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Craig Silverman Finds Himself Knee-Deep in Fake News

At the end of a very good piece by The Verge reports editor Josh Dzieza about how Facebook is fanning the flame of viral fake news, Craig Silverman talks about an unanticipated priority.

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A month ago, Silverman launched watchdog site emergent.info with Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism to debunk items like the one above, concocted by current fake news headline-grabber National Report:

Silverman is interested in the dynamics of online rumors generally, but the fake news sites have become an unexpected focus. “I’m actively now thinking about ways to go after these fake news sites,” he says. “We need some way to crawl these sites and figure out which stories are starting to get velocity so we can counteract them, ruin their incentive, prevent them from getting the big hits. But I have no idea what the best way might be. There are so many.”

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Yahoo Expects $100 Million in Ad Sales from Tumblr

During a quarterly earnings call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer revealed her vision for Tumblr — a $100 million vision. According to Mayer, the blogging platform will bring in $100 million in ad revenue next year. Mayer also said that Yahoo’s native advertising business will rake in $250 million.

That’s music to the ears of Yahoo investors, who were a bit concerned when Mayer decided to plunk down more than $1 billion for Tumblr last year.

The Wall Street Journal reports that since Yahoo acquired Tumblr, its audience has increased by 40 percent to 420 million users and registered blogs have doubled to 206 million.

What does this all mean for Tumblr users? More ads. A lot more.

300 NY Times Staffers Consider Taking Buyouts

newyorktimes-logoNew York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson are apparently going to have an easier time reducing the newsroom by 100 than they thought. According to The New York Post, 300 Times staffers have put in a request with the Newspaper Guild to review their severance packages.

Sulzberger and Thompson announced in early October that they needed to eliminate 100 jobs via either accepted buyouts or, if the number wasn’t reached, layoffs.

Though 300 people are reviewing their packages, it doesn’t mean they’re all in a rush to leave the Grey Lady. “A lot of people were just securing their rights and checking it out,” Grant Glickson, a union rep, told the Post.

Still, the fact that this many people are even giving the move a thought is interesting. It might be because the offer is heavily weighted toward urging veterans out the door. Staffers who have 20 or more years experience will get a bonus of 35 percent of their salary if they accept the Times offer. That could be just be enough to get people thinking of leaving the newspaper grind behind.

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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 (FishbowlDC)
Former editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington. Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968-1991, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. The Washington Post Bradlee’s most important decision, made with publisher Katharine Graham, the Post’s publisher, may have been to print stories based on the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War. The Post’s circulation nearly doubled while Bradlee was in charge of the newsroom — first as managing editor and then as executive editor — as did the size of its newsroom staff. NYT With full backing from Graham, Bradlee led the Post into the first rank of American newspapers, courting controversy and giving it standing as a thorn in the side of Washington officials. When government officials called to complain, Bradlee acted as a buffer between them and his staff. “Just get it right,” he would tell his reporters. Most of the time they did, but there were mistakes, one so big that the paper had to return a Pulitzer Prize. Boston Globe It was Bradlee who guided the Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal — “the story of our generation,” he later called it, “the story that put us all on the map” — and his unwavering leadership was crucial to the success of the paper’s investigations during the nine months between the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters on June 17, 1972, and the sentencing of the Watergate burglars on March 23, 1973, a period during which the Post was far out in front of the rest of the media in covering the scandal and, as a result, dangerously exposed to criticism from the Nixon administration. Reuters Bradlee’s death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

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Dan and Mark | Family Affair | Odd Folder

dan-rather_304x200TVNewser: Dan Rather is happy to have Mark Cuban as a boss. That felt weird to type.

FishbowlDC: John McCain wishes his daughter Meghan McCain was more like Chelsea Clinton. Well that’s not awkward at all.

 AllFacebook: Facebook’s “other” folder doesn’t make sense. We didn’t even know there was an other folder.

Bloomberg Lands Joseph Weisenthal

JosephWeisenthalTwitterProfilePicLate this Tuesday afternoon, Business Insider executive editor Joseph Weisenthal tweeted. That in itself is not at all unusual, but what he conveyed was. After six years with Business Insider, Weisenthal is moving on.

The hard-working journalist timed his tweets to coincide with a New York Times item by Ravi Somaiya. The BI vet will be tasked at his new Bloomberg Media home with building a markets-finance website and hosting a TV show:

Mr. Weisenthal, in an interview on Tuesday afternoon discussing his new position, said he would be “putting together a team of about 10 people,” adding, “We’re planning to just dominate markets news, make it a must-visit destination.” He said he would hire additional staff for the television show.

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No One Trusts BuzzFeed

sad-smiley-3Another interesting tidbit from that massive Pew Research Center study we mentioned this morning is that no one seems to trust BuzzFeeed [insert LOL and/or :( here].

The site was the only media outlet considered by Pew that received across the board distrust by liberals, conservatives and moderates. BuzzFeed did so poorly that people trust Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck more. If you’re a BuzzFeed staffer, that has got to be a little depressing.

The constant barrage of idiotic quizzes and lists is certainly one reason people do not trust BuzzFeed. However, we imagine the site’s battles with plagiarism and mysteriously deleted posts probably didn’t help its cause either. SMH.

You can see Pew’s chart featuring sad BuzzFeed below.

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Fox News Gets the Zellweger Skinny

Once upon a time, Tom Cruise told Renee Zellweger: “You complete me.” But today, it’s all about Renee’s complete “new” me.

In the wake of Zellweger’s shockingly unfamiliar red carpet face, presented Monday at Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” awards event in Los Angeles, Fox News did a little investigating. Our main takeaway? We’re a long way from Hollywood’s Golden Age:

“It looks like she had eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, Botox, lip fillers and cheek fillers,” founder and partner of Fountain Medical Group Dr. Todd Schlifstein, who doesn’t treat Zellweger, told FOX 411. “It appears she changed the shape of eye and eyelid. She removed excess skin, tightened skin around the area.”

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CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

AlanDukePhotoFor the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the number one desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. During that one month in question, Duke went on vacation for three weeks.

More specifically, for the first nine months of 2014, Duke’s byline attracted a staggering 300 million desktop page views. His most notable recent CNN item was a September 18 report, with Susan Candiotti, that Yorkville Endoscopy clinic workers told investigators they saw and heard Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor take a selfie with the unconscious entertainer.

Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist – who had been with CNN since 1989 – decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

“Last month, there was an event that really told me this was the time to leave,” Duke tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had an internal “huddle” [meeting] for CNN Digital, which was both a pep talk and an update on business affairs. In the executives’ statements and voices, I just picked up panic and chaos.”

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