A little bit of everything: Dealing with news burnout, radio stations hacked with anti-Trump rap, Facebook changes feed to promote ‘true news’

I’m a journalist; why don’t you trust me? (as told by API’s Jane Elizabeth)

Fake news. Alternate facts. Waning trust.

As if those immersed in the journalism world didn’t have enough to worry about, an undercurrent of declining trust has forced media institutions to ask the hardest question of all: Are we trustworthy? And if so, how do we convince others that’s the case?

During a recent installment of the GateHouse Professional Development Series, Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute offered a look at some research that shows trust has slipped for journalists, but there are steps that can help to combat the slide.

And Elizabeth, the senior manager of API’s Accountability Journalism Program, explained that news organizations shouldn’t shore up the trust of their readers just because it’s a hot topic. [Full story: GateHouse Newsroom/Tim Schmitt]

How do we design the news for people who are burned out?

Since the election, many people I know who don’t work in news have taken a break from the news, social media or some combination of the two.

This is healthy and normal. Taking a small break from the news is recommended by psychologists who study the negative health effects caused by constant bad news.

The American Psychological Association gave similar tips last year when they released a study saying that more than half of U.S. adults felt “very or somewhat stressed by the election.”

So people check out of news — and then they want to come back. How can we best meet their needs? [Full story: Poynter/Melody Kramer]

Fatigued by the news? Experts suggest how to adjust your media diet

A cartoon circulating on social media captures the mood of many viewers and readers trying to cope with the current barrage of breaking news.

The cartoon, by David Sipress, shows a couple walking together, with the woman saying, “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”

It feels as if we are living in a Superconducting Super Collider of news, with information bombarding us at a head-spinning velocity. The result is a fatigue about the headlines — lately about politics — that has prompted some people to withdraw from the news, or curb their consumption of it.

Christian Livermore, an American writer living in St. Andrews, Scotland, said in an email that since the presidential election, she has been skimming instead of deeply reading the news. [Full story: The New York Times/Christopher Mele]

Facebook changes feed to promote posts that aren’t fake, sensational, or spam

Facebook is prioritizing “authentic” content in News Feed with a ranking algorithm change that detects and promotes content “that people consider genuine, and not misleading, sensational, or spammy.” It’s also giving a boost to stories that are going viral in real-time right now that could help it compete with Twitter for in-the-moment news sharing

To build the update, Facebook categorized Pages that frequently share inauthentic posts like fake news and clickbaity headlines, or get their posts hidden often. It then used these posts to train an algorithm that detects similar content as it’s shared in the News Feed. Facebook will now give extra feed visibility to posts that don’t show signs of similarity to inauthentic content.

[Full story: TechCrunch/Josh Constine]

Radio stations in several states hacked with anti-Trump rap

Radio stations in several states say their signals were hacked and interrupted by an anti-Donald Trump rap song that contained obscene language.

Multiple media outlets report a radio station in Salem, South Carolina, had its signal hacked last week and replaced by a rap played on a loop for at least 15 minutes, making a vulgar reference to Trump.

WFBS-FM said the hackers infiltrated the signal through its internet-connected antennas. A statement from the station said it recovered the IP address of the suspected hackers and reported it to the Federal Communications Commission. [Full story: The Associated Press]

#PressOn hashtag campaign has celebs talking about importance of supporting news

Support for news outlets in the Trump era is coalescing around a catchy hashtag: #PressOn.

Reporters, activists and Hollywood stars like Mariska Hargitay and Ben Stiller started to promote #PressOn last week.

“The very concept of truth is under siege, so journalism is more important than ever. Subscribe to an outlet & tweet your receipt,” Jordan Brenner tweeted to kick it off.

Brenner, who works at the sports web site Bleacher Report, crafted the pro-subscription campaign with about 30 other journalists and writers.

There has been a “group message chain going back and forth for days,” Brett Michael Dykes, the editor in chief of Uproxx, told CNNMoney.

He said #PressOn is an effort to encourage personal investments in journalism: “We all reached out individually to people we know with large followings who are politically active on social media and politely asked them to help spread the word. Simple as that.” [Full story: CNN/Brian Stelter]

Ideas worth stealing

Ideas worth stealing: These strategies will help journalists earn news consumers’ trust

We turned what we learned into strategies we wish journalists would employ to use social media to build trust. Then, with the help of 14 news outlets, we tested those strategies and tracked how users responded. What we’ve learned can help journalists influence what the public chooses to engage with and pass along. Read the key findings, go deep on which strategies worked and search a database of almost 500 Facebook posts at TrustingNews.org.

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