3 to read: Facebook’s election boondoggle | Saving investigative news | Newsletters as a business

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Nov. 29, 2016: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Nov. 29, 2016: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. How the election blew up in Facebook’s face: A fascinating autopsy of Facebook’s decision to become more focused on real-time content, like Twitter, and how that led directly to an horrifying avalanche of fake news. It’s a case study of how seemingly innocuous decisions to encourage sharing had unimaginable results. By Ben Kantrowitz at BuzzFeed.
  2. Saving investigative news: Folks, it’s a great time to be a corrupt politician in America. That’s why we need investigative journalism more than ever, at a time when the news media’s financial underpinnings are collapsing. Here’s some ideas for what we can do. By yours truly. (Text of TedX talk.)
  3. Newsletters are cool (again): Newsletters, those digital dinosaurs from the wayback before social media, are making a comeback. Here’s a couple of stories about how to make a newsletter work for you: How to start a newsletter” by Mario R. Garcia and 8 business models for email newsletters,” by Andrew Jack.
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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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