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In the wake of the Manchester attack, tech companies are again under pressure to fight extremism online. A look at whether they’re really doing all that they can. Also, can reporters inform the public about terrorist attacks without supplying the very notoriety the killers crave? Plus: how the South is grappling with taking down monuments to the Confederacy -- and what to put in their place.

Shiny Objects

With an administration that seems to break new traditions every day, we look at the rapid-fire changes to the White House story about Comey's firing. What they mean for communications between the President and the public. Plus, some worry that the media are too reliant on old tricks to keep up. How is the press adapting? And, why local TV news may soon take on a more conservative agenda.

WATCH: Newscaster Learns of Her Husband’s Death During Live Broadcast

Indian newscaster, Supreet Kaur, went above and beyond the call of duty Saturday when, after learning of her husband’s death on live television, continued her broadcast without missing a beat. Kaur, a journalist with India’s IBC 24 channel was informed of her husband’s death in a car accident in the middle of her broadcast, India Express reported Sunday. “For a moment her voice trembled, but she collected herself and carried on reading the news till the bulletin got over 10 minutes later,” said Ravikant Mittal, IBC 24’s editor-in-chief, The New York Daily News reported. Kaur reportedly broke down immediately after she was finished. “It speaks volumes about her sense of duty and professionalism that she continued and kept her calm for another 10 minutes,’’ an IBC 24 editor told Indian Express. “The moment the cameras were off she began calling her relatives and broke down.” Watch the entire video Continue reading "WATCH: Newscaster Learns of Her Husband’s Death During Live Broadcast"

Report: ‘Obsessive’ Trump Records ‘Basically All of the Cable News’

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 10.06.17 AM In a recent edition of the Slate Trumpcast podcast, New York Magazine writer, Gabriel Sherman, made a stunning claim about the 45th president. According to Sherman, sources close to the White House told him that, in addition to the president’s already voracious diet of live television news, Donald Trump also records everything he misses from other networks to watch later. Sherman said the behavior was indicative of Trump’s “obsessive” need for media “validation.” Per Slate:
My sources in Trump world say basically a lot of Fox, but the other thing he does, from a source close to the White House told me that he does DVR basically all of the cable news. It’s kind of remarkable when you think about it, that someone would actually want to watch cable news on recording. Donald Trump, apparently he does. And when he goes back up to the residence at Continue reading "Report: ‘Obsessive’ Trump Records ‘Basically All of the Cable News’"

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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This Gene Was Edited By Brooke

CRISPR is a new technology that enables scientists to quickly alter the genetic makeup of the entire population of a species. It's so powerful that just one genetically-modified mosquito could eradicate malaria. It's so easy to do that a grad student could (accidentally) enact these global ecological changes from their kitchen. It's also under-regulated. Under science's current culture of secrecy, ensuring that scientists are taking necessary precautions with gene-drive research is next to impossible, says CRISPR innovator Kevin Esvelt. Writing in Nature last summer, Esvelt urged the scientific community to open all experiments to public scrutiny, beginning with the revolutionary and potentially world-changing gene-editing research he helped advance. Also in the podcast, the idea of human cloning captivates and terrifies. Depictions of human clones in science fiction reflect some of our deepest fears about what it means to be human. But not everyone shares those anxieties. For example, the creators of the hit BBC series Orphan Black have developed a show which Continue reading "This Gene Was Edited By Brooke"