3 to read: Fact-checker fight | Zuckerborg’s education | Taking on Trump | Trolling the troll

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Aug. 4, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. The curious tale of how fact-checker Snopes is feuding with one of the internet’s most notorious hoaxers: Snopes has made such a rep as a fact-checking powerhouse that Facebook made them a partner in verifying stories. Turns out, that was bad news for some of the Internet’s most notorious trolls — or perhaps satirists, as they prefer to be known — which had been making money spoofing Snopes. Now Snopes has effectively turned off the Facebook spigot for the sites, drastically cutting readership. Good read by Daniel Funke for Poynter.
2. The expensive education of Mark Zuckerberg (& how we are paying the price): Kara Swisher, the editor at large of Recode, does a pretty good eviscerating the Facebook founder in this opinion piece for the NYT. The basic thrust of the piece (told in a well-deserved exasperated tone) is how could Zuckerberg not recognize the potential problems posed by bad actors? Yes, Mark, why the hell did it take so long to realize the damage Facebook was doing to society and democracy?

3. The 37-year-old who took over the NYT & is taking on Trump: Trump recently tweeted details of his meeting with the new publisher of the NYT. Except the new pub, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, took immediate exception to how the president characterized the meeting, and let the world know so. The story of the collision between the two titans offers fascinating insight into the young Sulzberger who will be leading the NYT for the foreseeable future. Nice work by the WaPo.

And one extra bc I’m off for a few weeks…

Trolling the Pizzagate troll Mike Cernovich: Cernovich has made a (crappy) rep trolling legit journalists with all sorts of out-of-context claims. But it turns out the troll is getting trolled. And he doesn’t like it very much. Boy, how he doesn’t like it… A wonderful read by Luke O’Brien for HuffPo.

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3 to read: Dropping Twitter | 12 prototypes | Who loses

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 28, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. Why the NYT’s Haberman has dropped Twitter… for now: Maggie Haberman of the NYT is one of the star reporters covering the Trump White House. She’s also become adept on Twitter, helping raise her profile. But she feels the platform has gotten toxic: “For me, it had become an enormous and pointless drain on my time and mental energy.” A very personal view of why someone would step away from a highly visible soapbox.

2. 12 prototypes: What worked in BBC’s quest for new storytelling forms: The BBC spent two months experimenting with 12 different storytelling prototypes. Here’s what worked, and didn’t. An interesting look at where storytelling might be headed.

3. Who loses when local news disappears: In the wake of the job slashings at the New York Daily News, Kyle Pope for CJR writes about what everyone loses when local news goes uncovered. Tough commentary.

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3 to read: How alt-right helped push fake news | Digital sleuth | From troll to father killer

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 21, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

Fake news. That’s the theme of this week’s “3 to read.” Two stories are profiles — one of a top digital sleuth who is dedicated to uncovering fake news of all stripes and the other on a fake-news troll whose life derailed into murder. The third is about how conservatives in the US helped support Macedonians who created a tsunami of fake news on Facebook in the runup to the presidential election.

  1. Dirty secret: The role US conservatives played in the Macedonian “fake news” boom that helped elect Trump: Craig Silverman and others at BuzzFeed peel back the layers of how conservatives in America helped Macedonians create a whirlwind fake news factory of conspiracy theories and crazy stories that helped elect Trump. It’s not a pretty picture. But it is fascinating.

2. Meet Jonathan Albright, the digital sleuth blowing up fake news: Albright may be the biggest name in the battle against fake news. He has helped reporters at the NYT, WaPo, BuzzFeed and others on stories ranging from how Facebook played down the influence and number of Russian ads to how Cambridge Analytica was a bad actor. A wonderful profile by Issie Lapowsky of Wired.

3. From alt-right troll to father killer: The unraveling of Lane Davis: Some trolls push whacko conspiracy theories because of the fun that comes from stirring the pot. Others are true believers. Lane Davis was a true believer, and it led down a very dark road. Joe Bernstein of BuzzfeedNews tells the story of his one-time source — an alt-right hero with no income who lived in his parents’ house — who finally cracked and killed his own father. An intense but great read.

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3 to read: Who’s pushing fake news | Digital sleuth | From troll to father killer

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 21, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

Fake news. That’s the theme of this week’s “3 to read.” Two stories are profiles — one of a top digital sleuth who is dedicated to uncovering fake news of all stripes and the other on a fake-news troll whose life derailed into murder. The third is about how conservatives in the US helped support Macedonians who created a tsunami of fake news on Facebook in the runup to the presidential election.

  1. Dirty secret: The role US conservatives played in the Macedonian “fake news” boom that helped elect Trump: Craig Silverman and others at BuzzFeed peel back the layers of how conservatives in America helped Macedonians create a whirlwind fake news factory of conspiracy theories and crazy stories that helped elect Trump. It’s not a pretty picture. But it is fascinating.

2. Meet Jonathan Albright, the digital sleuth blowing up fake news: Albright may be the biggest name in the battle against fake news. He has helped reporters at the NYT, WaPo, BuzzFeed and others on stories ranging from how Facebook played down the influence and number of Russian ads to how Cambridge Analytica was a bad actor. A wonderful profile by Issie Lapowsky of Wired.

3. From alt-right troll to father killer: The unraveling of Lane Davis: Some trolls push whacko conspiracy theories because of the fun that comes from stirring the pot. Others are true believers. Lane Davis was a true believer, and it led down a very dark road. Joe Bernstein of BuzzfeedNews tells the story of his one-time source — an alt-right hero with no income who lived in his parents’ house — who finally cracked and killed his own father. An intense but great read.

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