jnchapel + media   764

Safe bet: Legal gambling could change the way we watch, talk and experience sports
"Gambling talk was mostly verboten by traditional media and frowned upon by the leagues, but companies are suddenly angling for space. The idea is that an entity such as the Action Network or Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) — another media company focused on sports betting — would be positioned like CNBC or Bloomberg News: supplementing more traditional coverage that's provided elsewhere with specifically focused content."
sports-betting  media 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Preserving the morgue
"This preservation effort turns out to be a more daunting task than one might imagine. We are hoping to develop an index of all of the materials taken from handwritten notes of the content on the envelopes. Possibly at the same time we will also transfer the contents of each envelope to envelopes designed to slow the deterioration of the fragile, decades-old paper. The next step is to determine the feasibility of digitizing the content. This will be a significant undertaking, as each item will need to be carefully unfolded without tearing the dried out paper, which are all of varying sizes, background, and color type; and capture them in a usable digital format. If we are able to digitize the content, we can provide efficient access to this massive amount of history."
horseracing  archives  media  turf-writing  racing-history  blood-horse 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Freelancers are precarious. When should they push back?
"At a certain level, only journalists can really be watchdogs for other journalists. An ordinary reader might not pick up on inaccuracies or problems with tone and angle. This may well be why Twitter is full of these sorts of rejoinders. Thousands of journalists picking apart thousands of stories. Some pushing back, others staying silent. Editors hanging in the background, apparently, deciding whether to learn from the criticism or whether to attack."
media  freelancing  work  precarity 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Civil promises that you don’t have to care about blockchain to care about what it’s doing
"Civil hasn't launched its CVL tokens ('an ERC-20 token built on the Ethereum blockchain') yet. But let's say, hypothetically, an evil billionaire eventually works the system to violate 'any of the ethical values outlined in the Civil Constitution' (there is a Civil Constitution, Google Docs draft here) — the Civil community could then appeal that act to decision to the Civil Council, which is run under the Civil Foundation, which is led by a newly hired Vivian Schiller; it's an 'appellate body functioning in a Supreme Court–like matter' that will have the power to overturn the community's decision, which could then be re-overturned only by a community supermajority vote — oh, if this all really turns out to be the future of journalism I'll feel bad for writing about it slightly mockingly, but anyway, that’s the plan."
media  journalism  blockchain  civil 
june 2018 by jnchapel
How the Obsidian Collection is bringing Black newspapers to Google
"A lot of this work is already on microfilm, but moving it to an online space will make it easier to access via smartphone, which is the end goal. Obsidian will slog through uploading everything to their own website and meanwhile, visitors will soon be able to head to Google Arts & Culture ..."
media  journalism  newspapers  archives  news-archives  summer-study 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Dear Publishers, if you want my subscription dollars (or euros), here is what I expect
"The biggest mistake of news publishers is their belief that the presumed uniqueness of their content is sufficient to warrant a lifetime of customer loyalty. In thinking this, they choose to ignore the current benchmarks of digital services: intuitively, customers expect nothing less than what they get with Amazon or Netflix. These are now the standard for customer satisfaction."
media  journalism  publishing  subscriptions 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Supreme Court decision that was a wild card
"... as in any other sports or business story, more interesting than the transactional side was the human aspect of the game. Its characters, their strategies and their motivations will provide an opportunity for countless Times stories in the years to come. A big win or a big loss isn’t a particularly gripping read for the average person. But, Mr. Draper said, 'if you're a sports better who's constantly winning, what is it you know about sports or recognize about the games that people sitting on the sidelines don’t?' (The way The Times covers horse racing could be a good model for the coverage, he noted.)"
media  sports-betting 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Digital journalism’s disappearing public record, and what to do about it
Report from "Public Record Under Threat: News and the Archive in the Age of Digital Distribution."
media  journalism  archives  summer-study 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Sports betting could soon be legalized and media companies can’t wait
"In-game betting — where you wager on the game while it's being played — dominates the legal market for soccer gambling in the U.K. So it's easy to imagine a mobile prompt from Turner's Bleacher Report that doesn't just tell you that the Celtics-Sixers game has gotten interesting in the fourth quarter, but asks if you want to place a bet."
