The values of both traditional and new media seem to have merged as the popularity of social media as news platforms has significantly grown in recent years. Public news consumption also seems to be shifting away from traditional to digital media. Journalists should keep up with the changing media landscape and not take journalistic principles like objectivity and accountability to the public for granted now that news and information can be accessed with just one click.
As journalists increasingly use social media in their work, it seems they need to be reminded of two important principles in their line of work — objectivity and accountability to the public — amid developments like dubious sources and trend lists as reported below:
- Columbia Journalism Review revealed how phony news sites trick journalists and how the news industry seems to consider errors related to reporters’ use of questionable information as a “forgiveable sin.”
- NYU technology researcher Danah Boyd said that recent controversies regarding Facebook’s “Trending Topics” go beyond the issue of neutrality. She asserted that Facebook must be accountable to the public because it is among “powerful” institutions that need checks and balances in the interest of the responsible functioning of society.
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- Facebook announced that it has developed a new AI called “DeepText” that can understand textual content with “near-human accuracy.”
- The Independent claims that Facebook is always listening. Facebook can gain access to a user’s microphone to listen to the user’s conversations to help serve “more relevant ads” to the user. Quartz offers tips on how to stop Facebook from accessing your phone.
- Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his opinion on how he would address the problem of media killings in the country in a recent press conference. He said that the journalists who are corrupt and who accept bribes were “legitimate targets for assassination.” Meanwhile, journalists’ groups in the Philippines have slammed Duterte’s statement about the problem of media killing in the country.
- Facebook has taken down reporter Ed Lingao’s post against former President Marcos’ burial at the “Libingan ng mga Bayani,” citing violation of “Facebook community standards.” Some Facebook users have called out the site for violating press freedom and reposted Lingao’s article on their timelines.
- In Australia, the long-running Helen Liu defamation case spells bad news for journalists’ right to protect their sources when the New South Wales Supreme Court ordered Fairfax journalists to reveal the names of sources in the stories that alleged that businesswoman Liu had paid $150,000 for the campaign of former Australian Labor defense minister Joel Fitzgibbon.
- The accessibility of social media may place organizations at risk of having a social media crisis. Here are some tips on preventing social media armageddon.
- Researchers have found that alcohol ads on social media successfully encourage people to drink. However, another study shows that social media may also help identify students with “alcohol identity” at risk of having drinking problems.
- Author Lisa Portolan shared several theories on the roots of social media addiction.
- The UK’s National Environment Research Council (NERC) got itself in a tight PR situation when it crowdsourced the naming of its new ship and “Boaty McBoatface” got the most votes to be the name for the new research vessel. Here are some lessons on brand control on the Internet.
- A recent study suggests that “Grammar Nazis,” or people who are obsessed with correcting others’ grammar mistakes, may not be nice people after all.
- Here’s how to make the most of Twitter’s newly implemented changes.
- Mobile livestreaming apps like Facebook and Periscope need a waiting room to keep people entertained while they wait for their livestreams to begin.
- Is today’s “selfie culture” bad for our brains? Philosopher-psychoanalyst Elsa Godart discusses the impact of “egoportraits” and how there is a real danger of losing the connection and consciousness of the world around us.
- A study from the University of Southern California found that the longer you spend time commenting on posts, the shorter and less sophisticated your comments become.
- Paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger has found markings around Europe that may point out how writing began.
- Are you a workaholic? If so, working for long hours may take a toll on your health and productivity. Here are tips on how to break your addiction to work.
- Do you want to know how productive people send their e-mails? This article provides six ways on how to do it.
- Gmail is now the world’s largest e-mail service. Nathan McAlone shares 17 tips and tricks that will change the way you use Gmail.
- Halifax student Curtis Bureaux is using social media to spread love and make people smile by making a heart, taking its picture, and sharing it online.
- Goodreads has launched a new service called “Goodreads Deals” that sends e-mails to users when e-books are offered at discounted prices.