Disentangling journalism’s messiest problems. Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell tap the biggest brains in the business and beyond to tease out where we go from here. From the Journalism and Design program at The New School.
Season Two Finale: Is This Thing On?
For our season two finale, Emily and Heather are joined by "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" writer Mike Drucker to talk about all things comedy and journalism. How do the writing staffs at shows like Full Frontal collaborate with researchers to produce investigative segments? How has the rise of social media changed the comedy landscape? Have comedians done a better job of explaining Brexit to Americans than journalists? Plus, Tricky's in-house comedian George Civeris presents a list of innovative suggestions for solving journalism's thorniest problems.
'The Digital Maginot Line' and the Future of Information Warfare
In "The Digital Maginot Line", Mozilla fellow and disinformation expert Renée DiResta argues that perpetrators of information warfare have shifted from "targeting infrastructure to targeting the minds of civilians." In this week's episode, Renée joins Heather and Emily to talk about how governments and platforms are not doing enough to address this shift. In light of recent debates about the ethics of covering the Christchurch massacre, we talk about best practices for journalists working in an era of democratized propaganda and rampant misinformation.
And The (Tech) Beat Goes On
In the past few years, coverage of Silicon Valley in the press has shifted away from techno-utopian boosterism towards increasingly critical analysis. On this week's episode, we hear some advice from the New York Times' John Herrman about covering big tech platforms, and then Emily and Heather are joined by the Times' Amanda Hess to discuss her experiences writing about the internet as both a reporter and a critic.
The Rise of Unions in Digital Media
Gawker unionized in 2015, setting off a wave of digital newsroom organizing, invigorated by layoffs and politics that leave journalists feeling embattled. Emily and Heather are joined by long-time labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, Writers Guild of America East organizer Megan McRobert, and WGAE Council member and writer Kelly Stout to explain how unions has been brought into the digital newsroom— and what digital journalism expects from labor.
Print Is Dead! Long Live Print!
Printed newspapers have long been losing ground to new technologies, from the radio to the Internet. The good news, says journalism professor Iris Chyi, is that loyal subscribers have proven willing to pay more for less, as newsrooms shrink. This "death spiral" continues when resources go to building an online presence for non-paying readers. Nieman Lab director Joshua Benton joins in to discuss and disagree about what the numbers tell us about newspapers' past, and to pitch a future for print.
Can We Count on Audience Metrics?
How do we measure the reach and impact of online journalism? Does audience data belong in the newsroom? Though the meaning of audience metrics is often opaque, their effects on business and editorial decisions are very real (pivot to video, anyone?). Chris Moran, The Guardian's strategic projects editor, talks to Emily about building analytics tools for journalists, navigating misleading numbers, and working in a newsroom that is "data-driven, but not data-led."
A fascinating listen
Great hosts and a fascinating range of content. Each episode v thought-provoking. Highly recommended!
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Serious issues explored in an easy to digest way.