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JOB OPPORTUNITY

Graduate Research Assistant Opportunity: 
Small Market Newspapers in the Digital Age


The Tow Center for Digital Journalism is pleased to offer Graduate Students the opportunity to apply for a research assistant (RA) position on a new project led by Tow fellow Professor Damien Radcliffe (Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism and Professor of Practice, University of Oregon).
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EVENTS

Tow Tea: News Provenance Project


Please join us on Tuesday, November 12 for a unique look inside the New York Times' "News Provenance Project" - a cutting-edge project that is exploring ways publishers can help readers better understand what they're seeing when they encounter photojournalism around the internet.

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TOW CENTER REPORTS

The Pittsburgh problem: race, media and everyday life in the Steel City


Tow Fellow Letrell Deshan Crittenden argues that reporters of color working within the Pittsburgh media ecosystem have a much lesser quality of life both inside and outside of the newsroom. "Journalists of color reported less sustained mentorship and fewer advancement opportunities than their white colleagues."

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IN THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
India has its first WhatsApp Election

Tow Computational Fellow Priyanjana Bengani does a deep dive into political advertising on WhatsApp. "In many places, people like closed networks—they protect users’ privacy, they offer a sense of intimacy. But during elections, closed networks provide a way for political campaigns and activists to avoid scrutiny from regulators and reporters..."

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Media amnesia and the Facebook News Tab

The Center's director, Emily Bell, calls for more transparency when it comes to platform patronage. Bell argues, "Every journalist who benefits from Facebook’s cash infusions would do well to find out how much content moderators earn in other parts of the world. An unequal system of content management is what has allowed Facebook to profit from publishing; that era isn’t over.”

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When journalists delete tweets...

Sharon Ringel and Roei Davidson debate the historical consequences of tweet deletion. They ponder whether "we, as journalists and journalism scholars, should more carefully consider how we treat the first draft of the first draft of history and preserve it for posterity."

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TOW CENTER IN THE NEWS
"Here’s how researchers got inside 1,400 private WhatsApp groups"
NiemanLab's Laura Hazard Owen on the methods used by Tow fellows for their extensive research on WhatsApp and political advertising. 

"Facebook's Instagram poised to be 2020 disinformation battleground"
The Tow Center's director of the Digital Forensics Initiative Jonathan Albright warns  NBC News that Instagram could be used to target younger, urban audiences with misinformation campaigns.

 
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