Why are you seeing that news story? The question of whether higher quality articles can be better ranked and recommended by news algorithms is central to the News Quality Initiative (NewsQ). But what exactly is an article of higher news or journalistic “quality”? Do journalists even agree about what news quality means? To see if […]
Students address the question, “How should news algorithms work?”
Journalism prizes, such as the Pulitzers, seem like natural indicators of news quality for general audiences and for ranking and recommendation algorithms, but are they really?
Some researchers predict anti-vaccine views will dominate online discussion in 10 years’ time.
Some platforms have increased human intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic
Taking fact-checking as a straightforward signal for accuracy proves difficult because determining accuracy itself is challenging
Not all “news” sites are as transparent about the fact that they republish press releases.
What aspects of diversity are most important to consider when it comes to ranking and recommending the news?
The first of two blog posts. Many news consumers are unclear about the practice of fact-checking, which is commonly used as a proxy for accuracy in journalism. Over the course of two blog posts, I’ll dig deeper into what fact-checking actually is, in practice, and what it aspires to be. The second blog post will […]
Exploring the challenge reporting on COVID-19 online amid breaking news cycles.