A veteran photojournalist discusses how photojournalists try to survive in an era that devalues great photography and great photojournalism. NYT.
The News Literacy Project helps students distinguish real news from fake news. Students in classrooms are doing exercises to determine real news from fake news, mostly from viral content spread on social media. Here’s the story from NPR.
Some politicians are attempting to delegitimize real news they don’t like that holds them accountable by labeling it “fake news.” A newspaper in Colorado is fighting back, and considers suing a politician for defaming its reputation. Click.
As the American media loses economic power, with diminished resources — traditional print and broadcast media are in a far more precarious position than they were in 1970 — their cultural and legal protections have weakened as well. The public’s confidence and good will have almost evaporated. Less than a third of Americans express trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” Politicians can bypass the mainstream media and communicate directly with the public through social media, Facebook and Twitter.
Two media lawyers explained in a NYT op-ed: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/opinion/dont-expect-the-first-amendment-to-protect-the-media.html?_r=0
In The National, Emirati columnist Khalid Al Ameri observes that “the direction in which the UAE is heading will only have room for one type of worker to flourish: the proactive. That’s not to say the reactive generation will be poor and homeless, but they will be in for a harsh reality check.” Read and reflect on this column.
Is Trump Tweeting From a ‘Secure’ Smartphone? The White House Won’t Say. National Public Radio. Trump’s unsecure Android phone highlights common security dilemma
In-Depth–Computerworld–Jan 27, 2017.
In this era of fake news, finding and developing trust in brand-name journalism is very important. Readers should view sites they’ve never heard of with a lot more skepticism than trusted brands. Here are 10 trusted brands in the US and the UK:
In addition, the New York Times has developed “skills and strategies for determining the reliability of sources.” Click.
And there’s this chart on the biases of American media sources.
First Lady Melania Trump has settled a defamation case against a US blogger who allegedly defamed her. The blogger agreed to pay an undisclosed sum and issued a retraction and apology.
A Canadian in 2016 won $50,000 in general damages, and $15,000 in punitive damages against a neighbor who posted defamatory statements on Facebook. Click.
A teacher in Australia won $12,500 in a defamation lawsuit against his estranged wife who posted on Facebook that he engaged in domestic violence. She was unable to prove it. Click.
A former high school student in Australia was ordered to pay $105,000 after defaming a music teacher on Facebook and Twitter, claiming she was responsible for his father losing his job as a senior teacher at the school. Click.
Facebook makes some effort to remove things that violate the Facebook Terms (ex: pornography, hate speech, threats, graphic violence, bullying and spam), but it’s often difficult to reach a human at Facebook. Details on how to report something can be found in the Help Center: https://www.facebook.com/help/www/181495968648557?ref=u2u