A new guide to help you verify digital content from any source

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Verifying facts before publishing a news story is one of the cornerstones of trusted behaviour that we have traditionally expected from the mainstream media. Even in the disruption of traditional sources of news over the past decade – with the rise of social media, of newer sources of news and information that compete with the […]

The Sun’s ‘walled content garden’ brings together print and digital

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Today, The Sun newspaper becomes the latest national mainstream medium in the UK to erect a barrier to its content on the web where access to that content is only available now if you pay £2 per week. Switchover to The Sun’s new paywall-fronted site began yesterday evening, and the new site went live overnight. […]

Unfiltered social reporting from Boston

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Hot on the heels of the Boston marathon bombings last weekend comes another frightening event in the United States, this time a fatal shooting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in neighbouring Cambridge late on Thursday night US time. As I write this, it’s still very much a breaking news story with sketchy […]

Compelling content is king for the newspaper business too

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How healthy is the newspaper business? If you look at print, the long-term prognosis is not encouraging overall, certainly not in the UK and to a large extent neither in the US, especially as the declining circulation and revenue of print newspapers occurs alongside a shift in emphasis to online versions. We’ve seen some radical […]

Curating Leveson

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I’m experimenting with getting to know Spundge, a content curation and publishing platform (which Craig Silverman talks about at length in the latest FIR Interview podcast I posted yesterday). Spundge is a lot about finding and filtering relevant content that matches topics you’re interested in. You do this through creating a Spundge Notebook, a sort […]

UK crisis of trust: BBC is just the tip of the iceberg

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A news item in today’s Telegraph says that a survey by Kantar shows that 79 percent of the British public don’t trust senior BBC managers to tell the truth. This, of course, relates to the serious and still-unfolding crises confronting the broadcaster as investigations into allegations of child sex abuse over past decades vie for […]

Getting a grip on the lurching crisis at the BBC

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Watching events this weekend that make up the still-unfolding crisis at the BBC has been an experience of mixed emotions, ranging from bewilderment to despair to resignation (in two senses of that word). Much of that surrounds the (now ex) Director-General George Entwistle, pictured, an honourable man whose short tenure in the job did little […]

Does the BBC really have the courage to come clean?

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Unless you sit atop a remote mountain or cast yourself away on a desert island, and as long as you have no means of digital connectivity with you, it’s impossible to avoid seeing and hearing about Jimmy Savile. The continuing reporting on the revelations about the late alleged child abuser is relentless. Each day, more […]

Quartz digital delivery starts Sept 24

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An interesting experiment in the future of mainstream news media and its publishing platform goes public on Monday September 24 with the official launch of Quartz, a new digital business magazine from US publisher Atlantic Media. Quartz is intended primarily for consumption on tablets and other mobile devices. There is no print edition. I’ve been […]