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LinkedIn’s big journalism push is focused on all the wrong outlets

It may not seem like much, but its a service that made one of the biggest stories out of Silicon Valley happen. increasedThe s John Carreyrou both of these tools to get in touch with a key whistleblower for his investigative reporting on the blood-testing company Theranos, turning Elizabeth Holmes fraudulent company into a household name. most journalistsShortly after the IRE conference, Krauth said she applied to take the next LinkedIn for Journalists webinar to get the Premium upgrade. Krauth is a reporter at a small nonprofit newsroom called Insider…

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Seriously? Try not to laugh while watching CNN’s Jim Acosta describe his job to Don Lemon

You probably know that CNN’s Jim Acosta has been making the rounds promoting his new book about how “dangerous” it is to “tell the truth in America,” especially ever since Donald Trump took office. The Godfather of Fake News, Dan Rather, agrees with Acosta, and judging from excerpts, the book is every bit as self-aggrandizing as we imagined. During an interview with Don Lemon, Acosta described what his job as a “journalist” entails, and try not to laugh — especially considering that he said these things on CNN: “We are…

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New Film Shows How Bellingcat Cracks the Web’s Toughest Cases

Aric Toler’s face is illuminated only by the glow of the video playing on his laptop. It’s dashcam footage, supposedly captured by a driver in the town of Makiivka in eastern Ukraine, showing a Russian military convoy on its way to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on July 17, 2014. At least, that’s the theory. Toler just has to prove it. To the untrained eye, the video is awfully dull. But to Toler, who’s part of a global team of digital detectives known as Bellingcat, it’s a goldmine. He…

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Identical Twins Take the Top 5 DNA Ancestry Tests and Get Strange Results

CBC Marketplace investigates the science and marketing behind popular DNA ancestry kits. Host Charlsie Agro and her identical twin sister Carly test five top brands. Find out why ancestry test kits are not as accurate as you might think. To read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.4980976 Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/identical-twins-put-dna-ancestry-kits-to-the-test/

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A 1960s Reporter Asks People in Sydney If Theres Life on Other Planets

In an ABC News (Australia) segment from August 31, 1962, Ray Taylor asks an eclectic mix of Sydneysiders, “Is there life on other planets?†Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/1960s-reporter-asks-people-if-theres-life-on-other-planets/

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Google Doodle pays tribute to first female war photojournalist to report from the frontline

Portrait of German photographer Gerda Taro seated behind a typewriter on a desk, Paris, France, 1936.Image: Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images You might not be altogether familiar with the face on today’s Google Doodle. But, you should be.  Gerda Taro, who’s depicted in the doodle, is considered to be the first female journalist to report from the frontline. She was a fearless pioneer who tragically died in the field when reporting on the Spanish Civil War.  Image: google SEE ALSO: Google pays tribute to suffragist with stunning Doodle Today 1 August…

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Causes of Death: Google vs Media vs Reality

Click image to see larger version In a recent post on reddit, a group of students at UCSD published a series of fascinating charts comparing the actual causes of death in the United States versus what people searched on Google and what was discussed most in mainstream media. Using data from the CDC (199-2016), Google Trends search volume (2004-2016), The Guardian’s article database and The New York Times’ article database; authors Owen Shen, Hasan Al-Jamaly, Maximillian Siemers, and Nicole Stone created the charts seen below. The updated work was inspired…

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This Is What Happens When One Company Owns Dozens of Local News Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest owner of television stations in the United States, currently owning or operating a total of 173 stations across the country (233 after all currently proposed sales are approved) in nearly 80 markets, ranging from markets as large as Washington, D.C. to as small as Steubenville, Ohio. According to the New York Times: Sinclair regularly sends video segments to the stations it owns. These are referred to as “must-runs,†and they can include content like terrorism news updates, commentators speaking in support of President Trump…

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Authory wants to help journalists raise their voices

Journalists wanting a neat way to back up and showcase their writing should take a look at Authory: a new service that promises to save your work from tumbling into a digital abyss i.e. being buried 10,000 leagues down, folded under the ceaseless deluge of new data, where few eyeballs stray. The fee charging service also bakes in an email subscriber feature, meaning you can point your readers to your public Authory page where they can sign up to be emailed every time you post new articles. A third strand…

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