3 to read: How Trump killed ‘he said she said’ journalism | What (digital) news looked like on 9/11 | Facebook gets a whupping

By Matt Carroll <@MattatMIT>

Sept. 27, 2016: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.com.

  1. How Trump means the death of ‘he said, she said’ journalism: While you’re still digesting last night’s presidential debate, here’s an interesting take on how Trump’s constant lying has changed how reporters cover a major political figure. Essentially, his allergy to the truth has driven journalists to take off their gloves and call him out. Nice piece by Peter Beinart for The Atlantic. In a related story in the WaPo by Erik Wemple, the NYT’s new managing editor, Joe Kahn, answers this question: “Would we have a staff left if we listened to Donald Trump?”
  2. What (digital) news looked like on 9/11: It was only 15 years ago, but news sites are light years different than they were on the day America suffered its worst terrorist attack. Design changes and technical improvements make today’s pages look so much more sophisticated, while those pages look relatively primitive. Check it out. Nice work by Louis Anslow for Timeline.
  3. Facebook is being taken somewhere it never wanted to go: Emily Bell, director of Columbia’s Tow Center, takes Facebook to the woodshed for a proper whupping, after the debacle over its video ad screwup and its censorship of the one of the great war photos of all time. It’s a fun read, if you don’t happen to work for FB.

BONUS: Why I’m (a little more) optimistic about newsroom revenue: It’s not about one huge river of advertising. It’s about many small streams, from many sources, which are replicable. (By yours truly.)

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Matt Carroll runs the Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab.


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