By Barbara Ortutay Published 4:34 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told the Associated Press. The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn’t popular. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook’s later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world. When Facebook launched “trending” in 2014 as a list of headlines to the side of the main news feed, it was a straightforward move to steal users from Twitter by giving them a quick look at the most popular news of the moment. It fit nicely into CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge just a year earlier to make Facebook its users’ “personal newspaper.” But that was then. “Fake news” wasn’t yet a popular term, and no foreign country had been accused … [Read more...] about Facebook kills ‘trending’ topics, tests breaking news label
What: A robot-tongue-in-cheek attempt to keep with the news on a late-night talk show. Who: Seth Meyers Why we care: Late-night TV has been going to extremes trying to keep up with the constant barrage of chaos that defines the Trump era. Since these shows tape in the afternoon, it’s difficult to cram in late breaking news. Stephen Colbert has had to rely on his improv chops lately to respond to ear-whispered dispatches during his tapings. Seth Meyers, however, debuted a new alternative solution during his Thursday night show. “It’s been a truly crazy 48 hours,” Meyers says. “In fact, I’m just gonna sit here with my mouth open so they can digitally add in all the breaking news that will happen after we tape this show tonight but before it airs.” The host then dramatically lowers his jaw while a robot voice announces actual Trump news from the day, along with some mildly implausible scenarios the writers made up just in case. … [Read more...] about Seth Meyers has a radical new way to do breaking news on his show
Business Insider needs a breaking news reporter for our London office. We are looking for someone who loves the speed and chaos of the daily news cycle to work on our breaking news desk in London. We want reporters who want to set the agenda with our readers. People who aren’t satisfied until that headline is exactly right. People who want to tell it like it is, with zero BS. We are especially keen to recruit journalists who are fed up with the cliches and jargon of legacy media brands. And we want people who are comfortable knowing that the size of your audience is a useful measure of how interesting your stories are. If you love to break news and drive major stories forward, then this could be your dream job. We are looking for: Great clips as a reporter, including a mix of breaking news and analysis. Strong reporting and writing skills. Someone who gets it right the first time. An appreciation for Business Insider, our voice, and what we do well. A desire to work as … [Read more...] about Business Insider is hiring a breaking news reporter in London
Supported by Personal Tech Tech We’re Using By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH APRIL 11, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jonah Bromwich, a breaking news reporter for The Times in New York, discussed the tech he’s using.You cover breaking and trending news with an extremely quick turnaround. What are some of the tech tools you rely on to stay on top of the news and file stories quickly and accurately?It’s true! I use a couple of surfacing tools, most prominently Dataminr. Basically what it does is provide us with a continuously updating feed of tweets that have breaking news in them.For example, we could become aware of a story that we want to monitor (and possibly cover) when a tweet from a local Houston reporter says something like, “Gunshots fired … [Read more...] about How to Stay on Top of Breaking News
The news flashed--FLASHED!--into our in-box Friday afternoon: Breaking news! Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company would start verifying advertisers who want to place political ads on your Facebook feeds. Amazing! "This will make it much harder for people to run pages using fake accounts or to grow virally and spread misinformation or divisive content that way," Mr. Zuckerberg explained to the press. He also noted that Facebook will hire even more people to verify these advertisers and make sure all this is completed before the elections this November. Our considered editorial opinion on verifying advertisers: Newspapers have been doing this since memory runneth not to the contrary. We're glad Facebook has caught up. Editorial on 04/09/2018 Print Headline: Breaking news! … [Read more...] about Breaking news!