We wondered if news should be THE driver of a social platform rather than a sideshow. So, we built something that does that.
It’s called News With Friends.
Charlie Beckett of the London School of Economics asks how ‘good’ journalism can survive and thrive in an age of misinformation, competition and distraction. What is quality journalism? The most important question for news organisations today, but do we know what it means? People in the news business spend a lot of time thinking aboutRead more about Rethinking what ‘good’ journalism means[…]
Most Americans believe social media platforms intentionally censor political views that are objectionable to the company. The study was conducted in May and June 2018 by Pew Research and asked people about their attitudes toward technology. Majorities of Republicans say major technology companies favor the views of liberals over conservatives and that social media platformsRead more about People don’t trust platforms even though they value what they offer[…]
Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to Adam Lashinsky of Fortune about curating the top stories in Apple News. We’ve always believed in curation. We’ve done that from Day One in the App Store. We felt like it’s our store and it says something about us what’s in there. We’ve taken that same view to AppleRead more about Editors curate the top stories on Apple News[…]
Academic danah boyd writes in depth about the state of news media in “The Messy Fourth Estate“. She thinks it’s not only a crisis of the business of news and trust in journalism but also more profound challenges that look more and more like a dangerous death spiral: 1) Your Worldview Is Being Weaponized ContemporaryRead more about The 4th Estate is in need of repair[…]
Many factors contribute to news literacy. Digital savvy is one. So is trust in professional news. Pew Research recently published data showing that people identify the differences between facts and opinion correctly when they trust the publisher of a story – not as much when they don’t trust the publisher. “Almost four-in-ten Americans who haveRead more about Knowing the difference between fact and fiction[…]
Our friends at the Reuters Institute released their latest Digital News Report, a fascinating research study about, well, news! The research shows that people are moving off social media for news. They are turning toward private messaging apps to share and talk about news: This is happening globally with some countries much further along thisRead more about People are moving away from social media for news[…]
This research on the news ecosystem inspired a lot of our thinking for News With Friends. Like many Baby Boomers we are frustrated with the way news is being treated by platforms. People are hungry for more news, not less. It’s a key reason for getting online. We were pleased to find out how manyRead more about Baby Boomers love news[…]