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Teaching Tech about Race, The Invasion of Sutherland Springs: J+D Digest

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Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with.

Studies suggest teaching our tech about demographics can help it perform better across the board, but a dangerous question remains: should we teach facial recognition software about race? (Wired)

While many are still bemoaning the death of print media, some outlets have begun overhauling their internal systems, adapting their infrastructures to the needs of the public online. (Nieman Lab)

There’s no shortage of debate over which way exactly mainstream media bias veers. Vanessa Otero uses design thinking to examine exactly what it is we are reading. (All Generalizations Are False)

Proof that Twitter is weird as ever: one teen girl posed as a married man for eight years to write about baseball (and harass women online). (Deadspin)

“The massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was the worst mass shooting in modern Texas history. Like Las Vegas before it, the number of casualties alone makes it an event that necessitates coverage.” And yet, argues Lauren McGaughy, the subsequent media circus was nothing more than an invasion. (Dallas News)

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