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4 simple steps to debunking fake news stories

  The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. The four key elements of a successful fake news story. Emotional appeal Veneer of authority: Story ...

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How the Middle East uses social media: 5 key trends

Six years after the Arab Spring rocked many parts of the Middle East, the region continues to feel ramifications from this turbulent period. The pioneering work conducted by Andy Carvin during this time ushered in a new era of social media newsgathering, with Carvin notably harnessing Twitter as a source ...

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Facebook out to read minds

At least, when it comes to what you’d like to say or type. The social network giant, at its annual developers conference, unveiled on Wednesday projects aimed at allowing users to use their minds to type messages or their skin to hear words. “Speech is essentially a compression algorithm, and ...

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Press freedom better in Kingdom, but ‘more needs to be done’

Jordan improved 8 ranks on a world index of freedoms of the press in 2015, as media experts said more efforts are needed to amend several pieces of legislation to boost media freedoms. In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index, the Reporters Without Borders said Jordan ranked 135th last year ...

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Human Rights Watch: Restriction on freedoms in Jordan in 2015

    Jordanian authorities in 2015 missed an opportunity to remove vague and overly broad charges in the country’s penal code and counterterrorism law that are used to curtail free expression, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. And they’ve mentioned in the report that Jordan curtailed ...

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Journalists in danger zones

Enrique Juarez Torres, editorial director of El Mañana de Matamoros, a newspaper based in Matamoros, a border city controlled by the Gulf Cartel, knows very well what a “zone of silence” means. A group of drug traffickers kidnapped him on February 4, 2015. “We are going to kill you,” the ...

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Community-building tips for newsrooms

In a world connected by social media, journalists can no longer serve up the news with the attitude that “we are the experts, and we’re going to give it to you in the format that suits us, in the way that suits us,” said community-building specialist Jeanne Brooks. Instead, she ...

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Twitter outshines Facebook when it comes to breaking news

Why Twitter is better for sharing breaking news than Facebook, a new ebook for teaching data visualization, and more are found in this week’s Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance. Twitter vs. Facebook as a news source: Ferguson shows the downsides of an algorithmic ...

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How publishers are taking advantage of the new definition of online ad

In an earlier post, the author explained how the definition of viewability, a metric in online advertising, is changing and why it matters for digital news. Here, she explains how this is changing the way sites deliver ads to visitors. How are publishers responding to the Media Rating Council’s (MRC) ...

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A roundup of digital news

In Zimbabwe, where the government of Robert Mugabe has essentially shut down the media space, one news outlet is doing well: The Source, the country’s first business news service. And in China, where political reporting is strictly controlled, the daily business publication Caixin is publishing top-notch reporting, both online and ...

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