sports-betting  media 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Congratulations, sports media: You just got a big business-model subsidy
"... an awful lot of sports reporting is about to move from entertainment information — stuff you read because you enjoy it — to production information — stuff you read because you think it'll help you make money. Whatever your thoughts on gambling — I tend to come down on the side that it's a giant vacuum sucking money out of the wallets of middle- and working-class Americans, ruining a lot of lives in the process, but hey, that's just me — the opportunity for sports journalism is clear."
media  journalism  sports-media  sports-betting  business-media 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Trust and journalism, 2.0
"JTrust was an unpaid starting point, a labor of love well worth the time and effort. It demonstrated the need, the interest and the scope of the work. But such a project can’t go on forever without support. Collecting and curating all of the work being done on trust in journalism is a job. A job someone should be paid to do. With journalism’s limited resources and the urgency of the effort, it’s time for the disparate groups working to bridge the gap between what journalists do and what people trust to turn toward one another and work together. To pool resources and findings and leverage learnings. Surely there’s a pocket of funding out there, a person eager to do this work, and a host site able to accommodate it."
media  journalism  trust  community 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Motherboard made a tool that archives websites on demand
"With that in mind, I made a quick tool that can push a single webpage or URL to multiple archiving sites at once, and fire back the newly minted digital copies in response. Hopefully it will help reporters and researchers more efficiently figure out which service will work best for that particular site."
media  archives  summer-study 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Archiving the infinite stream
"There is a sort of negligent impermanence to so much of what we put online. Quick hits, falling off the feed just as quickly. Whole platforms with impermanence built in, content meant to disappear after a set amount of time. What kind of stories are we allowed to record and keep? These words, the cultures we are creating with our infinite streams, form a sort of unsteady record of humanity at this moment in time. And what we keep—what we are allowed to keep—writes the shape of that history."
media  archives  summer-study 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Public record under threat: News and the archive in the age of digital distribution
"Join Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University on April 13 for ... Public Record Under Threat: News and the Archive in the Age of Digital Distribution. Panels will feature journalists, technologists, librarians, and engineers who will discuss how they are preserving the first draft of history in an era of newsroom cutbacks, ephemeral social media, and disappearing data. Learn how newsrooms are handling the digitization of print content and the preservation of digital-born news. Who makes the decisions? What are the biggest challenges and how are news organizations solving them? The conversation will also address the importance of the public record and how reporters are using and thinking about archives, as well as how their practices and policies will affect access to content in the future."
media  journalism  archives  summer-study 
april 2018 by jnchapel
Digital media and the case of the missing archives
1. "Reasons for mass archive deletion tend to vary. Sometimes it’s a cost issue, sometimes there’s a CMS change, or a redesign, pages get dropped, bylines get lost. Sometimes a website rebrands, or owners change, and the explanation is that the past content no longer fits what they seek to do."

2. "There are plenty of things news outlets could do while they’re still up an running to bring the costs of the archive down later. 'Nobody does them,' says Higgins."
media  journalism  archives  summer-study 
april 2018 by jnchapel
The Civil-izing process
"For Maria Bustillos, a veteran journalist who will be heading up a site called Popula—think an alt-weekly vibe infused with lefty global concerns, she said—this protection is as important as anything else. She’s worried about the Thiels of the world and also, more generally, about archival possibilities when the web itself is proving surprisingly ephemeral ... [Bustillos] has long seen Bitcoin, for instance, 'as a record-keeping system. I always believed that’s what it was for' ... the Gawker disaster, destructive changes in Facebook’s news-feed algorithm, and the quiet shuttering of beloved sites like the Awl have all served to remind readers and writers alike that independent publishing on any established platform is an extremely fragile undertaking."
media  blockchain  preservation  summer-study 
april 2018 by jnchapel
Why subscription sports sites have scored early wins
"Direct feedback is taking other forms. Boston Sports Journal founder Greg Bedard said he is thinking about using a Kickstarter-esque system, where the Journal’s staffing and coverage will depend on whether enough people indicate they’d be willing to pay for it. 'If we can get a thousand people to sign up for Revolution coverage, that probably pays for itself,' Bedard said."
media  sports-media  subscriptions 
march 2018 by jnchapel
Daily Racing Form fighting for its life
From 1993: "The Daily Racing Form is fighting the battle of its life in the face of competition from a new race charting company called Equibase that is owned by The Jockey Club and many of the nation's racetracks. The Form is telling everyone it still will be around to celebrate its first 100 years in 1994. But what shape the Form will take five years from now is a hot discussion topic in the racing industry."
horseracing  media  daily-racing-form  equibase 
february 2018 by jnchapel
New daily takes on Racing Form
From 1991: "There's this stereotype of horse players as subhuman -- 'Just give me the numbers,'" said Mr. Crist, a former horse racing reporter for The New York Times. "But they're as big fans of the game as baseball fans are, and they never had anything to read before." [DRF staff numbered 700 (!) then.]
horseracing  media  daily-racing-form  racing-times 
february 2018 by jnchapel
What happens when athletes do the sportswriting?
