David Fahrenthold never did find much evidence of Donald Trump’s charitable efforts, but he got a Pulitzer Prize for his trouble. Fahrenthold’s reporting, which he tracked via pen and paper and which relied on input from readers, “created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of generosity toward charities,” according to the Pulitzer Prize board.
Hearken thinks that that model of transparency in reporting is one that more news organizations should emulate. The company is testing Open Notebook, a new feature designed to give news organizations a way to do their reporting in public, giving readers a chance to follow along and potentially contribute. Julia Haslanger, an engagement consultant at Hearken, said that the idea, inspired by the updates that Kickstarter projects send their backers, is a cross between “a mini-newsletter, a live blog, and a place to store files in public.”
“Our entire mission is built around the idea of making sure that the audience has a seat at the editorial table ahead of publication,” Haslanger said. While Hearken has pushed news organizations to include readers in the reporting process, the company didn’t provide the tools to make that process easy. “Open Notebook,” she said, “is filling in that gap.”
Hearken is modeling the idea on the efforts of organizations like ProPublica and The New York Times, which recently have made efforts to both publicly verify breaking news stories in real-time and involve readers in the reporting process.
Here’s Haslanger introducing Open Notebook in February at MisinfoCon:
The tool so far has only been opened up to a handful of organizations, which are still in the testing phase. But the organizations say they’re enticed by the tool, which offers new ways to report stories and keep readers involved. At Inside Energy, Open Notebook gave readers a behind-the-scenes look at how the makers of the documentary “Beyond Standing Rock” created maps and graphics that were handed out at screenings. Vermont Public Radio, another early Open Notebook user, made audience engagement core to Brave Little State, a podcast built around fielding questions about the state. In March, the podcast introduced the Open Notebook functionality with its reporting on a reader question about the high number of dilapidated barns in Vermont. “Our working motto is that we want to make journalism more transparent and inclusive and more fun,” said Angelia Evancie digital editor for news at Vermont Public Radio and the host of Brave Little State. “Open Notebook is interesting because it’s a continuation of the show’s model.”
With Open Notebook, Hearken hopes increased audience engagement will help reverse the declining trust in mainstream media among Americans. A 2016 Gallup poll found that Americans’ trust in news organizations “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” dropped to an all-time low: Just 32 percent of Americans said that they have a “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the media — an eight percent decline from the year before. Pew found similar numbers in its own polling last year. Just 18 percent of American said they trust the news they get from national organizations “a lot,” and 22 percent said the same for local organizations.
Hearken’s Haslanger said that this is a crisis that radical transparency in reporting can help to solve. “Journalists continually need to earn trust,” she said. “I don’t think earning trust is something you do once and just bank on for a long time.”
Beyond engagement, Hearken’s pitch is built around the idea that, by building an engaged audience that has an active hand in producing the reporting it’s interested in, news organizations can turn more of that audience into paying customers. “People won’t give you money unless you’re serving them, and this is a way to make sure you’re actually doing so,” Haslanger said. Public media organizations, which make up a significant portion of Hearken’s user base, have been particularly enthusiastic with their embrace of the approach, said Haslanger.
The approach does have some hitches. The work of journalism has traditionally operated behind closed doors, with stories carefully assembled and fact-checked before being offered to the public. This is true particularly for sensitive in-depth investigations, but it extends to lighter stories as well, even in the digital era. Evancie, for example, said that Vermont Public Radio wasn’t immediately sure which kinds of stories would work best with the Open Notebook approach. That’s why the organization felt that Brave Little State, which was “already aligned with with the transparency idea,” was a natural fit. She said she was less sure about the process would work with stories that had more sensitive sourcing.
Haslanger said that this has has been a common concern among the early users of Open Notebook, and her response has been unequivocal. “If you’re doing a very secretive investigation that relies on no one else knowing, this is not the tool for you,” she said.
Directly following on from the previous issue we find the Doctor, Alice and the sapling trapped in the past and discovering time fractures everywhere they go. Eventually, in time, they realise that the future is sealed off by a big black wall, but what is the other side of that wall? And why is it having an effect on time?
This issue does not fail to live up the expectations brought up in the last issue. With a very well thought out plot, we soon discover what has been happening in the past. We are also given a very good understanding of paradoxes and time loops which make the story far more interesting and enjoyable as there are no gaping plot holes that leave us disappointed.
Alex Paknadel is a fresh new writer to this series and it really does make all the difference, he has nailed the character traits by his second issue and also showed that he totally gets the show which is always good news.
