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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MediaShift Podcast #229: Pulitzers Award Collaboration, Non-Profits; SEC Cracks Down on Paid Posts; Common Sense News’ Kristen Go

In the news this week, the Pulitzer Prizes were announced, and some notable online collaborations won, including the ICIJ for its massive “Panama Papers” report, as well as ProPublica and the New York Daily News. The SEC cracks down on paid posts on investment websites, and schemes to pump up small biotech stocks. The Huffington Post and the New York Times are finding success building loyalty — and engagement — with Facebook Groups. Our Metric of the Week is Podcast Metrics, and we’re joined by Kristen Go, the editorial director for newly launched Common Sense News, from the folks who help rate media for kids. 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 #228: Omidyar Commits $100 Million for Journalism, Anti-Hate Initiatives; Americans Unhappy with Trump-Media Feud; Hearst’s Emma Dibdin on ‘S-Town’

In the news this week, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar one-ups himself, allocating $100 million to fund investigative journalism, and the fight against hate speech and misinformation. A Pew Research study finds one area of agreement among Americans: they think the Trump-media feud is unhealthy and blocking access to important political news. And Amazon pays an eye-popping $50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games this year — will they get their money’s worth? Our Metric of the Week is Total Engaged Time, and we speak with Hearst Media’s Emma Dibdin about “S-Town,” the smash hit podcast by the makers of “Serial.” 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 #227: Congress Sells Out on Online Privacy; BuzzFeed Readying IPO for 2018; Amanda Lenhart on Online Harassment

In the news this week, Congress passes legislation that will roll back an Obama-era rule that would force internet service providers to ask permission before selling your browsing data. What does that mean? More power for the cable and telecom giants and less privacy for you online. Plus, BuzzFeed is readying itself for an IPO in 2018 and expanding into Mexico and Germany ahead of their elections. Billionaire Pierre Omidyar puts his money where his mission statement is for the Democracy Fund, with $12 million in new grants to national, state and local non-profit investigative journalism outfits. Our Metric of the Week is Trust Metrics, and researcher Amanda Lenhart to talk about her research on online harassment and abuse. 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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