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Trust & News Initiative: Automating Fact-Checking

November 17, 2018

Trust & News Initiative: Automating Fact-Checking
https://knightfoundation.org/grants/8050

To accelerate innovation in the practice of fact checking by supporting new forms and technological approaches to increase accurate information and reduce the spread of misinformation. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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DeepNews.ai

November 17, 2018

DeepNews.ai
https://www.deepnews.ai/

A batch of stories will be submitted to the platform and they will be scored on a scale of 1 to 5 based on their journalistic quality. This process will be performed automatically and in real time. They define quality narrowly; in its simplest terms, they look for value-added journalism. This means coverage built on a genuine journalistic approach: depth of reporting, expertise, investigation, analysis, ethical processes, and resources deployed by the newsroom. The platform is based on a combination of two models. — The first model involves two sets of “signals” to assess the quality of journalistic work: Quantifiable Signals and Subjective Signals. Quantifiable Signals are collected automatically. These signals include the structure and patterns of the HTML page, advertising density, use of visual elements, bylines, word count, readability of the text, information density (number of quotes and named entities). Subjective Signals are based on criteria used by editors (and intuitively by readers) to assess the quality of a story: writing style, thoroughness, balance & fairness, timeliness, etc. (This set will be used only in the building phase of the model). The second model is based on deep learning techniques, like “text-embedding” in which texts from large volumes of data (millions of articles) are converted into numerical values to be fed into a neural network. This neural net returns probabilities of scoring. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Media Menipulation Initiative (MMI)

November 17, 2018

Media Menipulation Initiative (MMI)
https://datasociety.net/research/media-manipulation/

Efforts to exploit technical, social, economic and institutional configurations of media can catalyze social change, sow dissent, and challenge the stability of social institutions. The Media Manipulation Initiative (MMI) examines how different groups use the participatory culture of the internet to turn the strengths of a free society into vulnerabilities, ultimately threatening expressive freedoms and civil rights. Efforts to exploit technical, social, economic, and institutional configurations of media can catalyze social change, sow dissent, and challenge the stability of social institutions. Broadly, this initiative takes a sociotechnical approach to understanding the social, political, and economic incentives to game information systems, websites, platforms, and search engines—especially in cases where the attackers intend to destabilize democratic, social, and economic institutions. Through empirical research, they identify the unintended consequences of socio-technical systems and track attempts to locate and address threats, with an eye towards increasing organizational capacity across fields, so that action can be taken as problems emerge. From social movements, to political parties, governments, dissidents, and corporations, many groups engage in active efforts to shape media narratives. Media manipulation tactics include: planting and/or amplifying misinformation and disinformation using humans (troll armies, doxxing, and bounties) or digital tools (bots); targeting journalists or public figures for social engineering (psychological manipulation); gaming trending and ranking algorithms, and coordinating action across multiple user accounts to force topics, keywords, or questions into the public conversation. Because the internet is a tool, a tactic, and a territory – integral to challenging the relations of power– studying the new vulnerabilities of networked media is fundamental to the future of democracies. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Trusting News – RJU Research Project

November 16, 2018

Trusting News – RJU Research Project
https://www.rjionline.org/stories/series/trusting-news

How do people decide what news is trustworthy? How can journalists influence what users consume and share on social media? And in the era of fake stories, when untruths often travel faster than the truth, what can credible journalists do to stand out? When they began the Trusting News project in January 2016, they had no idea how the presidential campaign would evolve. They didn’t know the intentional spread of false information would play an even larger role in the information climate. They didn’t know Facebook’s algorithm would move toward favoring posts shared by individuals over those shared by pages, making it all the more important that news consumers help spread our content. They just knew the issue of reclaiming the credibility of journalism was worthy of focused attention. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute engages media professionals, scholars and other citizens in programs aimed at strengthening journalism in the service of democracy. RJI generates and tests new techniques and new thinking that promise to improve journalism. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Internews

November 16, 2018

Internews
https://www.internews.org/

Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. They envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world. For close to 35 years and in more than 100 countries, they have worked with their local partners to build hundreds of sustainable organizations, strengthened the capacity of thousands of media professionals, human rights activists, and information entrepreneurs, and reached millions of people with quality, local information, improving lives and building lasting change. Their decentralized and entrepreneurial model gives them the local flexibility to find the best solutions and the nimbleness required to work in a rapidly changing, uncertain and complex world. On issues ranging from health and the environment to conflict and governance, Internews has developed approaches that harness the power of media and information to create positive change. Internews is a non-profit organization operating internationally, with administrative centers in California, Washington DC, London and Paris, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. Internews is registered as a 501(c)3 organization in California, EIN 94-3027961, in England and Wales as a Charity no. 1148404 and Company no. 7891107 and in France as Non-Profit Association SIRET no. 425 132 347 000 13. Internews Network and Internews Europe operate cooperatively with independent boards of directors. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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The Ethical Journalism Network

