Fake News

If you know me, you know I know something about news. You know I was editor in chief of the English news department of an independent Turkish news agency for three years. I also have shared what I believe as pivotal world news stories. Given I was situated between Greece, the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Cyprus for a decade and a half, maybe, just maybe, I have enough street ‘cred’ to choose a story.

However, my knowledge didn’t all come from within. It came from many people that I worked with. The people who I call journalists, correspondents, and reporters. These people all know their jobs. Some of them, never came home after an assignment. Some were in the field for months and even years. Some I trusted, others, trusted me. (I may explain this comment one day.) You see the trust of support and news-gathering is symbiotic. The most difficult part of working in news is seeing a story die before it is ever shared to the public. I saw thousands of news stories being produced around the world via my computer. The software that combined 10 different news sources that streamed all their news. Including the news I sent out to the world.

That news, which was prepared for broadcasting clients, typically panned out to four or five stories on the evening bulletins. Not really indicative of all that ENG work we thousands of people around the globe spent all day working on. News outlets rule the roost. Period.

This is a screen grab from Instagram that I took this morning of a former colleague of mine. This is the reality of how a story happens. My friend, on the left, is out there doing his job. Yes. His job. Be thankful you have people like this out there keeping you informed. Just like this blog post, you need to be reminded of where your news comes from.

I hope to see some comments here. Not just ‘likes’ on Facebook. Your ‘duty’ to be an informed news consumer is to make an attempt to filter fake news. The news reading public should actually visit the site where the story originated from. I see so many people share stories from third parties. If your going to share a story, share the link to the site, not some paid advertising Facebook page.

Like this blog post I have spent over thirty minutes preparing, writing, editing, and posting. I really would like to see some comments below. It lets me know you’re awake.

Good morning!

Martin @ the crossroads

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Just the facts

Fake, false, fabricated and inflated… news has really hit us hard as of late. But where do we go for it? You know the real stuff. I’ve told people time and time again that my days working with a news agency taught me a lot about how broadcasters work. Or should I say, present the news.

I always checked at least four sources to feel like I know around half the story. I don’t have time to check every one any deeper. Unless of course, you want to start paying me. Anyhow, cut to the chase, I found this site and wanted to share if with you. It’s connected to other groups around the world. So you may find one in your region. The site is https://fullfact.org/ out of the UK.

I already felt a sense of calm just looking at the headlines… I hope you feel the same way too.

Martin

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My Country is so Cool! Julie Payette – Astronaut and GG

Julie Payette

(from Wikipedia)
Congratulations on being an upstanding Canadian and role model!
Julie Payette
Julie Payette CSA.jpg
29th Governor General of Canada
Taking office
TBD
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Succeeding David Johnston
Personal details
Born October 20, 1963 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma mater McGill University
University of Toronto
Profession Astronaut
Engineer
Julie Payette
CSA Astronaut
Nationality Canadian
Born October 20, 1963 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
McGill University

University of Toronto

Time in space
25d 11h 57m
Selection 1992 CSA Group
Missions STS-96, STS-127
Mission insignia
Sts-96-patch.pngSTS-127 patch.png

Julie Payette, OC, CQ (born October 20, 1963) is a Canadian astronaut, engineer and administrator. Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as Chief Astronaut for the CSA, and has served in other roles for both NASA and CSA, such as CAPCOM.

In July 2013, Julie Payette was named Chief Operating Officer for the Montreal Science Centre in the Old Port of Montreal. In April 2014, she was appointed a Director of the National Bank of Canada.[1]

On July 12, 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Julie Payette is to be appointed the next Governor General of Canada.[2]

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Localization and World News on the Internet

Localization and World News on the Internet. What is localization on the internet? How does it affect you?

Find out March 22, 2017 at the VIRL Courtenay branch at 6:00pm.

Localization is a global system that in effect, may foster censorship and propaganda. How so? Let Martin Anthony walk you through his understanding of this seemingly invisible firewall of free information. His experience with topics of the internet started, in Vancouver, prior to the dot com era. He sat on committees (Praxis and AES) that discussed copyright protection long before it was an issue.

In later years, he became manager and Editor in Chief of the English Internet department of a privately owned Turkish news agency in Istanbul. There he worked with journalists from around the world. Martin later hosted a TV talk show in Istanbul where he interviewed scores of guests ranging from a former Whitehouse security chief, to world famous musicians.

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