Show of Support? Rupert Murdoch Dines Out With Fox News Execs Shine and Abernethy

murdoch Well it isn’t exactly white smoke coming out of the Sistine Chapel, but it’s probably as close as we will get. Mediaite has learned that Rupert Murdoch, current executive chairman and CEO of Fox News, took network co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy to lunch today––the day of Fox’s big new primetime lineup. Fox News has been embroiled in troubled waters, and some wondered what the future might hold for executives throughout the cable news ratings leader. An AP photographer snapped two photos today of, according to the description, Murdoch leaving a “power lunch” spot Marea in Manhattan with both Shine and Abernethy. Industry insiders have suggested that this public show of support is indicates that the two have safe footing at the network, in the wake of Bill O’Reilly‘s ousting last week after the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. Shine and Abernethy were named co-presidents Continue reading "Show of Support? Rupert Murdoch Dines Out With Fox News Execs Shine and Abernethy"

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is at low and fact checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics. So what would happen if you combined professional journalism with fact checking by the people? On Monday evening, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikitribune, an independent site (not affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation) “that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together” in a combination that Wales hopes will combat fake news online — initially in English, then in Continue reading "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news"

What’s holding back virtual reality news? Slow tech adoption, monetization, and yes, dull content

For news organizations, the promise of VR has been marred by a handful of challenges that have so far made it difficult to justify wholesale investment in the technology. That’s clear from a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that takes an in-depth look at the state of VR news in 2017. The conclusion: despite some earnest early efforts among news organizations, widespread adoption of the technology among consumers is still years away. “VR has emerged from its early experimentation phase and is now bedding down in news organizations as they address the challenges of content and user experience,” writes Zillah Watson, the report’s author, who has also headed up BBC’s own VR efforts. “But it is still some years from what it could become — in the same way that, ten years ago, no one could have foreseen the role today of social Continue reading "What’s holding back virtual reality news? Slow tech adoption, monetization, and yes, dull content"

★ Judging Apple Watch’s Success

Mike Murphy, writing for Quartz, “Two Years After Its Launch, the Apple Watch Hasn’t Made a Difference at Apple”:
Apple’s biggest launch since the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch was expected to be a hit: Given the massive financial success of the iPhone, it stood to reason that a companion device might be something customers craved. Not so much. Apple has never shared hard numbers on how many wearables it has sold, and doesn’t even break out Watch sales in its quarterly earnings report. Instead, the device is bundled into Apple’s “Other products,” which the company says includes, “Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and third-party accessories.”
These articles come out like clockwork every 3 months, as Apple’s earnings report draws near. Apple told us they were not going to report hard numbers on Apple Watch right from the start, six months before Continue reading "★ Judging Apple Watch’s Success"

WATCH: ESPN Anchor and Wife Reveal Baby Gender By Hitting Exploding Golf Ball to Iconic Hole

The seventh at Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of the most iconic holes in the world. And this past weekend, it played host to a moment one couple will never forget. Peter Burns, a studio anchor for ESPN’s SEC network, and his wife Lauren Burns took to the tee at Pebble’s par-3 seventh — a deceptively challenging short hole with one of the most breathtaking views in America. They were there to find out the gender of their baby. Burns teed up a ball and prepared to hit — with his excited wife looking on. It was a special ball, designed to emit a plume of smoke upon impact. The color of the smoke would correspond to the gender of their baby — blue for a boy, punk for Continue reading "WATCH: ESPN Anchor and Wife Reveal Baby Gender By Hitting Exploding Golf Ball to Iconic Hole"