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Facebook finally gets serious about fighting fake news

Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the “worst of the worst” offenders and partnering with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people’s passions and preconceived notions. Fake news stories touch on a broad range of subjects, from unproven cancer ...

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TODD SMITH — Media must overcome onslaught of fake news

The presidential election turned the United States into a country of information addicts who compulsively check the television, the smartphone and the good old-fashioned newspaper with a burning question – what fresh twist could our national election drama and its newly minted executive producer-in-chief, Donald J. Trump, possibly have in store for us now? No doubt about it, Campaign 2016 ...

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TODD SMITH: Journalists share story pitching pet peeves

Reporters get 38,000 emails a year, and more than two-thirds of them are from people seeking publicity. It’s no wonder – there are more than times as many public relations specialists as reporters and correspondents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So it’s more important than ever to navigate all the noise with your journalist network with relevant – ...

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TODD SMITH — Is Facebook creating its own news cycle?

After a tsunami of accusations that Facebook showed political bias, the Senate demanded answers. Now it has them –12 pages of them. In a lengthy response to lawmakers, the company says it found no evidence that anyone on its Trending Topics team suppresses conservative content, as Gizmodo alleged in a story quoting unnamed former workers. Nevertheless, Facebook said it is ...

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TODD SMITH — Longer news stories gain steam on mobile devices

As the news media continues to tap into an ever-mobile public – with the nearly roughly seven-in-10 American adults who own a smartphone – it is increasingly using methods to appeal to today’s plugged-in, digital reader. With both a smaller screen size and an audience more apt to be dipping in and out of news, many question what kind of ...

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Legislators: Yarber has no grounds for quid-pro-quo claim on airport, sales tax bills

Legislators are baffled by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber’s March 11 Facebook claim that a Senate bill to dedicate more sales tax money to Jackson has become leverage for passage of another Senate bill to transfer policy control for Jackson’s airports to a state-appointed board. Yarber’s office did not respond to requests made Friday, Monday and Tuesday for clarification on the ...

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JOSH MABUS: Shed 50 pounds using these overlooked marketing techniques; Learning from the click bait era

You Won’t Believe What These Child Actors Are Doing Now.” “Eight Things Your Doctor is Lying About.” “Make $1,000 a Week Working From Home Using Just This Trick.” “One Mom’s Trick to Staying Fit on the Go.” “What This Kid Says Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.” We probably see 100 headlines like these everyday while scrolling down our Facebook ...

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TODD SMITH: Publishers are driving a mobile first culture

Publishers are pushing their reporters and other staff to think mobile-first in today’s media world. Recently, The New York Times said that it would temporarily bar employees, both inside and outside editorial, from accessing its desktop homepage while at the newspaper’s New York City headquarters. The thinking: With 47 percent of time spent with NYT’s digital content coming from mobile, ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE — Key results from Pew’s social media survey

As Meerkat loses the spotlight to Periscope and everyone tries to remember what Ello was all about, we could use a bit of research for clarity on the current state of social media. The ever-reliable Pew Research Center did just that with its extensive study on The Digital Lives of Teenagers. Here are the top takeaways: 1. Facebook is just ...

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