Saturday, July 25, 2015

Moral Gawky Media Stories And Ruthless Criminals Abusing Telcos

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

— Robert Graves
Telstra customers are being warned after cyber criminals have been found to be sending fake bills in an attempt to steal money. More than 22,000 people have been targeted via email.
Cyber criminals target telstra customers - Solution Get Paper Bill and Make it harder for scammers

Saltwater crocodile ...

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Junot Díaz, Gary Shteyngart, Nell Zink, Sloane Crosley, Tayari Jones, and John Scalzi recount memorable encounters on tour (from the road and across many shark infested cold rivers) New York Times Jozef Imrich banging on the door of HiStory, demanding the his memories be let in ...

"In Georgia, we have an expression that speaks to our limited human understanding of our own actions and motivations. We say “I call myself.” In that tradition, I can say that I called myself writing my first novel, “Leaving Atlanta,” in order to remind the world that in the early 1980s, 30 African-American children were killed in my hometown; two of them were students at my elementary school. I believed myself to be banging on the door of History door of History, demanding that my memories be let in..."

The rise in numbers of fact checking sites around the world – from 44 to 64 in one year – sends a message for accountability journalism. Fact checking veterans and funders of newborn sites, met in London on July 23 and 24 for the second Global Fact-Checking Summit. Lots of lessons emerged, along with advice on how to move forward. But there are unanswered questions to be debated.
On whether to have a rating meter or not
Rating meters became the recognizable stamp for some fact checking sites, as the Washington Post’s Pinocchios or the Pants on Fire from PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter can testify. Read more

“Since the scandal [over a near-universally-reviled article] broke on Thursday, Gawker has been having what can best be described as a nervous breakdown. What started as internal conflict over a journalism judgment call (or lack of one) has metastasized into an existential crisis about just, what, exactly, is Gawker? “ New York Magazine 

The New York Times In a post that examined The New York Times’ decision not to link to a story that exposed an alleged attempted tryst between Condé Nast executive David Geithner and a male escort, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan acknowledged that the paper has room to grow in its linking practices.
Although Sullivan defended the paper’s decision not to link out to the Geithner story (which she called “nasty” and “pointless”), she added that the Times does not always adhere to its guidelines regarding linking, which recommend regular references to other news reports and relevant stories from the competition.
“The decision on Gawker aside, routine linking is not quite there yet,” Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan was writing in response to tweets from multiple reporterswho noted that the paper’s story didn’t contain a link to Gawker’s report. Read more