3 to read: Fake news dies hard | Do we still need Jezebel? | People trust ‘my’ news — not yours

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

May 30, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. Fake news dies hard. We need a bigger algorithm: The Seth Rich “conspiracy” story showed that stamping out even the most ridiculous memes can be incredibly difficult. Maybe it’s because the alt-right formula is so simple and effective: Mix a few tangled facts with lies and distortions and push that mess through an empty mouthpiece (that’s you, Sean Hannity). Interesting piece by the NYT’s Jim Rutenberg.

2. Jezebel changed women’s media forever. Does it still have a reason to exist?: Happy 10th birthday, Jezebel. Your numbers are good and you changed the course of women’s media. Now everyone’s caught up. What’s next? Good story By Jordan Michael Smith for The Guardian on a revolutionary site that is not so revolutionary any more.

3. People trust ‘my’ news — just not ‘the’ news: Trust in media has been declining for years. But a more nuanced examination of people’s attitudes shows some reason for optimism. When people dislike media, they don’t mean their media — they mean your media. Report by American Press Institute.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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