Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook to shut down Trending and is testing new features like a breaking news label for publishers, a Today In section, and a News Video in Watch section — NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed: Facebook Has Finally Put Its Controversial Trending Product Out Of Its Misery
Daphne Keller / @daphnehk: So, wait. AI makes “embarrassing and occasionally disastrous” errors when we ask it to surface information, but it's OK for suppressing information? Isn't the difference just that the first one has unavoidable public transparency, so we all know about the errors? http://twitter.com/...
Paul Wallbank / Mumbrella: Facebook shuts down Australian Trending News feature
Janet Cromley / Newser: In a Sign of the Times, Facebook Drops ‘Trending’ Box
William Hughes / The A.V. Club: Facebook kills its “trending” feature, pledges to find fresh new ways of being bad at showing you news
Sasha Ingber / NPR: Facebook Is Scrapping Its Troubled ‘Trending’ News Section
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook kills its ‘Trending’ section
Bonnie Kristian / The Week: Facebook kills ‘trending’ news
Parker / @pt: Would be interesting to see Twitter do this (or fix it). Trending is a key step in the process of shaping political coverage, turning today's reddit conspiracy theory into a cable news story by making it something “many people are saying.” http://twitter.com/...
Seth Fiegerman / CNNMoney: Facebook is shutting down trending topics feature
Kif Leswing / Business Insider: Facebook is killing the controversial ‘Trending’ news section it showed on its homepage
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook kills its Trending Topics feature
Josh Jordan / @numbersmuncher: Facebook's trending news section telling me that Facebook is killing the trending news section is my favorite thing today pic.twitter.com/uaY8JV7UH3
Ali Breland / The Hill: Facebook removing ‘trending’ topics feature
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Facebook will remove the Trending topics section next week
Amy Gesenhues / Marketing Land: Facebook ends Trending section & removes all products that integrated with the Trends API
Mike Rundle / @flyosity: Facebook is removing Trending. Facebook should've taken a hint from Twitter's Explore/Trending tab and kept the combination of algorithms + curation. Twitter's been nailing it recently with great Moments created minutes after breaking news. http://newsroom.fb.com/...
Sidney Fussell / Gizmodo: Facebook Kills Trending Topics
Kurt Wagner / Recode: Facebook finally killed its controversial Trending section, which no one was using
Sara Salinas / CNBC: Facebook won't tell you what's trending anymore
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web: Facebook has killed the hated Trending Topics bar
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: Facebook Removing ‘Trending’ News Section Because People Found it ‘Less and Less Useful’
John Hendrickson / @johnghendy: Facebook: Now that we've successfully made the media industry drastically worse for years to come we've decided to cut our losses http://newsroom.fb.com/...
Tom Stites / Poynter:
UNC to launch a searchable database of newspapers and online news sites in late June to track the spread of news deserts; study to be published in September — The data will be available in late June and the latest study will be shared online when it's published in September.
Samm Farai Monro / Nieman Lab:
Samm Farai Monro of Zimbabwe's Zambezi News discusses satirizing Robert Mugabe's regime, state-controlled TV, and how the internet has helped with distribution — “On the one hand, we know that quite a few government ministers actually watch our stuff....So these dudes, they do watch it …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Delivering exclusive or early access podcasts is expensive, labor-intensive, or leaky as dominant platforms by Apple and Google don't support paywalling content — In theory, premium podcasts should be a great tool for publishers that want to retain and grow their subscriber bases.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Bill Grueskin, Felix Salmon, and Alexandria Neason reconsider the age-old question of whether we need journalism schools; all say high costs must be weighed — One of the things we teach in journalism school is the need to scrutinize your sources' motives. Why are these people talking to you?
Discussion: @oneunderscore__, @jbenton, @rebeccaaguilar, @rachelleingang, @macloo, Media, disrupted, @johnrobinson, @alexandrianeas and @michaelsocolow
Ben Collins / @oneunderscore__: This piece by @alexandrianeas on journalism school is profound and decent and correct. It is very easy for white dudes with a good handshake to say it's completely unnecessary. It is just as easy for the rich to call it a prerequisite. http://www.cjr.org/... http://twitter.com/...
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: Lots of interesting points made here — but just as Harvard isn't a particularly useful way to frame discussions around higher ed (or @nytimes for discussions re: newspapers), I'm not sure Columbia is a very useful frame for debating the merits of j-school. http://www.cjr.org/...
Rebecca Aguilar / @rebeccaaguilar: Disagree w/ @felixsalmon about getting rid of journalism school grad programs. I'm a veteran journalist, started my grad program this year. I have conducted important studies that I use 4 work and panels. Also got $20K scholarship to cover 2 yr. program. http://www.cjr.org/...
Rachel Leingang / @rachelleingang: “I understood that a degree wouldn't help me skip the line, so much as it would familiarize me with the people who decide who even gets to stand in it.” http://www.cjr.org/... via @cjr
Mindy McAdams / @macloo: I'm struck by how the authors mainly ignored undergraduate j-schools at public universities, where students get hands-on experience and don't need to pursue a costly graduate degree. http://www.cjr.org/... #journalism
John Robinson / Media, disrupted: The value of a journalism school education
John Robinson / @johnrobinson: I elaborate on why I think a journalism school education has value. Plus, you get a photo of me back in the day without a shirt on. http://johnlrobinson.com/...
Alex Neason / @alexandrianeas: today in @CJR, a fight! @bgrueskin and @felixsalmon make arguments for and against journalism school, and i set up shop on an island of ¯\_()_/¯ (it's complicated!) click through to read our essays on the merits of j school: https://www.cjr.org/...
