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New Google Rules Aim to Boost Original Reporting in Search Results

New Google Rules Aim to Boost Original Reporting in Search Results

Google said Thursday that it has recently adjusted its algorithms and the guidelines used by the people that rate its search results to elevate original reporting. Why it matters: The moves aim to provide an incentive for news organizations to focus on fresh reporting as opposed to quick aggregation of other news reports. Details: Google has rolled out 2 updates over the past few months. The company has adjusted its algorithms to ensure that original reporting stays near the top of search results longer. It has updated the guidelines that people use to evaluate search ratings to help...

September 12, 2019
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Andrew Yang Gets Media Cold Shoulder

Andrew Yang Gets Media Cold Shoulder

Despite polling in the top 6 of the Democratic primary and getting plenty of online attention, businessman Andrew Yang is being treated by the media like a bottom-tier candidate. Why it matters: The discrepancy between demonstrated voter support and the level of media coverage — both on cable and in the online world — shows that the press is in unfamiliar territory in covering a candidate from outside the political world who keeps a low profile. Driving the news: Last week, Yang supporters complained of a #YangMediaBlackout after CNN left their candidate off on-screen polling graphics of...

September 3, 2019
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Reddit bans The_Donald forum as part of major hate speech purge

Reddit bans The_Donald forum as part of major hate speech purge

Reddit says it is banning its controversial subreddit channel r/The_Donald, one of the company's largest political communities and a longstanding hub of support for President Trump, along with 2,000 other subreddit groups and users that violate new content policies aimed at hate speech. Why it matters: Reddit becomes the latest social media platform, in the wake of George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests, to take action against Trump or his supporters for violating rules or misleading users. What they're saying: In a conversation with reporters, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said that...

June 29, 2020
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Most-Shared Links During Debate Were Pro-Trump Tweets Pushed by Bots

Most-Shared Links During Debate Were Pro-Trump Tweets Pushed by Bots

More than 1,000 accounts across several different social media platforms with suspicious, bot-like characteristics helped push quote tweets, a tweet that is retweeted but additional text is added, from Donald Trump campaign accounts during the third primary debate, according to an analysis provided to Axios by social media intelligence company Storyful. Those tweets accounted for the top 3 most-shared links across several social media platforms, including Facebook, Reddit, etc., during the debate. Why it matters: Despite attempts by social media companies to weed out malicious behavior...

September 14, 2019
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Record number of journalists unionize during COVID pandemic

Record number of journalists unionize during COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a massive uptick in news media unionization efforts, union leaders tell Axios.Why it matters: The trend is only going to grow bigger once people head back to work in-person, says Jon Schleuss, president of the NewsGuild. More consolidation in the industry via SPACs and local news takeovers will also drive record unionization efforts. Three key trends have pushed journalists to unionize over the past year, union executives tell Axios.Financial uncertainty: Journalists rushed to unionize early on in the pandemic following rounds of layoffs that were triggered...

April 20, 2021
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Corporate America scrambles to get behind voting rights

Corporate America scrambles to get behind voting rights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosIt's not just Georgia: Corporate America is under growing pressure to put its muscle behind voting rights.Why it matters: Big businesses have taken on a bigger role in social political issues, but got involved in Georgia's voting-rights fight too late to block it. And the fallout is raising the stakes for similar legislation in other states.Where it stands: Over 70 Black executives calling on fellow executives to speak out against a number of restrictive voting bills in dozens of states.Between the lines: Employees and customers are increasingly looking to...

April 3, 2021
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Reid Hoffman and George Soros back new media firm to combat disinformation

Reid Hoffman and George Soros back new media firm to combat disinformation

A new public benefit corporation backed by billionaires Reid Hoffman, George Soros, and others is launching Tuesday to fund new media companies and efforts that tackle disinformation. Why it matters: Good Information Inc. aims to fund and scale businesses that cut through echo chambers with fact-based information. As part of its mission, it plans to invest in local news companies. The group will be led by Tara McGowan, a former Democratic strategist who previously ran a progressive non-profit called ACRONYM. ACRONYM invested in for-profit companies that built media and technology...

October 26, 2021
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Des Moines Register reporter says race played "huge part" in her case

Des Moines Register reporter says race played "huge part" in her case

Photo: Tobias TylerDes Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri, who was that she incurred while covering a Black Lives Matter protest last May, tells Axios she believes her race played a significant role in not only her arrest last summer, but also the push to uphold the charges so she would be forced to stand trial. Why it matters: There's irony in the fact that while covering an anti-racism protest last summer, Sahouri felt as though she was targeted by the police for her race. Sahouri is Palestinian.Details: In an interview with Axios hours after she was found non-guilty on two...

March 10, 2021
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Boring news cycle deals blow to partisan media

Boring news cycle deals blow to partisan media

In the months since former President Donald Trump left office, media companies’ readership numbers are plunging — and publishers that rely on partisan, ideological warfare have taken an especially big hit. Why it matters: Outlets most dependent on controversy to stir up resentments have struggled to find a foothold in the Biden era, according to an Axios analysis of publishers’ readership and engagement trends. By the numbers: Web traffic, social media engagement and app user sessions suggest that while the entire news industry is experiencing a slump, right-wing outlets are seeing some...

June 29, 2021
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Des Moines reporter's acquittal lauded as victory for press freedom

Des Moines reporter's acquittal lauded as victory for press freedom

Photographer is Kelsey Kremer from Des Moines RegisterPress freedom advocates are celebrating a decision by jurors in Iowa to acquit Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri of all charges that she incurred while covering a Black Lives Matter protest last May.Why it matters: The verdict sets a critical precedent for journalists covering protests and political movements moving forward. were arrested while covering Black Lives Matter protests last year. While charges against most were , others are still pending.Details: The jury found that Sahouri and her then-boyfriend Spenser Robnett,...

March 10, 2021
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