"Projecting The Players’ Tribune model forward, we can imagine a world in which athletes simply don’t need to talk to reporters, in an echo of what feels like the unstoppable atomization of all news and information. Politicians, TV showrunners, labor-union leaders: theoretically The Players’ Tribune platform is replicable for any public professional. In the future, perhaps, every last person will get to broadcast his or her own particular worldview, free of objectivity, on a bespoke, partisan media organ, with slick photography and design. And it will be up to us to decide what version of the truth we want to believe."
media  sports 
february 2018 by jnchapel
Dead reckoning
"This report is intended to inform platforms, news organizations, media makers, and others who do not ask whether standards for media content should be set, but rather who should set them, who should enforce them, and what entity should hold platforms, the media industry, states, and users accountable. 'Fake news' is thus not only about defining what content is problematic or false, but what constitutes credible and legitimate news in the social media era."
media  moderation 
february 2018 by jnchapel
Museums are finding creative ways to engage with their audience
Such as: "You can text an emoji to SFMOMA and receive back an item from the collection. They are now working on collaborations to make the collection available abroad. (Hello news archives!)"
glam  media  audience  engagement 
february 2018 by jnchapel
Sports TV rights: Facebook, Amazon eye big game packages
1. Industry execs expect significant moves from Facebook — which hasn't hidden its hankering for sports. Earlier this month, the company hired Peter Hutton, CEO of Discovery-owned Eurosport, to lead its negotiating team for live-streaming sports deals, sources confirmed to Variety. He's expected to join Facebook after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics. Hutton comes aboard after embarking on a search to recruit a sports dealmaker who will have "a few billion dollars" to vie for global rights deals, according to a Sports Business Journal report. Meanwhile, the social giant last fall entered a $600 million bid for five-year rights to Indian Premier League cricket matches, ultimately losing to Star India (which bid $2.6 billion for TV and streaming rights).

2. The other key opportunity for Twitter is to stake a claim on less popular sports that aren't widely available on TV. "We know that on Twitter if you care about the WNBA, the NWHL, lacrosse, cycling or fencing, we can serve those audiences well," says Noto.

3. Not everyone believes exclusive live sports really are a long-term strategic fit for the likes of Amazon or Facebook ... There's a natural framework for sports rights, he says: "Long term, I just don't see technology companies — the FANG [Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google] group — really doubling down on all these rights." That's especially true, Gandler adds, given that Amazon can see a higher return by acquiring a real asset like Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, as opposed to renting sports rights for a couple billion dollars over a few years.

4. To ESPN's Magnus, the world is a long way from streaming platforms being the exclusive solution for leagues and other rights holders. He views tech companies as the latest team of competitors, and notes that ESPN has long faced well-funded rivals ... "I first heard of a 'sports-rights bubble' 15 years ago."
media  sports  television  tv-rights 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Truth Decay: Report on diminishing role of facts in American public life
From Rand — "This report explores the causes and consequences of Truth Decay and how they are interrelated, and examines past eras of U.S. history to identify evidence of Truth Decay's four trends and observe similarities with and differences from the current period. It also outlines a research agenda, a strategy for investigating the causes of Truth Decay and determining what can be done to address its causes and consequences."
media  journalism  communication  trust  credibility  facts  analysis  trends  truth-decay 
january 2018 by jnchapel
The end of the Awl and the vanishing of freedom and fun from the internet
"Blogs are necessarily idiosyncratic, entirely about sensibility: they can only be run by workhorses who are creative enough to amuse themselves and distinct enough to hook an audience, and they tend to publish like-minded writers, who work more on the principle of personal obsession than pay."
media  blogging  writing  lost-web 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Moira Donegan: I started the media men list
1. "Watching the cells populate, it rapidly became clear that many of us had weathered more than we had been willing to admit to one another. There was the sense that the capacity for honesty, long suppressed, had finally been unleashed. This solidarity was thrilling, but the stories were devastating. I realized that the behavior of a few men I had wanted women to be warned about was far more common that I had ever imagined. This is what shocked me about the spreadsheet: the realization of how badly it was needed, how much more common the experience of sexual harassment or assault is than the opportunity to speak about it. I am still trying to grapple with this realization."

