From NY Times: Fake stories and memes that crop up during live news events have been a problem on social media for years, but a wild election season has highlighted the news media’s slow response in stemming the flow of nonsense.
From AIGA: Impartiality is not an issue most designers have to contend with, even less so journalistic integrity. Those who practice their craft in ad land know coercion is king, the manipulative power of imagery a tool to be used with abandon. In fact much of commercial visual communication exists to sway an audience: buy this product, engage with this app, trust this service provider, vote for this candidate. With news, however, an impartial image can have disastrous consequences in a business where bias is met with disdain.
This is a daily concern for Gail Bichler, design director of The New York Times Magazine, whose creative team are bound by the same ethical codes as Times journalists, and a commitment to the “importance of checking facts, the exactness of quotations, the integrity of photographs, and
In a Big Think interview, David Westin, who ran ABC News for 14 years, laid out the steps that NBC needs to take to keep Brian Williams at the anchor desk, and recover from Choppergate. First, the network needs to show that it trusts and values Williams. Then, it needs to show viewers that it takes the situation seriously and holds him accountable.
From Big Think: The former head of ABC News laments that scandals like the one at NBC undermine public perception of the entire news industry. "Every time this happens, it takes away a little of the credibility of everybody in the news business," he says.
From The Newsroom, the HBO series by Aaron Sorkin. In episode 1, cable anchor Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, is a guest at a forum of journalism students.
From David Carr at NY Times: Newspapers run corrections all the time, but a mistake on television news, like NBC's misleading editing of an audio clip by George Zimmerman, is often followed by silence.
From Ann Handley: The traditional PR model is dead. Traditional PR sticks close to the script, embargoes press releases, follows a prescribed timeline, and all that. But here’s the problem: Conversations careen with such speed and velocity that you need to rethink your approach if you want to be part of them, says David Meerman Scott.
Enter “newsjacking” — a process, as defined by David, “by which you inject your ideas or angles into breaking news, in real time, in order to generate media coverage for yourself or your business.”
From Knowledge@Wharton: At the Wharton-sponsored Future of Publishing conference held on April 30 in New York, one of the panels looked at the changing nature of content, specifically the increasing popularity of user-generated content spilling forth from an ever-growing variety of sources. The panel included Katharine Zaleski, executive producer and head of digital news products for The Washington Post and before that, senior editor in charge of special projects at The Huffington Post. Following her participation in the panel discussion, Zaleski spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about her role at The Washington Post, the importance of packaging stories, why news sites need to offer other people’s content, and what the future holds for investigative journalists, among other topics.