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Catalonia declares independence, Facebook moves on transparency

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    Duplicate “could”… “the disasters could could slow growth”

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    The AP reported “the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3% annual pace last quarter ” but our brief left out the “annual pace” part. What’s the difference? Well if all four quarters grew at the same rate the actual annual rate would be 3%, but our wording would suggest something over 12%. Similar wording is in lots of newspapers, but we shouldn’t be so sloppy.

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    In the story about the US economy growing 3%, the phrase “putting to rest concerns over the immediate impacts of Hurricanes..” sounds either biased or at the least jumping to conclusion. I don’t think there is evidence in the source to suggest that concerns are “put to rest”. It sounds like a shortened opinion piece with this language. The referenced AP article uses the word “despite” which is less of a leap.

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      Thanks Matthew, good point, have amended and added in some more context. Cheers

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        Charles,

        That reads much more factually. Thanks!

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    In the story about the Australian parliament, do you think the use of the word “robbed” in reference to the loss of the majority suggests a degree of entitlment?

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    Would it be possible when citing linked sources to indicate limited access, such as pay walls or required membership?

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      Good call Jack. Will aim to make this clear.

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    Not so much to this story, but generally, i think ALL stories should be dated, and updates should probably be time- stamped as well. Wasn’t sure where to make a general suggestion

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    Hi – My first look so I am not familiar with the format yet. Initial reaction is that this briefing notes idea is unclear – why are these 2 stories linked together? What are the other stories that are in the briefing notes not indicated in the title? Why is JFK story included when it also exists as a separate story on the front page? I think it would be clearer if each story had it’s own title is it is obvious what it is about.

    Where is Europe in the Navigation?

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      The briefing is an overview of many international stories making news during the day. It is updated throughout the day as more stories become prominent or the ones already reported evolve. So it is a mash up effectively. In cases where a story is one that we warrant further explanation we will do a supporting story so more detail can be added there.

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        Hi Charles and thanks for the reply. I understand the concept of a briefing. My point is that the title is confusing in that it mentions some of the stories but not all – and it strings them together in a way that I initially thought they were linked. Then when you go into the page you are confronted with a single block of bullet points. These is no easy way to see whether the content is of interest without reading the whole thing. I suggest that the only title needed is “Headlines” (or similar) and then lay out the stories so the is more indication what they are about (headers). Just trying to be helpful.

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    I may be wrong, but I was thinking the term “sacking” was more informal. I’ve heard it used in Britain, but not sure I’ve heard it used in the US other than for American football (not in the dismissal way).

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