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#244: Pitiful Diversity at Legacy Newsrooms; Gizmodo Media Group’s Susie Banikarim

10/13/2017
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In the news this week, a new survey found that legacy newspaper newsrooms are still dominated by white males, while digital newsrooms are doing much better at creating a diverse workplace. Google joins the party as another place where Russian agents bought ads to sway Americans during last year’s election season. Last week’s ONA conference focused a lot on metrics, innovation, and best practices. Did it miss the bigger picture for media? The Metric of the Week is Automated Analytics, and...

Duration: 00:40:06


Digital Media Brief October 13, 2017

10/13/2017
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In the news this week, a new survey found that legacy newspaper newsrooms are still dominated by white males, while digital newsrooms are doing much better at creating a diverse workplace. Google joins the party as another place where Russian agents bought ads to sway Americans during last year’s election season. Last week’s ONA conference focused a lot on metrics, innovation, and best practices. Did it miss the bigger picture for media?

Duration: 00:06:27


Digital Media Brief October 6, 2017

10/5/2017
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In the news this week, the good, bad and ugly of those dominating tech giants. On the bad side, Google, Facebook, and Twitter were overrun by misinformation during the Las Vegas shooting, with alt-right sites and manipulators naming the wrong shooter. On the good side, Google announced it was ending its First Click Free rule for publishers with paywalls, allowing them to set the number of articles people can see for free via Google search and news. And on the ugly side, we learned more...

Duration: 00:06:39


#243: How Misinformation Spread After Vegas Shooting; Jason Calacanis on the Tech Bubble and Media

10/5/2017
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In the news this week, the good, bad and ugly of those dominating tech giants. On the bad side, Google, Facebook, and Twitter were overrun by misinformation during the Las Vegas shooting, with alt-right sites and manipulators naming the wrong shooter. On the good side, Google announced it was ending its First Click Free rule for publishers with paywalls, allowing them to set the number of articles people can see for free via Google search and news. And on the ugly side, we learned more...

Duration: 00:43:10


#242: Pivots to Video Are a Mixed Bag; Cortico’s Deb Roy on Doing AI for Public Good

9/29/2017
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In the news this week, many publishers have been pivoting to video, but they’ve also lost a lot of traffic to their websites. Did they go too far? And Twitter is testing out doubling the size of tweets to 280 characters, and users are upset that Trump might get a super-sized megaphone. The Knight Foundation puts $4.5 million into seven projects aiming to restore trust in media, and convenes an all-star Commission in Trust, Media and Democracy. Can they make a difference? Our Metric of the...

Duration: 00:39:22


Digital Media Brief September 29, 2017

9/29/2017
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In the news this week, many publishers have been pivoting to video, but they’ve also lost a lot of traffic to their websites. Did they go too far? And Twitter is testing out doubling the size of tweets to 280 characters, and users are upset that Trump might get a super-sized megaphone. The Knight Foundation puts $4.5 million into seven projects aiming to restore trust in media, and convenes an all-star Commission in Trust, Media and Democracy.

Duration: 00:07:01


#241: Social Platforms Help Target Ads to Racist Groups; NYC Media Lab’s Justin Hendrix

9/21/2017
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In the news this week, journalists found that Facebook, Google and Twitter all allowed them to target ads toward racist groups like “Jew haters” and “black people ruin neighborhoods.” The social platforms quickly removed those terms. A new initiative called Report for America aims to place 1,000 public service journalists into newsrooms over the next five years. Can a Peace Corps idea help boost local journalism? And the creator of the Pepe the Frog cartoon is taking legal action against...

Duration: 00:36:16


Digital Media Brief September 22, 2017

9/21/2017
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In the news this week, journalists found that Facebook, Google and Twitter all allowed them to target ads toward racist groups like “Jew haters” and “black people ruin neighborhoods.” The social platforms quickly removed those terms. A new initiative called Report for America aims to place 1,000 public service journalists into newsrooms over the next five years. Can a Peace Corps idea help boost local journalism? And the creator of the Pepe the Frog cartoon is taking legal action against...

Duration: 00:07:06


#240: Apple Moves to the High End; Regulation Coming for Tech Giants?; Facebook’s Jason White

9/15/2017
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In the news this week, Apple announced its new line of iPhones, including a $1000 iPhone X and Apple TV with 4K support. Can it win at higher price points? And Google, Facebook and other tech giants are coming under pressure from conservatives and liberals for their growing power, which could lead to government regulation. And with hurricanes Harvey and Irma there was increased saturation video coverage from the Washington Post, as well as questions about TV correspondents being blown...

Duration: 00:42:49


Digital Media Brief September 15, 2017

9/15/2017
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In the news this week, Apple announced its new line of iPhones, including a $1000 iPhone X and Apple TV with 4K support. Can it win at higher price points? And Google, Facebook and other tech giants are coming under pressure from conservatives and liberals for their growing power, which could lead to government regulation. And with hurricanes Harvey and Irma there was increased saturation video coverage from the Washington Post, as well as questions about TV correspondents being blown...

