story. …›

Storyboard Posts – Nieman Storyboard→ “His work is a parable … “

2020-10-28 Before you think this clause opens to a sentence and story about religion, because it leans on the word “parable,” it doesn’t — unless your embrace of religion, of whatever stripe, grows from a foundation of selfless service to othe …›

Poynter→ Why do newspapers still make political endorsements?

2020-10-28 Good morning, everyone. Today’s Poynter Report starts off with a special look at political endorsements. Why do newspapers even do them? I have a three-question Q&A with three editorial editors from three major newspapers to get their takes on wh …›

Poynter→ Trump stories are far outpacing Biden stories in attention, a Chartbeat analysis shows

2020-10-28 A fresh analysis from news metrics vendor Chartbeat shows that President Donald Trump continues to dominate the news cycle over challenger Joe Biden as measured in engaged minutes by readers of digital articles. By a lot rather than just a little. Anal …›

Poynter→ A majority of Americans know what’s true about the coronavirus, study finds

2020-10-28 Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. Maybe this new pol …›

Radio Survivor→ Podcast #269 – How To Get an FM Radio License in 2021

2020-10-28 The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it will open two filing windows for non-commercial FM radio licenses. First up will be an opportunity to apply for a full-power non-commercial / educational (NCE) license, followed b …›

Poynter→ Seven-day newspaper print editions will disappear in Salt Lake City early next year

2020-10-27 The two newspapers serving Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah have announced that they will switch from daily to once-a-week print editions early in 2021. At the same time, executives of The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News said that their joint …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Netflix is testing an audio-only mode to compete with podcasts and audiobooks

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Nieman Lab→ The Journalism Creators Program at CUNY teaches participants to launch their own news products, from wherever they are

2020-10-27 Here at Nieman Lab in 2010, we were just two years into covering journalism innovation and more broadly, what the future of news would look like. We covered the overnight success of Mediagazer, we looked at the beginnings of journalism’s role in …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Uncertainty and misinformation: What to expect on Election Night and days after

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Columbia Journalism Review→ Showing the breadth of anti-Semitism

2020-10-27 In 1985, historian Deborah Lipstadt published Beyond Belief, a detailed account of how the American news media downplayed or ignored the genocide of millions of European Jews by the Nazi regime from 1933 until 1945. The mass shooting of Jews, the decim …›

Nieman Lab→ Google releases new tools for journalists — and shares insider insight on what’s trending on the search platform

2020-10-27 Your readers have questions. They’re turning to Google to answer them. In July, trending queries included “what is a faithless elector,” “qualified immunity,” “corona is airborne disease or not?” and “bra …›

Poynter→ How a local newspaper is bringing fans together when they can’t be together

2020-10-27 With the Tampa Bay Rays continuing their battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight to clinch the World Series title, the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times’ engagement team plans to direct readers to its Game 6 previews and sports coverage. There will a …›

MediaWell→ Data should enfranchise people, says the Democrats’ head of technology | MIT Technology Review

2020-10-27 Nellwyn Thomas cut her chops in campaign technology as the deputy chief of analytics for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. Outside politics, she’s had her foot in Big Tech, working on business intelligence and data science for both Etsy and Face …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ With a late-night move, Voice of America targets its own journalists’ independence

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Pro-Trump voices have Mark Zuckerberg’s ear. Is that why Facebook undermines liberal news sites?

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Wtf re: that Nick Quah profile

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Ahead of the election, tech platforms are experimenting with pre-bunking to combat misinformation

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MediaWell→ To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young | The New York Times

2020-10-27 The Instagram post looked strange to Amulya Panakam, a 16-year-old high school student who lives near Atlanta. In February, a friend showed her a sensational headline on her phone that declared, “Kim Jong Un is personally killing soldiers who have C …›

Hot Pod News→ Dreams from their podcasts

2020-10-27 In addition to serving as a bruiser for the Democrats on Fox News and writing a book while “most people were watching Tiger King” (), Pete Buttigieg — the Democratic presidential candidate who flamed out in the last cycle after a strong early sho …›

Hot Pod News→ Free Trade

2020-10-27 Not being a Spanish speaker myself, I don’t get many opportunities to fully enjoy a podcast like Las Raras, the Spanish-language narrative audio project that serves up arthouse-esque documentaries about “people who break the rules and fight for soc …›

Hot Pod News→ Illustration: “I saved Latin. What did you ever do?”

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Hot Pod News→ What Podcasting Needs in Africa

2020-10-27 Like many other dedicated podcast listeners, I’ve found that my audio habits have changed a good deal over the past year. One of the most profound shifts for me has been a new preoccupation with non-fiction from outside the US and the UK — a feeli …›

MediaWell→ The Psychology of Fact Checking | Scientific American

2020-10-27 Distortions and outright lies by politicians and pundits have become so common that major news outlets like the Associated Press, CNN, BBC, Fox News, and Washington Post routinely assign journalists and fact-checkers to verify claims made during stump …›

Transom→ Portraying Character

2020-10-27 The longer I do this, the more I think the best audio storytelling is about the writing. Yes, of course, there has to be a story there in the first place. Yes, you have to interview well. Yes, you have to record well. Yes, a lot relies on the character …›

Hot Pod News→ Tracking: October 27, 2020

2020-10-27 News, broadly… Spotify has launched a US weekday “morning show” called The Get Up, which seems to mirror morning drive-time radio shows in structure and makes use of the new mixed format feature that we talked about last week. Speaking of Spo …›