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ITHACA, NY — Author Naomi Klein and investigative reporter David Sirota are sharing the seventh annual Izzy Award presented by the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in independent media and journalism.

Read the full announcement — and learn more about the Izzy Award on the PCIM website: http://www.ithaca.edu/rhp/independentmedia/izzy/

Congratulations to Klein and Sirota!

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Communications &Legal Studies Librarian:

Matthew Ingram (GigaOm) Highlights Craig Silverman’s new study
Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content
How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Craig Silverman, the author of a book about journalism and fact-checking called Regret The Error and a column by the same name at the Poynter Institute, has come out with a major report on the problem of online hoaxes and misinformation, a study he did for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. It is an impressive survey of how the desire for pageviews and online “engagement” compels many online media outlets to distribute fake news.

In the pre-amble to his report, Craig (who I should note is a friend) points out that while we usually expect news organizations to disseminate “quality, accurate information” about the world around us, many media companies — and not just digital upstarts but traditional ones — persist in distributing questionable information, even when they suspect it is false:

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Ithaca Now’s Special Episode: Love (2-15-15)

Ithaca Now's Special Episode: Love (2-15-15).

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Ithaca Now: Winter Driving

Winter Driving. “With the roads in such poor condition, there are a number of things you can do to drive safely. WICB’s Jamie Swinnerton found some tricks and tips for driving in the snow.”

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Mass Communication and Society, Volume 18, Issue 1, January-February 2015 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

EDITOR’S NOTE
Increasing the Journal’s Impact in the Age of Big Data Analytics
Ran Wei
Pages: 1-3
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2015.997274

DEUTSCHMANN SCHOLARS ESSAY
Studying Journalists and Journalism Across Four Decades: A Sociology of Occupations Approach
David H. Weaver
Pages: 4-16
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2014.969843

ARTICLES
Partisans and Controversial News Online: Comparing Perceptions of Bias and Credibility in News Content From Blogs and Mainstream Media
Mihee Kim
Pages: 17-36
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2013.877486

For the Public Good or Just Good Publicity? Celebrity Diplomacy and the Ethics of Representation
Lauren Kogen
Pages: 37-57
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2013.851699

A Network Analytic Approach to Audience Behavior and Market Structure: The Case of China and the United States
Elaine Yuan & Thomas Ksiazek
Pages: 58-78
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2013.879667

“If They’re Trying to Say Something About My Culture … I’m Confused”: Recognizing and Resisting Authenticity in Latino-Themed Television
Kristin Moran
Pages: 79-96
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2014.893363

The Muslims Next Door: Transgressive Hybridity in TLC’s All-American Muslim
Shaheed Nick Mohammed
Pages: 97-118
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2014.888082

BOOK REVIEW
Rafael Obregon and Silvio Waisbord (Eds.). The Handbook of Global Health Communication
Reviewed by Kate Winskell
Pages: 119-122
DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2014.915327

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