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WIRED Picks Top Science Stories of 2016

Matt Simon from WIRED has chosen the top nine science news stories of 2016. The list includes captivating chronicles of new discovery, personal drama and perseverance leading to technology breakthroughs. Check out his list and see if you agree. …

Facebook Sticks Toe Into Fake News Problem

On December 15, Facebook announced its efforts to solve the proliferation of fake news on its site. The solution sounds well-meaning and involves reputable third party content fact checkers who are notified of apparent fake news after Facebook users flag …

The Internet’s Fake News Problem

CNET’s story on the internet’s fake news problem shows that it is bad and likely to get worse. Google and Facebook have been shown to run fake news. These marketing giants, which are a primary source of news, have made …

The Most Watched Cable News Shows

TV Newser provides a list of the top watched cable news shows for last quarter. The top spots go to Fox News with Megyn Kelly the most watched cable anchor among younger viewers. MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show comes in …

Do You Get News Alerts?

If you have a smartphone, then you are like 55% of us who get news alerts. Half of this group actually clicks through to a news story. These facts are courtesy of Pew Research Center. You can read ten …

What Determined A “Trending” Facebook News Story

Facebook has faced controversy over what stories were featured in its News Feed sidebar. Last week, the social media platform fired its contractors who curated the news feed in favor of using an algorithm. They are speaking out on how …

News Media Doesn’t Reflect U.S. Diversity

This story from BillMoyers.com explains how today’s news media and their newsrooms don’t come close to reflecting America’s diversity. It uses a photo from an MSNBC ad about their journalist who cover the presidential campaign to make the article’s point …

Ryan Lochte Needs Crisis Communications Help

Star athletes and others in the media eye are known to shoot themselves in the foot on occasion. Ryan Lochte is a prime example. After losing four major sponsors, it’s clear he needs crisis communications counsel. (See Mashable article.) We …

Why News Junkies Are Depressed

The Atlantic has a great article about why people who love news are so glum about the world. It has to do with what researchers call “the availability bias”. Basically, bad news gets covered by journalists much more than so …