MediaShift Podcast #248: Thirty Governments Stifling Internet Freedom; Sexual Harassment at Vice; Sports Podcaster King Kaufman

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new podcast segment highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. 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 coordination during the campaign, including WikiLeaks asking for Julian Assange to be made ambassador to Australia. Our first Collaboration of the Week, presented by Airtable, is the Paradise Papers and how they
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MediaShift Podcast #247: Tech Giants Under Scrutiny in DC; Amazon an Ad Powerhouse; Politico’s Cally Baute on Subscription Biz

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 how his old site Gawker had gossip on many of the miscreants ahead of the deeper reporting. Our Metric of the Week is Flyby Readers, and Politico’s Cally Baute talks tough competition for political news online, and their high-priced subscription products. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief
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MediaShift Podcast #246: Harassment Charges Hit Digital Media Men; Facebook Tests Secondary Feed; CNN’s Brian Stelter

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 piling up in warehouses. Our Metric of the Week is Pageviews, and we’re joined by Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to talk about the rise of trolls and bots on social media and the problem with online civility. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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MediaShift Podcast #236: The Intercept’s Source Nabbed by Feds; Apple’s HomePod and Ad-Blocking; Nick Bilton on ‘American Kingpin’

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 news and misinformation in Europe. We’ll tell you which countries have been hit hardest. Our Metric of the Week is ad-blocking usage, and author Nick Bilton, joins us to talk about his book “American Kingpin,” the story of how the Feds tracked down the Dread Pirate Roberts, the leader of the Silk Road online black market. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but
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MediaShift Podcast #235: NYT Eliminates Public Editor Job; Germany’s Love/Hate Relationship with FB; Andy Boyle on Adulthood

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 Ringer from Medium to Vox Media — will more publishers follow? Our Metric of the Week is Instagram Organic Reach, and we speak with author Andy Boyle, a journalist, programmer and comedian, whose funny advice book for millennials is called Adulthood for Beginners. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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#234: Manchester Papers Help Terror Victims with Crowdfunding Campaigns; Serial’s Julie Snyder on Success of S-Town Podcast

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 company. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos gives $1 million to provide more legal aid to journalists in the U.S. who are battling government interference and threats. Our Metric of the Week is Social Metrics, and we speak with Julie Snyder, co-creator of the Serial podcast and executive producer of S-Town, on how she handles success in podcasting. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to
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MediaShift Podcast #233: Facebook Falls Short on Fake News, Boosts Local News; Floyd Abrams on ‘Soul of the First Amendment’

In the news this week, Facebook is all over the map, falling short in its fight against fake news, but also doing more and more to help local news publishers. Plus a 22-year-old British programmer became an ‘accidental hero’ by helping to stop the spread of the largest global cyber-attack in history. Digital upstart Vox is teaming up with non-profit powerhouse ProPublica to hire a video fellow for a year, taking collaboration to another level. Speaking of collaboration, our Metric of the Week is partnership metrics, and we go one-on-one with legal eagle Floyd Abrams, who won the Citizens United case before the Supreme Court and has a new book out called “The Soul of the First Amendment.” Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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