MediaShift Podcast #226: Google Fights Ad Boycott in U.K.; Alt-Right Sites in Turmoil; CJR’s Kyle Pope

In the news this week, Google has been subject to an advertising boycott in the U.K. by various brands who don’t want to be seen next to extremist videos on YouTube. The tech giant announced better controls for advertisers in a bid to win them back. Turmoil hits alt-right news sites, as the FBI investigates their connection to Russian hackers during the election, and three staffers are suspended by the Independent Journal Review, and one resigns, for spreading fake news. A new study shows that who shares a story on social media affects trustworthiness more than which news outlet published the story. Our Metric of the Week is Chatbot Metrics, and we’re joined by Kyle Pope, the feisty new publisher and editor-in-chief at the Columbia Journalism Review. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check
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MediaShift Podcast #225: Trump Wants to Kill Big Bird; DOJ Indicts Russian Hackers of Yahoo; Dot Connector Studio’s Jessica Clark

In the news this week, President Trump’s first budget strips funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which could be devastating for small market local public stations. The Feds indicted four Russians for the massive hacking breach at Yahoo in 2014, compromising data for 500 million users. And European governments throw down the gauntlet for Facebook, Twitter and Google over hate speech and fake news. Our Metric of the Week is Snapchat Filter Metrics, and Jessica Clark of Dot Connector Studios joins us to talk about helping the Knight Foundation study their podcasting investments.  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 #224: WikiLeaks’ CIA Docs Show SmartPhone, TV Vulnerabilities; Digital Local News Chains Grow; Washington Post’s Erik Wemple

In the news this week, a massive trove of classified CIA documents were released by WikiLeaks, showing how the spy agency can hack into iPhones, Android phones and even smart TVs. Two local news players, DNAInfo and Spirited Media, both got bigger with buyouts of other local news outlets. Are they on a collision course? Facebook, CNN and Vimeo all delve deeper into virtual reality and 360 video. Our Metric of the Week is Facebook Live video metrics, and we’re joined Washington Post’s Erik Wemple to talk about the difficulties in covering a president who tweets around the clock. 

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MediaShift Podcast #223: SNAP Stock More Like FB or TWTR?; YouTube TV’s Skinny Bundle; BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman on Fake News

In the news this week, Snap Inc. had a soaring stock market debut, valuing the maker of Snapchat at an eye-popping $33 billion. Not bad for a company that lost half a billion dollars last year. YouTube unveiled YouTube TV, a skinny bundle of live TV channels for $35 a month. And Twitter once again fought back against abuse by taking a proactive approach to trolls. Politico’s Joe Pompeo join us to talk about a potential sale of Time Inc. and layoffs at DNAInfo. Our Metric of the Week is Instagram Followers, and our interview with BuzzFeed media editor Craig Silverman, who’s become a noted fake news expert.  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 #221: Facebook, Apple Push into TV; PewDiePie Dropped by Disney, YouTube; Local Media Consortium’s Rusty Coats

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, the International Women’s Media Foundation. Learn more about them and nominate a great woman journalist for one of their three awards! In the news this week, Facebook and Apple make moves into TV, but it might be BuzzFeed and NBC that make the biggest splash. YouTube star PewDiePie gets dumped by Disney’s Maker Studios for anti-Semitic videos, and his YouTube original show is canceled. Edward Snowden is president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and is helping to develop tools to protect journalists and their sources. Politico’s Kelsey Sutton joins us to talk about Trump’s attacks on leakers and his selective choice of questioners at press conferences. Our Metric of the Week is Headline Metrics, and we speak with Rusty Coats, head of the Local Media Consortium, to talk about the prospects for local news in the digital age. Don’t have a lot of
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MediaShift Podcast #220: Why ESPN Needs a Streaming Service; Liberals Hit by Fake News; New Media Ventures’ Christie George

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, the International Women’s Media Foundation. Learn more about them and nominate a great woman journalist for one of their three awards! In the news this week, ESPN brings down Disney’s earnings while HBO hits 2 million streaming subscribers. Fake news comes to liberals in need of wish-fulfillment. And the New York Times is now offering a bundle with Spotify for new subscribers. Politico’s Joe Pompeo joins us to discuss the turmoil at the Wall Street Journal, which lost a key editor to the New York Times. Our Metric of the Week is Reaction Metrics, and I’ll go one-on-one with New Media Ventures’ Christie George, who’s looking to fund ideas that will help build better media. 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 #219: Facebook Pushes ‘Authentic’ Content; NY Times Launches ‘Daily’ Podcast; Lewis Wallace on Objectivity and Trump

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, the International Women’s Media Foundation. Learn more about them and nominate a great woman journalist for one of their three awards! In the news this week, Facebook changes its News Feed to highlight “authentic” news, while also pushing more long-form video. Could Apple be interested in buying a media company? And the folks behind the hit podcast “Serial” now have a production company and a new true crime podcast called “S-Town,” while the New York Times launches a new podcast called “The Daily.” Politico’s Joe Pompeo joins us to discuss the eye-popping digital subscriber numbers at the Times, and turmoil at the Wall Street Journal. Our Metric of the Week is Documentary Impact, and we speak  radio reporter Lewis Wallace, who was fired by Marketplace for saying that “objectivity is dead.” Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to
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