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TODD SMITH — Facebook taps journalists, part 2

Facebook grabbed headlines last year when it cut its “trending topics” editorial team. Now, it’s back in editor hiring mode. Recently, the social media leader announced plans to hire what it is describing as a “small team” of veteran journalists – likely 10 or fewer – to choose content that will be featured in a section of the news tab, ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook offers news outlets millions for publishing rights

Facebook is willing to shell out millions of dollars for the rights to publish its content in a news section that the company hopes to launch later this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook officials recently told news executives they would be willing to pay as much as $3 million a year to license headlines and previews of ...

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TODD SMITH: SXSW showcases brands, entertainment & politics

Austin was the epicenter of the Brandverse during the SXSW festival, where brands, entertainment, music and politics mixed in an ethereal digital dance. This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival and Conference offered interactive brand experiences all week long, along with bodacious live music, comedy, world premieres of TV shows and movies, product launches – and yes, the onslaught of ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Break the echo chamber

The internet and social media have empowered us with far greater amounts of information and at increasingly faster rates than any other point in the history of humankind.  The benefits of this democratization are omnipresent and permeate almost every aspect of our lives now.  For technologies that have largely only existed for about a decade, it is hard to imagine ...

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TODD SMITH: Fox News stands behind Ingraham as advertisers flee

Dozens of advertisers may have dropped Fox News’ Laura Ingraham over her mockery of Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg, but the network stood by her side. In a statement, Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy said, “We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts. We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook finally responded to Cambridge Analytica crisis

The media, communications pros, lawmakers and investors – along with the rest of the world – continuously asked: where is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the wake of the spiraling Cambridge Analytica private data crisis. Zuckerberg and Facebook faced significant media criticism for not addressing reports that Cambridge Analytica obtained the private data of tens of millions of the platform’s ...

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ALAN TURNER — The importance of quality local journalism

Today, we’ve all heard the use of the term “fake news”. This is a term that was virtually unknown until recent years, just as the words “Google”, “Facebook”, and “Twitter” were unknown just a few years ago. There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of trustworthy, accurate news and information to a free and democratic nation. There is also ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook fights fake news with publisher info buttons

Facebook has taken another step in fighting fake news – by showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles to give more context about the links they see. It has begun testing a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” ...

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