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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.

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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?

    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. 

    • 51 min
    'The Digital Maginot Line' and the Future of Information Warfare

    '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. 

    • 48 min
    And The (Tech) Beat Goes On

    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.

    • 45 min
    The Rise of Unions in Digital Media

    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.

    • 52 min
    Print Is Dead! Long Live Print!

    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. 

    • 38 min
    Can We Count on Audience Metrics?

    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."

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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Great podcast

If you are at all interested in the information commons, journalism and the future of news, you *have* to listen to this podcast. Emily and Heather have great rapport, it’s funny, informed and often ahead of the field. ....

one of the tech people ,

Very extremely good and listentoable

Important subject, compelling and knowledgeable hosts, great guests. Also can be more than a little funny when not deeply troubling.

Grace in boston ,

Makes doing the dishes a dream!

Love this engrossing podcast! The hosts both teach journalism which makes me feel a little like I’m back in school. For this doctor who has zero journalism knowledge, this pod is fascinating.

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