- What’s the story behind the possible end of Snopes?
Yes, it’s a true story. Sadly, it’s a typical new media battle over who will control a web site. Truly hope this ends well.
- How do reporters (or anyone else) authenticate e-mail from someone they don’t know?
With all the fuss over fake news lately, how do reporters (or anyone else, for that matter) go about authenticating e-mails with interesting information from people they don’t know? Fascinating procedural from the folks at the non-profit news outlet ProPublica.
- What is the ‘mole’ that’s on the supertitle at the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk?
It’s not a spy, a burrowing animal, or a spicy chocolate sauce. It’s a jetty heading out into the ocean. Interesting linguistic details from Vox that Nolan leaves unexplained.
- What happens when student journalists make grown ups look bad?
They don’t appreciate it. That’s what the student journalists at Pittsburg (Kansas) High School found this last spring when they discovered that the newly hired high school principal did not have the credentials she claimed to have. “I would say some people were really supportive, and they think it was great and they support the kids,” the paper’s adviser Emily Smith told participants at a Kansas State high school journalism camp. “[But] most people were really mad because they said we made everyone look really bad.”
- Can anything really be off-line these days?
No. Nope. Not really. There’s been a big fuss lately over banning cameras or even audio recording of White House news briefings lately. But Ksenija Pavolic, who has a self-named news site Pavlovic Today, used Periscope to streaming audio of the briefing on Wednesday, July 19. She let the world know about her stream with a tweet. Advice to the wise – Never assume that anything can be kept offline.
— Ksenija Pavlovic (@ksenijapavlovic) July 19, 2017