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How We Got Screwed By Pumpkin Spice Condoms

digg.com — A few weeks ago, an image of a pumpkin-spice-flavored condom began spreading on Twitter, bringing with it a cascade of seasonal jokes. It remained a curiosity until a reporter with Quartz decided to reach out to Durex and its PR agency and ask the question: is it real?

Show the reporting and sources that support your work

americanpressinstitute.org — One important way to build trust in reporting is to show the audience the sources it relies upon. There are several ways to do this. Digital platforms don't suffer the same time and space constraints as print, television and radio. This freedom offers new opportunities to incorporate and disclose source material, and to be clear about content changes.

How to correct website and social media errors effectively

americanpressinstitute.org — One elemental concept of transparency, which is a conceptual shift for some organizations, is that corrections are a good thing. Errors are of course unfortunate and bad. We must make as much an effort as possible to prevent errors before they make their way into the world.

Tow Center for Digital Journalism

towcenter.org — A Research Project by News Deeply & The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University By Lara Setrakian and Kristin Nolan News has never been more readily available, to users and to the journalists who serve them. Any reporter with an Internet connection can set up a web-based media outlet, covering a unique beat.

News in the grey: rumors and debunkings in online media

towcenter.org — Our new fellow, Craig Silverman, launched his research project at the Online News Association conference in Chicago this week. The timing was perfect: It's been a big week for rumors and debunkings. On Monday this week there were rumors that: Apple was going to shut down the Beats Music streaming service.

Engage in transparent collaboration with the audience

americanpressinstitute.org — Journalist Dan Gillmor likes to say, "my readers know more than I do." Implicit in Gillmor's axiom is a reminder that journalists shouldn't think of people only as consumers. The people we serve have collective knowledge and expertise that can vastly improve the work we do. Digital platforms make this easier.

How publishers should offer disclosures

americanpressinstitute.org — When an earthquake struck Los Angeles in March 2014, the Los Angeles Times was able to quickly publish an article that contained basic data about the quake. At the bottom of that story was an interesting disclosure: This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

How publishers should build credibility through transparency

americanpressinstitute.org — As so much in the world of news and information changes, the fundamental bond of trust between journalists and the communities they serve is one of the few things that doesn't. In fact, its importance has grown.

Toronto newsweekly falls short on Buffy The Vampire Slayer trivia

poynter.org — Toronto's NOW magazine had to issue a correction due its lack of Buffy The Vampire Slayer knowledge: This article originally stated that Joyce Summers, the mother of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's titular character, succumbed to a cancerous tumour. As pointed out by Queen's Park Briefing's John Michael McGrath, Summers in fact died from an aneurysm [sic] that resulted from the tumour's removal.

Amazing name leads to amusing Huffington Post correction

poynter.org — A Huffington Post story about a woman with an awesome name ("Cherries Waffles Tennis") and her brush with the law resulted in an amusing correction: CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Tennis was arrested for allegedly making "fraudulent purposes." Clearly that is neither a crime nor a statement that makes any sense.
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Oct 25, 2014

Ugh, this election. RT @ddale8: "Get the fuck out of here. This is Ford Nation, bitch," man walking by tells Olivia Chow.

Oct 25, 2014

RT @livlab: emergent.info aggregates news shared and indicates what's been verified or not. Very cool tool #mozfest

Oct 25, 2014

Why news sites should have been more cautious w/ viral story of Macedonian man who cut off his penis: buff.ly/1wqg7ZU tip @mediagazer

Oct 24, 2014

"When 'confirmed' doesn’t mean 'true'": buff.ly/1tS7CpU Thoughts from @fagstein about breaking news and attribution.

Oct 24, 2014

Watching an old episode of The Good Wife and they just name checked @BuzzFeedBen from back when he was at Politico.

Oct 24, 2014

@saila @michaelbolen @channay @jessebrown They're saying his choice vs. being placed on leave. Let’s see what comes out in the days ahead.

Oct 24, 2014

@saila @michaelbolen @channay @jessebrown I can see how they may try that, but holds no water re: spox’s reputation as trustworthy.

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