Social Media Class Notes 29/1/18

This was the first lesson back after break.

We talked about the tasks required for the ongoing module.

This includes a presentation to be carried out on the 19th Feb. The focus of this is on two online journalists of our choice. The presentation should look into the content they produce and their social media activity. It should also look into why they work as they do.

We also discussed  live blogging from an event which must be linked to our blog and target audience.

The use of multi media in our posts and the withdrawal  of Storyfi.

We briefly covered elements of other lessons such as our dissertation subject and finding a client for our client project.



Industry Reflection – Fake News

Social media and search engines are the biggest platforms for the distribution of fake news. How can Facebook and Google crack down on the problem and should the technology giants have the responsibility to exert editorial control over the news they deliver to billions of people?

Fake News is defined as news which is: False, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting.

Fake News is not something new, it has been around for centuries, and is most commonly in the form of propaganda.

This when the information given out with a particular agenda, an example of this would be during election campaigns each of the political parties as a way of pushing their beliefs and policies.

Traditionally media is regulate to a degree. Printed press is gen Broadcast media has to  be impartial giving equal time and attention to all the main parties.

Over past decade or so social media has been a double edged sward for news networks.

Anyone can create a Social Media account and realistically post pretty much what ever they want.

it can give immediate access to unfolding events, and prove vital to seeing what is happening, the negative is verifying that the footage, text and images are genuine.

An article in published on the Telegraph website on 14 Nov 2017 .  James Titcomb and James Carson said:

‘Facebook and Twitter allowed people to exchange information on a much greater scale than ever before, while publishing platforms like WordPress allowed anyone to create a dynamic website with ease. In short, the barriers to creating fake news have been undone.’


During the presidential election ordinary people were unknowingly sharing ‘Fake News’ as a result trusted titles such and CNN and the New York Times were being accused of distributing it.

Facebook is trying combat use of their platform to spread Fake News.

This video was taken from and article on Forbes 

The piece explains how notifications will be attached to posts which have been disputed by 3rd parties, this will allow you to choose whether to continue with the post or not.

The is an argument that a foundation of a democratic society is freedom of speech. Fake News published an article called ‘Facebook, Google, publishers flight fake news with ‘trust indicator”

The article explains how together with 75 other companies have devised a way of identifying the media company and writers credentials . This will be done by placing an ‘i’ next to the articles which will be clickable.

By doing this the choice is that of the reader to believe or not.



CATs Assignment Notes: research sites visited

The Chosen Question is:

Discuss what the English and Welsh court system comprises of and how criminal and civil laws differ


List of sites visited for research

16C.7 Where a member of the public, who is in court, wishes to use live  text‐based  communications  during  court  proceedings  an  application  for  permission  to  activate  and  use,  in  silent  mode,  a  mobile phone, small laptop or similar piece of equipment, solely in  order to make live text‐based communications of  the proceedings will  need  to  be  made.  The  application  may  be  made  formally  or  informally  (for instance by communicating a  request  to  the judge  through court staff).

16C.8 It  is  presumed  that  a  representative  of  the  media  or  a  legal  commentator  using  live  text‐based  communications  from  court  does  not  pose  a  danger  of  interference  to  the  proper  administration of justice in the individual case. This is because the  most  obvious  purpose  of  permitting  the  use  of  live  text‐based  communications would be to enable the media to produce fair and accurate  reports  of  the  proceedings.  As  such,  a  representative  of  the  media  or  a  legal  commentator  who  wishes  to  use  live  text‐ based  communications  from  court may  do  so  without making  an  application to the court.


Rice, G, & Thomas, T 2013, ‘James Bulger — a matter of public interest?’, International Journal Of Children’s Rights, 21, 1, pp. 1-11, SocINDEX with Full Text, EBSCOhost, viewed 5 January 2018.

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The press, and media generally, wanted to continue reporting their whereabouts and the activities they were engaged in and cited Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights which is the right to ‘freedom of expression’. This right is further promoted by the UK Human Rights Act 1998 that brings the European Convention into the Jurisdiction of the British courts and section 12 of that Act which requires that UK courts ‘must have particular regard to the importance of the Convention right to freedom of expression’ and not least when Journalistic material is involved.

Civil division links

Decline in court reporting



CATS Assignment Evaluation

This essay has been quite a challenge, and that’s not a bad thing.

The question:  ‘Discuss what the English and Welsh court system comprises of and how criminal and civil laws differ’ is quite open for interpretation. Obviously it has to be related to journalism, but I really found keeping to the word count hard – I do think it could however be a good dissertation topic.

During our media law sessions with Nicky we covered Criminal Court which was a great help but Civil Court is a beast all on its own. The complexity is so much higher, the different types of cases and the restrictions of what you can do.

I decided to try and use examples within Criminal Court of the what can be achieved. Within the Civil Court sector I tried to highlight what can happen to the press when things go wrong.

Overall I was happy with what I have produced . During the time I have had personal issues to deal with which have been really tough, but this actually helped give me something to focus on.