“It doesn’t seem like we’re striving to make third-party fact checking more practical for publishers — it seems like we’re striving to make it easier for Facebook”


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Happy anniversary, Facebook: Snopes quit your fact-checking partnership. Poynter’s Daniel Funke reported Friday that Snopes has pulled out of the third-party debunking squad Facebook enlisted in 2016. The Associated Press is not currently fact-checking for it either (but apparently hasn’t fully quit), TechCrunch reported. Snopes, the 25-year-old fact-checking site, said Facebook’s system was too manual — not automated enough — for the 16-person organization. “With a manual system and a closed system — it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Snopes’ VP of operations Vinny Green told Poynter. “It doesn’t seem like we’re striving to make third-party fact checking more practical for publishers — it seems like we’re striving to make it easier for Facebook. At some point, we need to put our foot down and say, ‘No. You need to build an API.'” (Snopes has its own leadership troubles, which it counts as another Continue reading "“It doesn’t seem like we’re striving to make third-party fact checking more practical for publishers — it seems like we’re striving to make it easier for Facebook”"

Associated Press Deletes Tweet Referring to Migrant Caravan as ‘Ragtag Army of the Poor’


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The Associated Press has apologized for a bad choice of words in their reporting on the migrant caravan in Mexico. The news outlet’s initial tweet got a fair amount of social media criticism. Additionally, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists put out a statement critical of the AP’s word choice. This morning the AP tweeted, “We’ve removed an @AP tweet from Oct. 21 that said a migrant caravan in Mexico was ‘like a ragtag army of the poor.’ That wording was poorly chosen and has been removed from our coverage of the caravan.”

Trump Slams AP’s ‘Fake News’ Headline After Fox & Friends Calls it ‘Misleading,’ ‘Inaccurate’


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President Trump is apparently watching Fox & Friends again, judging by how he’s following their lead and criticizing Associated Press over a headline they came up with from their interview with him. Trump kicked off his day by indulging in his favorite hobby: attacking the “FAKE NEWS!” Let’s put this into context, shall we? Trump was asked yesterday if he would accept any responsibility in the event that Republicans lose the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. “No, I think I’m helping people,” Trump responded. “They would say that in the old days that if you got the support of a president or if you’ve got the support of somebody it would be nice to have, but it meant nothing, Continue reading "Trump Slams AP’s ‘Fake News’ Headline After Fox & Friends Calls it ‘Misleading,’ ‘Inaccurate’"

“Journalism practice may feel like a product on a conveyor belt”: Researchers on the future of automated news production and consumption


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Even if automation is creeping into all corners of our lives, at least we humans can still get together in real life to talk about it. At the Algorithms, Automation, and News conference in Munich this week, some of journalism’s biggest brainiacs shared their research on everything from bot behavior to showing your work when it’s automated to reporting through the Internet of Things. Many of academics’ relevant papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of Digital Journalism. (Full list of presenters, panelists, and papers here.) Algorithmic accountability — reverse-engineering and reporting on the algorithms across our lives, from Facebook to Airbnb to targeted job listings — is a hot topic in journalism, but this conference focused more on the silver linings: how automation and algorithms could bolster newsrooms full of human journalists. Here are some of the top tweets from the Munich mind-gathering: The Associated Press’ director of
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Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016


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One hundred and seventy-four days remain until the United States’ midterm elections (421 until the next presidential election, but who’s counting) — which means there’s still time to “evolve” how polling is conducted. The 2016 presidential election wasn’t polling’s shining moment, with many post-mortems pointing to opinion polls misleading election forecasters and underestimating now-President Trump’s support. It didn’t help that some polls were tied to news organizations that don’t really have the resources anymore to support this work — at least doing this work well. There’s no perfect poll aside from (maybe) the ballot itself, but the polling system — both conducted by the media and reported on in the media — has faced critics since long before November 8, 2016. These issues contributed to the Associated Press’ and Fox News’ departure from the Election Day polling data shared by the major networks last year. But now the wire Continue reading "Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016"

Associated Press Issues Correction After Howard Kurtz Calls Out ‘Dishonest Piece’


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The Associated Press issued a correction on Monday morning to a misleading report about a Howard Kurtz segment that drew the ire of the Fox News host. The AP reported that on Kurtz’s Sunday show Media Buzz, “Fox News inadvertently posted a graphic showing it lagged other cable news networks in trustworthiness.” The report seems to have been based on a misleading post from liberal blog Raw Story, which went viral on Sunday, and alleged that Kurtz “frantically implored his producer to take down a graphic that showed Fox is the least trusted of the big three cable networks.” As Mediaite noted earlier today, the AP article failed to note that the reason Kurtz asked (calmly) for the graphic to be taken down was because it was displayed out of order — and he actually went on to cover the poll later on. AP changed Continue reading "Associated Press Issues Correction After Howard Kurtz Calls Out ‘Dishonest Piece’"

