JOHNSTOWN, Pa. • The TV news has a familiar feel to it here in west-central Pennsylvania.News stories broadcast on WJAC, the NBC affiliate in town, have appeared on nearby station WATM, the ABC affiliate. And many of those stories are broadcast on WWCP, the Fox station here, as well.Not just the same topics — identical stories, reported by the same reporter or anchor, and repeated, almost verbatim at times, by the other stations.Recently, for example, both WATM and WWCP aired during their morning newscasts the same report about a Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony. Anchors at both stations used virtually the same language to set up the story. ("Speakers talked about how important it is to honor veterans and take care of them when they come home.") The stories featured the same sound bite from the same official. Then, during its noon newscast, WJAC repeated the whole thing.Almost all of the look-alike news emanates from WJAC's studios, located next to a cemetery on the … [Read more...] about This is what TV news looks like when Sinclair owns and manages local stations
In September 2017, we conducted Australia’s first nationally representative survey focused on young Australians’ news engagement practices. Our survey of 1,000 young Australians aged eight to 16 indicated that while roughly one third felt they could distinguish fake news from real news, one third felt they could not make this distinction. The other third were uncertain about their ability. In part, we were motivated by the gravity of recent academic and public claims about the impact of the spread of “fake news” via social media – although we are well aware of arguments about the credibility and accuracy of the term “fake news”. In our study, we classified fake news as news that is deliberately misleading. What we found Age plays a role here. As children get older, they feel more confident about telling fake news from real news. 42% of Australian teens aged 13-16 reported being able to tell fake news from real news, compared with 27% of … [Read more...] about Most young Australians can’t identify fake news online
Supported by Technology By NELLIE BOWLESAPRIL 21, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.In mid-March, Ms. Brown took the stage at a conference in New York about the future of the media industry. In front of a room full of editors and advertising executives, she immediately faced a question about Facebook’s latest scandal: The company had sent a letter to The Guardian threatening a lawsuit if the newspaper published a massive report on the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica’s improper harvesting of the data of millions of the social network’s users.“If it were me, I would have probably not threatened to sue The Guardian,” Ms. Brown said, with a Southern lilt in her voice and the easy charm of a onetime broadcast anchor. “Probably not our … [Read more...] about Is Facebook’s Campbell Brown a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Is She Fake News?
Published May 11, 2018 Markets Benzinga Facebook Twitter Comments Print This has been yet another busy week for cannabis companies. The United States Marijuana Index, which tracks 17 of the largest marijuana stocks in the U.S., closed the week roughly flat. Meanwhile, the North American Marijuana Index, which also includes Canadian stocks, posted gains of approximately 3 percent. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (OTC:HMLSF) gained 4.8 percent over the five days, while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSE:MJ) rose 3.9 percent. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE:SPY) surged 2.6 percent. Continue Reading Below A few companies released their quarterly financial results, including Aurora Cannabis, Terra Tech Corp (OTC:TRTC), Insys Therapeutics and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals. Results were pretty mixed, Cynthia Salarizadeh, CEO of AxisWire.com, told Benzinga. Aurora Cannabis and Terra Tech showed increased profits, while Insys Therapeutics and … [Read more...] about Pot Stocks, ETFs, Top News And Data From The Cannabis Industry This Week
A high-level deputy director in Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested on gun charges this weekend, police say. Reagan Stevens, the deputy director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives, was charged along with two men after officers found the trio in a vehicle with a loaded handgun late Saturday night, according to police. Officers were responding to ShotSpotter, the NYPD's bullet-detection system, near the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica when police say they found the “suspicious” vehicle double-parked nearby. The officers found the loaded 9mm handgun in a glove compartment, according to police, who said the weapon holds an eight-round clip but that only three rounds were remaining. Police said it wasn’t immediately clear if the gun had been recently fired. Top News: Conor McGregor Arrested After Backstage Melee Julio Cortez/AP Stevens, 42, was charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm and criminal … [Read more...] about Top De Blasio Aide Arrested on Gun Charges in Queens