Here are the digital media features to watch during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Each edition of the Olympics offers a shining host city, compelling tales of athletic triumph, and an opportunity for news organizations to test out new storytelling technology with a meticulously scheduled global event. The 2018 Winter Olympics are no different, with Pyeongchang, South Korea partnering with its feisty neighbors to the north, the image of an Olympian redefined in the U.S. after gymnasts testified against their doctor convicted of sexual assault, and news organizations exploring all realms of media to cover the Games. Frankly, there’s a lot going on. Here are some of the Olympic digital news coverage experiments to keep an eye on during the Winter Games, running until February 25. See others? Speak up! For the latter, NBC is broadcasting much of the Games live in what it’s calling the “most live Winter Olympics ever,” including a portion on Snapchat. It will introduce the Snapchat Live
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Can public radio powerhouse WNYC navigate a crisis of its own making?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 150, published February 6, 2018. Good morning, all. So, while not quite breaking news, the late-day publication of a piece on WNYC’s ongoing crisis narrative has led me to rewrite and restructure the newsletter a little bit. As such, this issue is a tad messier than usual. My apologies. “The Troubles.” We’re three months into New York Public Radio’s reckoning with sexual harassment and an organizational culture that allowed for bullying and discriminatory behaviors that have especially hurt women and people of color. (See here, here, and here.) And it’s far from over. Boris Kachka, writing for New York magazine’s The Cut (where the original John Hockenberry piece by journalist Suki Kim dropped on December 1), published a whopper Monday evening that provides one of the most detailed looks at the station’s troubling history with Continue reading "Can public radio powerhouse WNYC navigate a crisis of its own making?"

Lessons From ‘The Wall,’ USA Today Network’s Collaboration on Border Security

A version of this piece previously appeared on Medium via the Center for Cooperative Media.

When it comes to collaboration, newsrooms often have mental barriers to overcome. Concerns such as who will be in charge, lack of focus and general disinterest or distrust of working with others are some of the most common issues that come into play.

But one of the largest journalism collaborations of 2017 — based on a proposed physical barrier — proved that working together can produce stronger results. That collaboration yielded The Wall, a project that involved the Arizona Republic, USA Today and journalists in the USA Today Network from around the country. Together, they spent six months reporting on core questions about Donald Trump’s push for a wall along the 2,000 miles of the United States border with Mexico. The project was a massive feat of organization, communication and journalistic cooperation that taught participants crucial lessons in coalition-building, including

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USA Today Blasts Trump in Blistering Op-Ed: ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ of Obama’s Library

USA Today released a scorching op-ed piece yesterday that raked President Donald Trump across the coals for his lewd insinuations about Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand. Despite Sarah Huckabee Sandersdismissal of the president’s critics, there are still a lot of people who interpreted Trump’s Twitter attacks to mean that Gillibrand would trade sexual favors for campaign donations. The USA Today editorial board agreed, and they ripped the president for how he “pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo movement.” “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low,” the blistering op-ed stated. “A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the Continue reading "USA Today Blasts Trump in Blistering Op-Ed: ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ of Obama’s Library"

Twitter Mocks USA Today for AR-15 ‘Chainsaw Bayonet’ Gaffe: ‘Can’t Believe This Isn’t Illegal’

USA Today published a video today detailing the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle used in the Texas church shooting — however, there was one slight detail in their analysis that Twitter found to be a bit off. In the clip, the outlet explains what gun the shooter used, what rounds it takes, and what modifications can be added, which included a “chainsaw bayonet.” Even with the added clarity, Twitter wasn’t easing up on the paper for claiming a Gears of War style “chainsaw bayonet” was an attachment a gun owner would employ. What ensued was a heap of
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With help from local papers, USA Today is boosting the ambition and publishing speed of its VR projects

Earlier this year, Facebook approached the USA Today virtual reality team with a proposal. Facebook’s developer conference, F8, was a few weeks away, and the company was looking to partner with news organizations on VR projects that showed off some new interactive tools that it was building. USA Today was interested, but concerned that its small VR unit wouldn’t be able to turn around a project in time for the event. The team did have ideas for projects that it wanted to do, however. One idea producers were particularly interested in was a VR tour of a whiskey distillery, which had never come to fruition. The Facebook partnership offered a new chance to chase down the idea, and gave Gannett’s Louisville Courier-Journal an opportunity to help things along. Reporters at the newspaper connected the USA Today VR team with staff at the iconic 200-year old Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Continue reading "With help from local papers, USA Today is boosting the ambition and publishing speed of its VR projects"

Trump Reportedly Threatened to Sue if U.S. Women’s Open Was Moved From His Golf Course

This week, Trump National Golf Club Bedminster — President Donald Trump‘s New Jersey club — will host the U.S. Women’s Open, the most prestigious tournament in women’s golf. A new report claims that the privilege didn’t come without the threat of litigation. According to USA Today, Trump threatened to sue the United States Golf Association (USGA) shortly after he began his Presidential campaign in 2015 if the organization decided to move the tournament from Trump’s course. USGA executive director Mike Davis reportedly told the organization’s executive committee members that moving was not an option, because of the threat. “We can’t get out of this,” Davis reportedly said. “He’s going to sue us. Davis would not confirm USA TODAY‘s account when they asked for comment. “It would be inappropriate if I said that it happened or that it didn’t,” Davis said. Trump National Bedminster was awarded the Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Threatened to Sue if U.S. Women’s Open Was Moved From His Golf Course"