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magazine article | 08.14.11

Designer or journalist: Who shapes the news you read in your favorite apps?

Mike Ananny, Kate Crawford

Today, press ethics are intertwined with platform design ethics, and press freedom is shared with software designers. The people at Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and elsewhere have a new and significant role in how news circulates and what we see on our screens. We’re only just beginning to understand how these companies’ algorithms work…

D&S affiliate Kate Crawford and Mike Ananny conducted a study on designers who are creating news apps and their perceptions about the work they do in the space between software design and news circulation. In this article and through this study, they reveal four themes that emerged in understanding the relationship between the work of designers and journalism- getting at some of the reasons why certain actions taken by platforms can result in controversies that highlight the need for a new ethics of press responsibility.

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