The humour is also well passed, the lines are written so well you would expect Matt Smith to be saying them, the humour did not take centre stage though as we learn more about the sapling and what his purpose might be, is he the story arc of this season? One thing is for certain, all is not as it seems with him, and we are in for a treat if the character continues to develop at a similar pace.
This story has got Doctor who down to a “T”. The very essence of the story is very “Doctor Who”, making it good and fun reading. The artwork definitely adds to the story as Simon Fraser as ever succeeds in bringing the Doctor to life.
Here’s to the future of Alex Paknadel’s involvement and hopefully, we will see plenty more stories from him soon.
Blogtor Rating – 8/10
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Happy Monday! This video comes from The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia and it will absolutely melt your heart.
The baby kangaroo is an orphan named Terri, who “loves her pouch and mummy Brolga.” Brolga who stars in Kangaroo Dundee a BBC UK / National Geographic USA documentary with “his mob of kangaroos,” started the rescue center to educate and encourage people to rescue and care for kangaroos.
Terri looks incredibly comfortable and happy jumping into that pouch. If you’re curious about what the pouch does, here’s their explanation:
“They hop into their mums pouches just like they hop into their pillowcase pouches I make them. We try to make them as close in shape and size as their mums pouch would be. And they are very clever at moving themselves when they are in the pouch.”
If you’ve fallen in love with Terri, the sanctuary posts regular updates on how she’s doing on Facebook so you can see her celebrating important occasions like Easter, cuddling her friend Nang, and generally being adorable.
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Does anyone have any experience pirating games on Linux? Do you have to find a source of one that's made specifically for Linux or does any work? When my computer operated on Win8, I used to download from games4theworld, will it still work if I try it now?
Also, if for some reason you missed my story, Deathlight, in last year's Lightspeed, it's been turned into an audio play by the folks at Fancy Pants Gangsters. They have a number of other short plays up at their site as well - check them out!
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Funky Winkerbean, 4/24/17
The fact that there are both American and British versions of The Office makes for a fascinating comparison on how the two cultures have diverged. One difference that I think is underrated is inherent to the very different ways the TV business operates on opposite sides of the pond. The British Office, like most British shows, consists of two six-episode series, plus a couple of Christmas specials. The American version, in contrast, put out 200 episodes over nine years. And there’s just some things you can’t do if you expect people to keep watching that much TV. A lot has been written about how David Brent is so much more insufferable than Michael Scott, and how that proves British TV is meaner or more uncompromising or whatever, but I think mostly it’s just that someone that obnoxious is just barely sustainable over about 8 hours of screen time and not much longer. The more time your audience has to spend with a character, the more they eventually have to like them, or at least have some empathy for them.
Some variation on this is true in comic strips as well. Obviously their characters don’t have to be likable, because if they did Les Moore wouldn’t still be the protagonist in one of the most widely syndicated comic strips in the country. But they do eventually assimilate into the general milieu of the strip, even if they were originally introduced as a foil to the other characters. Take Mason Jarr, for instance: when we first met him, he was an idiot washed-up actor, but then he got involved with one of the strip’s main characters and signed onto a movie about a classic comic book hero, which means that he’s actually good now, so he’s ranting and raving about how a big-budget sci-fi action movie is art and shouldn’t be sullied by fans speculating that it might be recognized by the industry as one of the best movies of the year. This is definitely a thing that nobody in real life would do and yet also definitely a thing that the “sympathetic” characters in the Funkyverse would do because life is suffering and we certainly wouldn’t that suffering briefly alleviated by, say, winning an award.
Family Circus, 4/24/17
I’m going to go on the record as saying I’ve always liked Dolly’s little hat, with its cute ear puffs. It’s a nice period touch from the days of this strip’s origin and also would 100% be something a hipster parent would put on a child and/or wear themself today. Its presence does imply that it’s still winter, or at least winter-ish, wherever the Keanes are. Are snails out and about in cold weather? I actually find them kinda gross, so I’m reluctant to do research to find out, which is also why I’m talking around the fact that the joke of this strip is that Ma Keane is staring at about 7,000 cm³ of tightly packed dead snail. God, the smell. Think of the smell!
Dennis the Menace, 4/24/17
“Back when I was a kid, gender roles were strict! Either you built a house or you wore frilly underwear. All these millennials, they’re comfortable taking what they want from the traditionally masculine and traditionally feminine worlds — hardware and software — and I don’t care for it. Oh, you don’t want me wandering into your house and talking about lingerie in front of your kid, Henry? Well, maybe stop him from coming into my house and playing his fucking horn when I’m trying to take a nap next time.”
