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3 Days Ago   Nearly three-quarters of Republicans say that the media does not understand “people like them,” according to Pew research released Friday. Those surveyed felt this way regardless of age, education level, and sex, and regardless of how much news they read.

3 Days Ago   Anti-vaxxers are one of the top 10 global health threats. The World Health Organization identified “vaccine hesitancy” — “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines” — as one of its top 10 health concerns facing the world in 2019.

5 Days Ago   You can guess the kinds of complaints The New York Times gets about its political coverage. It’s too biased, too liberal. Too much coverage of the horserace, not enough coverage of the issues.

6 Days Ago   What is the biggest benefit of paying for online news? Digital publishing firm Twipe surveyed nearly 4,000 people from six European countries and the U.S., and found that the most-cited reason for paying is unlimited access to stories — followed by, uh, access to print (with feeling good about paying for news quite a bit...

10 Days Ago   The New York Times is pushing further into voice products for smart speakers. On Friday, the company announced that it’s launching a weekday flash news briefing called The New York Times Briefing for Alexa-enabled devices (hosted by Michael Barbaro, who is a busy man).

10 Days Ago   When your fundraising campaign stalls, go on The Daily Show. Okay, that’s obviously not an option for everyone (or almost anyone) — and this is not a normal “how the sausage is made” story — but still, if you want to know how The Correspondent’s fundraiser for its U.S.

10 Days Ago   People over age 65 are most likely to share fake news. Elderly Americans were most likely to share fake news around the election, even after controlling for political affiliation and ideology.

12 Days Ago   Every December, Nieman Lab asks media folks to predict what they think will happen in the new year — resulting in our annual predictions package, with more than 200 entries this year.

17 Days Ago   What’s coming. Nieman Lab had 200 people in and around media to make predictions for 2019. Some misinformation-related highlights are below — along with fake-news related predictions and preparations for 2019 from other sources, so consider this a look at the year ahead.

45 Days Ago   We’re not trapped in filter bubbles, but we like to act as if we are. Few people are in complete filter bubbles in which they only consume, say, Fox News, Matt Grossmann writes in a new report for Knight (and there’s a summary version of it on Medium here).

46 Days Ago   People like smart speakers, but there are a lot of things they don’t like about news on smart speakers. As recent research by Nic Newman — published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and written up by us here — shows, consumers aren’t the biggest fans of the sort of news briefings...

47 Days Ago   If news organizations want to attract and retain subscribers, they need to look to psychology…and nudge, nudge, and nudge again: That’s one big takeaway from a recent summit on engagement.

53 Days Ago   Mic.com has laid off the bulk of its staff, Recode’s Peter Kafka first reported Thursday. Publisher Cory Haik has left the company. In a departure email published by Recode, she wrote, in part, “What you hear less about the truth is that it is expensive.” Mic raised $60 million in venture funding and as of...

54 Days Ago   Facebook is used by 24 million Nigerians every month, but the platform has only four people, from third-party fact-checking organizations, working to combat misinformation there, BBC Africa Eye reported earlier this year in an investigation into how fake news in the country has led to violence and murder.

62 Days Ago   In a week when you might be discussing turkey preferences (free-range heirloom vs. supermarket Butterball), this new Data & Society paper feels appropriate: Robyn Caplan takes a look at approaches to content moderation, examining how 10 different platforms — from Facebook to Vimeo — handle a flow of user content.

66 Days Ago   “I often think about our duty to warn. Mostly because, when we’ve neglected to, it’s ended up being a shitshow.” Thrillist has a fascinating piece from James Beard Award-winning food writer Kevin Alexander about how his rating of a small Portland, Oregon restaurant, Stanich’s, as Thrillist’s best burger in America inadvertently contributed to the restaurant’s...

66 Days Ago   This week, the BBC devoted attention to a series on the spread of false information: The BBC is launching a series today on disinformation and fake news, with documentaries, reports and features on TV, radio and online.

66 Days Ago   Notifications every 2 minutes. The most interesting real-news-about-fake-news this week was the BBC’s in-depth research into how information — and misinformation — spreads via WhatApp in India.

68 Days Ago   Smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are rapidly gaining in popularity, but use of news on the devices is lagging, according to a report released Wednesday night by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

69 Days Ago   If you’re a news organization sending out email newsletters with Mailchimp, you probably know that the company offers some metrics so you can track how your newsletters are doing.

73 Days Ago   The New York Times is digitizing more than 5 million photos from its archives — some dating back to the 1800s — with help from a variety of Google technologies.

73 Days Ago   Facebook has not “fixed it.” While nothing totally horrible, fake news-wise, appears to have happened on the United States’ Election Day this week, extensive research published this week by Jonathan Albright (whom I interviewed last year) shows what was still happening on Facebook three days before the midterms, in a three-part Medium series.

74 Days Ago   The idea that news and politics are in the male sphere, with domestic duties relegated to women, might feel outdated. But these beliefs are alive and well for many, and the act of consciously avoiding the news comes with a hefty component of gender dynamics, new research suggests.

80 Days Ago   “Extreme users,” disinformation version. Mandy Jenkins, a 2019 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford and the former editor-in-chief of Storyful, will soon be setting out to do in-person interviews with consumers of disinformation across the U.S., to investigate what newsrooms can learn from them.

81 Days Ago   Pour one out for tech and media site Recode (née Re/Code, née AllThingsD): The site, acquired by Vox Media in 2015, is being folded into Vox.com, The Wall Street Journal was first to report Thursday.

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