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A screenshot from the Deadspin montage, which featured news anchors repeating the same script decrying ‘fake news.’ Deadspin

Local media struggle to hold Sinclair accountable

In many cases, the mistreatment of TV anchors has become the story – at the expense of bigger questions about corporate ownership.
The largest television company in the US recently issued a coordinated campaign of scripted warnings about fake news. Screen Shot at 2PM

Outlawing fake news will chill the real news

The fake news label has been used by politicians to discredit unfavourable media stories. But even assuming good intentions, new laws are incapable of tackling the menace.
Motor racing has always had a close relationship with the media. Jens Buettner/EPA

Formula E racing puts power in the hands of fans

Electric vehicle racing is slower and quieter than conventional car racing. To make it interesting, organisers are allowing fans to choose by popular vote to give some drivers a power boost.
As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Google and Facebook cosy up to media companies in response to the threat of regulation

It's surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there's an urgency to have clear barriers between news companies, social media platforms and search engines.
Indigenous community members are doing the work to situate Colten Boushie’s life and death within the colonial context, answering not if race was a factor, but how and why. Colten Boushie’s brother, Jace Boushie, looks on during a media event at the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs office after a jury delivered a verdict of not guilty in the trial of Gerald Stanley. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

Stanley trial highlights colonialism of Canadian media

What can the events surrounding Colten Boushie’s death, the trial verdict and its media coverage tell us about the role of journalism and journalists in relation to Indigenous concerns in Canada?
Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bad politics shouldn’t sink good ideas for public interest journalism

The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
Neuroscientists have been scanning the brains of select Super Bowl viewers to see how they’re reacting to the commercials that air. thaikrit/Shutterstock.com

The transformation of the Super Bowl ad experience

Companies are now tracking how consumers react on social media to Super Bowl ads. They’re also studying how the brain responds to them. Could personalized Super Bowl ads be on the horizon?
An 1894 cartoon by Frederick Burr Opper criticizes American newspapers’ elasticity with the truth. Library of Congress

A century ago, progressives were the ones shouting ‘fake news’

The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.

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