Duration: 00:07:26


Digital Media Brief September 8, 2017

9/7/2017
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In the news this week, Apple and Amazon are taking their original content ambitions further, bidding on the rights to the James Bond movie franchise. The Atlantic is launching a new membership service called The Masthead starting at $100 per year for print subscribers. And surprise! The 171-year-old Associated Press led all publishers with 35 million Facebook engagements last July, showing that tried-and-true journalism still has fans on social media.

Duration: 00:06:53


#239: Apple's Bid for James Bond; ProPublica’s Julia Angwin on Machine Bias

9/7/2017
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In the news this week, Apple and Amazon are taking their original content ambitions further, bidding on the rights to the James Bond movie franchise. The Atlantic is launching a new membership service called The Masthead starting at $100 per year for print subscribers. And surprise! The 171-year-old Associated Press led all publishers with 35 million Facebook engagements last July, showing that tried-and-true journalism still has fans on social media. Our metric of the week is Email...

Duration: 00:36:12


Digital Media Brief September 1, 2017

8/31/2017
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In the news this week, the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey caused untold damage and pain, but thanks to social media we also saw a great number of heroes, including journalists on the ground. Google and Facebook dominate in another area online: apps, but German publishers are teaming up to take on the duopoly. And with so many publishers rushing to make the pivot to video, is it a smart move or just a short-term gain that will alienate audiences?

Duration: 00:07:06


#238: Social Media Shows Heroes of Harvey; News Integrity Initiative’s Molly de Aguiar

8/31/2017
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In the news this week, the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey caused untold damage and pain, but thanks to social media we also saw a great number of heroes, including journalists on the ground. Google and Facebook dominate in another area online: apps, but German publishers are teaming up to take on the duopoly. And with so many publishers rushing to make the pivot to video, is it a smart move or just a short-term gain that will alienate audiences? Our Metric of the Week is the Twitter Ratio,...

Duration: 00:35:08


Digital Media Brief August 25, 2017

8/25/2017
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In the news this week, tech platforms Google, Reddit, GoFundMe and others deny service to those promoting hate speech in the wake of the Charlottesville violence. Has their neutral stance toward content changed? Storied alt-weekly The Village Voice ended its print run and went online-only in the latest hit for legacy media. And publishing platform Medium is trying out a new clap-for-pay model that compensates writers according to the number of virtual claps they get on their stories from...

Duration: 00:07:06


#237: Critical Moment for Hate Speech; Discovering Claude Shannon

8/25/2017
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In the news this week, tech platforms Google, Reddit, GoFundMe and others deny service to those promoting hate speech in the wake of the Charlottesville violence. Has their neutral stance toward content changed? Storied alt-weekly The Village Voice ended its print run and went online-only in the latest hit for legacy media. And publishing platform Medium is trying out a new clap-for-pay model that compensates writers according to the number of virtual claps they get on their stories from...

Duration: 00:35:56


Digital Media Brief June 9, 2017

6/9/2017
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In the news this week, The Intercept received leaked documents from the NSA about attempted Russian hacking into U.S. voting machines, and the Feds revealed they had arrested the contractor who leaked the documents, Reality Leigh Winner, before the story was even published. Apple unveils a new smart speaker called HomePod, and a desktop ad blocker in Safari. Can they compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home? And as the U.K. elections are held there’s a renewed focus on the role of fake...

Duration: 00:07:50


#236: The Intercept’s Source Nabbed by Feds; Nick Bilton on ‘American Kingpin’

6/9/2017
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In the news this week, The Intercept received leaked documents from the NSA about attempted Russian hacking into U.S. voting machines, and the Feds revealed they had arrested the contractor who leaked the documents, Reality Leigh Winner, before the story was even published. Apple unveils a new smart speaker called HomePod, and a desktop ad blocker in Safari. Can they compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home? And as the U.K. elections are held there’s a renewed focus on the role of fake...

Duration: 00:38:13


#235: NYT Eliminates Public Editor Job; Andy Boyle on Adulthood

6/2/2017
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In the news this week, the New York Times is eliminating a layer of editorial oversight, including its Public Editor job, leading to an outcry among critics. The Times also announced its smashing success with email newsletters, doubling subscribers in the past 3 years. Germany has a love-hate relationship with Facebook, with so many online Germans using the social network, but politicians are incensed about hate speech and fake news there. Sports analyst Bill Simmons moves his site The...

Duration: 00:35:45


Digital Media Brief May 26, 2017

5/26/2017
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In the news this week, legacy media meets social media as the Manchester Evening News runs a crowdfunding and social media campaign to raise more than £1.5 million for victims of the terrorist attack outside a concert. And there have also been successful crowdfunding campaigns for two homeless men who helped victims and were hailed as heroes. Snapchat partners with media companies to produce shows specific to the platform, as more internal problems come to light at the newly public...

Duration: 00:07:31

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