3 to read: ‘Media men’ list creator outs herself | What FB’s news feed changes mean | Reporter nightmare: When a subject of an investigation kills himself

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Jan. 13, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. The ‘Shitty Media Men’ list creator outs herself: The anonymous, crowdsourced list was supposed to be a simple Google spreadsheet, shared privately, of men in media who had (supposedly) sexually harassed or assaulted women. The privacy didn’t last long — within a few hours the list had exploded, both in reach and in the number of names added. Then, of course, the search for the author started. But before anyone published her name, Moira Donegan outed herself. Here’s the inside story of what the list was supposed to be, what it became, and the pushback she encountered.

2. What Facebook’s changes to its news feed mean (& how to adapt). Here’s two quick takes: WGBH breaks down what the changes mean for your newsroom, and has specific suggestions on what to do. And Simon Galperin on Medium suggests finding alternative channels, emphasizing social sharing, and cultivating Facebook groups. Good tips here.

3. Reporter’s nightmare: When the subject of an investigation kills himself: Reporters love to do kickass investigations. But what happens if the subject of the investigations kills himself? It can be shocking and emotionally devastating, for the reporter and newsroom. This is how KyCIR handled that very situation. It’s a fascinating read on how to confront a horrible issue head-on, with sensitivity and professionalism. Great read by Meg Dalton for CJR.

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Matt Carroll teaches journalism at Northeastern University. Twitter: @MattCData. Instagram: mattcarroll54.

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