3 to read: Nate Silver aims to get it right | How to make Zuckerberg likeable | Crowdsourcing Trump’s empire

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Jan. 23, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. How journalists screwed up the ’16 election — and are still getting it wrong: Nate Silver, who’s made his career on highly accurate political prognosticating, is starting a series of why it all went so badly this time around for media outlets (including his own fivethirtyeight). He gives a thoughtful take on the election, wishful thinking, and how to do better next time. The first of what (hopefully) will be an interesting series.

2. The team making Mark Zuckerberg more likeable: Don’t you wish you had a Facebook team to make you a more likeable person? Mark Z does. The Facebook founder has a group devoted to making videos, photos and whatever for his Facebook page. They are intent on showing the world a kinder, softer guy. Look! His favorite pizza toppings! It’s a new take on an old idea: Big corporation tries to manipulate the public into changing its view of its top guy — and by extension, their view of the corporation. Nice story by Bloomberg Sarah Frier.

3. BuzzFeed crowdsources ‘TrumpWorld’: No other president has had such a complicated business and personal background. Here’s your chance to dig in and inform the world about what it all means. BuzzFeed has dug up as many business details and personal relationships as it could find, mashed them neatly into a downloadable spreadsheet, and asked for the public’s help in connecting the dots. What can you find? It’s a great idea. By John Templeton and a team.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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