This Week at the Shorenstein Center
#MeToo and the Media. A panel discussion featuring Koa Beck, editor-in-chief of Jezebel; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate; Zerlina Maxwell, senior director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM; Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent for Vanity Fair; and Genevieve Roth, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (moderator). Watch the video.
Optimizing for Audiences — SEO 101 for Nonprofit News, from our Single Subject News Project blog.
News from Faculty and Fellows
How Facebook’s changes could hurt the ‘good guys’. Nicco Mele, Shorenstein Center director and Dipayan Ghosh, Joan Shorenstein Fellow, write, “In a sense, the API changes Facebook is implementing could even contribute to the potential for nefarious disinformation operations, including the tactics that have been pursued by the Russians. These new changes will very likely make it harder for academic researchers, journalists and the broader body politic to analyze the integrity of public spaces; for instance, it will be harder for the public to understand how disinformation and hate speech spread on social media platforms if access to the underlying data is restricted.”
Preserve Net Neutrality: All Data is Created Equal. Tom Wheeler, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, will make the case for net neutrality in a debate on Intelligence2 on Tuesday, April 17. Watch the live stream.
Mark Zuckerberg Can Still Fix This Mess. Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and Shorenstein Center faculty affiliate, writes, “Facebook needs to do more than just identify political ads and who’s behind them, a change it announced on Friday. All of its ads, political or otherwise, should be available for anyone to peruse, not just those targeted to receive them. Most of us won’t spend a Sunday looking through Facebook ads, but public interest groups and consumer protection officials will, and they’ll publicize and be in a position to act on the troubling things they find.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing was an utter sham. Zephyr Teachout, visiting assistant professor in 2010, writes, “Asking Zuckerberg philosophical questions, such as how he thinks we should deal with questions of hate speech, treats him as a thought leader. Accepting his failures to catch discriminatory housing ads, for instance, treats him as a good-hearted actor with limited resources, instead of someone who is making monopoly margins and billions in profits.”
‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy. Neal Gabler, fall 2011 fellow, asks, “What is the relationship of fact to fiction, of the historical to the histrionic in art and entertainment? Ted Kennedy was a real man living out a real life. His political opponents could and did distort that life for their advantage. But just how many liberties can an artist or entertainer take when he or she deploys a biographical subject?” During his fellowship, Gabler wrote a paper on the press and Edward Kennedy.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Hearing
- Mark Zuckerberg Testimony: Day 2 Brings Tougher Questioning, from The New York Times.
- Mark Zuckerberg and the Tale of Two Hearings, from Wired.
- Zuckerberg is trying hard to get out in front of the regulatory wave, from Columbia Journalism Review.
- Members of Congress can’t possibly regulate Facebook. They don’t understand it. From The Washington Post.
- Zuckerberg says regulation inevitable. Is Congress up to it? From Associated Press.
- Facebook-Cambridge Analytica: A timeline of the data hijacking scandal, from CNBC.
- Why Facebook Will Never Fully Solve Its Problems With AI, from BuzzFeed News.
- Jason Kint: Here are 5 ways Facebook violates consumer expectations to maximize its profits, from Nieman Lab.
Social Media Trust and Authenticity
- Among young, trust in social media is low, poll says, from The Harvard Gazette.
- Bots in the Twittersphere, from Pew Research Center.
- The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake, from CNN.
- Silence breakers speak out against news industry’s hypocrisy, from Columbia Journalism Review.
- Women Journalists and Online Harassment, from University of Texas at Austin, Center for Media Engagement.
Trump Administration and the Press
- Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And ‘Media Influencers,’ from Forbes.
- Sinclair TV chairman to Trump: ‘We are here to deliver your message,’ from The Guardian.
- Why Sinclair’s promos were a journalism ethics train wreck, from Poynter.
- Sinclair attacks CNN with video alleging ‘hypocrisy’ in ‘fake news’ debate, from The Washington Post.
- Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets, from Politico.
- That Politico article on “news deserts” doesn’t really show what it claims to show, from Nieman Lab.
- Local media struggle to hold Sinclair accountable, from The Conversation.
- Newsonomics: The Denver Post’s protest should launch a new era of “calling B.S.” From Nieman Lab.
- How Not to Cover America, from American Prospect.