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What will come of Facebook’s potential new partnership with news organizations?

Facebook may be forming a new type of partnership with news organizations soon. While nothing is official yet, many people are concerned about the effect that this partnership could have on news content.

This partnership would allow news organizations to post their stories directly onto Facebook, differing from the current system that forces readers to follow a link to access news content.

This new partnership could bring in a great deal of revenue for news organizations.

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Serial Podcasts: A New Medium for Journalists?

Photo courtesy of flickr user Patrick Breitenbach

Photo courtesy of flickr user Patrick Breitenbach

As people drive around in morning rush hour traffic, they are probably twisting the car radio’s knob.  One man is trying to listen to music; a woman is struggling to find a traffic update.  Radio consists of both entertainment and news.  Is it possible to blend the two?   Considering a new podcast called “Serial” attempts to blend journalism and storytelling, it seems to be a possibility.

Sarah Koenig, a reporter and a creator of the podcast, made “Serial” as an attempt to re-investigate the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee.  Adnan Syed, Lee’s boyfriend, was convicted of killing her and was handed a life sentence in prison.

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News websites are squelching readers’ voices by eliminating comments section

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Photo by Lauren Kassien

By: Lauren Kassien

Reuters announced Friday that will no longer allow readers to comment on news stories. In an editor’s note, Executive Editor Dan Colarusso says the agency’s decision stems from the fact that social media has changed the climate of news discussion and debate. Due to the massive influx in reader response within the last few years, Reuters can no longer police all the comments its stories receive. Colarusso says this kind of colorful discussion stems from social media—and that’s where those comments should stay.

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Using YouTube as a News Source

By: Claudia Williams

On the evening of November 3, a woman by the name of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the whole thing was caught on film by a surveillance camera on a nearby building. The video shows Freeland being grabbed by a man and forced into his vehicle against her will, all while another car pulled up, watched the whole thing, and left without a word. The media source YouTube

and the Philadelphia PD channel is asking for the public’s help in identifying the unknown car, as well as the suspect involved in the actual abduction.

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Is The News Becoming Too Interactive?

Posted by: Lauren Manecke

Wondering if the news is becoming too interactive may seem like an odd thought, but think about where you get your news on a daily basis. Do you see an article on Facebook and click to check out the link, or do you read the comments first and grasp the concept of the news from there? When scrolling through your Twitter feed, do you click the actual article or do you just look at the heading and responses?

With the world becoming more technologically advanced, news sources are taking to popular social media sites to get their information out there first. Although this is a good strategy and handy for those constantly on the go, news is easily twisted through reader’s responses. With the click of the “comment” button, anything can be posted. I believe this not only contorts the story, but it also sparks instant controversy, which can lead to other irrelevant discussions.

The recent Miss America pageant caused just that. On Sunday night, Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America, but shortly after her crowning, the internet started blowing up with articles bashing her talent act. The free reign of people being able to post whatever they want on the internet turned the focus from her winning the crown to making fun of her talent. Continue reading

Is News Media Compromising Content for Clicks?

By: Courtney Fishman

Washington Post Tweet courtesy of Twitter.

Washington Post Tweet courtesy of Twitter.

Although it’s only September 9, the pumpkin spice craze is already in full swing. With Starbucks releasing their signature fall drink over a month earlier than its usual release, pumpkin spice merchandise is returning to coffee shops and maybe even convenient stores.

Yesterday, The Washington Post shot down rumors from Twitter that Durex would release a pumpkin spice condom. The idea of this flavored condom might be a strange one, but even stranger is the fact that The Washington Post is reporting about it.

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Can Journalists Stop Suicides?


Photo Credit: Getty Images | Robert D. Barnes, Digital Vision

Photo Credit: Getty Images | Robert D. Barnes, Digital Vision

By: Linley Sanders

A new study suggests that by following certain tips, journalists are able to dramatically reduce the number of suicides, specifically cluster suicides, that take place in a community. According to an article reported by Poynter and The Daily Beast, there are facts that support the idea that detailed reporting about suicides was likely to result in a chain reaction. As the study explains:

It’s not just that the suicides in a cluster were written about more often—the type of coverage was significant. The first suicide in a cluster was more likely to be printed on the front page of a newspaper and more likely to include photos, while the headlines more often contained the word ‘suicide’. The coverage was also more likely to detail the specific suicide method, and was classified as “sensational” or tabloid-like. Suicide notes were also mentioned more frequently.

Basically, newspaper reports that detailed suicides were said to cause copycat suicides more frequently than when reports were less graphic or detailed.

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