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Facebook announces plans to root out fake news

Facebook is responding to concerns about fake news proliferating the site. The company announced it’s testing new ways to root out fake articles, allowing users to flag suspicious content and using fact-checkers to verify it. I talk about Facebook’s plan on KQED-San Francisco.

Mass shootings: Name, but don’t glamorize, the shooter

When covering a developing story involving a mass shooting, there’s a fine line between providing important background information and glamorizing the gunman. On WRAL’s “On the Record,” I discussed ethical guidelines that journalists should follow when covering violence.

Secret videos far from standard in journalism

A Texas Grand Jury indicted two activists who made secret videos inside a Planned Parenthood office. Though the activists said they were acting as “undercover journalists,” their behavior was well outside standard journalistic ethics.

News for the Minecraft generation

The Des Moines Register is betting that young readers want to get their news with the same technology that some use to play video games. The newspaper is experimenting with virtual reality storytelling, in which users can immerse themselves in stories by wearing 3D goggles that track their head movements.

Gannett’s monumental task: A content management system for all

For this Poynter case study, I chronicled Gannett’s efforts to conquer a challenge that’s vexed many other media companies — designing content management software to power the websites of all of its newspapers and broadcast stations.

Moyers & Company: State of Conflict

I was among the guests on Bill Moyers’ public television show, as he examined efforts by North Carolina Republicans to transform the state government. We talked about North Carolina’s history and its turbulent politics as a “purple state.”

Can crowdfunding save investigative journalism?

As the mainstream media cut back on investigative reporting, some journalists have turned to the public to “crowdfund” individual investigations. Now, a New York entrepreneur hopes to build a more permanent crowdfunding model. A website called Uncoverage will seek patrons willing to make long-term financial commitments to in-depth journalism.

Gloves come off as journalists debunk each others’ stories

In this era of “accountability journalism,” it’s common for journalists to fact check politicians and campaign ads. But some media fact-checkers have turned to a new target: competing journalists’ stories. As I wrote in this column, the results can be both enlightening and controversial.

A new look at ethics for a new era in journalism

For the first time in three decades, the Poynter Institute has revised its ethical principles for journalists. I was a contributing writer to The New Ethics of Journalism which discusses how ethics have changed in this era of new media, digital media, and social media.

A few minutes of fact-checking could have prevented offensive newscast

In its haste to broadcast what it thought was exclusive information about an airliner crash, San Francisco television station KTVU embarrassed itself and offended many of its viewings. Just a few minutes of fact-checking would have prevented the gaffe.