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Digital Media Brief January 18, 2018

1/18/2018
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In the news this week, Facebook made a surprising move with its News Feed, saying it would prioritize posts from friends and family over those from news publishers and businesses. But not all publishers are up in arms about the changes. A flurry of lawsuits was filed by 21 state attorneys general and other groups against the FCC for overturning net neutrality rules. Quirky, independent publisher The Awl is shutting down after nine years due to lack of advertising.

Duration:00:06:18


#254: Facebook Upends News Publishers; The Information’s Jessica Lessin

1/18/2018
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In the news this week, Facebook made a surprising move with its News Feed, saying it would prioritize posts from friends and family over those from news publishers and businesses. But not all publishers are up in arms about the changes. A flurry of lawsuits was filed by 21 state attorneys general and other groups against the FCC for overturning net neutrality rules. Quirky, independent publisher The Awl is shutting down after nine years due to lack of advertising. Our Metric of the Week is...

Duration:00:39:01


Digital Media Brief January 12, 2018

1/11/2018
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In the news this week, the anonymous creator of the “Shitty Men in Media” list was afraid she’d be identified in a story in Harper’s magazine, so she revealed herself instead, saying she had lost friends and her job over the list. The Washington Post’s publisher revealed that the Post has been profitable over the past two years, with digital subscriptions tripling in the last year. Facebook is testing a new section on its mobile app dedicated to local news and information, but will people...

Duration:00:06:58


#253: Creator of ‘Shitty Men in Media’ List Reveals Herself; Sierra Club’s Jeff Shaw

1/11/2018
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In the news this week, the anonymous creator of the “Shitty Men in Media” list was afraid she’d be identified in a story in Harper’s magazine, so she revealed herself instead, saying she had lost friends and her job over the list. The Washington Post’s publisher revealed that the Post has been profitable over the past two years, with digital subscriptions tripling in the last year. Facebook is testing a new section on its mobile app dedicated to local news and information, but will people...

Duration:00:43:24


Digital Media Brief December 22, 2017

12/21/2017
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In the news this week, net neutrality rules were overturned by the FCC, but many states and consumer groups are weighing lawsuits to stop the changes. Can they succeed in the new year? And a big story of the year has been #MeToo, with sexual harassment charges against prominent men in media, tech and beyond. Sadly, harassment has led to many women leaving the media business entirely. And as cord cutting has gained critical mass this year, pay TV companies are finally planning to crack down...

Duration:00:06:45


#252: 2017 Year in Review: What’s Next for Net Neutrality?; Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo

12/21/2017
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In the news this week, net neutrality rules were overturned by the FCC, but many states and consumer groups are weighing lawsuits to stop the changes. Can they succeed in the new year? And a big story of the year has been #MeToo, with sexual harassment charges against prominent men in media, tech and beyond. Sadly, harassment has led to many women leaving the media business entirely. And as cord cutting has gained critical mass this year, pay TV companies are finally planning to crack down...

Duration:00:46:10


Digital Media Brief December 15, 2017

12/14/2017
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In the news this week, the FCC voted to roll back net neutrality rules, which could hurt local and independent news publishers, while giving ISPs cover to throttle and censor content. Disney bought most of 21st Century Fox in a bid to take on the growing strength of tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook and even Apple in original content. Google spends €20 Million on 102 innovation journalism projects across Europe as part of its Digital News Initiative. Our Collaboration of...

Duration:00:07:13


#251: Rollback of Net Neutrality Could Hurt Local News; Nieman Lab’s Laura Hazard Owen

12/14/2017
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The FCC voted to roll back net neutrality rules, which could hurt local and independent news publishers, while giving ISPs cover to throttle and censor content. Disney bought most of 21st Century Fox in a bid to take on the growing strength of tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook and even Apple in original content. Google spends €20 Million on 102 innovation journalism projects across Europe as part of its Digital News Initiative. Our Collaboration of the Week, presented by...

Duration:00:42:35


#250: James Murdoch to Lead Disney?; Google News Lab’s Steve Grove

12/7/2017
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In the news this week, Disney is in advanced talks to buy cable channels and a movie studio from News Corp., and James Murdoch is rumored to be a CEO-in-waiting at Disney if the deal goes through. Vice Media fired three men over sexual harassment charges, and holiday parties at Vox and other companies will be serving less alcohol to make sure employees don’t get into more trouble. Facebook suspends women’s accounts for saying that “men are scum” and “all men are ugly” leading to protests...

