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The impact of AI and collaboration on investigative journalism | Polis
For our interview series with women working on the intersection of AI and journalism, Emilia spoke to us about how exactly AI is deployed and what impact it will have on investigative journalism.
journalism  AI  AlgoReport 
4 hours ago by barbarafister
The Coronavirus Revives Facebook as a News Powerhouse - The New York Times
More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.
coronavirus  facebook  news  journalism  socialmedia  AlgoReport 
3 days ago by barbarafister
18 COVID-19 media literacy resources for journalists and educators | News Co/Lab
Facebook groups and Twitter threads. Slack channels and text services. Information, and disinformation, about COVID-19 is overwhelming. We wanted to help you — journalists, teachers and the everyday person — sort through the countless tools available to amplify credible, accurate and trustworthy resources.
resources  journalism  AlgoReport  coronavirus 
13 days ago by barbarafister
How the BBC is reinventing news for voice platforms | BBC News Labs
As a society we’re moving towards a world of hyper-personalisation, outsourcing ever more decision-making to algorithms. As a public service broadcaster, fairness, due impartiality and transparency are core to the BBC’s current thinking on recommendation engines and personalisation. As part of the development of news services on voice controlled devices, we’re collaborating with colleagues across the organisation (and externally) to try to find answers to some seriously complex questions like how we might shape algorithms designed to promote critical thinking rather than reinforce filter bubbles, replace time-wasting with education, and allay public concerns over privacy. Voice and AI-driven services will have deep and long-lasting consequences. By getting involved now, news organisations have a rare opportunity to exert some influence over how this medium develops, keeping audiences front and centre.
BBC  journalism  personalization  voiceassistants  AlgoReport 
27 days ago by barbarafister
Tips for reporting on Covid-19 and slowing the spread of misinformation
As the world looks for timely, accurate news about the novel coronavirus, how can journalists best provide their audiences the information they need?
journalism  coronavirus  health  AlgoReport 
27 days ago by barbarafister
Tip: Machine learning solutions for journalists | Tip of the day
Still scratching your head about using AI in your newsroom? Here are some of the techniques commonly used in the Quartz investigations team and AI studio.
journalism  AlgoReport  AI  machinelearning 
4 weeks ago by barbarafister
How to make artificial intelligence in newsrooms more ethical | Media news
From correcting algorithms that discriminate certain groups of people to fighting filter bubbles that endanger democracy, we need to remind ourselves who is in charge of machine learning.alalg
algorithms  discrimination  AI  ethics  journalism  AlgoReport 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
News Algorithms, Photojournalism and the Assumption of Mechanical Objectivity in Journalism: Digital Journalism: Vol 7, No 8
This article interrogates the relationship between epistemic authority and journalistic technology through the perspective of mechanical objectivity—a belief in technological systems capable of rendering a particular output in a manner that overcomes the limits of human subjectivity. By treating journalistic objectivity not as a stable referent, but as a contextual one prone to shifts in practices and understandings over time, it foregrounds how changing technologies of recording, creating, and distributing news content affect how journalistic objectivity is understood. Following this perspective, two technological practices are examined: photojournalism and algorithms. [paywalled after March 31]
journalism  algorithms  AlgoReport  photojournalism  objectivity  discrimination 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
5 Questions on Data and Accountability with Julia Angwin | DATA FEMINISM
Interview with Julia Angwin about her investigative journalism into data bias.
discrimination  bias  data  journalism  AlgoReport 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
My Friends, Editors, Algorithms, and I: Examining audience attitudes to news selection: Digital Journalism: Vol 7, No 4
Prompted by the ongoing development of content personalization by social networks and mainstream news brands, and recent debates about balancing algorithmic and editorial selection, this study explores what audiences think about news selection mechanisms and why.
news  journalism  AlgoReport  algorithms 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
Deepfakes and Disinformation: Exploring the Impact of Synthetic Political Video on Deception, Uncertainty, and Trust in News - Cristian Vaccari, Andrew Chadwick, 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) now enables the mass creation of what have become known as “deepfakes”: synthetic videos that closely resemble real videos ....We find that people are more likely to feel uncertain than to be misled by deepfakes, but this resulting uncertainty, in turn, reduces trust in news on social media. We conclude that deepfakes may contribute toward generalized indeterminacy and cynicism, further intensifying recent challenges to online civic culture in democratic societies.
fakenews  trust  news  AlgoReport  disinformation  deepfakes  journalism 
7 weeks ago by barbarafister
Fighting Disinformation Online: Building the Database of Web Tools | RAND
Today's information ecosystem brings access to seemingly infinite amounts of information instantaneously. It also contributes to the rapid spread of misinformation and disinformation to millions of people. In response to this challenge and as part of the RAND Corporation's Truth Decay initiative, RAND researchers worked to identify and characterize the universe of online tools targeted at online disinformation, focusing on those tools created by nonprofit or civil society organizations.
misinformation  disinformation  fakenews  tec&society  journalism  news  AlgoReport 
7 weeks ago by barbarafister
Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points - Columbia Journalism Review
An increasingly popular tactic challenges conventional wisdom on the spread of electoral disinformation: the creation of partisan outlets masquerading as local news organizations. An investigation by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School has discovered at least 450 websites in a network of local and business news organizations, each distributing thousands of algorithmically generated articles and a smaller number of reported stories.
AlgoReport  journalism  disinformation  fakenews 
8 weeks ago by barbarafister
How journalists can responsibly report on manipulated pictures and video
The first of six new guides from First Draft covers the tricky ethical terrain that comes with reporting in a world of information disorder.
journalism  disinformation  fakenews  radlib  AlgoReport 
8 weeks ago by barbarafister
Study links impeachment beliefs to regular news diets
For many Americans, how they feel about issues raised during President Donald Trump’s impeachment has much to do with where they get their news.

