Using social media and other automated news gathering methods has created new opportunities for journalists and news organizations. In the past, news gathering was often manual and one-on-one. Now, however, journalists and news organizations can be part of a larger network and automated to create stories that are both interesting and impactful.
U.S. Senate could give final approval to one-week extension of federal government funding before midnight deadline
Congressional leaders are expected to push for a one-week extension of federal government funding before midnight on Friday. The measure would give negotiators more time to work out a final deal and keep the federal government running until after Christmas.
House Republicans have been pushing for a shorter-term extension. They’ve also criticized “wasteful” spending by Democrats. They want to see a reduction in domestic and social programs spending. In return, they have been willing to accept a modest increase in defense spending.
However, Democrats have increased domestic spending twice in two years. They’ve been able to do this through party-line reconciliation bills. They’re also preparing a new round of emergency aid for hurricane damage. The bill, which is pending, will allow the federal government more flexibility to spend the billions of dollars in disaster relief funds.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the omnibus appropriations bill is the “best solution” for funding the government. He said he hopes to bring the bill to the floor this week.
The measure also includes a number of extraneous items, including $1 billion in heating assistance for low-income families and $20 million for the Jackson water crisis. The NDAA, on the other hand, contains $847 billion for the defense department, a 4.6 percent pay raise for troops, and $30 billion for nuclear activities in the Department of Energy.
In the end, the omnibus appropriations bill is not likely to be passed before Friday night, and it is highly unlikely that Congress will get to pass a more comprehensive full-year funding package before the holiday season.
Eritrean troops “murdered” uncle in Tigray region of Ethiopia
Hundreds of Eritrean troops have entered the Tigray region of Ethiopia, killing and stealing. The Ethiopian government, however, says it has stopped the conflict.
But Eritreans claim that rape and sexual violence are used as weapons. They have refused to allow families to bury the dead. The United Nations has launched a probe into human rights abuses in the area. Those abuses include killing civilians, sexual violence and forced displacement.
There are no communications in large parts of Tigray. Roads are blocked and stores are empty. People walk around burnt-out cars and buses. Many of the factories are blasted open like ribcages. The government claims that there is normal life, but experts dispute this.
Abiy Ahmed, the new leader of Ethiopia, has claimed that he has ended the conflict. But his government has been accused of systemic gender-based violence, forced displacement of residents and murders of civilians. It has shut down telephone and internet networks. The Australian government has expressed grave concerns about the situation in Tigray.
But Abiy’s government, which merged ethnic and region-based parties to form a more centralised regime, said that it would investigate any human rights abuses in Tigray. It will also work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Ethiopian Embassy in Canberra said that it was committed to investigating any abuses.
The junta in Addis Ababa destroyed infrastructure, including internet and phone networks. In January, limited communication was restored. But the government’s claim that life was normal has been disputed by humanitarian groups.
Georgia’s top elections official is urging lawmakers to end general election runoffs
During a state House committee hearing Tuesday, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urged lawmakers to back a bill to end the runoffs, the oldest and least-popular election system in the nation. The new law is part of a sweeping overhaul of the state’s election system. It cuts in half the time between the general election and runoffs. It also includes stricter voter ID laws, more strict election deadlines, and outlaws ballot harvesting.
The state also has the highest voter registration rate in the country. There are more than 1.6 million registered voters, and that number is expected to grow.
The state has been one of the leaders in election administration, requiring photo identification for both absentee and early voting. It offers three weeks of early voting and has a no-excuse absentee voting system. But it is still difficult for people to cast mail ballots in runoff elections. Those ballots must arrive at polling places before the closing bell.
The state’s top official also wants to see a slew of improvements made to the state’s election system, such as making it harder for election officials to steal ballots. He wants to increase the security of mail-in ballot drop boxes, clamp down on mobile voting units, and expand the number of state monitors in local precincts.
The State’s top elections official has also proposed a measure to cut the number of ballots delivered to voters in the mail. He has framed the 1.3 million mail-in ballots received as an administrative burden on county election officials. He has also suggested stronger ID verification for absentee ballots.
Models of news making
Various models of news making have been developed over the years. Some of these models involve social forces. Those forces include participants, current settings, and social ideologies. These models can be useful for analyzing news production.
Among the most prominent of these models are the mythological model and the agenda-setting model. Both of these models are based on the idea that news plays a cultural role, akin to myth. They are designed to help us understand the communal role of news.
The mythological model is useful in that it helps us to better understand how news functions as a culture. Myths help us create and preserve narratives about “real” people and events. These narratives are often rooted in universalities and can describe fantastical gods.
The agenda-setting model is also important, in that it shows that the journalist can shape what topics are of importance to audiences. In this model, the relationship between effects, priming, and processing of news messages is crucial.
Context is another model of news making. It involves social knowledge about the participants, the current setting, and the aims of the news organization.
Frame is a concept that describes the perspectives of the audience, the communicator, and the object. Framing explains the use of presentation features and the information presented in the news. These factors affect the selection and production of news stories.
Allern has identified three factors that determine the selection and production of news. These are significance, relevance, and magnitude. In the case of magnitude, an event is considered to be significant for a wide audience.
Social media has created opportunities for automated and automated news gathering
Despite the plethora of automated news aggregators, the human juggler is still a hulking beast. So how does one go about it? The following is a short list of the top ten automation and news gathering technologies and the corresponding pros and cons. Some of these have been around for years and some have been updated as of this writing. The list is ranked in chronological order. The most interesting is a news aggregator in the middle that is still chugging along nicely. The rest are more of a low level variety. The aforementioned news aggregator has a staff of four compared to the average large sized enterprise of the ilk. The aforementioned company has recently been acquired by a much larger outfit with a staff of twenty.