MediaShift Podcast #241: Social Platforms Help Target Ads to Racist Groups; ‘Report for America’ Tries Public Service Journalism; NYC Media Lab’s Justin Hendrix

In the news this week, journalists found that Facebook, Google and Twitter all allowed them to target ads toward racist groups like “Jew haters” and “black people ruin neighborhoods.” The social platforms quickly removed those terms. A new initiative called Report for America aims to place 1,000 public service journalists into newsrooms over the next five years. Can a Peace Corps idea help boost local journalism? And the creator of the Pepe the Frog cartoon is taking legal action against alt-right groups for selling merchandise with his image. Our Metric of the Week is ARPU, and we go one-on-one with Justin Hendrix, executive director of the NYC Media Lab, to discuss his upcoming Summit next week and a new center focused on virtual and augmented reality. 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
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NU-Qatar Study Shows More Tolerance for Censorship of Mideast Media

It’s well-established that trust in the U.S. media is at an all-time low, but that may be a sign that the press is doing its job. In the Middle East, trust in the media is twice that – 66 percent. But higher levels of trust may actually be because Middle Eastern media is less critical and less controversial, according to Everette Dennis, the dean and CEO Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Qatar). “U.S. media is so conflictual – which I think is a good thing, but it also makes them unpopular,” he said.

Dean Everette Dennis.

New statistics on media in the Middle East come from an annual report on media use in the region, just published by NU-Q. The study found that there’s now a more conservative stance toward media, with more tolerance for censorship — and less for freedom of expression. And Twitter — not
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#EdShift Chat: How To Make J-Schools More Inclusive

If journalists, educators and the public want to see changes reflected in newsrooms, we must start in the classroom. Newsrooms and classrooms alike often are not representative of the communities they serve. In this chat, we hope to explore the barriers to entry for diverse students communities interested in pursuing journalism, including the digital divide and financial obstacles. We’ll also discuss possible ideas and solutions to improving the current high school to undergraduate journalism pipeline. This will be a conversation for both students and educators, as we want to foster dialogue between these two groups. The chat will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern / 12 noon Central / 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Follow the #EdShift hashtag on Twitter to join the conversation. Participants include: Amara Aguilarof USC Annenberg, Patricio Contreras of Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Kat Friedrich, editor at The Yale Center Continue reading "#EdShift Chat: How To Make J-Schools More Inclusive"

Leading the Legal War Against Fox

So far this year, the lawyer Douglas Wigdor, a conservative Republican, has filed 11 suits against Fox News for defamation, sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Watch: Alabama GOP Senate Candidates Debate Over Who Would Be Better For Trump

The Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff between former Judge Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange has become something of the epicenter of a civil war for the soul and direction of the Republican Party. President Donald Trump has placed his support behind Strange — the preferred candidate of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — while the populist (Breitbart) wing of the party has gone in with Moore. On Thursday night, the two candidates faced off in a debate that had a rather odd freewheeling format to it. There was no moderator involved and the way it was set up was that one man would go off on a long-winded five-minute monologue, and the other candidate would answer with his own soliloquy. Considering that Strange led things off in the event, he was able to pretty much set the tone and messaging for the entire debate. And, for the most part, Continue reading "Watch: Alabama GOP Senate Candidates Debate Over Who Would Be Better For Trump"