A study released Friday by the Pew Research Center illustrated these tendencies, along with the growing Republican suspicion of media sources during the Trump administration.
AlgoReport  journalism  news  politics 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
American voters worry they can’t spot misleading information, poll finds | PBS NewsHour
Four years after Russia launched a cyber campaign to disrupt and influence the 2016 presidential campaign, about a third of Americans say misleading stories on social media pose the biggest threat to the safety of U.S. elections, and half think President Donald Trump encourages election interference, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.
elections  news  journalism  fakenews  AlgoReport 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
The truth behind filter bubbles: Bursting some myths | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Many voices warn that social media may be filtering out news that we dislike. Here's what the research says about it.
news  journalism  personalization  algorithms  AlgoReport 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy - Vox
We live in a media ecosystem that overwhelms people with information. Some of that information is accurate, some of it is bogus, and much of it is intentionally misleading. The result is a polity that has increasingly given up on finding out the truth.
radlib  journalism  AlgoReport  tech&society  fakenews 
11 weeks ago by barbarafister
A time to question core beliefs » Nieman Journalism Lab
The network crisis is the cumulative effect of decades of individual choices, corporate policies, technological innovations, and regulatory ducking and weaving — and all the overlapping between each.

We need to do something about the digital waste we have created, without question. But focusing exclusively on ad hoc solutions — suspending the harassing account, deplatforming the white supremacist group and watching as its members scurry to some other, less-regulated site — won’t address the reasons the waste got there in the first place. And so it will keep flowing.
radlib  tech&society  journalism  AlgoReport 
january 2020 by barbarafister
021219 AI-driven Personalization in Digital Media final WEB.pdf
This paper seeks to outline the implications of the adoption of AI, and more specifically of ML, by the old ‘gatekeepers’ – the legacy media – as well as by the new, algorithmic, media – the digital intermediaries – focusing on personalization. Data-driven personalization, despite demonstrating commercial benefits for the companies that deploy it, as well as a purported convenience for consumers, can have individual and societal implications that convenience simply cannot counterbalance. Nor are citizens necessarily complacent with regard to targeting, as has been suggested. According to an interim report on online targeting released by the UK’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), ‘people’s attitudes towards targeting change when they understand more of how it works and how pervasive it is’.
AI  machinelearning  journalism  AlgoReport 
january 2020 by barbarafister
On Digital Disinformation and Democratic Myths – MediaWell
Generating social media interactions is easy; mobilizing activists and persuading voters is hard. Online disinformation and propaganda do not have to be particularly effective at duping voters or directly altering electoral outcomes in order to be fundamentally toxic to a well-functioning democracy, though. The rise of disinformation and propaganda undermines some of the essential governance norms that constrain the behavior of our political elites. It is entirely possible that the current disinformation disorder will render the country ungovernable despite barely convincing any mass of voters to cast ballots that they would not otherwise have cast.

