News Wrap: Questions over Twitter’s Editorial Judgment and Facebook’s Algorithms
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August 22, 2014


EDITOR’S NOTE: Links to selected media news from the past week.

SHORT TAKES
* Digital First Media is selling 51 newspaper buildings. Denver Business Journal

* Former unpaid Gawker interns are pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Gawker. pandodaily

* “Favorites” on Twitter can now show up like retweets. Fast Company

* The problem with the career path that makes reporters into editors? They are two completely different jobs. Gawker

* If you think you’re seeing more news on the Ferguson protests on investigations on Twitter than Facebook due to its algorithms, you are not alone. And there is a solution for it. American Journalism Review

* “News you can lose.” Snapchat Discovery is coming to the social media network in November, likely allowing users to see news, videos and advertisements. The Verge

* For lovers of longform: New Yorker writer Susan Orlean has an online class for $19 that will teach you how to write like her. Fast Company

* Bravery. A term many friends used to described slain U.S. journalist James Foley. Boston Globe

* People don’t say information superhighway, unless done ironically. But echoes of it are cropping up in current conversations about the Internet. The Verge

EDITORIAL JUDGMENTS ON TWITTER

Footage of American journalist James Foley’s alleged beheading by ISIS is spreading across the internet. The New York Post even used a still from the video on its front page. President Obama denounced the killing.

However, individuals and organizations who publicize any part of the video are being harshly reprimanded by online communities, most notably on Twitter.

The debate continues: Should we censor the footage? Or is it naive to shield ourselves from the harsh realities of the world? And who decides what is unnecessarily violent and should be shielded from a social media platform?

In related news: Twitter has begun to suspend accounts that share the violent images of journalist James Foley’s beheading.

MYSTERIES ON MILLENNIALS (SOLVED)

A study was done on Millennials. Among the findings: They tweet, on average, 8 times per day, share Buzzfeed a whole lot (21 percent of all articles shared by Millennials came from Buzzfeed), and are more likely to be nostalgic on social media than Gen X-ers and Baby Boomers.

THIS STORY NEEDS TO BE CUT IN HALF

The Verge argues for a new kind of commenting system: one where all the comments and revisions writers and editors make during the rough draft of an article are viewable to the public. “Who’s to say that all of the decisions that went into the story aren’t part of the story itself?” asks Mandy Brown.

TOUGH TALK FOR PRINT JOURNALISTS

“If you are a journalist at a print publication, your job is in danger. Period. Time to do something about it.” Clay Shirky meditates on the future of print journalism. He is not optimistic.

This post contains contribution from AJR news editor Lisa Rossi.

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