November 16, 2018

The Ethical Journalism Network
https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/

The EJN is a coalition of more than 60 groups of journalists, editors, press owners and media support groups from across the globe and we are growing. They are a registered UK charity and supervised by a Board and an international network of advisors. Their supporters represent many different cultures and media traditions, but they share the conviction that the principles of ethical journalism are universal and a precious resource that builds respect for democracy and human rights. The Ethical Journalism Network aims to strengthen the craft of journalism and to promote for the public benefit high ethical standards in media through education, training and publication of useful research. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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NewsGuard – Restoring Trust & Accountability

November 15, 2018

NewsGuard – Restoring Trust & Accountability
https://www.newsguardtech.com/

NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Their trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not. Their Green-Red ratings signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda. Readers have more context for their news online. And advertisers worried about their brands’ reputations keep their ads off unreliable news sites. NewsGuard also provides “Nutrition Label” write-ups on all the news and information websites among the 4,500 sites that account for 98% of online engagement in the U.S., in English. A SWAT team of NewsGuard analysts operates 24/7 to identify suddenly trending purveyors of unreliable news among sites that NewsGuard has not yet rated and warn internet users about them in real time. After launching in the U.S., NewsGuard will expand to serve the billions of people globally who get news online. Their goal is to give everyone the information they need to be better informed about which news sources they can rely on—or can’t rely on. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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News Integrity Initiative

November 15, 2018

News Integrity Initiative
https://www.journalism.cuny.edu/centers/tow-knight-center-entrepreneurial-journalism/news-integrity-initiative/

The News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York is a $14 million fund supporting efforts to connect journalists, technologists, academic institutions, non-profits, and other organizations from around the world to foster informed and engaged communities, combat media manipulation, and support inclusive, constructive, and respectful civic discourse. They envision a world in which people are armed with accurate, comprehensive news and information that strengthens their sense of ownership and opportunities in the places where they live and work, empowers them to participate in community decision-making, and deepens their understanding of and empathy for people of all backgrounds and experiences. Through grants, applied research, events, and other activities, NII, the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and our partners around the world will build bridges between the public and journalists to foster collaboration and develop mutual respect and trust. This includes helping journalists learn new ways to listen to, empathize with, and reflect the needs and goals of the communities they serve. We will prioritize work that meaningfully represents and reaches diverse communities. Additionally, we will help news organizations bring journalism to the public where they are, in conversations on many platforms. They will examine new ways to achieve news literacy, broadly defined, and investigate the roots of trust and mistrust in news, as well as the influence and impact of manipulation and misinformation on the public conversation. NII also will extend the longstanding work of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism’s efforts to build bridges between platforms and publishers, encouraging and supporting collaboration in service of the public and of journalism. The News Integrity Initiative is a project of the Foundation for the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism under the auspices of the school’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The fund is seeded with $14 million in grants from a coalition of partners, which currently include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, AppNexus, Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, Betaworks, Mozilla, and Democracy Fund. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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The Trust Project

November 15, 2018

The Trust Project
https://thetrustproject.org/

The Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, is developing transparency standards that help you easily assess the quality and credibility of journalism. Our original launch partners include the dpa news agency, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Hearst Television, the Independent Journal Review, Haymarket Media, Institute for Nonprofit News, Italy’s La Repubblica and La Stampa, Mic, Reach Plc and The Washington Post. Search engines and social media companies are external partners. Our Trust Indicators are based on interviews with real people who told us what they value in news and when they trust it. We’re hosted by Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in Silicon Valley. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Perspective – Host Better Conversations

November 12, 2018

Perspective – Host Better Conversations
https://www.perspectiveapi.com/

Discussing things you care about can be difficult. The threat of abuse and harassment online means that many people stop expressing themselves and give up on seeking different opinions. Perspective is an API that makes it easier to host better conversations. The API uses machine learning models to score the perceived impact a comment might have on a conversation. Developers and publishers can use this score to give realtime feedback to commenters or help moderators do their job, or allow readers to more easily find relevant information. They will be releasing more machine learning models later in the year, but their first model identifies whether a comment could be perceived as “toxic” to a discussion. Perspective is in the early days of research and development. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Trace™. This will be added to Artificial Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Script Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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