Much of the attention paid by researchers, journalists, and elected officials to online disinformation and propaganda has assumed that these disinformation campaigns are both large in scale and directly effective. This is a bad assumption, and it is an unnecessary assumption. We need not believe digital propaganda can “hack” the minds of a fickle electorate to conclude that digital propaganda is a substantial threat to the stability of American democracy. And in promoting the narrative of IRA’s direct effectiveness, we run the risk of further exacerbating this threat. The danger of online disinformation isn’t how it changes public knowledge; it’s what it does to our democratic norms.
fakenews  socialmedia  journalism  news  tech&society  radlib 
december 2019 by barbarafister
Platforms, publishers, and the end of scale - Columbia Journalism Review
The relationship between platforms and publishers has changed rapidly since the Tow Center began researching its implications in 2016. The question of whether platforms act as publishers is no longer widely debated: in March, Google erased that distinction when the company announced that it would create local newsrooms.
journalism  socialmedia  news 
december 2019 by barbarafister
Trust in News Media During the Trump Presidency | Pew Research Center
A new Pew Research Center exploration of more than 50 different surveys conducted by the Center – combined with an analysis of well over 100 questions measuring possible factors that could drive trust in the news media – confirms that in the Trump era nothing comes close to matching the impact of political party identification. On item after item, Republicans consistently express far greater skepticism of the news media and their motives than Democrats, according to this analysis that focuses on trust in the news media during 2018 and 2019.
journalism  fakenews  polarization  PILprimer  AlgoReport 
december 2019 by barbarafister
Andrea Guzman - syllabus for Topics in Journalism & Society: AI, Automation & Journalism
journalism  AI  syllabus 
december 2019 by barbarafister
Terrorism bred online requires anticipatory, not reactionary coverage - Columbia Journalism Review
Individuals, trained by the platforms to understand how to influence and publish, are now well versed in creating material the platforms find difficult to purge. Information, it seems, will get out. ...

Evans feels that if the white nationalist industry were less profitable to social platforms, and if image boards such as 8Chan were taken more seriously as a root of terroristic threat, then the many clues and postings made ahead of the attack would have been caught earlier. The flip side of strategic silence is that the threat of a different kind of terrorism is minimized, and that the platforms, who have never acted to pre-empt anything that has not previously attracted coverage, continue to treat extreme and violent views as a tolerable type of speech.
socialmedia  tech&society  journalism  extremism  algorithms  radlib 
march 2019 by barbarafister
Avoiding the Echo Chamber About Echo Chambers
subtitle: Why selective exposure to like-minded political news is less prevalent than you think.

IRL networks more polarized than online; most Americans are not paying attention to partisan media, more watch evening news; people are less politically involved and more likely to encounter a range of perspectives than we tend to think.
echochamber  filterbubble  journalism  news  socialmedia  PIL  newcourse 
march 2019 by barbarafister
Why Do People Share Fake News? Alice Marwick
In order to solve the problem of fake news, we need to conceptualize its effects as sociotechnical. Fake news is not simply a problem of pre-existing polarization; it is not simply a problem of online advertising or algorithmic targeting. It is not simply about increased far -
right extremism or the popularity of Fox News. It is not entirely caused by the decline in trust of traditional journalism, nor the move to a social sharing model of news consumption. It is all of these things. And understanding not only why people hare fake news, but how we can mitigate the impacts, requires taking a more holistic approach.
fakenews  journalism  polarization  tech&society  radlib 
july 2018 by barbarafister
Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth
Faking News rates the range of fact-checking, algorithmic, educational, and standards-based approaches being taken to counter the proliferation of fake news and sounds a warning bell for tactics that risk suppressing controversial speech, such as giving government new powers to regulate or calling on social media companies to block specific content entirely. Arguing that Facebook, Google, and Twitter—which are many Americans’ primary channels for news consumption—must play a critical and transparent role in curbing the spread of false news, the report spells out a series of specific strategies that center on empowering news consumers with access to fact-checking initiatives and news literacy programs.
fakenews  journalism  socialmedia  PEN  radlib 
february 2018 by barbarafister
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