By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>
Sept. 11, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.
Originally published on 3toread.co
- How to break the grip of misinformation among the fact-resistant: It’s infuriating arguing with people who refuse to acknowledge facts (yes, I am referring to you, certain members of my family). Or, as it’s put succinctly here: “Why is bullshit so hard to debunk?” Here’s an article to help journalists win over at least some of the people, some of the time. Tips: Attack the beliefs, not the people, and target people who are unsure about where they stand. Interesting ideas by Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute. (The video is excellent, too.)
2. How critical mistakes shook CNN’s belief in its elite team: In January, CNN crowed about its elite team of investigators, including Pulitzer Prize winners, it had poached from other news organizations. Yet within months it had unraveled into an embarrassing mess for the network. Mistakes in stories related to Russia and Trump officials led to resignations from the team and a curtailment of what it covered. A nice tick-tock and its impact on CNN by Sydney Ember and Michael M. Grynbaum of the New York Times.
3. How a free canvas tote became a stand against fake news (and a bigger status symbol than a $10,000 Hermès bag): Time for a little fun. Who would’ve thought that a tote bag from the New Yorker would have more cachet than some Hermes rag? How a simple piece of illustrated canvas has come to be seen as taking a stand against those who troll real media companies by shouting “Fake news!” Interesting read by Leslie Albrecht of MarketWatch.
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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.
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