The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.
Wei Xing — the founder of Chinese startup Pear Video (梨视频), which produces more than a thousand viral news clips a day — doesn’t fear rapid change.
In almost two decades in Chinese media, he’s moved from working at newspapers in Shanghai to setting up some of the most innovative digital media outlets in China: The Paper — which is overseen by Shanghai United Media Group, a conglomerate owned by the Chinese Communist Party, but has touched on some controversial topics — and its English-language sibling Sixth Tone.
Not content with working only on text-focused ventures, Wei launched Pear Video in 2016. With a cash injection of more than $15 million from China Media Capital and a reported Series A funding round of nearly $100 million, Pear now claims it’s China’s leading short news video platform, generating around 500 million daily views. (The publicly traded unit of People’s Daily, the Continue reading "Pear Video produces hundreds of news videos a day across China — with no full-time video journalists"
If you concocted news sites in a lab for maximum hipness, high polish, and most evocative noun names, you’d get Abacus and Inkstone.
These separate verticals — new offshoots of the Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post, the storied English-language newspaper covering China, based in Hong Kong — are highly designed, efficiently product-managed, and precisely targeted at the types of topics meticulous consumer surveys have determined are what news readers want more coverage on, but which few existing news sites cover satisfactorily.
Abacus covers tech in China broadly, and Inkstone is a daily digest on Chinese life and politics, with an eye towards explaining China for people who might just be glancingly interested in the country or newly aware of its influence in global politics. A third site, name undisclosed and launching sometime in June, will focus on food and travel.
These new verticals will be workhorses in trying to fulfill SCMP’s
The success of media literacy programs is often described in terms of number of people reached, rather than by how (or if) they actually change people’s behavior in the long run. It’s not even clear what metrics to judge them on.
But a new report from a media literacy course run in Ukraine suggests that the program actually was able to change participants’ behavior — even 18 months after they’d completed the course.
The program was called Learn to Discern (L2D); it was run by global development and education nonprofit IREX with funding from the Canadian government and support from local organizations Academy of Ukrainian Press and StopFake (which Nieman Lab covered four years ago).
First, the raw numbers: IREX says that its L2D seminars “reached more than 15,000 people of all ages and professional backgrounds” through a “train the trainers” model, in which 361 community leaders were trained