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Research report

22 Jun 2017

56 per cent of adult Australians try to avoid the news occasionally or often, according to the Digital News Report: Australia 2017, the latest national online survey of news consumption.

The main reasons provided by news avoiders were: that news can have a...

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Audio interview

20 Jun 2017

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank speaks to RN Breakfast about the battle between the Donald Trump and the press, "fake" news and the media war for the hearts and minds of Americans.

In the immediate aftermath of last week's shooting of US Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, there...

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Research report

03 May 2017

Recent shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public’s limited ability to contain it. Fake news as a form of misinformation benefits from the fast pace that information travels in today’s media ecosystem, in...

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Website

01 May 2017

A new kind of news platform.

Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community of volunteers together.

We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and...

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Website

01 May 2017

Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states. Because it is well known, its influence over governments is growing. Many heads of state and government fear its...

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Research report

07 Apr 2017

A Field Guide to Fake News explores the use of digital methods to trace the production, circulation and reception of fake news online.

It is a project of the Public Data Lab with support from First Draft.

An open access sample of the first three chapters of the guide is...

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Research report

28 Mar 2017

This report analyses how public service media organisations, across six European countries, are developing new projects and products to deliver digital news.

All the organisations covered face various external challenges, including discussions around the funding, remit, and role of public...

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Commentary

Article

14 Mar 2017

The media of the world may be facing a crisis more serious than a media economy in free fall, a crisis involving the foundations itself: Trust. Not the trust in the single newspiece or the single publication, but the entire idea of editorially controlled news mass media.

Fake News has...

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Video lecture/presentation

03 Mar 2017

Watch Melissa Bell (Vox) deliver the Reuters Memorial Lecture – 'We Broke the News. How do we fix it?'

The lecture saw Bell call for the media to stop ’worshipping objectivity’, admit its problems, and be more frank about its position and purpose.

Bell shared nine key ways in which...

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Research report

02 Mar 2017

A new report finds that teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories they care about, according to a study produced by Data & Society Research Institute and supported by the John S. and James...

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Blog post

24 Feb 2017

In this second post in our blog series on 'fake news', Damian Tambini illustrates the underlying structures of the online advertising industry that make fake news lucrative.

One of the questions in the UK Parliament’s inquiry into 'fake news' asks: “Have changes in the selling and placing...

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Commentary

Article

23 Feb 2017

Journalists literally 'make' news. They do not find it. They do not publish transcripts of reality. Even in their best efforts, they would not provide a copy of reality, but reality in a frame, reality enhanced, reality reconfigured by being heightened on a page or a screen, reality retouched by...

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Article

16 Feb 2017

Europe’s press barons thought they’d scored a major victory last fall when the European Commission threw its weight behind their idea to create a special protection for digital journalism, the linchpin of their strategy for long-term survival. But now the plan threatens to come undone.

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Blog post

13 Feb 2017

Melissa Bell spoke at the annual Reuters Memorial Lecture, entitled 'We Broke the News. How do we Fix it?' She called for the media to admit its problems, and went on to list nine key areas she thinks the industry has failed on. Hannah Marsh reviews the lecture.

Continued via link...

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Research report

09 Feb 2017

When following links, online news consumers could recall the name of the news outlet 56% of the time.

nyone who wants to understand today’s news environment faces a challenge: How to discern the nuances of digital news habits when Americans’ attention spans are fractured, human memory is...

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Commentary

Article

06 Feb 2017

Freelance journalist Abigail Edge was at an Online News Association conference in Los Angeles in 2015 and found herself chatting with the head of a prominent national trade publishing association. The woman asked where she lived. “When I told her Denver she laughed and said ‘that’s not really...

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Blog post

02 Feb 2017

Within a few hours of Donald Trump being declared president-elect, the first wave of reflections about the future of news media began to emerge.

The existential crisis comes at a time when the economics for much of our industry — especially newspapers — remains as challenging as ever....

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Article

31 Jan 2017

The New York Times’ global push for subscribers, supported by the opening of a small bureau in Australia, is likely to cause a few more worried faces in the already fractured local news market.

But more worrying for supporters of democracy in Australia is the pulling power of the US...

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Video lecture/presentation

31 Jan 2017

Media soul-searching continues as editors and reporters from outlets from CNN to The Weekly Standard to The New York Times gathered at Harvard University for an event centered on the question of the role of journalism in a “post-truth era.”

Streamed live on 31 Jan 2017...

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Blog post

17 Jan 2017

It has always been risky for journalists to offend the powerful, rich and litigious. But until the digital age, American newspapers generally held their own: They rigorously checked facts and employed legal muscle to beat back bullies. 

Today they are...

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