2. "I was incredibly naïve when I made the spreadsheet. I was naïve because I did not understand the forces that would make the document go viral. I was naïve because I thought that the document would not be made public, and when it became clear that it would be, I was naïve because I thought that the focus would be on the behavior described in the document, rather than on the document itself. It is hard to believe, in retrospect, that I really thought this. But I did. In some ways, though, I think the flaws in the spreadsheet were also a result of my own cynicism. At the time when I made it, I had become so accustomed to hearing about open secrets, to men whose bad behavior was universally known and perpetually immune from consequence, that it seemed like no one in power cared about the women who were most vulnerable to it."

3. "... this is another toll that sexual harassment can take on women: It can make you spend hours dissecting the psychology of the kind of men who do not think about your interiority much at all."
media  sexual-harassment  sexual-assault  sexism  gender  women 
january 2018 by jnchapel
What makes Byk tick?
Steve Haskin, from 2016: "Last year, [Byk] lost out to a terrific, but 'written' historical feature by Mary Simon, which happened to have a few slide presentation photos toward the end, qualifying it for the audio/multi-media category. Simon’s story deserved an Eclipse, as her historical features usually do, but had no business competing in the same category as a radio show."
horseracing  media  eclipse-awards 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Post-Weinstein, how we will be covering the red carpets
"We think folks enjoy the fantasies of Hollywood but also don’t want to endorse the lies and secrets."
media  culture  gender  times-up  hollywood 
january 2018 by jnchapel
The sportswriter fired for his Trump tweets
"Hubbuch joined a group of sportswriters who have been jolted by events that happened far from their regular beats. Red Smith covered the 1968 Democratic Convention and watched Chicago cops throttle protesters in the streets. After that, his column had a new, unapologetically lefty bent. After witnessing the same carnage, New Jersey columnist Jerry Izenberg considered quitting sports altogether. National emergencies remind sportswriters that they’re sitting out the real news whenever they do their jobs."
media  journalism  sports  sports-media  sportswriters  turf-writers 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Saving the Gothamist archives from journalism's 'billionaire problem'
"Of course, these scripts only solve part of the archiving problem. Certainly, it’s essential that working journalists be able to continue working in the field even if their employer is forced to cease operations. That requires a persistent portfolio—and until that persistence is baked into the Web's infrastructure, this project may be only a temporary path forward. Still, the fact that moneyed interests can take an archive of journalism offline represents a major censorship threat to a functioning free press."
media  journalism  archives 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Google and Facebook have failed us
"Imagine a newspaper posting unverified rumors about a shooter from a bunch of readers who had been known to perpetuate hoaxes. There would be hell to pay—and for good reason. The standards of journalism are a set of tools for helping to make sense of chaotic situations, in which bad and good information about an event coexist. These technology companies need to borrow our tools—and hire the people to execute on the principles—or stop saying that they care about the quality of information that they deliver to people. There’s no hiding behind algorithms anymore. The problems cannot be minimized. The machines have shown they are not up to the task of dealing with rare, breaking news events, and it is unlikely that they will be in the near future. More humans must be added to the decision-making process, and the sooner the better."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Z Capital eyes future of sports wagers with DRF deal
"Zenni said Z Capital can improve the publication’s digital footprint and better engage consumers, while using the online betting platform to possibly expand into other sports if such wagers are legalized. Betting on horse racing is considered different from gambling on sports like football and basketball, and is legal in more places."
horseracing  media  daily-racing-form 
july 2017 by jnchapel
Pushing messaging platforms beyond their boundaries
Questions: "How can these help people navigate ongoing new stories? Eventually, there will need to be a directory of these single-source streams. Is there a way to find them via text? How can this be combined with other methods of discovery?"