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( babbling about me and music )
And I'm allowed to play the recorder. Just like I learned with piano all those years ago, I don't have to be a brilliant performing soloist, I can just play because I want to. And with work, with amazingly satisfying work, better than any video game, I can get to the point where my playing sounds at least pleasant. But I do in fact want to focus on more social sorts of playing, not learning a bunch of sonatas to a mediocre standard.
So does anyone have any recs of social sorts of music? Melodies of songs, perhaps, or even something aimed directly for people who want to play recorder to accompany singers? The readthrough people have a songbook, right, with dots in? Would it be possible to obtain a copy? I'm happy to pay for music but I'm spoilt for choice so I need some ideas first. And I am somewhat interested in online tutorials though I think I can mostly learn fine just by practising pieces, cos it turns out I know how do that. I like baroque music a lot, and there happens to be quite a lot available for recorder, but I am not wedded to only playing baroque, any style is fine, and I'm quite positively interested in recorder versions of pop music, if that exists. (And if it's set for descant, well, all that rusty music theory means that I do in fact know how to transpose.)
Many people would never dream of stealing physical objects such as something from a shop or a car, so why do so many of the same people across the world feel completely fine about stealing from the internet and illegally downloading materials such as a movie or music. Essentially it is the same thing and is still very much a crime. The problem is that it’s so easy to do. All you need is an internet connection and it is likely that you will be able to get access to a huge range of pirated materials. In just a few clicks it can be on your computer and ready to use. From pictures, songs, movies, pornography, software, e-books, operating systems, and more. This unfortunately is creating a huge divide between the producers and the consumers. In recent surveys it was found that over 70% of people don’t see what the problem is with digital piracy and do not believe that they are doing anything wrong when they use these materials. It has become such a common thing that it is almost a normal part of everyday internet use. Copyrighted material is not as easy to protect as it once was, as a new technology has been developed, which makes it easier than ever. Peer-To-Peer sharing was established and the ability to protect copyrighted materials has become almost impossible. Usually the content creator does not even know if a file has been copied or not. One of the main reasons that people do not tend to see a problem with piracy is that it’s so easy to do, and how can something that easy be illegal? Everything can be done in just a few simple clicks. Plus there is the fact that there’s no one around to stop you. In a shop there are plenty of staff and security around to keep an eye out for stealing, on the internet there is no one to stop you and a very limited chance of getting caught. This coupled with the fact that it seems so harmless, more and more people are jumping onboard. What they don’t see is the consequences that it has on the industries involved. The fact is however that it is very illegal to pirate materials, as it infringes on the right of the copyright holder to sell and distribute their goods as they wish to. It is argued that online piracy is currently having a negative effect on the economy as it reduces sales in a great number of industries. It’s estimated that over $250 billion is lost due to this crime. And it’s not just money that’s lost, in America alone piracy has led to the loss of over 750,000 jobs. There have been many attempts to try and bring online piracy to a stop, but at the moment no foolproof way has been found to combat this problem completely. Something needs to be put in place to stop the online piracy of goods. The problem is that dealing out punishments such as a jail sentence for someone downloading a few songs illegally seems a bit extreme. One of the solutions that’s been suggested is issuing fees and fines to those that have been caught illegally downloading goods, however a very small number of people are likely to get caught. The problem is especially hard to crack because very often the perpetrators live in a country that’s far away, plus their whereabouts is very difficult to pin down when the only clue is a string of websites. Plus, online pirates have found ways to evade those that are trying to find them by simply tweaking the names of the websites that they create. Those that are behind online piracy know that they are unlikely to be caught, therefore they have turned it into their source of income. It’s not like there is a lack of willing participants to use the materials that are provided on these sites. A study recently found in fact that websites that provide the illegal downloading of goods actually receive 53 billion hits every year. Piracy is not the only problem with these sites however. Very often many of the ad pop ups that appear when trying to use pirated materials are malicious in nature and could harm the end user if they are clicked on. It’s clear that online piracy is going nowhere fast and the problem is likely to be around for a lot longer before a complete solution is realised. However as technology continues to develop, it’s getting easier and easier to achieve and there is nothing that can be done to stop it at this time. Those in authority and entertainment companies are putting a lot of effort into finding ways around this problem and although they can find some, small, short-term solutions, a complete fix is still yet to be found.
I focus in the review mainly on the female characters in the book, but that's not to say that I didn't enjoy all other aspects!
Anyone who's read, or plans to read the novel is free to discuss it with me, either here, or in the comments of the Wordpress blog post.