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify updates its hateful content and conduct policy, says it will no longer use the provision that led to removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from playlists — Three weeks after Spotify announced a new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct on its service …
Discussion: newsroom.spotify.com, Refinery29, New York Times, CNBC, The Guardian, Variety, TechCrunch, @joecoscarelli, CNET, Pitchfork and Noisey
Sara Salinas / CNBC: Spotify abandons controversial artist policy: 'We don't aim to play judge and jury'
Guardian music / The Guardian: Spotify removes ‘hate conduct’ policy after backlash
Todd Spangler / Variety: Spotify Drops ‘Hate Conduct’ Policy for Artist Promotions After Controversy
Brian Heater / TechCrunch: Spotify backs off ‘hateful conduct’ policy amid backlash
Joe Coscarelli / @joecoscarelli: oops... Spotify is “moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct” http://newsroom.spotify.com/ ... after announcing that it had banned R. Kelly & XXXTentacion from playlists but not really explaining where they drew the line http://www.nytimes.com/... http://twitter.com/...
Joan E. Solsman / CNET: Spotify cancels its ‘R. Kelly’ hateful conduct policy
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
UK trade body AOP data found 29.9% of ad impressions on desktop blocked, down from 31.7% at mid-2016 high, calculating a nearly £14M revenue loss over 12 months — The General Data Protection Regulation may have usurped the threat of ad blocking in alarming media headlines lately …
Steven Greenhouse / Columbia Journalism Review:
Like before, newsrooms unionize for job security, better salaries, protection from business interests, but they now demand more diversity and work-life balance — The reasons for unionizing haven't changed much in the last 80 years — It was 1933, and the Great Depression was pummeling the newspaper industry.
Discussion: @cjr, @phirephoenix and @greenhousenyt
@cjr: “Many of today's digital journalists, like their predecessors, are keen to have a union to help ensure they can do their work insulated from pressure by business interests or advertisers.” http://www.cjr.org/...
Jenny / @phirephoenix: This story about the current wave of newsroom unionization in its historical context was super interesting. And I suspect this sentiment applies a fair bit to the anti-union rank-and-file tech workers, too. Class consciousness is useful! http://www.cjr.org/... http://twitter.com/...
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
In countries without press freedom, fact-checking efforts are stymied by distrust of fact-checkers living abroad, small audiences, lack of access to information — TORONTO — When he talks about fact-checking, Farhad Souzanchi alternates between a stony face and wide grin.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is working on a new ad network for app promotion, in talks with Snap, Pinterest, others to distribute its search ads for apps — Increasing ad sales could help offset slowing iPhone growth, but effort would face stiff competition from Google and Facebook
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Troy Wolverton / Business Insider: Apple may be getting back into the mobile ad game
Shira Ovide / @shiraovide: Remember when Apple bought a digital advertising specialist, operated a digital ads business for years and shut it down because it...sucked? http://www.wsj.com/...
@citronresearch: $TTD watch out. Look who might be selling ads outside of the walled gardens $AAPL. A gamechanger in the ad world if WSJ reports on WWDC are true. Expect lower take rates fast. Analysts $80 $TTD targets might be too generous. http://www.wsj.com/...
Ali Breland / The Hill: Apple eyes expanding digital ad business: report
Taruka Srivastav / The Drum: Apple set to explore digital advertising once again
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat: Apple reportedly plans to sell search ads within third-party apps
Ashley Carman / The Verge: Apple is focusing on its ad sales business because smartphone sales won't cut it
Jack Nicas / @jacknicas: Apple has long criticized Google and Facebook for monetizing their users via massive advertising businesses. Now, with slowing iPhone growth, Apple is considering expanding its ad business. Nice scoop by @trippmickle & @georgia_wells https://www.wsj.com/...
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider: Apple floats new App Store ad network concept to Snapchat, Pinterest & others
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest says it will make it possible for advertisers to show promoted videos that take up the width of the screen — Pinterest is continuing its push into video as a potential avenue for advertisers by today saying that it will offer advertisers a promoted video tool that takes up the width of the entire screen.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook's new promoted content rules block some ads from Vice, Newsmax, others, classifying ads as political and requiring advertiser verification via mail — 'Everything we've tried to do in the past couple days has just been shut down,' says one publisher
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Mallory Locklear / Engadget: Facebook's new political ad policies have problems of their own
Antonio Garca Martnez / @antoniogm: The fact journalists are bellyaching about being subject to Facebook's toughened political ads rules, a policy put in place precisely because of a trumped-up (pun intended) moral panic caused by journalists themselves, is a delightful, LOL-worthy irony. http://www.theverge.com/...
Russell Brandom / @russellbrandom: Designed to fight Russian trolls, Facebook's new ad rules are hitting news outlets too. I found 85 news posts that were classified as political ads during the first week of enforcement. http://www.theverge.com/...
Dan Fletcher / @danielfletcher: News organizations won't label political stories as political ads. And Facebook killed organic distribution, so their stories won't get reach without $$$. So political organizations may be the source of info on races in newsfeed, which seems... not great. http://www.theverge.com/...
Samantha Melbourneweaver / @samanthamvb: This is a real thing: https://www.theverge.com/... Last week, I tried to boost this Memorial Day story and was asked to register as a political advertiser: https://www.ocregister.com/...
Matt Cagle / @matt_cagle: Facebook has labeled a documentary about the First Amendment as political, meaning its promoters will have to show an ID to publish the ad. https://www.theverge.com/...
Alan Soon / @alansoon: “It is a fundamental mischaracterization of journalism that threatens to undermine its ability to play its critical role in society as the fourth estate.” https://www.theverge.com/... via @Verge
Ned Berke / Center for Cooperative Media: Facebook's plans to manage promoted political content: a machine learning classifier begins June 6 and will scan text and images for terms related to politics
Aarti Shahani / NPR: Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook