Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Neologism of the week: Churnalism

Hunter Communications recommended reading from:
Boing Boing

Link to article:
Churnalism: Discover when the "news" you are reading is a press release

The word of the week was coined by the BBC in 2008.  "Churnalism" refers to the all-too common practice in modern media to buckle to the constraints of time and budget and simply copy press releases and prepared spn, then present it as authentic reporting.  Boing Boing has found a browser plugin that will search for online instances that match the text you highlighted, so it can tell you if a story is journalism or "Churnalism".  Kind of a modern day take on the "bulls*!^ detector".

Excerpt: "Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, 'I thought you'd be interested in a new browser extension and webtool from the Sunlight Foundation called Churnalism. It extracts article text from any site you'd like it to run on and compares it against a corpus of press releases, articles from Wikipedia and much more. If a significant amount of text from what you're reading matches something in our database, an alert banner appears on your browser and you can click through to see a side-by-side comparison. I imagine every editor would want to run this on their stories before they publish!'"

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