Media Insider: Facebook Dominates Globally, How Labeling News Stories Promotes Trust, and Can Movement Journalism Help Newsrooms?

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.

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How people spend time on social platforms globally, in 5 charts

Digiday published a report about how people across the world spend time on social platforms. Facebook dominates worldwide — it is the most used in 119 of 149 countries analyzed — but there are other notable trends. Germany favors Amazon for content, whereas the United Kingdom prefers Google. On the global scale, only YouTube can hold its own against Facebook when it comes to active users. The video platform had 1.5 million active users in August, compared to Facebook’s 2 billion.

FYI: The number of social media users passes 3 billion with no signs of slowing.

News or opinion? Online, it’s hard to tell

News organizations aren’t doing enough to help readers understand the difference between news, analysis, and opinion. After examining 49 publications, Poynter reports, the Duke Reporters’ Lab discovered inconsistent labeling of news articles and found that news organizations mostly only label opinion columns. The findings reveal that the inconsistency in labeling — or lack thereof — should be used to address the decline of trust in news media.

News or opinion? Can you correctly label these two articles?
1. From Charlottesville to Kaepernick, white anger is all too familiar to my grandmother
2. Yes, What About the “Alt-Left”?

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section to iPhone users. It’s also testing on Android. This comes as part of the company’s Trending Topics redesign, reports TechCrunch. The feature, however, is different from Trending Topics. The list of news stories focuses on headlines, not just hot topics. The Trending News section gives stories a rank, reveals what sources are reporting on the same topic, and includes a photo.

Coming soon: AdWeek reports details of BuzzFeed’s morning news show that’s launching on Twitter.

Also on social media: Wired’s Issie Lapowsky suggests social media are platforms for hate, and should change their policies to confront it.

A survey of independent media in the South asks if “movement journalism” can help newsrooms better cover social justice strife

Southern-based freelance reporter Anna Simonton wants to make “movement journalism” a thing. According to NiemanLab, she researched and surveyed the media landscape of the American South, and found there is good, hyper-local reporting on social justice. But, there is a need for more. Her goal is to provide better coverage of the people actively seeking to fight oppression and the problems it creates, in a collaborative effort that attempts to bridge the digital divide.

Up for debate: Journalists should speak out against discrimination.

CNN severs ties with Jeffrey Lord

CNN announced that one of its best-known commentators Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network, shortly after he tweeted a controversial Nazi salute. According to a CNN spokesperson, “Nazi salutes are indefensible.” Lord defended his tweet as a misunderstanding. He was mocking fascists, not acting like one, he says. CNN has about a dozen other conservative commentators that remain with the network.

ICYMI: Ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is back with a 30-minute online news show for paid subscribers.

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Tabresha B. Langham is a Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She also is a social media junkie, foodie, music fiend and Auburn University Alumn (War Eagle!). Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNmedia, or follow @TabreshaL.

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