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Facebook launches first newsgathering tool for journalists

Called Signal, the free tool will help journalists track relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts from nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users and Instagram's 300 million users for storytelling and reporting

 

In a move to take on the micro-blogging site Twitter which is the biggest source of breaking news for journalists, Facebook has launched an innovative newsgathering tool that will help reporters scan and file stories from the ocean of information on Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram.
 
Called Signal, the free tool will help journalists track relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts from nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users and Instagram's 300 million users for storytelling and reporting.
 
“We have heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their newsgathering,” posted Andy Mitchell, director of media partnerships, on Facebook website.
 
“We are excited to introduce Signal, for Facebook and Instagram, a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports, and more - all in one place,” he wrote.
 
With this tool, journalists interested in seeing what conversations are resonating on Facebook can monitor which topics are trending and then quickly display related content that has been shared publicly from both people and Pages for deeper context on those trends.
 
“Search functionality makes it easy to surface content directly related to a story or topic they are tracking,” Mitchell added.
 
Journalists can access lists of public figures ranked by who is being mentioned the most on Facebook, including real-time conversations across politicians, authors, actors, musicians, sports teams, players and more.
 
“Using location-tag and topic-related search functionality, journalists can search Instagram for public posts related to specific hashtags, associated with specific public accounts, or tagged with locations using an interactive global map,” he further posted.
 
Every Facebook post, every Instagram image or video, and every metric found in Signal can be easily saved into custom collections for later use in a downstream CMS for digital writers or for integration with broadcast graphics packages for broadcast teams, the Facebook post revealed.
 
Journalists can easily embed any Facebook and Instagram post in their coverage by simply selecting and copying the post’s embed code.
 
Newsrooms can integrate Signal APIs to feed curated content onto their websites and into their broadcasts, as well as produce native visualisations of curated Instagram content for events.
 
“This is a first step in helping journalists use Facebook and Instagram more effectively and we will gather feedback and iterate to make Signal as useful as possible for industry professionals,” Mitchell pointed out.
 

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Inflation to be kept low while reforms implemented: RBI

There are expectations that the RBI would reduce interest rates at its next monetary policy review later this month

 

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said inflation should be kept low not only now but also in the future, adding that reforms are needed for sustainable growth.
 
Rajan said at an event here that keeping inflation down and implementing reforms are needed for maintaining sustainable growth.
 
There are expectations that the RBI would reduce interest rates at its next monetary policy review later this month.
 
This has been reinforced with the US Federal Reserve deciding to hold its interest rates much against the earlier expectation they would be hiked.
 
On the US Federal Reserve's decision, Rajan said this could be due to concerns about the American economy.
 
He said the US may be waiting for more information before deciding on a rate hike.
 
Rajan also said the banks should quickly balance their books, adding there was need for a bankruptcy code to enable the lenders better handle their loan accounts.
 

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COMMENTS

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Should we not recognise Raghuram Rajan Sirs fantastic contribution by holding the Indian Rupee to its lowest turbulence when other currencies went down by to 25%.

Brazil is degraded to Junk level by rating agency by Moody.

Do our Industrialst's (Government greasers) & Political class wants India to degrade to that levels.

High prices of Real Estates/Oil & Petrol/Surprising Onion Inflations/Potato inflations around elections well doctored or Engineered.

NPA across the key sectors Infrastructure/Airlines/Power/Telecom/Real Estate is not addressable by all Indians.Record inventories of unsold Commercial/ Residential.

God Bless Mahesh

Bengal declassifies Netaji files, kin says centre must follow

The Bengal government on Friday made public 64 files to help unravel the mystery behind his disappearance

 

Dubbing as "historic" the release of 64 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by the West Bengal government, his family on Friday also pushed for the declassification of files by the central government.
 
The Bengal government on Friday made public 64 files to help unravel the mystery behind his disappearance.
 
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has done a great thing and now the Centre has no other option but to declassify the files it has," Netaji's grandnephew and family spokesperson Chandra Kumar Bose told the media here after the release.
 
The digitised version of the declassified 64 files were made available in a set of seven DVDs. The original files are housed at the Calcutta Police Museum. The files will be accessible to the public from Monday on a first-come-first-serve basis.
 
"The more important files that can unravel the mystery behind his disappearance are with the central government departments and the mystery can be solved only if those files are declassified," Chandra Kumar Bose said.
 
The files declassified on Friday consists 12,744 pages and are available to researchers and scholars.
 
They were handed over to the descendants of Netaji and media persons by Kolkata Police Commissioner S.K. Purkayastha at a small ceremony at the museum.
 
The first copy was handed over to Netaji's niece-in-law and former Trinamool Congress MP Krishna Bose.
 
Banerjee on September 11 announced her government's decision to declassify 64 files on Bose, saying the mystery surrounding his disappearance needs to be put to rest.
 
"Still the mystery surrounding Netaji's disappearance continues to be unsolved. So whatever files we have, we will declassify them which may help in unravelling the mystery.
 
"...all the 64 files that we have will be open for public. They will be kept at the city police archive," said Banerjee.
 
Chandra Kumar Bose said that Banerjee has "shown the way and now the Centre has to release the files."
 

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