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University of Oregon’s Damian Radcliffe on local journalism in the Pacific Northwest

In this week’s episode, the University of Oregon’s Carolyn S. Chambers professor in journalism Damian Radcliffe takes us through his latest report into local journalism in the Pacific Northwest.

In the news round-up, the gang discuss strict new NYT social media guidelines for journalism, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s statement on moderating news content, and whether publishers should ‘punish’ audiences who come in through social. We can’t stop making analogies; we’re like sharks who just have to keep swimming.

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Future’s Rock titles Editor in Chief Scott Rowley on covering rockstar deaths

This week Scott Rowley, Editor in Chief of Future’s rock titles, takes us through how his magazines responded to death of Tom Petty in real time, and why he believes reporting on rock star deaths is devolving into a “bun fight”.

In the news round-up, the gang discuss Glamour magazine moving to a bi-annual publishing schedule, whether Google and Facebook failed in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings, and whether Rupert Murdoch is really publishing’s White Knight (no). Esther imitates a sheep.

We’re reading:
Why objective journalism is a misleading and dangerous illusion
– Is ‘guerrilla war’ being waged on news broadcasters?
If journalists take sides, who will speak truth to power?

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FIPP CEO James Hewes on international lessons for media owners

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, Peter speaks to CEO of FIPP James Hewes to discuss its upcoming congress and the lessons learned through watching other titles from round the world.

In the news round-up the team discusses the backlash against a pivot to video and the decision by a UK cycle retailer to stop advertising with the right-wing tabloids. Chris, Esther and Peter accidentally make it through a whole episode without mentioning Trump.

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Deutsche Welle’s Esra Doğramacı on best practice for digital video

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, Peter travels to Cape Town and interviews Deutsche Welle’s Esra Doğramacı, to find out how the German broadcaster is approaching digital video.

In the news round-up, we discuss BuzzFeed turning on banner advertisements and whether that makes them sell-outs, The Atlantic launching a membership supplement for its hardcore members, and the Yellow Pages going out of print. The team wonders if they can get through a whole episode without mentioning Trump.

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International Network of Street Papers special

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, Peter speaks to members of the International Network of Street Papers to discover what drives the people behind publications that aim to ‘provide an innovative solution to urban homelessness and unemployment’.

In the news round-up, Esther and Chris discuss the BBC’s Today show widening its paper round-up to include websites, Ars Technica UK and the perils of launching a consumer tech site, and the “coincidental” timing of Murdoch taking Fox News off UK TV screens. The two agree they aren’t as impartial as the BBC.

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De Correspondent’s International Editor Maaike Goslinga on crowdfunding journalism

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, Peter speaks to De Correspondent’s International Editor Maaike Goslinga to find out whether its type of crowdfunded journalism could exist in an English-speaking country.

In the news round-up, Peter, Esther, and Chris discuss why magazine cover designers have struck gold with Trump, take bets on whether the pivot to video is good for publishers long-term, and try to come up with a name for a three-party duopoly (harder than you’d think). Chris and Esther argue about the origin of three-dimensional chess.
Chris’ pick for best Trump cartoon:
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Newspaper analyst Liz Gerard and Stop Funding Hate founder Richard Wilson

This week’s episode of Media Voices features two interviewees discussing UK papers’ obsession with immigration, the emotive language used on their front pages, and whether anything can halt that trend.

First, newspaper analyst Liz Gerard takes us through the recent history of tabloid front pages, then Stop Funding Hate founder Richard Wilson explains the goals of the campaign.

In the news round-up, Chris and Peter discuss the news that UK current affairs magazines have seen a year on year rise in circulations and the MediaMavens project, which aims to see what a news publication looks like when only women pick the stories and headlines. Peter sings us out.

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Nieman fellow Katherine Goldstein on maternity culture in journalism

This week’s episode of Media Voices sees Esther speak to Nieman fellow Katherine Goldstein about what it will take to make journalism in the US friendlier to new mothers and maternity leave, following the publication of her article ‘Where are the mothers?

In the news round-up we talk about digital success at the Guardian and NYT, the ongoing pivot to video and the successful crowdfunding project to keep Snopes alive. Peter and Chris throw Esther under the bus rather than admit they were wrong about the Guardian’s membership scheme.

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British GQ’s Becky Lucas on the true meaning of ‘engagement’

In this episode of the Media Voices Podcast, Esther interviews British GQ’s Insight and Strategy Editor Becky Lucas. They talk about what ‘engagement’ means for a luxury magazine that exists across so many different platforms.

