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St. Catherine’s School Newspapers, LGBTQ Ontario, Black-Owned Restaurants, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 9, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Fit to Print: St. Catherine’s School Newspapers On Virginia Chronicle. “The Virginia Newspaper Project is happy to announce its collaboration with St. Catherine’s School in Richmond to film and digitize three of the historic school’s newspapers—The Scrap Basket, Odds ‘n’ Ends, and Arcadian—now available online on Virginia Chronicle. Founded in 1890 and owned and operated by the Episcopal Church Schools Corporation, St. Catherine’s is the oldest private, all-girls school in the City of Richmond. It serves girls age three through grade twelve, and its three independently published newspapers collectively span over ninety years of the institution’s history.”

University of Windsor: Preserving Queer Life in Southwestern Ontario: UWindsor digital archive project shared with international audience. “Taught by Dr. Renée Bondy, Queer Activism engages students to research and explore the past and present issues surrounding LGBTQ+ activism. In addition to learning how queer communities are created and sustained, the students also contributed to an experiential learning collaboration project with Leddy Library to build Queer Life in Southwestern Ontario, a digital exhibit and archive to preserve local queer history.”

1888PressRelease: New Website to Find Black Owned Eateries in Every Town (PRESS RELEASE). “Supporting minority owned businesses is very important for the economy. Finding these businesses is not always an easy task. That was the driving force for Edward Dillard to create Eat Black Owned. He set out to design a website for visitors to easily find black owned restaurants, cafes, diners, and bakeries.” I checked a 20-mile radius of my town, and it found several businesses but I know there are others it missed. Obviously a work in progress but enough there to make it worth a visit.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google Blog: Press play: Find and listen to podcast episodes on Search. “Today when you search on Google, you can find many different forms of information, from videos and images to tweets and recipes, but there’s always more information out there. There are more than two million podcasts on the web, and we’re now making it easier to find and listen to podcasts on Search.”

Slashgear: Google Voice voicemail transcript forwarding shut down due to spam abuse. “In an email sent to Google Voice users, the tech giant announced that Google Voice’s SMS voicemail transcription forwarding will be shutting down. It was pretty clear for the reason for the rather abrupt change: spam robocalls.”

USEFUL STUFF

Social Media Examiner: How to Use Memes: A Guide for Marketers. “Looking for a fun way to engage people on social media? Have you considered using memes in your marketing? In this article, you’ll discover how your business can use memes to engage and connect with people.”

Digital Inspiration: Make Instagram Slideshows with Google Slides. “I just discovered an interesting use of the Instagram platform courtesy Addy Osmani – you can publish how-to guides and tutorials on Instagram as photo slideshows. To give you can an example, here’s an Instagram Slideshow that walks you step by step though the creation on Memojis on an iPhone.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Fast Company: Exclusive: A first look inside Google’s top-secret design lab. “There’s a building on Google’s Mountain View, California, campus that’s off-limits to most of the company’s own employees. The 70,000-square-foot Design Lab houses around 150 designers and dozens of top-secret projects under the leadership of vice president and head of hardware design Ivy Ross, a former jewelry artist who has led the company’s push into gadgets ranging from the groundbreaking Google Home Mini speaker to the playful line of Pixel phones.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Pew (PEW PEW PEW!): 46% of U.S. social media users say they are ‘worn out’ by political posts and discussions. “Some 46% of adult social media users say they feel ‘worn out’ by the number of political posts and discussions they see on social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted June 3-17, 2019. This share has risen 9 percentage points since the summer of 2016, when the Center last asked this question.”

Poynter: Why is fake news so prevalent? Researchers offer some answers. “There’s no doubt that the world of fact-checking has experienced a boom over the last decade. But are we any closer to truly understanding the phenomenon of misinformation, or how to stop it? There’s a plethora of fresh research that helps answer this question, as media scholars and researchers study and explore how different kinds of misinformation behave in different contexts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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