The Guardian’s new “Deeply Read” article ranking focuses on attention, not just clicks
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by Laura Hazard Owen
5h ago
The No. 1 most-clicked story on The Guardian’s U.S. site right now: “Alabama IVF ruling leaves Republicans stuck between their base and the broader public.” The most “deeply read” story, however, is on a very different topic: “Dune v Dune: do Denis Villeneuve’s films stay true to the book?“ “Deeply Read,” a feature launched Wednesday, “uses attention time to surface a wider range of journalism that other readers are spending more time with,” The Guardian said: It appears on our regionalised home pages and reflects the interests of the region’s audience. Not all of these pieces are long. To p ..read more
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San Francisco Chronicle tries an AI chatbot — er, Chowbot — for food recs
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by Sarah Scire
5h ago
The San Francisco Chronicle is experimenting with an AI-powered chatbot to help readers find recommended restaurants and specific dishes throughout the Bay area. The, uh, Chowbot is the news org’s “first real foray into audience-facing AI,” editor of emerging product Sarah Feldberg told me. Chowbot went live on Monday, alongside a Q&A with the paper’s food and wine editor, Janelle Bitker, and a more technical explainer. In those missives, the Chronicle assures readers the Chowbot is trustworthy because of the source material: the paper’s own “constantly updated” guides and reviews. While t ..read more
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With elections looming worldwide, here’s how to identify and investigate AI audio deepfakes
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by Rowan Philp
2d ago
In October 2023, an AI-synthesized impersonation of the voice of an opposition leader helped swing the election in Slovakia to a pro-Russia candidate. Another AI audio fake was layered onto a real video clip of a candidate in Pakistan, supposedly calling on voters to boycott the general election in February 2024. Ahead of the Bangladeshi elections in January, several fakes created with inexpensive, commercial AI generators gained voter traction with smears of rival candidates to the incumbent prime minister. And, in the U.S., an audio clip masquerading as the voice of President Joe Biden urged ..read more
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The week we couldn’t find Google News
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by Laura Hazard Owen
5d ago
Did you know Nieman Lab has a weekly newsletter? It comes out on Fridays and includes ~original content~, links to everything we published that week, and the best reads of the week from around the internet. Here’s the latest edition. Subscribe here! Sarah on Wednesday: “Where is the Google News filter?” Us: “Haha what” [continues talking about divorce on Slack] Sarah: [posts succession of screenshots] “Where is the ‘news’ filter?” Obviously it doesn’t make sense that Google News would disappear, we use that all the time, must be a bug or some crazy Sarah tech issue surely! Except then she a ..read more
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Most big legacy news publishers across 10 countries are blocking OpenAI’s crawlers, report finds
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by Laura Hazard Owen
6d ago
With The New York Times suing Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement (a case the Times might well win, AI writer and researcher Timothy B. Lee and Cornell professor James Grimmelman argued this week), it’s a good time to take a look at how news sites in general are responding to tech companies’ use of their content. A report out Thursday from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds that nearly half (48%) of the top news publishers across 10 countries were blocking OpenAI from crawling their sites as of the end of 2023. The websites of legacy print publications (like Th ..read more
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Press Forward adds 11 new local chapters
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by Sophie Culpepper
1w ago
When the funding coalition Press Forward announced its first six local chapters last November, the MacArthur Foundation said funders wanted “as many communities as possible to join the movement.” Now, 11 more communities of different scales have come onboard, bringing the total number of local chapters to 17 scattered throughout the country. On Wednesday, Press Forward announced four more city-based chapters, in Lancaster, Pa., Lexington, Ky., Pittsburgh, and San Antonio; six more state-based local chapters, in Colorado, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Wyoming; and its ..read more
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A new study looks at the positive things that can happen when journalism and comedy intersect
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by Hanaa' Tameez
1w ago
Nine years after leaving the show, Jon Stewart recently returned to guest-host “The Daily Show” through the 2024 presidential election. “He’ll help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season,” Chris McCarthy, the CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said in an announcement in January. Stewart may not consider himself a journalist, but news coverage from the early 2000s regularly mentioned how much viewers trusted him. A Pew Research study in 2007 found that “16% of Americans said they regularly watched The Daily Show or the Comedy C ..read more
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“We’ve really worked hard not to ever have a pivot at The New York Times”: A.G. Sulzberger on AI, local news, and that Trump bump
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by Joshua Benton
1w ago
Men named Arthur Sulzberger have tended to take over The New York Times at points of transition. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger became publisher in June 1963, just after the conclusion of 114-day printers’ strike that had kept all seven of New York’s daily newspapers from printing. The strike had been directly responsible for Sulzberger’s ascent, at age 37, to the position; the Times’ previous publisher had been his brother-in-law, Orvil Dryfoos, but the stress of the job led him to be hospitalized just days after the strike’s conclusion. He died of heart failure at age 50. Those months without newspa ..read more
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Six weeks after abrupt Houston Landing firings, staffers unionize
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by Sophie Culpepper
1w ago
When Houston Landing editor-in-chief Mizanur Rahman and star investigative reporter Alex Stuckey were fired six weeks ago as part of what CEO Peter Bhatia called a company “reset,” remaining staff of the six-month-old nonprofit newsroom were “blindsided” by the loss of two widely beloved colleagues who had hired and mentored most other newsroom members. The same day Stuckey and Rahman were fired, Landing journalists wrote a letter to the Landing’s six-member board of directors opposing the decision. In its response to the letter, the board fully backed Bhatia, saying it “has full confidence in ..read more
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Google promotes sketchy product “reviews” from big publishers at the expense of small indie sites, a small indie site argues
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by Laura Hazard Owen
1w ago
If you’re looking to buy an air purifier or a dehumidifier, you could do worse than to start with HouseFresh, an ad-free independent review site that buys air cleaning products with its own money, tests them itself (the process involves incense sticks), recommends the ones it likes, and makes money from affiliate revenue. I’d never heard of HouseFresh until I read “How Google is killing independent sites like ours,” a post its managing editor Gisele Navarro and founder and senior writer Danny Ashton published Monday on its blog. But Navarro and Ashton make a convincing case — with plenty ..read more
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