A new tool helps journalists determine fact from fiction on Twitter, the rise of topic-specific news sites and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
TRAILS: the tool that tracks truth and lies on Twitter
TRAILS is an interactive web tool that tracks the spread of a story from buzzy tweets, allowing users to investigate where the tweets originated, how they spread and track their denials. (The Daily Beast, 11/18)
Can topic-specific news sites work? The Marshall Project hopes so
Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times, surprised a number of long-time industry watchers when he joined a new-media startup called The Marshall Project earlier this year, especially since the site hadn’t even launched yet. It finally had its public debut this weekend — complete with a story in the New York Times — and joins a group of journalistic efforts that are focused on specific topics or what reporters like to call “beats.” (Gigaom, 11/18)
What’s the long-term business model for long-form journalism?
Long-form journalism is seeing something of a resurgence on the web. While many people believe digital media has pushed people toward short, bite-sized listicles, deeper stories continue to resonate when they hit the right audience. (PBS MediaShift, 11/14)
New publication: Content analysis
Measuring journalism quality as it relates to media development projects is the focus of this new briefing paper. Using examples, it looks at how content analysis can improve the impact of trainings and consultations. (Deutsche Welle Akademie, 11/14)
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