“Yelling at her family in public, in your headphones”: Reality TV comes to podcasts

All this comes on top of the executive-level departure that was announced last month in tandem with the news that Panoply was laying off its editorial team: Jacob Weisberg, chairman of the Slate Group, was leaving to form a new audio company with Malcolm Gladwell, taking the audience-driving Revisionist History with them. That these leadership exits are clustered is certainly eyebrow-raising, but any overtly glum narrative should be checked against the state of site’s actual podcast portfolio. And on that front, things seem to be quite good. Consider that Slate has just wrapped up a very successful second season of its narrative documentary podcast, Slow Burn. Not only would I argue that it’s the best nonfiction narrative podcast of the year so far — yes, that includes Serial, In The Dark, and Caliphate, and yes, I’m aware it’s almost certainly recency bias — the sophomore season put up significant numbers. Continue reading "“Yelling at her family in public, in your headphones”: Reality TV comes to podcasts"

WATCH: Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson Brings WW1 to ‘Life’ in Color Documentary

The latest project created by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is a stunning documentary on World War 1, which includes the addition of s ound and color over the original black and white silent footage. They Shall Not Grow Old comes comes out in the UK on October 16 — the 100 year anniversary of WW1 ending — and was funded by the government, with Jackson directing the film for free. “I wanted to simply give people a feeling as accurately as I could… to what it was like to be in that war and just what it was like from a human point of view,” Jackson said of the documentary. He also noted that “every single frame was original film.” “It’s a frame that hasn’t existed for the last 100 years but it’s still a frame that made up of the original frames,” the director added. Continue reading "WATCH: Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson Brings WW1 to ‘Life’ in Color Documentary"

At Geneva Presser, BBC Reporter Asks National Security Advisor John Bolton if Donald Trump Is a Security Risk

On Thursday, National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke with reporters after meeting in Geneva with Russian National Security Council Director Nikolai Patrushev. The two men did not hold a joint press conference because they could not reach an agreement on election meddling. During Bolton’s solitary presser, he took several questions on the topic at hand. But the last question, from BBC’s Imogen Foulkes, was more provocative than substantive. “It’s not been an easy week for your president,” Foulkes began. “I’m just wondering as National Security Advisor whether you were told, given the events of this week and admissions of payoffs and you mentioned election meddling, whether you’re ever concerned that your own President is a security risk.” “Of course not, I mean that’s a silly question,” said Bolton. “I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago and we have performed here in exactly the way I Continue reading "At Geneva Presser, BBC Reporter Asks National Security Advisor John Bolton if Donald Trump Is a Security Risk"

BBC Anchor Ruins Sean Spicer in Fiery Interview: ‘You Have Corrupted Discourse for the Entire World’

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was eviscerated in an interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, who called out his embrace of “alternative facts” and faithful support of President Donald Trump‘s administration. Maitlis pressed Spicer on the spread of lies about the size of 2017 inauguration crowds, which he claimed vastly outnumbered those of President Barack Obama‘s inauguration. Maitlis noted that Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, echoed Spicer’s description of the scene, “introducing a second version of the truth” which he was happy to accept. “We all make mistakes,” Spicer responded, adding that there are things he would change. “There were days that were extremely lonely in that job because I screwed up.” While Maitlis sympathized with that, she didn’t back down on her scathing condemnation of his behavior. “It became a joke. It became something that defined you,” she said. “You joked about it when Continue reading "BBC Anchor Ruins Sean Spicer in Fiery Interview: ‘You Have Corrupted Discourse for the Entire World’"

12 prototypes, eight weeks, and lots of tapping: What’s worked (and hasn’t) in the BBC’s quest for new storytelling formats

Pardon the irony of reading a more-than-800-word article about finding better story formats than 800-word articles. You see, while this might be a somewhat effective way for us to communicate with you, lovely Nieman Lab readers, it isn’t the most effective for the breadth of the BBC’s audience. Though journalists might be trained to write in chunks like this, some readers — especially young’ins — need information that comes in a more deliberate format. As Tristan Ferne, the lead producer for the BBC’s research and development unit, put it in a recent 2,043-word post, “Could we combine existing media to make online news more accessible, engaging and relevant to young people?” (This was just one phase of the team’s year-long quest to test new formats for storytelling; other stages involved ways to help readers comprehend news better, and new methods of personalizing information.) Some options
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The promises and pitfalls of reporting within chat apps and other semi-open platforms: A journalist’s guide

Media organizations have often struggled to adapt their newsgathering and reporting to the reality of disparate news consumption habits and a public that increasingly favors peer-to-peer messaging platforms and social media networks over more public forums. There are challenges for all journalists in discovering and verifying stories we don’t “own” or can’t attribute to other known opinion-formers. There are ethical dilemmas, too, in journalists seeking to insert themselves into unfamiliar online communities, either openly or undercover. But is there more we can — and should — be doing as journalists to move our reporting closer to the communities we seek to serve? Is there still value in news journalists dwelling in social media platforms where participants are routinely attacked before they’re heard and where media manipulation is so dominant? And if so, can and should journalists look a little deeper into this local beat and seek greater insight from digital
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BBC Three Twitter Account Throws Shade at Trump With Royal Wedding Crowd Size

The royal wedding went off without a hitch this morning and it was one of those rare news items of 2018 that––unless you want to get into a debate about the monarchy––was free of politics. But the BBC Three Twitter account could not resist the urge this morning to throw some shade across the pond at President Trump: The image on the left, of course, is from Trump’s 2017 inauguration, while the image on the right is from today. Now all we need is Sean Spicer to react… [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac