Facebook is Secretly Penalizing Publishers, New Research Reveals

Facebook’s hidden penalization algorithm was revealed in new research published by Echobox, the AI-powered social publishing platform.

The study pulls back the veil on one of the biggest secrets in social media publishing: Publishers are routinely being penalized by Facebook algorithms for posting at the “wrong” frequency. And most publishers are completely unaware.

The research analysis was carried out by Echobox data scientists in August 2020 and is based on more than 250,000 unique Facebook posts. The report found that Facebook algorithms, whether directly or as an indirect consequence, penalize publishers for posting either too frequently or too infrequently.

Source: What's New in Publishing

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Abraji Congress Breaks Public Record

The 15th International Congress of Investigative Journalism of Abraji (Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism), held for the first time online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, broke a public record with 10,000 subscribers. As subscriptions have been extended for 30 days, this number is likely to grow. The same should happen with the side events which until then had, respectively, 1,500 and 2,400 subscribers. The congress had 105 speakers, 17 international from countries such as United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolívia, and Colômbia.

Source: Abraji

Posted on: September 29, 2020

Investigative Journalism in Japan and Asia

The Waseda Chronicle has released the online book “The Emerging Investigative Journalism Movement in Japan and Asia” which is available for free to download. It was originally published in Japanese in 2018 as a follow-up to an international symposium hosted by the Waseda University Institute for Journalism and the Committee to Protect Journalists the previous year. The symposium brought together investigative journalists from across the region, including GIJN members of Rappler (Philippines), the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism Newstapa (South Korea), and The Reporter (Taiwan).

Source: Waseda Chronicle

Posted on: September 28, 2020

IRE Hosts Record Crowd at Annual Event

The annual conference of US-based Investigative Reporters and Editors -- switched to all-digital this year -- is breaking records this week, with 2,900 attendees. That's nearly 50% larger than the top previous face-to-face conferences. Among the attendees are 124 journalists from 31 other countries. The conference concludes this Friday.

Source: IRE

Posted on: September 24, 2020

ICIJ and BuzzFeed on Global Banks, Oligarchs, Criminals, and Terrorists

Leaked United States government documents known as the FinCEN Files have revealed how trillions in tainted dollars flow freely through major banks, swamping a broken enforcement system. The documents -- which were obtained by BuzzFeed and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists -- have been poured over by more than 400 journalists in 88 countries investigating the secret world of money laundering. Investigators report that a number of banks have defied money laundering crackdowns by moving staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: September 22, 2020

AJ+ Must Register as ‘Foreign Agent’ in US

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) declared on Monday that the Al Jazeera Media Network -- the international news organization based in Doha -- "is an agent of the Government of Qatar." The DOJ has ordered the network’s US-based social media division, AJ+, to register as a foreign agent, a step the news outlet says will hobble its journalism. AJ+ acts “at the direction and control” of Qatar’s rulers, Jay Bratt, chief of the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control section, wrote in a September 14 letter obtained by Mother Jones. The designation follows a years-long push by lobbyists hired by the autocratic government of the United Arab Emirates, which has long resented the critical coverage it receives from Al Jazeera.

Source: Mother Jones

Posted on: September 16, 2020

Submit for Global Award in 12 Languages

The True Story Award, a global prize for print and online reporting, is accepting entries for its second edition. The 2019 submission is now followed by articles published in the first eight months of 2020. The True Story Award 2020/21 provides recognition for exceptional written reports and commends articles for excellence in research, reporting, and relevance to society. Texts can be submitted in 12 of the world's most widely used languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Deadline for entries is 28 September 2020.

Source: True Story Award

Posted on: September 14, 2020

Suspect Cleared on Ordering Murder of Ján Kuciak

A powerful, politically-connected businessman accused of ordering the 2018 murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, has been acquitted by a court in Slovakia. A panel of judges ruled on Thursday that prosecutors had failed to prove Marián Kočner and his co-accused, Alena Zsuzsova, had ordered the assassinations. Kočner was ordered to pay a $5,912 fine after 60 bullets were found at his house but acquitted him of the murder charges, citing lack of evidence. Kuciak, 27, was the first journalist ever murdered in Slovakia’s 25 years as an independent state.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: September 10, 2020

Video Is Best Performer on Social Media

Video is the best performing content type on every social platform, according to the people at SocialMediaToday, who have published an infographic with the help from the team at Renderforest. The data details how long your videos for different social media platforms should be, optimum dimensions and resolution, and covers TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, among others. "It's worth looking at how you can utilize video in your strategy," they say.

Source: SocialMediaToday

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Building a Tool Set for Media Collaboration

Selecting tools to manage the editorial process is especially challenging when trying to build a tool chain that works for multiple partners that can encompass freelancers, non-news partners, and newsrooms big and small. Take time to assess, test, and adopt tools, particularly when working with multiple partners. Avoid tools where the complexity of the tool itself outstrips the complexity of your project. Watch your costs. And when working collaboratively, consider everything from communication to editing, asset management to analytics. Seek the simplest solution that is appropriate and fitting for your project.

Source: Collaborative Journalism Handbook

Posted on: September 1, 2020