How One Newspaper Launched an Online Rap Show To Boost Sales

A version of this piece originally appeared at The Splice Newsroom. As newspaper sales stagnated, the Phnom Penh Post began looking for ways to appeal to more young Cambodians. Koam Chanrasmey, the 28-year-old head of the newspaper’s video department, searched for inspiration. He found it in online clips of newscasters rapping the news in countries like Uganda and Senegal, but felt the approach had to be carefully considered before it could be introduced to conservative Cambodia. “Rap is not Cambodian culture, it’s African-American culture,” he says. “But we could see the increasing popularity of rap among young people, and felt it was a different way of engaging the young people with reading the news.” “We took that idea and [decided] let’s see what we can do in Cambodia to fit the Cambodian audience.” The Phnom Penh Post has distinct English- and Khmer-language editions, with the latter known as
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This TV station took a “marvelous” Facebook fast — and thinks other media companies should too

“It felt like a spa vacation.” Many publishers are uncomfortable with their dependence on Facebook for traffic, particularly in light of recent changes to Facebook’s algorithm that deprioritize news. But that discomfort almost never extends to actually leaving the platform. Readers are still there, the line of argument tends to go — what would be the point of leaving? News companies aren’t going to leave en masse, so an individual news organization leaving won’t put a dent in the giant platform’s power. Still, maybe you never know how you’ll feel until you try. Not everybody is going to be Brazil’s Folha de São Paulo, which in early February announced it was getting off the platform completely. But more of us could be like the Danish regional TV station TV Midtvest, which for the last two weeks of January did the company equivalent of deleting the Facebook app from Continue reading "This TV station took a “marvelous” Facebook fast — and thinks other media companies should too"

Federal Regulation of Social Media Would Be a Disaster For Free Speech

This article was originally published on The Conversation here. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Russians’ primary tool for meddling was social media, which they used to promote Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and denigrate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The indictment charges that the Russians violated U.S. laws that forbid foreigners from spending money to influence U.S. elections. The charges, and the confirmation that the Russians had used social media in an attempt to influence the 2016 election, is likely to fuel the call for government regulation of Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets. When tweets and posts can hurt democracy, America should do something, right? Wrong. Late last year, Congress grilled Twitter, Facebook and Google about their role in allowing foreign interests to place ads and articles intended to divide the electorate and spread false information during
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