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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MediaShift Podcast #232: NYT, WSJ See Boom in Subs While ESPN Suffers; Snap Loses Big; Timeline’s Jim Giles on Historical Context

In the news this week, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal announce big jumps in paid digital subscribers, while Disney suffers as ESPN loses more subscribers. Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. announces its first quarterly earnings, and no matter how you filter or snap it, the news is bad with $2.2 billion in losses. But the company is making inroads with advertisers, with a self-service ad tool and more metrics and tracking. Need another skinny bundle? Hulu unveiled its Live TV offering with 50 channels for $40 a month along with its on-demand and original shows. Our Metric of the Week is LinkedIn Metrics and we speak with Jim Giles, CEO of Timeline, a media startup that’s seeing big demand for its archival videos of black history and female empowerment. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the
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MediaShift Podcast #231: Russian Hackers Go to France; Twitter Rebounds; NBC’s Nick Ascheim on Video, Verticals

In the news this week, the same Russian hackers who broke into DNC emails are trying to wreak havoc in the French presidential election — but to no avail so far. Social media laggard Twitter finally rebounds with higher profits and a growing user base, plus a push into 24/7 live-streaming video. Will it be enough to keep up with larger rivals? And Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is starting a crowdfunding campaign for Wikitribune, where paid journalists will work alongside a crowd of unpaid fact-checkers to fight fake news. Our Metric of the Week is “Fundraising Metrics” and Nick Ascheim, senior VP at NBC News Digital joins us to talk about their hiring binge and success turning off those annoying auto-play videos. 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 #230: Videotaped Murder Disrupts Facebook’s F8; Ballmer’s Massive Gov Database; Craig Newmark on Fighting Misinformation

In the news this week, Facebook goes head-first into augmented reality and virtual reality at its F8 conference, but a videotaped murder puts a damper on the party. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer releases USAFacts, with beautiful visualizations about government data — but will anyone care an age of alternative facts? And the new school goes old school, as video startup Cheddar gives away TV antennas with Dunkin Donuts to entice more millennials to watch. Our Metric of the Week is Facebook Post Reach, and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark talks about his charitable giving and his mission to promote trustworthy journalism. 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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