This Week in #Journalism: Full Fact Helps McJournalism’s Listicle


Full Fact launches it’s online fact checker, journalism jobs are picking up, journalism students aren’t reading the rags and the new delivery methods in the post Bezos listicle.  Btw, Craigslist stole 5 billion.

“Craigslist took a giant bite out of newspapers’ revenues — some $5 billion between the years 2000 and 2007. And that’s not even looking at the Times, the Wall Street Journal or USA Today, which the authors left out in order to have a more homogeneous sample.”

“A newspaper’s digital platform has the core attributes of big data — variety, velocity, volume and veracity. Data is being produced at larger and faster rates than ever before. It is from variety of sources and it can be “noisy.”

“With its acquisition of nascent startup Stringwire, announced today, NBC News is aiming to take a lead role in the realm of user-generated content, and therefore in modern newsgathering.”

“The journalistic lexicon has a new entry; the ‘listicle’, describing a list-based article. From The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies’ to Buzzfeed’s ’31 Thing You Can Make Out of Cereal Boxes’, listicles are equally beloved for their condensed information format and online virility and decried as lazy journalism for the perennial lunchtime ‘news snacker’.”

“Only about a third of the journalism and mass communication bachelor’s degree recipients in 2012 reported they had read a newspaper the day before completing the survey, the lowest figure since the question was first posed in 1994. In fact, the 36.6% who reported reading a newspaper in 2012 is less than half the 81.7% reporting that behavior in 1994.”

“Yet the lingering fear is that while journalists dream of finding a Bruce Wayne — or in the case of the Los Angeles Times, an Eli Broad or David Geffen — they might wind up under the thumb of a Lex Luthor or some Bondian villain, eager to use these shiny new toys to pursue nefarious goals and world domination.”

“Journalists cannot successfully hold government accountable in a society that does not recognise a reporter’s right to exercise discretion with his sources and the information they provide.”

“But journalism always has been a tough business for tough and tough-minded people. The profession will endure, because people, their lives and their stories always will matter. We just need to figure out new ways to reach our audiences and pay the bills.”

“Professionalism has made journalists oblivious to the compromises with authority they are constantly making’.  It has also ensured that many readers remain oblivious to the same compromises.”

“The report last week from Pew Research Center for The People & The Press showed that only 19 percent of Americans polled said the media is fair to all sides. About a quarter (or 26 percent) said journalists get their facts straight, compared to 55 percent feeling that way in 1985. That’s a 54 percent drop in a sense of accuracy.  Yet 68 percent of those polled agreed that journalists as watchdogs keep politicians in line – a 17 percent increase since 2011. About half, or 54 percent, said journalists are more important today in order to make sense out of the news.”

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“I decided to become a journalist first because I liked it. And also because I felt the community needed journalists to report on what is happening,” she said. “I believed that, with the crisis that Somalia faces, you need independent journalists who help the people by reporting well on what is happening.”

“The UK-based fact-checking website Full Fact has launched an online finder which journalists can use to track down accurate information.  The Full Fact Finder covers information relating to five topics: economy, health, crime and the law, immigration and education.”

“About 66% of 2012 journalism graduates landed a full-time job roughly six to eight months after graduation, up from 62% in 2011.”


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