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Media Martini: WaPo’s ‘Truth-Teller,’ HuffPo’s ‘Conversations,’ Paid Channels on YouTube

The weekend is nearly here — and we’ve got the best of this week’s media stories for you to ponder (preferably with a drink in hand) while the week winds to a close:

1.  Real-Time Fact Checking With The Washington Post’s ‘Truth-Teller’

Pinocchio (Disney)The Washington Post is working on ‘Truth-Teller,’ a mobile and desktop app that will work from a live feed (speeches, etc) to “show disputed facts and statistics for everyone” — in realtime. MediaBistro predicts that the app “has the capacity to change the way people consume their political media.”  How will this cutting-edge tool change journalism, and affect public perception of political speeches and debates? There are still plenty of “kinks” to work out, but we can’t wait to see this in action during the 2016 election.

2.  ‘Conversations’ Tool Revamps Commenting on Huffington Post

Huffington Post's 'Conversations' Tool Improves CommentingThe Huffington Post’s new ‘Conversations’ tool helps to identify discussions within the comment stream for any given story, and then provides a separate webpage to continue the conversation. Having a separate URL makes it easier for readers to share comments and invite others to join the discussion. PaidContent believes that the “new set-up should make it easier to jump in on a given debate about the story that’s of interest” — while also offering the promise of “hyper-engaged readers” to advertisers.

3.  YouTube Moving Toward Paid Subcriptions For Some Channels

YouTube may experiment with paid channelsAs early as April, YouTube may begin experimenting with paid subscriptions for some of the professionally produced channels on the site.  While the video-sharing site is traditionally ad-driven (and expects to remain so), a YouTube spokesman told The New York Times that “There are a lot of our content creators that think they would benefit from subscriptions, so we’re looking at that.” This “experimenting” would most likely start with a small group of channels (25 or so) and viewers might be charged per channel or for a “bundle” of subscription channels.  Will viewers pay for content on the site?

Any stories that caught your eye in media this week? Let us know in the comments below.