Data on #news consumption and #macrotrends confirms what we know, but offers surprises

From the news futurists at Columbia:

On June 21, the Tow Center hosted “Digital News in a Distributed Environment” at Columbia Journalism School, which featured the US launch of the Reuters Institute for the StuCapturedy of Journalism’s 2016 Digital News Report, as well as the release of preliminary findings from a new research project by the Tow Center examining the relationship between social platforms and publishers.

The Report, which is the largest ongoing international study about news consumption, supports what we know about the growth of smartphones and social media for finding news, but also looks below these macro trends to reveal a number of surprising results about how people consume news worldwide.

Confession. I’ve not watched the three hour video. But, here it is.

Facebook changes will impact the future of journalism, and not necessarily in a bad way

Lots happening this summer. Could social media save journalism? Keep up here.

First note: We are changing the way we write headlines –more words, information and a little tease.

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 11.04.14 AMNot: Facebook changes to impact news sites

Instead: Facebook changes will impact the future of journalism, and not necessarily in a bad way

Well, maybe not yet: Facebook users are rebelling against clickbait with one of the only tools they have

On Facebook: A few links and an excerpt from NPR

The New York Times

New Yorker

Ad Week: Apparently going on for a while. 

Read on here from NPR media critic David Folkenflik.  He notes that Facebook started as a way to connect with other college student, then moved into the mainstream. It became a way to keep up with family and friends.

Now, a lot of, you know, publishers, news organizations, media outlets have really come to rely on Facebook in a lot of way. And we should say NPR has a financial arrangement with Facebook. The Wall Street Journal has reported that it’s to the tune of $1.2 million a year to produce what are called Facebook Live, these live-stream videos. So there are ways in which there’s these entanglements, and people have come to rely on Facebook in the media world….

This will impact on stories that are posted in the official Facebook accounts and pages of the news organizations. So take NPR’s, we’ve got just shy of 5 million people who have liked the page. That means they receive notifications when we post things. And that’s going to be pushed down in the list of priorities.

His sources say: (O)ur stories are still going to be built to be as viral as ever. If your cousin Millie shares a story, that story is going to be very much in your feed. It’s that if NPR shares it, it will not be quite as prominently placed. They used to perhaps over-promote it. Now they’re going to reduce it back that. 

Rescheduled:LinkedIn as a reporting tool: Webinar for working #journalists

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for June 20.



I’m always pitching this to my students. I need a review myself. LinkedIn can be a great reporting tool.


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Former student falls victim to Internet hoax, ends up in a journalism textbook

textReviewing the update of my textbook, I discovered a former student’s website error — along with a screen shot — in the chapter on accuracy. I won’t further embarrass her by pointing out specifics. But, I will say this: She should have paid attention in class.

As I will tell this fall’s intro class:Listen up! Whenever you make a mistake, somebook-coverone will say — You should have known better. That’s journalism 101.

Even good journalists, like this student, make mistakes. (By using ‘mortality” instead of “morbidity” in a front page graphic, I killed off a hundreds of people with measles.) Be careful. Pencil check — print out a copy circle and confirm–  every number, URL and name spelling. (Confession — Got caught twice on this recently.)  Better to to spend more time proofing or get scooped than to get it wrong. Get your newsroom to subscribe to Storyful which “discovers, verifies and acquires social media for newsrooms, brands and video producers.”

Or get the Verification Handbook.