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The New York Times will flag viral misinformation with a new Daily Distortions feature

In an effort to cover misinformation responsibly, The New York Times has debuted a new feature that will debunk and contextualize misleading information after it has gone viral or created “offline harms.” Daily Distortions will appear as a swipeable feature for mobile apps focused on one subject per day and a running blog with a wider selection of...

Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing — and often hidden. Is help on the way?

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Starting today and each week through November 3, it will focus on U.S. election-related stories. There’s been a raft of reporting this week...

A new hotline promises answers to your race and gender questions — on deadline

Is it “Black” or “black”? (Or African-American? Or kill the hyphen?) Hispanic, Latino, Latino, Latin@, or Latinx? Is calling a piece of legislation a “bathroom bill” an acceptable shorthand? LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA — or none of the above? These are the kinds of decisions that can show up in any journalist’s writing (or, in many cases, their reporting)....

For COVID-19, as with everything else, Americans on the right and left live in different universes when it comes to trusting the media

There are certain kinds of news stories that are really just iterations of an Ur-text, the defining statement about human existence that underlines a million variant tales. For instance, how many environmental stories do you read that are versions of Human activity is warming the earth’s atmosphere and damaging countless natural processes? Or how many...

A new nonprofit newsroom, Mountain State Spotlight, wants to be the watchdog for West Virginia

Mountain State Spotlight, a new nonprofit newsroom dedicated to accountability journalism, launched in West Virginia on Thursday. On opening day, the news site featured a slate of stories on inadequate internet access, holes in a program to feed the state’s children during school closures, and the first responders across the state still waiting on pandemic...

Are news companies already putting diversity pledges on the back burner?

The Trans Journalists Association is working to correct disrespectful coverage with the creation of its own style guide. In it, journalists are told to never out their sources and to always explain the implications of being featured in a story. In a Q&A with The Objective, co-founder Oliver-Ash Kleine stressed the power journalists have over public...

AJ+, Al Jazeera’s social-video-friendly service, will now have to register as a “foreign agent” in the United States

There’s state-supported media, and then there’s state-supported media. And without getting too Potter Stewart on you, you tend to know the difference when you see it. Virtually every country in the world spends public money on some form of broadcast media — directly or indirectly, through taxes or fees, with editorial control or editorial independence...

NPR adds localized news for 10 cities to its afternoon podcast Consider This

NPR’s daily podcast Consider This began as Coronavirus Daily, but changed its name and broadened its scope in June as protests against police brutality and racial discrimination competed with the virus for headlines. Now, the shortform afternoon podcast, pitched as a bookend to the morning’s Up First, is morphing again. Last week, NPR announced Consider...

Anti-Racism Daily is a newsletter that helps you read the news and do something about it

If you have an Instagram account, you may have seen this post when you were going through your friends’ Stories: Along with naming racism and injustices as such, Cardoza makes sure that Anti-Racism Daily doesn’t contribute to harmful and insensitive media practices. She doesn’t publish body-camera footage from police shootings, mugshots, or any...

Apple News+ gets a bundle boost — but only for the biggest spenders

Yesterday, I wrote that Apple was expected to announce a new set of services bundles — letting customers mix and match subscriptions among Apple’s various products, including Apple News+. And…yeah, that happened. But I don’t think there’s any reason to change my expectation that these bundles won’t do much to increase the number of Apple News+ subscribers....

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