CNN’s Stelter Defends Fox News Rival Howard Kurtz Over ‘Incomplete’ AP Report


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Fox News’ Howard Kurtz called out the Associated Press for writing a story which did not accurately represent a series of events on his show, MediaBuzz, and of all people, CNN’s Brian Stelter came to his defense. Kurtz explained that a graphic of a poll he intended to show was onscreen prematurely, so he asked the control room to take it down and put it up later. Meanwhile, AP reported that Kurtz simply asked that the graphic––showing numbers on how much the biggest cable news networks are trusted––be removed. “This echoed partisan chatter online that I had somehow panicked or didn’t want to show the poll graphic, which is flatly contradicted by reality,” Kurtz said in a Facebook post. “I felt viewers deserved all the facts. That’s more than I can say for the AP, which owes me a correction.” Meanwhile, Stelter echoed Kurtz’s concerns and sympathized with Continue reading "CNN’s Stelter Defends Fox News Rival Howard Kurtz Over ‘Incomplete’ AP Report"

Howard Kurtz Torches the Associated Press For ‘Dishonest Piece’ on Fox News Graphic


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Fox News host Howard Kurtz went off on the Associated Press in a Facebook post Monday morning, slamming the outlet for “a story that utterly distorts what happened yesterday on my program Media Buzz.” The AP posted a piece on Sunday that reported, “Fox News inadvertently posted a graphic showing it lagged other cable news networks in trustworthiness.” The AP report appears to be based on an incredibly misleading post on liberal blog Raw Story, which claims that Kurtz “frantically implored his producer to take down a graphic that showed Fox is the least trusted of the big three cable networks.” What the AP article fails to note is that Kurtz asked the graphic to be taken down because it was displayed out of order. He actually covered the graphic — which showed a poll finding the big three cable networks are more trustworthy than Continue reading "Howard Kurtz Torches the Associated Press For ‘Dishonest Piece’ on Fox News Graphic"

Facebook and the AP Team Up to ‘Debunk Election Misinformation’ for the Midterms


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With Facebook and other networking sites under fire due to the online foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election, the world’s leading social media platform is launching another layer to their fact-checking initiatives by working with the Associated Press to “identify and debunk false and misleading stories.” According to a press release from the AP, these efforts will focus on the upcoming 2018 midterm elections — a move that makes sense as Facebook and Twitter have been grilled by lawmakers and the media alike for not properly cutting off the spread of misinformation on their sites. “The expanded collaboration leverages the presence of AP reporters in all 50 U.S. states to bring a local focus to Facebook’s fact-checking initiative,” read the statement. “AP has worked with Facebook since 2016 to reduce the circulation of false news articles on the platform.” The AP‘s Senior Vice President Continue reading "Facebook and the AP Team Up to ‘Debunk Election Misinformation’ for the Midterms"

Shaun White Shoots Down Sexual Misconduct Allegations at Olympics: Not Here to Talk ‘Gossip’


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Shaun White, fresh off of nabbing an Olympic gold medal for his run down the snowboarding halfpipe, shot down allegations of sexual misconduct by calling them “gossip” while speaking at a press conference in at the in Pyeongchang. The accusations were made in a 2016 lawsuit, which was settled for an unreported amount, when an ex-member of White’s band Bad Things accused the athlete of sexual harassment and bizarre examples of misconduct. White, who responded to the claims just after winning his third career gold medal, said the following:
“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff. I don’t think [it will tarnish my reputation]… I have Continue reading "Shaun White Shoots Down Sexual Misconduct Allegations at Olympics: Not Here to Talk ‘Gossip’"

A new report says Democrats and Republicans actually get news in pretty similar ways


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Though Republicans and Democrats have differing — and well documented — views of the media, members of both parties still follow the news and access media in similar ways, according to a study out Thursday from The Associated Press, the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, and the American Press Institute. Similar percentages of Democrats and Republicans said they get news multiple times a day, actively seek out news, get news on social media, pay for news, and get news from local sources regularly, the study found. 72 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of Republicans said they get news more than one time a day. 75 percent of people in both parties get news on social media. 58 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Republicans say they pay for news. One-quarter of Democrats and 21 percent of those in the GOP said they routinely access local news sources.
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AP Fact Check After Trump’s London Tweets: He ‘Can’t Be Counted On to Give Accurate Information’


