3 to read: Trump’s dirty war with the media | Wikitribune: A big fail? | About that ‘media bubble’…

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

May 2, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.com

  1. The dirty war between Trump & the press: The public sees Trump and the rest of his administration trashing the press. But behind the scenes, it’s a very different picture, as Trump and others work hard to curry favor with certain reporters — including the mainstream publications they disparage in public. A nuanced look at the the tense, brawling relationship between the media and the presidency. By Ben Schreckinger and Hadas Gold for Politico Magazine.
  2. ‘Wikitribune’s’ lofty goal is to fight fake news — too bad it will fail: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has created Wikitribune to take on the scourge of fake news. The idea is to create a crowd-funded cooperative that channels the power and skill of professional journalists. But Mathew Ingram of Fortune is dubious it will work. Other similar efforts have failed. It’s just not clear that non-journalists care enough to pay at scale to fund the effort, he says.
  3. How real is that ‘media bubble’?: Media critic Jack Shafer argues that the East Coast/West Coast media bubble, with newsrooms isolated from the conservative heartland and clustered in mostly liberal metro areas, is real and is more extreme than is generally believed. Others argue that’s wrong because the big right-wing outlets are located in exactly those some areas. Either way though, the charts in the Shafer story show fewer and fewer reporter jobs are in the heartland.
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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.


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