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Is Grasswire, a “Real-Time Newsroom,” a Better Version of Reddit?

GrasswireIt’s no secret that the Internet is often a hotbed of misinformation in the wake of a breaking news event, particularly during horrible disasters involving multiple deaths, such as the Sandy Hook shootings. And social media is often a conduit for the rapid spread of fake facts and those terribly convincing photos that circulate around seemingly without end.

But a new service called Grasswire plans to be a “real-time newsroom curated and fact checked by everyone.” Covered by PandoDaily’s David Holmes recently, the Android app and website seeks to rectify all the wrongs people (including journalists) have Twitter have committed in spreading non fact-checked information on social media by ensuring it doesn’t keep happening. The platform is reminiscent of Reddit, Holmes notes — only Grasswire’s verification process is a bit more in-depth.

“…Instead of simply upvoting or downvoting, users can click “confirm” or “refute.” The confirmations and refutations stick with each post so that when the link is shared to social media, whatever factchecking is in place goes along with it. That way, even if a Grasswire link to a false claim is tweeted out or posted to Facebook, once its been refuted all subsequent retweets and posts will surface that factcheck,” Holmes explained.

Honestly, I think Grasswire’s idea is a huge step in the right direction. As more social media outlets surface, and user bases rise, citizen journalism is becoming more mainstream. On the one hand, it’s great. An engaged citizenry that reads and shares the news and seeks to inform their followers of what’s going on in their towns, states, country, the world?

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Reddit Launches Live Blogging Platform

reddilive.jpgReddit has officially launched RedditLive, a new feature where anyone on the platform can create their own live blog via a subreddit. The feature has been in beta for a few months but now anyone can get at it and live blog at will.

Are we still in a place where this means journos will whine about professionalism, ethics, and recall the mob mentality surrounding some reddit threads and news events? Probably. If so, it’s probably time to shed the pretense. Reporting needs to be mobile, live, and transparent. RedditLive doesn’t have to be a publisher, though that’s technically what it is, but could be a really good source for you in the newsroom. Although, someone is live-blogging their midnight snack.

I think that reddit is sort of a self-cleaning machine. There’s a lot of noise over there, and that’s a good thing. When something is wrong or missing, people notice. It’s like the “eyes on the street” effect for the web. Read more

Highlights from the Newsweek Staff’s Reddit AMA

newsweekAMAThe Newsweek staff did a Reddit AMA today. Jim Impoco, editor-in-chief, Kira Bindrim, managing editor, Alex Leo, head of product for IBT Media, Grant Burningham, homepage editor and Kate Gardiner, director of audience engagement, were all taking questions on a wide range of themes.

If you take away anything, it should be that Impoco has a way with words — in that he uses very, very few. And that the new team is excited about their product, the state of the media, serious journalism and are willing to defend it against cynical redditors.

Herewith, some highlights:

On The ‘New Regime’ of Newsweek

Leo: New approach is all about serious investigation, giving the reader real context (something missing at many news orgs) and having the best/last word not necessarily the first.

Impoco: It’s no longer a smart take on last week’s news. We prefer deeper dives into the important stories of the day…Investigative journalism is us — we’ve got some of the best in the business.

Bindrim: We can’t be Newsweek without accepting the connotations that name already has for people, and we would be remiss to ignore the magazine’s history. That history is a big part of why so many of us are excited about being a part of this relaunch. But neither do we want to pretend that this isn’t in fact a relaunch. We hear critiques of what Newsweek was or is every day, and it would be silly of us to take over a publication without also taking the opportunity to address some of those critiques. It’s why we like talking to readers, and why a forum like this one is valuable….I’m sure Newsweek’s past editorial leadership had reasons for choosing the covers or coverage they did, and it’s true that Jim and the rest of us can’t speak to those decisions. All we can say is that we’re listening to the feedback and making sure our current strategy takes it into consideration.

On Info-tainment, Buzzfeed, and Justin Bieber:

Bindrim: This always feels to me like asking about the difference between great literature and Twilight, or great films and Michael Bay. People are always going to want entertainment, and info-tainment is certainly a byproduct of that. I think as a news outlet, you have to find a balance, and every outlet is going to have different standards. For us, the goal is to never sacrifice quality for clicks….I do think news outlets have an obligation to present the most important news, and I think it’s safe to say Bieber isn’t that. But Americans also have a lot of options: Reuters, Al Jazeera, BBC and others all have the Ukraine in prominent positions on the homepage right now. The real news is out there if you can tear yourself away from the Biebs. Read more

The Hottest Social Network These Days? Not Facebook — But It’s Owned By Them

Facebook remains the undisputed king of social networks. If you’re sharing your stories or looking for sources, your time is well spent there.

But if you want to keep up and catch up with your audience, you can’t be only there, especially as the web moves to an ever more-visually driven medium. (And no, “But I’m on Twitter, too” isn’t enough these days.)

A study out this month finds that the clear winner in growth is another Facebook-acquired property is gaining on its photo-sharing corporate cousin: Instagram. According to research firm GlobalWebIndex, whose quarterly social summary (for Q4 2013) released this month pegs Instagram as the fastest growing — by a long shot — social network.

According to their survey, Instagram grew a whopping 23% in active usage in the fourth quarter of 2013. That same period saw a 3% decrease in Facebook’s usage, as well as in YouTube. To be fair, Facebook is still the most trafficked network, and with far more users already signed on it has less room to grow, but other budding social networks are gaining on it. Read more

Dog Days of Summer: Beach Reads for Journos

While there’s nothing better than a long weekend or a beach vacation, it can be hard to disconnect, especially when your job is to be connected. If you’re a little compulsive like me, you still get a little pang when you’re email starts to ding from your beachbag. So as not to enrage my family and friends, I’ve finally learned to believe in the vacation response: once it’s set on my email, I pretend not to check it.

Instead, I do other socially acceptable things that pertain, sort of, kind of, to my job. It makes me feel better.

Read

I’ve already taken my vacation this summer and passed most of my beach days thumbing through Brian Stelter‘s Top of the Morning. If you haven’t already read it, or wrote it off, I strongly urge you to reconsider. It’s a perfect summer read: well-written so you don’t start to snooze in your lounge chair and full of juicy bits of industry gossip. It’s like a James Patterson novel, but you won’t be embarassed if someone sees you eating it up.

If you like to get more serious, Jaron Lanier‘s Who Owns the Future? is another good pick.  The guy who coined the term ‘virtual reality’ now expounds on the political economy of the internet as we work with it today. Like Stelter’s book, it’s a quick and easy read — albeit more analytical. And sort of depressing. He likens free internet services to a bad mortgage — we benefit in the short term, but there are long term, serious consequences for our economy. It might make you want to just disconnect for good, or take up arms against ‘consumer internet services.’ If you want a preview, you can listen to an interview with Lanier here.

Play on the Internet

What with all the news coming out of Egypt this week, I saved the Pew Research Center’s report on reddit that they released yesterday. If you talk about social media without really knowing what reddit is all about — and it’s more than just ‘Ask Me Anything’ — then you should probably brush up. Only six percent of Americans are reddit users, but it’s a large, diverse world out there. Maybe you’re in that top percentile and already know this, but if you’re not, it’s a world worth exploring if only for the fact that 1) you’ll take it seriously next time someone brings it up as a way to troll for good stories or sources and 2) it can be sort of fun. Careful: you can waste more time on reddit than on Twitter. And you’re in charge of firing up the grill later.

Do you have any other good recomendations? Books? Podasts we should all be listening to? Comment here or tweet us with your summer distractions!

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