media  journalism  messaging  bots 
july 2017 by jnchapel
Bergman: All gamblers owe a debt of gratitude to the late Jack Cohen
"What was so impressive about Mr. Cohen to me was his ability to get around obstacles in his way. At the forefront of his effort to put out past performances in Sports Eye, his publication that had only given entries, results and selections, was an obstacle called the track program. The program printed for the tracks at Roosevelt and Yonkers was a product of Doc Robbins. That product was a monopoly of sorts and Mr. Cohen had to figure out how to get access to information in advance of race day in order to provide “his version” of past performances in a timely fashion. Ultimately what he did was pay off Robbins’ employees to provide him a minimal amount of information that would allow for his staff to connect-the-dots and provide a competitive product."
horseracing  media  data  past-performances 
may 2017 by jnchapel
NBC Sports recruits BuzzFeed for the Kentucky Derby
1. NBC Sports and BuzzFeed plan to produce numerous videos and articles around 10 core ideas. For instance, one idea is to cover the celebrity presence and culture around the Kentucky Derby, which will include sending BuzzFeed to the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala to interview celebrities on the red carpet. There will be multiple Facebook Lives on the day of the Kentucky Derby, including a shoot inside the owner’s box at Churchill Downs and an interview with NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk.

2. “When we sat down with BuzzFeed, we thought a recipe video for a mint julep made the most sense,” Palla said of the unofficial Derby cocktail. “They said they understood why we’d think that and why it’s central to the Derby, but their data suggested focusing on desserts. You look at the numbers, and you can see why we’re letting them be the experts [in areas] where they are the experts.”
horseracing  media  nbc  kentucky-derby  buzzfeed  social-media 
may 2017 by jnchapel
Instant recall
"In discussions with Facebook executives, former employees, publishers, and industry observers, a portrait emerges of a product that never lived up to the expectations of the social media giant, or media companies. After scrambling to rebuild their workflows around Instant Articles, large publishers were left with a system that failed to grow audiences or revenues. Facebook says the adoption of Instant Articles is growing quickly, and that upcoming changes to the platform will lure back some of the major media companies that have abandoned it ... the future of Instant Articles is less certain than ever."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  facebook  instant-articles 
april 2017 by jnchapel
Ball in its court: How sports media needs to evolve
"While the timing and deal-making may be uncertain, the future of the product experience is less so. Just as the rest of the media business is shifting from a model based on windowing (placing content across various channels and slots to maximize value), to one based on price discrimination (users choose among varied options, some deeper, some shallower), so too will sports. The future isn’t one offering; it’s many. There will be a sports package of national interest that cuts across the major sporting events, and regional bundles focused on teams with significant audience overlap, akin to today’s RSNs (but sold both a la carte and as part of new digital bundles). Given the cross-sport nature of these offerings, they will likely be delivered by an aggregator instead of leagues and will likely be bundled with other digital offerings (and not just other video content; think Amazon Prime). Hardcore fans will be able to subscribe to deep single-league experiences likely sold direct to consumer. They’ll also be able to buy deep single-team experiences. These will be packaged via various digital distribution channels and sold at various price points."

[See also, 3/27/17: "When will sports rights become a digital-first property? News that TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AMAZON, and YOUTUBE are bidding for NFL Thursday night games isn't groundbreaking. Twitter won those rights in 2016 and the user experience was unsatisfying -- watching the games on my phone meant I couldn't also see my timeline. The big news will be when the NFL or NBA or MLB or NHL finds a digital home with a tech company that can create a true home for experiencing games. As progressive as these leagues are, they are still thinking TV-first. That's where they get their big money from, but that will change at some point."]
media  sports  digital-media  digital-strategy  streaming-video 
march 2017 by jnchapel
How journalists can become better interviewers
"A. J. Liebling, a legendary writer for The New Yorker, landed an interview with notoriously tight-lipped jockey Willie Shoemaker. He opened with a single question: Why do you ride with one stirrup higher than the other? Impressed by Liebling’s knowledge, Shoemaker opened up."
media  journalism  interviewing 
february 2017 by jnchapel
Katie Kingsbury on the Boston Globe’s interactive transition graphic
"I do hope people keep returning to it. For one, it is meant to be a good way to showcase our archives for the past three months."
media  journalism  graphics  archives  boston-globe 
january 2017 by jnchapel
It’s journalism’s job to save civics
"Many of us know that media at its best is about social empathy." (Is it?)
media  journalism  society  politics  civics  civil-society  empathy 
january 2017 by jnchapel
"From the Horse's Mouth"
The story of how the 1970 comic book published by Suffolk Downs came to be: “Ever since I took this job,” Bill said, “not a day passes that I don’t think of doing a comic book that will instruct guys and gals at the track all about how to bet on a race,” Bill said. “Do you know that a majority of people at the track think they are betting against the track and not against each other? That’s one of the things they can learn. There’s so much more." [Art by Vic Martin, published by Story-Art, 16 pages, including covers, supplement to the May 31, 1970, Boston Globe.]