Duration:00:43:52


Digital Media Brief December 8, 2017

12/7/2017
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In the news this week, Disney is in advanced talks to buy cable channels and a movie studio from News Corp., and James Murdoch is rumored to be a CEO-in-waiting at Disney if the deal goes through. Vice Media fired three men over sexual harassment charges, and holiday parties at Vox and other companies will be serving less alcohol to make sure employees don’t get into more trouble. Facebook suspends women’s accounts for saying that “men are scum” and “all men are ugly” leading to protests...

Duration:00:06:17


Digital Media Brief December 1, 2017

11/30/2017
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In the news this week, Meredith Corp. finally buys Time Inc. on the third try, creating a magazine conglomerate with a big investment from the conservative Koch brothers. BuzzFeed falls short of its revenue projections, leading to layoffs and a change in business model. An alt-right sting operation goes terribly wrong when the Washington Post exposes them instead.

Duration:00:06:48


#249: Meredith Buys Time with Koch Money; Damian Radcliffe on Local Media

11/30/2017
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In the news this week, Meredith Corp. finally buys Time Inc. on the third try, creating a magazine conglomerate with a big investment from the conservative Koch brothers. BuzzFeed falls short of its revenue projections, leading to layoffs and a change in business model. An alt-right sting operation goes terribly wrong when the Washington Post exposes them instead. Our Collaboration of the Week, presented by AirTable, is Voting Block, with media outlets around New Jersey organizing potlucks...

Duration:00:47:36


Digital Media Brief November 17, 2017

11/16/2017
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In the news this week, a new Freedom House study found that 30 governments around the world had been spreading disinformation online and attacking the media, with 18 elections affected by misinformation online and on social media. The Daily Beast reports that a dozen current and former employees at Vice Media describe a culture of sexual harassment, with older men preying on younger female colleagues. Leaked correspondence between Donald Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks give insight into...

Duration:00:06:36


#248: Thirty Governments Strangling Internet Freedom; Sports Podcaster King Kaufman

11/16/2017
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In the news this week, a new Freedom House study found that 30 governments around the world had been spreading disinformation online and attacking the media, with 18 elections affected by misinformation online and on social media. The Daily Beast reports that a dozen current and former employees at Vice Media describe a culture of sexual harassment, with older men preying on younger female colleagues. Leaked correspondence between Donald Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks give insight into...

Duration:00:47:19


#247: Tech Giants Under Scrutiny in DC; Politico’s Cally Baute on Subscription Biz

11/2/2017
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In the news this week, executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter faced the angry music in Washington, with senators upset at the tech platforms for their slow response to Russian ads that sowed discord during the election. The execs promised to do better, but lawmakers might regulate them instead. Amazon passed an important milestone, selling more than $1 billion in online ads in the last quarter. And as more media men are caught up in sexual harassment charges, Nick Denton points out...

Duration:00:35:41


Digital Media Brief November 3, 2017

11/2/2017
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In the news this week, executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter faced the angry music in Washington, with senators upset at the tech platforms for their slow response to Russian ads that sowed discord during the election. The execs promised to do better, but lawmakers might regulate them instead. Amazon passed an important milestone, selling more than $1 billion in online ads in the last quarter. And as more media men are caught up in sexual harassment charges, Nick Denton points out...

Duration:00:05:43


Digital Media Brief October 27, 2017

10/26/2017
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In the news this week, sexual harassment charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have spread into digital media, with tech evangelist Robert Scoble, Vox editorial director Lockhart Steele and others taking heat and losing power. Facebook tests out a secondary News Feed for Pages that has upset publishers in six countries as their referral traffic takes a major hit. Snap’s Spectacles haven’t been the breakout hit the company expected, with tens of thousands of camera-enabled glasses...

Duration:00:06:30


#246: Harassment Charges Hit Digital Media Men; Facebook Tests Secondary Feed; CNN’s Brian Stelter

10/26/2017
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In the news this week, sexual harassment charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have spread into digital media, with tech evangelist Robert Scoble, Vox editorial director Lockhart Steele and others taking heat and losing power. Facebook tests out a secondary News Feed for Pages that has upset publishers in six countries as their referral traffic takes a major hit. Snap’s Spectacles haven’t been the breakout hit the company expected, with tens of thousands of camera-enabled glasses...

Duration:00:37:15


Digital Media Brief October 20, 2017

10/19/2017
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In the news this week, women responded to the sexual harassment allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein by sharing their own stories of harassment on social media at the #MeToo hashtag. The response was so overwhelming that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised the social platform would crack down on abuse. A prominent blogger and journalist in Malta was killed by a car bomb after using the “Panama Papers” to uncover corruption by the prime minister there. Snap and NBCUniversal are...

Duration:00:06:20


#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

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