3 to read: Takedown of a Cabinet secretary | Why can’t FB beat back the trolls? | Make Twitter useful (again)

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Oct. 7, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. Takedown: The inside story on how HHS Secy Price got caught: Wonderful first-person account from the Politico reporters who blew open the story, forcing Thomas Price to resign for using high-cost charter flights when commercial planes were available. It involves stakeouts at airports, hot anonymous tips, and dogged reporting. Well done, Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan.

2. Facebook & Google keep getting gamed by trolls — just look at Las Vegas: Everybody’s favorite duopoly talks big about blocking the trolls throwing up fake news. But the trolls don’t seem to have much trouble figuring out how to game their algorithms. Look at Las Vegas: Stories got big play about the how the shooter was an anti-Trump liberal, linked to the Islamic state. Or not. The situation shows the problems facing Facebook and Google, and how far they are from solutions. Good stuff by Kevin Roose at the NYT.

3. How to use Tweetdeck & advanced search to make Twitter useful (again): Feeling like the flood of tweets is making Twitter too much of a pain? Never fear, here are some simple (but effective) tips that make Twitter so much more useful as a newsroom tool again. Nice work by Ren Laforme for Poynter.

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Matt Carroll teaches journalism at Northeastern University.

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