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  media  comic-books  marketing 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Facebook’s problem isn’t fake news — it’s the rest of the internet
"Facebook’s plan for 'fake news' is no doubt intended to curb certain types of misinformation. But it’s also a continuation of the company’s bigger and more consequential project — to capture the experiences of the web it wants and from which it can profit, but to insulate itself from the parts that it doesn’t and can’t. This may help solve a problem within the ecosystem of outside publishers — an ecosystem that, in the distribution machinery of Facebook, is becoming redundant ..."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  facebook  news 
december 2016 by jnchapel
Podcasting’s coming class war
"The outcome will likely be a worsening of knowledge inequality."
media  journalism  podcasting 
december 2016 by jnchapel
Why Twitter must be saved
"The weakness of Twitter ... is its unwieldy reliance on humans, to build their own feeds, to find a new network, to broadcast to potentially no one what they think. The payoff, though, is the capability of spreading information more widely and more quickly than has ever before been possible; the societal benefit is an externality that needs to be preserved."
media  social-media  platforms  twitter 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Fake news
"The reason the media covered Trump so extensively is quite simple: that is what users wanted. And, in a world where media is a commodity, to act as if one has the editorial prerogative to not cover a candidate users want to see is to face that reality square in the face absent the clicks that make the medicine easier to take. Indeed, this is the same reason fake news flourishes: because users want it. These sites get traffic because users click on their articles and share them, because they confirm what they already think to be true. Confirmation bias is a hell of a drug — and, as Techcrunch reporter Kim-Mai Cutler so aptly put it on Twitter, it’s a hell of a business model."
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Facebook, 2016 election
Is it a media company? Meaningless question. "Facebook is obviously an influence company."
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Facebook employees form task force to battle fake news
"One employee said 'more than dozens' of employees were involved, and that they had met twice in the last six days. At the moment, they are meeting in secret, to allow members of the group to speak freely and without fear of condemnation from senior management. The group plans to formalize its meetings and eventually make a list of recommendations to Facebook’s senior management. Another Facebook employee said while the task force remained small, 'hundreds' of Facebook employees had expressed dissatisfaction with the company’s stance on fake news in private online chats, and wanted to support efforts to challenge that position."

[Danah Boyd: "We live in a world shaped by fear and hype, not because it has to be that way, but because this is the obvious paradigm that can fuel the capitalist information architectures we have produced." https://points.datasociety.net/reality-check-de447f2131a3]
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Our First Amendment test is here. We can’t afford to flunk it.
"Look the situation in the eye; know how bad it is. That’s the pessimism of the intellect."
media  journalism  first-amendment  civil-society  civil-rights 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Journalism’s rural diversity challenge
"You’ve missed so many stories because you didn’t have the diversity and perspective in your newsrooms that would have helped you understand this election better. These reporters exist. You just didn’t pay any attention to them the same way you didn’t listen to rural America. Because they weren’t in the bigger cities and they weren’t in prestige newsrooms. Many of them don’t even have journalism degrees ... [y]ou don’t get to pretend reporters who understand rural, middle class America don’t exist; we do, we just didn’t matter to you before Wednesday morning."
media  journalism  newsrooms  diversity 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Let the interlopers in
"We need diversity of all kinds in the newsroom, especially from places where catching a few classes at the community college can take as much Herculean effort as getting into Harvard. So that means maybe overlooking the empty box by degrees from time to time ... as long as there’s still any little breath left, keep letting in a few losers, some who didn’t even make it to their college finals. We know how to keep going when we look more done than a fish fried in Crisco. We’re not going to die of shock when the world is senseless. And we hold a duality that can come in handy as a reality check."
media  journalism  newsrooms  diversity 
november 2016 by jnchapel
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