News delivery via social media is based on a business model that exploits our need for self-validation.
Changes in news media distribution and the impartiality of news sources provide good reason to be concerned. However, digital inequality is not the way to understand or measure it.
Making decisions about what people do and don't read is the traditional role of an editor, no matter what Facebook claims.
(Microsoft) Windows to the soul?
Attempts to model your web experience led to fears of an echo chamber effect, but rather than reinforcing your sense of self, the process might be altering it.
Protesters decry the decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation not to air scenes of violent protest.
There were high hopes that the SABC would become a true public broadcaster after the end of apartheid when it was used ruthlessly as a propaganda machine. But those hopes have since been dashed.
Same news, different medium?
Social networking, smartphones, ad blockers, oh my. A global survey of 50,000 news consumers assessed the ways we get our news in 2016.
Newspaper stand in London.
Researching how news has changed from the 17th century to the present makes two scholars sanguine about its future.
Journalists used to decide what was news. Things are very different now.
The rise of Facebook and Twitter is not necessarily a happy story for democracy.
I have so much more to say.
The social media company seems to be mulling a massive increase in tweet length from the iconic 140 characters users have grown accustomed to.
Reporter are glorified and vilified in popular culture.
Roger H. Goun
The movie 'Spotlight' might depict heroic journalists in action, but increasingly, the public views reporters with suspicion – primed by the often harsh portrayal of the press in popular culture.
You might not know the extent to which news sites are exposing your information to third-party servers.
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Murky ethics surround the pervasive practice of news sites engaging in online tracking.
Pull the other one.
Our journalism expert explains how to tell fact from fiction.
Time for a jolly singalong.
Wellcome Library, London
People found out about crime and punishment in that most spectacular era of public executions, the Renaissance, through melody.
Jonah Peretti of Buzzfeed at the TechCrunch conference Disrupt NY 2013.
The 2015 Reuters institute digital news report has just been published. It contains, according to Matthew Ingram in Fortune magazine, mostly bad news for traditional, mainstream media – confirming what…
All the news that’s fit to click.
Ubiquitous social media giant Facebook has launched a mobile service called Instant Articles. It allows news stories provided by a number of partners to be read in their entirety from the Facebook iOS…
On the rack. Are news editors falling into their own trap?
What do stuffed crust pizza and terrifying newspaper headlines have in common? Our hard-wired evolutionary responses hold the answer.
Perhaps the closest Bill O'Reilly has actually been to combat.
It’s not as if the newsrooms of US television stations need any more bad publicity
NBC newscaster John Cameron Swayze was television’s first “anchor man” – though not for presenting the news. The term referred to his status as permanent panelist of the quiz show Who Said That?
In the beginning, newscasters weren’t even visible to TV news viewers. With Walter Cronkite, everything changed.
Jon Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show may ultimately be remembered more for how he skewered the mainstream media than for the laughs he generated.
Jon Stewart’s Tuesday night announcement that he’ll be leaving the Daily Show garnered an audible cry of disbelief from his live studio audience. Stewart himself was visibly emotional: “What is this fluid…
Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…