3 to read: Dogged reporter smashes fraud firm | 3 new news owners, 3 very different results | HuffPo reporter exposes racist troll - bounced by Twitter

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

June 8, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. What to do when the corporation is flat-out lying about its product: An over-hyped product. Nasty corporate villains. A dogged reporter. It’s all here, in this great read about how WSJ reporter John Carreyrou who took down the fraud firm Theranos (nice touch: constant surveillance). It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

2. How three very different wealthy newspaper owners got three very different results: Jeff Bezos, John Henry, Aaron Kushner. These are the three men who bought the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Orange County Register (all on the cheap) and sought to change the fortunes of journalism. Dan Kennedy, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston, has written a book called “The Return of the Moguls” that chronicles the very different paths and results each owner has encountered. A good read. (Conflict alert: Dan and I are colleagues at Northeastern.)

3. HuffPo reporter exposes racist Islamophobe troll on Twitter: Twitter, oh Twitter. When are you going to get it right? HuffPo reporter Luke O’Brien wrote a great story exposing an Islamophobe troll, whose racist tweets made her an alt-right star. So what happens? O’Brien gets death threats, he gets doxxed, his colleagues get threatened. And Twitter suspended his account — but not those of the people who were ripping into him on the platform. (His account has since been restored.) Twitter makes noises about cleaning up the acts of its users, but still has a long way to go.

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

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