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donald-trump The Associated Press has a fact-check out today after President Trump‘s London tweets which actually says this right at the top:
“President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad.”
The fact check from the AP says Trump “got ahead of the facts emerging” both in London and in the Philippines this past week, sharing “visceral reactions… instead of statements shaped by the findings of the U.S. intelligence and diplomatic apparatus.” In particular, they take note of Trump’s retweet of the Drudge Report on Saturday: You may recall that NBC News tweeted they wouldn’t relay that RT at the time because, they said, “the info is unconfirmed.” The AP’s fact-check includes not just his Continue reading "AP Fact Check After Trump’s London Tweets: He ‘Can’t Be Counted On to Give Accurate Information’"

BREAKING: President Trump Breaks Campaign Promise, Will Keep Israel Embassy in Tel Aviv


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Trump Israel President Donald Trump granted a six-month waiver on a law requiring that the U.S. embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem, thus breaking a promise from his 2016 presidential campaign. The Associated Press spotlighted the development in a Thursday report. The press agency noted that “Trump was facing a Thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the State Department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities. Presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.” There had been speculation surrounding the possible move of the American embassy for months. Three days after the President Trump’s inauguration, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough cited an anonymous source and reported that the diplomatic post would not be immediately moved as promised. Israeli news outlets had reported in early May that Mr. Trump would sign the six-month waver, and that “senior U.S. sources had informed the Israeli Continue reading "BREAKING: President Trump Breaks Campaign Promise, Will Keep Israel Embassy in Tel Aviv"

The AP Stylebook now includes new guidelines on data (requesting it, scraping it, reporting on it, and publishing it)


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It’s fitting that, in a year when the Panama Papers investigation won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting (the entire leaked data set for that investigation totaled 11.5 million documents adding up to 2.6 terabytes), the Associated Press is releasing its updated 2017 Stylebook with a new chapter on data journalism. “Government agencies, businesses and other organizations alike all communicate in the language of data and statistics,” the AP said. “To cover them, journalists must become conversant in that language as well.” Here are a few of the AP’s data journalism recommendations: — Get the data in searchable form, if you can. “In a records request for data, be sure to ask for data in an ‘electronic, machine-readable’ format that can be interpreted by standard spreadsheet or database software. The alternative, which is the default for many agencies, is to provide records in paper form or Continue reading "The AP Stylebook now includes new guidelines on data (requesting it, scraping it, reporting on it, and publishing it)"

AP: Trump Has Been Telling World Leaders to Call Him Directly on His Cell Phone


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russial collusion trumpedited This evening, we got yet another bombshell report as it relates to the White House and President Donald Trump. In this instance, the story isn’t directly tied to the Russia probe, like most of the other blockbusters we’ve seen in recent weeks. But it does relate to Trump’s handling of foreign affairs. According to the Associated Press, the president has been giving his cellphone number to various world leaders and telling them they can call him directly. As the report noted, this is a break in protocol and raises concerns over security and secrecy surrounding Trump’s communications. Per current and former American officials, Trump asked the Canadian and Mexican leaders to ring him up on his cell. Canadian Prime Minister had already taken Trump up on the offer. A French official also told the AP that Trump and new French President Emmanual Macron exchanged numbers. This revelation comes on Continue reading "AP: Trump Has Been Telling World Leaders to Call Him Directly on His Cell Phone"

‘If He Gases His Own People’: The AP Asked Trump Voters What it Would Take For Them to Bail


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trump rally With three straight days of happy hour news bombshells, it appears Congressional Republicans are beginning to distance themselves from President Donald Trump. But what about the base? The Associated Press set out to speak with Trump voters from New York, Georgia, and Iowa to find out if they’re still backing the President. The answer, at least among this small sample, appears to be yes. Ron Castorina, a New York State Assemblyman who represents Staten Island — an area which heavily backed Trump in the election — does not think voters in his district are ready to jump off the Trump train. “Not only have I not heard of anyone turning their backs, I’ve seen people become more in solidarity with the president because they feel he’s getting a raw deal,” Castorina said. Take Andrew Ottrando, a Staten Island resident. He made a tongue-in-cheek remark to the AP Continue reading "‘If He Gases His Own People’: The AP Asked Trump Voters What it Would Take For Them to Bail"