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    Are news publishers directly liable for embedding tweets that contain images not created by that tweeter?
    A New York federal judge ruled that when publishers from The Boston Globe to Vox Media to Breitbart “caused the embedded tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right.”
    By Shan Wang
    What strategies work best for increasing trust in local newsrooms? Trusting News has some ideas
    “It’s not so much about gaming Facebook’s algorithm or working with the Facebook changes as much as it is taking advantage of Facebook as a truly social platform.”
    By Christine Schmidt
    Should we consider fake news another form of (not particularly effective) political persuasion — or something more dangerous?
    Plus: The lines between “fake news” and psyops, the Russians shared real news too, and “reality apathy.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    The Guardian’s new podcast player for the web tries to make listening a little more interactive (but not interruptive)
    The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab’s podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app, and get phone notifications that point you to links and graphics at relevant points in the story as the audio plays.
    By Shan Wang
    Newsonomics: 11 questions the news business is trying to answer in 2018
    West Coast news chaos, a new leader at WordPress, the decline of digital display — and is The Washington Post really profitable?
    By Ken Doctor
    Connecting reporters with experts, Sciline wants to improve the quality of today’s science reporting
    “There’s so much pressure right now that it’s very tempting, more than ever, to just go with something…Often, it’s only your conscience and sense of journalistic responsibility that prevents you from hitting publish.”
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Comfortable in its first language, this German business publisher hopes to build a global audience off its English edition
    Part of Handelsblatt Global’s strategy is trying to be ruthlessly practical about its position in the market: “If you get an American reader, nobody would ever switch from The New York Times for us.”
    By Shan Wang
    Facebook’s Campbell Brown: “This is not about us trying to make everybody happy”
    “If someone feels that being on Facebook is not good for your business, you shouldn’t be on Facebook. Let’s be clear about that…I don’t see us as the answer to the problem.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20
    “I am like a vaudevillian. I’m the last guy dancing on the stage, by myself, and everyone else has moved on to movies and television.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Today, Explained, explained: Vox enters the daily news podcast race with a comma-happy, personality-driven show
    Plus: HBO buys in, ESPN brags condescendingly, big networks scale back, and Call Your Girlfriend plots its future. Also, gifs.
    By Nicholas Quah
    Are news publishers directly liable for embedding tweets that contain images not created by that tweeter?
    A New York federal judge ruled that when publishers from The Boston Globe to Vox Media to Breitbart “caused the embedded tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right.”
    By Shan Wang
    What strategies work best for increasing trust in local newsrooms? Trusting News has some ideas
    “It’s not so much about gaming Facebook’s algorithm or working with the Facebook changes as much as it is taking advantage of Facebook as a truly social platform.”
    Should we consider fake news another form of (not particularly effective) political persuasion — or something more dangerous?
    Plus: The lines between “fake news” and psyops, the Russians shared real news too, and “reality apathy.”
    What We’re Reading
    Wired / Erin Griffith
    “On RoBhat Labs’ Botcheck.me, a website created by two Berkeley students to track 1500 political propaganda bots, all of the top two-word phrases used in the last 24 hours — excluding President Trump’s name — are related to the tragedy: School shooting, gun control, high school, Florida school. The top hashtags from the last 24 hours include Parkland, guncontrol, and guncontrolnow.”
    Bloomberg / Aoife White
    “The social media giant must delete data it’s already gathered, or it will face fines of €250,000 ($312,000) a day, a Belgian court ruled. Facebook ‘doesn’t sufficiently inform’ clients about the data it gathers on their broader web use, nor does it explain what it does with the information or say how long it stores it, the Brussels Court of First Instance said in a statement.”
    Digiday / Lucia Moses
    “There’s a lot of shock and floundering and not knowing what to do inwardly, while outwardly, there’s a lot of posturing and big statements from publishers saying, ‘This is our new course of action; this is what we’re going to do.’ It’s far too early to know what the path forward is. Of course, this will have an impact — we’re just not sure what.”
    Poynter / Daniel Funke
    “Claire Wardle, executive director of First Draft, which is hosted in Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, said in an email that this was the first time she’s seen fake tweets posing as journalists’ work. However, over the past couple of years, she’s seen tweets chastising journalists who reach out to people affected by breaking news events. That nugget of reality is what makes these fake tweets effective, she said.”
    NewsWhip / Liam Corcoran
    “(1) Develop a real community by doubling-down on the type of stories that differentiate your site from bigger publishers that already have a massive audience. (2) Recognize your audience’s reading habits, and serve them. (3) Regularly review data, and re-engage: It’s probable that not every story is going to work well in the news feed, even with the latest Facebook boost. (4) For a rundown on where to start, check out our guide to sharing analytics in the newsroom.”
    The Boston Globe / Joshua Benton
    “A local owner who cares about the quality of news is better than a distant one who does, and both are better than one whose only concern is the bottom line. The Herald’s sale will still need to be approved in a bankruptcy court in Delaware. I don’t expect a Delaware judge to care much about the journalistic health of Boston. But just short of setting the place on fire, being bought by Digital First is about the worst outcome possible. It’s less the Herald being saved than the Herald being stripped for parts,” writes AndroidForMobile Lab’s Joshua Benton.
    BuzzFeed / Andrew Potter
    “But as the industry moves in the direction of a subscription-driven business, it will learn that subscribers can collide with editorial independence just as easily as corporate advertisers can. If their willingness to pay for news (and by implied threat, stop paying) becomes central to news economics, the Resistance can take a newspaper hostage much more effectively than advertisers ever did.”
    BuzzFeed / Jane Lytvynenko
    “In the wake of the Florida high school shooting Wednesday, Twitter users began spreading doctored tweets targeting Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris. The first tweet faked Harris asking for pictures or video of dead bodies.’ The second doctored tweet went further, making it look like she was asking whether the shooter was white.”
    The Daily Caller / Joe Simonson
    “Employees received notice about their termination Thursday morning via email, according to multiple recently laid-off IJR staffers. A number of veteran employees were also allegedly included in the mass layoffs. One source told the Daily Caller that eliminations hit virtually every department at the company.”
    Lenfest Institute / Joseph Lichterman
    “By the time the students graduate high school, OPB will have 13 years of footage and reporting that shows how this group of kids has grown up — a real-life version of the movie Boyhood. That point is still many years away, but it’s thinking that it would like to create a documentary or some type of story that wraps everything up.”
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