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MediaShift is the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology. The weekly MediaShift Podcast includes top news items, our Metric of the Week, and a One-on-One interview with one key player in digital media.

The MediaShift Podcast Mark Glaser

    • Technology

MediaShift is the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology. The weekly MediaShift Podcast includes top news items, our Metric of the Week, and a One-on-One interview with one key player in digital media.

    #265: YouTube Mass Shooter Upset with Filtering; Block Club Chicago’s Jen Sabella

    #265: YouTube Mass Shooter Upset with Filtering; Block Club Chicago’s Jen Sabella

    In the news this week, a mass shooting at YouTube was motivated by filtering and demonetizing videos about veganism and workouts. The video service was already dealing with disgruntled creators over filtering and now a shooting makes the situation even more fraught. Facebook tries to stem the tide of negative news by providing more context to news stories shared on the platform including Wikipedia entries, and Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week. And three-quarters of Americans believe the mainstream media runs “fake news” either with inaccurate or biased reporting. And Mark goes one-on-one with Jen Sabella at news startup Block City Chicago, which raised more than $180,000 on Kickstarter and will be part of the new Civil blockchain journalism crew.

    • 33 min
    Digital Media Brief April 6, 2018

    Digital Media Brief April 6, 2018

    In the news this week, a mass shooting at YouTube was motivated by filtering and demonetizing videos about veganism and workouts. The video service was already dealing with disgruntled creators over filtering and now a shooting makes the situation even more fraught. Facebook tries to stem the tide of negative news by providing more context to news stories shared on the platform including Wikipedia entries, and Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week. And three-quarters of Americans believe the mainstream media runs “fake news” either with inaccurate or biased reporting.

    • 6 min
    #264: Facebook Under Fire, But Still Helping Publishers;Dan Kennedy’s ‘Return of the Moguls’

    #264: Facebook Under Fire, But Still Helping Publishers;Dan Kennedy’s ‘Return of the Moguls’

    In the news this week, Facebook continues to be on the hot seat around data and privacy, with the FTC investigating, Congress asking for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify, and even Playboy dropping out of the social network. But on the good side, Facebook continues to support local news, and has been driving revenues for publishers through Facebook Groups. Netflix is going on a different kind of binge, hiring people at big salaries like $400,000 for a publicist, as the cost of content goes sky-high in the streaming age. And cord-cutting is having its moment, leading to less pay TV subscriptions and less TV advertising, as digital ad revenues continue to soar. Our Metric of the Week is Time Per User, Mark goes one-on-one with Dan Kennedy, author of the book, “Return of the Moguls,” about billionaires taking charge at major newspapers.

    • 41 min
    Digital Media Brief March 30, 2018

    Digital Media Brief March 30, 2018

    In the news this week, Facebook continues to be on the hot seat around data and privacy, with the FTC investigating, Congress asking for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify, and even Playboy dropping out of the social network. But on the good side, Facebook continues to support local news, and has been driving revenues for publishers through Facebook Groups. Netflix is going on a different kind of binge, hiring people at big salaries like $400,000 for a publicist, as the cost of content goes sky-high in the streaming age. And cord-cutting is having its moment, leading to less pay TV subscriptions and less TV advertising, as digital ad revenues continue to soar.

    • 6 min
    #263: Facebook in Disarray Over Privacy Concerns; Vox Media’s Melissa Bell

    #263: Facebook in Disarray Over Privacy Concerns; Vox Media’s Melissa Bell

    In the news this week, Facebook has taken one hit after another when the news broke that Trump consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had received Facebook profile data on 50 million users to help sway the election. Can the social giant turn the tide of bad news? Meanwhile Google made a splash by pledging $300 million for its new Google News Initiative to fight fake news, support subscriptions for publishers and more. As Facebook and Google lose share in online advertising, publishers are also looking elsewhere for social distribution, including Twitter and Pinterest. And Vox Media's Melissa Bell joins us to talk about the company's social video layoffs as the company pivots toward more podcasts and TV shows.

    • 28 min
    #262: YouTube Battles Conspiracy Theories; Civil’s Matthew Iles on Blockchain Journalism

    #262: YouTube Battles Conspiracy Theories; Civil’s Matthew Iles on Blockchain Journalism

    This week YouTube announced it would add text blurbs from Wikipedia to counter conspiracy theory videos. The only problem is they forgot to tell Wikipedia about their plan. The big South by Southwest conference is known for launching hot new apps, but this year it’s been about politics, ideas and a big backlash against the tech giants. Apple announced it was buying Texture, a “Netflix for digital magazines” in an attempt to boost subscriptions within Apple News. Our Metric of the Week is Google’s Subscriber Boost, and we're joined by Matthew Iles of the blockchain journalism startup Civil to find out about the hype and reality about initial coin offerings.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

Jtampio ,

Good content, bad production

I like the content and th e option of listening to the shorter version. But come on fix the bad audio production, are you on speakerphone?

rgunther ,

Rough around the edges

Topically, this show is pretty interesting, but it suffers from poor production quality. I’m only listening to an audio version, but it sounds like most of the guests don’t bother to use a microphone but instead just speak at their computer or webcam. This makes it harder to listen and enjoy. Even the host’s audio sounds digitally lossy. This is not the quality I expect from something with the PBS brand on it.

The producers also include a teaser for the show in the same feed as the show…which makes no sense to me. Subscribers are going to get both of these, so how is this useful? Worse, it’s in the feed AFTER the show you just listened to.

Then there’s the highly-pixelated, low-res show icon….

TopicaWarriorsAlumnus ,

Fantastic

Fantastic guests, thoughtful analysis of current trends and hot button issues within media, technology, and current events. Glaser provides excellent knowledge, cynical wit and a keen eye for what will be a hit, miss within his 'rants and raves.’ Check it out!

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