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Making Sense of Ad Blockers

Aug 28, 2015

More people are using ad blocking software, but internet sites depend on advertisements to stay afloat. We talk with The Poynter Institute's Kelly McBride about how ad blockers work and what the mediascape might be like if it were ad-free.

 

Making Sense of Tinder and the Dating Apocalypse

Aug 20, 2015

The September issue of Vanity Fair magazine includes a story called “Tinder and the Dawn of the Dating Apocalypse.”
It suggests the popular dating app Tinder is little more than a facilitator for casual sex.

Making Sense of Victim Portrayals

Jul 30, 2015

The cover of the current issue of New York Magazine is a composite shot of photographs of 35 of the women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. The corresponding feature includes highly stylized portraits of the women wearing shades of white and silver as well as the women’s individual stories, including video testimony. We talk with The Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride about why the magazine chose to tell the story this way and how it’s being received.

The process of producing news stories can be complicated.  And after all the research, interviewing, writing and editing is done and a piece is sent out into the world; newsrooms don’t always know how their work is being received.  A new tool called NewsLynx helps journalists measure the impact of their stories in the “real world”.  We talk with The Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride about the tool and how it works.

Making Sense of Donald Trump

Jul 16, 2015

Donald Trump is leading the latest national poll done by USA Today/Suffolk University. He’s got a lead over GOP candidate Jeb Bush but trailing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Although, Trump is within the margin of error.  How reliable are these polls? Can we trust them all? We’ll discuss it with Poynter’s Kelly McBride.

 

Wikileaks is offering a $100,000 bounty for the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. We talk with Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute about when it's okay to pay news sources.

npr.org

The next evolution of Facebook allows media organizations such as the New York Times, The Atlantic and the BBC to publish articles directly to its mobile users.

Facebook says it can deliver the content up to 10 times more quickly than the mobile web.

Kelly McBride from the Poynter Institute’s “Sense-Making Project” helps us understand the impact of access to more-faster media.

 

Making Sense of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart

Feb 14, 2015
npr.org

The world of TV news, and TV fake news, was shaken this week.  

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended without pay for six months after his embellishment of his Iraq war coverage experience was exposed.

And then The Daily Show's Jon Stewart announced that he's leaving the fake news anchor desk by the end of the year.

Making Sense of the Superbowl and Facebook

Jan 31, 2015
npr.org

Super Bowl XLIX doesn't just feature The Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots.

It also features lots and lots of commercials selling for four-and-a-half million dollars for 30 seconds.

And Facebook wants a piece of the Super Bowl advertising action.

If you post anything on Facebook about the Super Bowl, ads will show in in your feed tailored to your particular interests.

Making Sense of The Washington Post Comeback

Oct 12, 2014
npr.org

Reports of The Washington Post's death are apparently greatly exaggerated.         

Since the purchase of the venerable newspaper by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last summer, The Washington Post has seen print sales stabilize and website page views increase by 63 per cent.

Making Sense of the Pulitzer Prize

Apr 21, 2014
pulitzer.org

The Pulitzer Prizes honoring excellence in journalism were handed out last week --  including the Public Service award to The Washington Post and The Guardian for their coverage of the Edward Snowden and the N.S.A. documents he leaked.

Making Sense of Publicizing Sex Abuse History

Mar 10, 2014
Penn State

Former assistant Penn State football coach Mike McQueary is a hero to some for revealing that he saw former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assault a young boy in a Penn State locker room in 2001.

That got Sandusky sent to prison... but it also led to the resignation of Penn State's beloved head football coach Joe Paterno.

McQueary had said he told Paterno about the abuse but nothing was ever done about it.

Making Sense of Robocall Abuse

Aug 26, 2013
ftc.gov

We talk a lot about new media... and usually we're talking about things like blogs, "Facebook", "Twitter", "Tumblr" and the like.

But what about robocalls -- automated phone calls -- especially from government agencies like boards of elections and school districts.

KFOR TV

Live, street-by-street television coverage of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma was not enough warning to prevent the deaths of 24 people.

But, Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making Project" says coverage of emergencies like this still has room to get better in the digital age.

More Media Fallout in the Steubenville Rape Case

Mar 25, 2013
CNN/Huffington Post

The media needs to do a better job of covering rape cases.

That's what the widely covered rape trial of two Steubenville, Ohio football players shows, according to Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making Project."