Media Insider: NYT’s Social Media Guidelines Draw Criticism, Poll Shows Voters Think Media Make Up Trump Stories, Augmented Newsrooms of the Future

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The New York Times’ New Social Media Rules Are a Surrender to Its Worst Critics

The New York Times released its new social media guidelines last Friday, drawing criticism from some journalists in the industry. David Uberti of Splinter News writes that these new guidelines will force journalists to engage in “self-censorship” on social media, making them incapable of stating the facts as they see it, for fear of stirring the political pot. Uberti thinks these guidelines will only add fuel to the fire, making it easier for trolls to police journalists’ feeds in hopes of silencing those who break the rules.

What do you think of the NYT’s new guidelines? Here’s what people had to say about it on Twitter.

Update: New York Times Changes Social Media Policy After Claims Of Bias

Why Google and Facebook won’t be defined as media in the UK

Should Facebook and Google be considered publishers by law? With the rise of fake news and extremist material on both platforms, the British government is starting to look into the roles these internet giants play in the spread of news, reports Digiday. While some think more regulation is needed to stop the spread of misinformation, others don’t believe the platforms’ legal statuses will change. “If [the government] thought Google and Facebook were publishers, they’d have classified them as such long ago. This is a case of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and applying 20th-century mentality to 21st-century business models,” said Paul Mead, executive chairman of media agency VCCP Media.

See why China isn’t as concerned about fake news as the rest of the world.

Looking at the Augmented Newsroom of the Future

MediaShift and frog are taking a look into the journalism industry’s near future  — augmented journalism. They found that technological advancement in the newsroom will allow for computers to handle grunt work. Drones will help journalists get closer to the action than ever before, and algorithms will reduce the threat of human error. Mayo Nissen and Graham Tuttle maintain that, even in a tech-heavy newsroom, “Human experts will remain in charge, investigating potential biases or even challenging computational findings. They will also ensure that questions of perspective and points of view remain the purview of experienced journalists and editors.”

ICYMI: Publications like The Washington Post are already using the latest technology to expand their newsroom.

Four newsrooms, 350 volunteers ready to engage Virginians on sea’s rise

Local newsrooms, scientists, an app developer, and more than 350 volunteers are working together to cover the sea level rise in Virginia, reports Poynter. On the first Sunday in November, volunteers will use the Sea Level Rise App and measure how far the tide reaches in certain locations in Virginia. Led by Dave Mayfield, an enviromental reporter for the Pilot, these groups are hoping to get the public involved in an unpopular environmental issue that is not widely understood, but has a direct effect on the region.

Read how a Detroit’s resident “storyteller” is urging local journalists to cover less popular topics, and why he thinks every city should have a “storyteller.”

Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump 

President Trump is not the only one who thinks the media is out to get him. According to a poll from Politico, 46 percent of voters think the media is making up stories about Trump. Even though a large portion of voters agree with the president, they differ from him on whether he should be able to punish media organizations, Politico found. Only 28 percent of voters believe the government should be able to recoke broadcasting liscences, while 51 percent did not think the government should have that power over publishers.

Did you know? During his first 100 days of presidency, journalists who cited Trump’s tweet tended to write more negatively about him.

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Jessica (Davids) Barry is Customer Content Specialist at PR Newswire. Newly married, she loves cooking with her husband and spends the rest of her free time drawing.

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