In the news round-up Peter, Esther and Chris discuss BBC pay, Snap’s latest efforts to thwart its competitors, and (shocker!) print revenue. They also take a deep dive into the Reuters Institute’s latest study and Google’s attempt to create a ‘friendless’ recommendation engine. Esther gets preoccupied with a particular GQ article, and Peter and Chris agree they don’t want to join any club that would let them in.

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Journalism.co.uk’s Madalina Ciobanu on putting together a great media conference

In this week’s episode of Media Voices, we chat to journalism.co.uk’s senior reporter Mădălina Ciobanu about what considerations go into creating an event like the upcoming news:rewired – www.newsrewired.com

In the news round-up, Chris and Esther discuss a less-is-more approach to digital display ads (and whether AdBlock Plus was right all along), and why Amazon might be launching its own dedicated messaging app. Esther’s lack of experience with MySpace makes Chris confront his own mortality.

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Dennis UK CTO Paul Lomax on the tech that underpins a modern publisher

In this week’s episode of Media Voices we hear from Dennis Publishing’s CTO Paul Lomax, who discusses the technology that underpins a modern publisher, and how Dennis builds agile working into its culture.

In the news round-up Peter, Esther and Chris talk about the dawning age of robot journalism (we for one welcome our new robot overlords) and discuss the ramifications of journalism becoming the preserve of the rich. Chris and Esther call Peter out on his gratuitous use of devil’s avocado.

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CNN’s Samantha Barry on innovative social media for a global newsbrand

On the fourth of July, Media Voices is celebrating its own Independence Day. In the inaugural episode of our new-look podcast, Esther interviews CNN’s executive producer of social and emerging media Samantha Barry about its U.S. election coverage, the rise and rise of chatbots, and how the team approaches storytelling across different platforms.

In the news roundup Peter, Chris and Esther discuss the NYT making 100 copy editors redundant, the end of the ‘Trump Bump’, and Instagram’s A.I. approach to censoring nasty comments. Peter throws cold water on Chris’ dream of living in a Star Trek universe, and Esther risks the entire future of the podcast on a joke about Peter’s accent.

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Welcome to the Media Voices podcast

Media Voices is picking up right where TheMediaBriefing Podcast left off, with 30 minutes of media news and views every Tuesday in a fast-moving discussion and interview format.

The team producing Media Voices recorded 25 podcasts with TheMediaBriefing, interviewing senior media executives from publishers, publications and platforms that included Facebook, The Economist, Cosmopolitan, Empire, The Times, Trinity Mirror and Quartz.

Subscribe to Media Voices on iTunes, Soundcloud or your favourite podcast app, leave us a review and follow us on Twitter. We’re also planning a weekly email newsletter, so give us your email address (we promise to look after it) and we’ll send it as soon as it’s ready.

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IDG’s Michael Friedenberg on driving a major media brand forward

In this week’s episode, we talk to IDG’s CEO Michael Friedenberg about how IDG has managed to consistently stay ahead of the curve, the future of display advertising and changing revenue breakdowns within the company.

In the news round-up Chris and Esther discuss Apple’s in-browser autoplay-blocking following a similar move by Google last week, the launch of News UK’s new ‘vertical video studio’ and two significant new publisher additions to Snapchat Discover. Chris attempts to guess the election results.

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The Tab’s Charlie Gardiner-Hill on taking a student brand global

In this week’s episode, we talk to The Tab’s COO Charlie Gardiner-Hill about taking the student brand to the States, building other titles around a totem brand, killer clowns and drinking game rules.

In the news round-up Chris and Esther discuss the Guardian’s $50,000 fundraising campaign to support an environmental series called ‘This Land is Your Land’, Google’s latest attempt to control and monetise the ad-blocking ecosystem and Slate applying podcasting lessons to try out VR. Chris sings a song.

TheMediaBriefing podcast is sponsored by Make Real. Make Real, providing virtual reality experiences that engage, inform, inspire and delight.

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Owain Rich on the opportunities and challenges of VR storytelling

In this week’s episode, we talk to Owain Rich, co-creator of the Trafficked VR experience, about the opportunities and challenges that come with making a VR film. Topics of discussion include the challenges of distribution of VR content, how to create immersive audio, and what form monetisation of VR should take.

In the news round-up, Chris and Esther discuss Apple News’ appointment of an editor in chief, a plethora of original video plans, and Facebook’s sop to publishers over its Instant Articles.

TheMediaBriefing podcast is sponsored by Make Real, creators of VR and AR applications that inform, engage, inspire and delight.

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Author and podcaster Emma Gannon on authenticity and ‘the influencer’

In this week’s episode, we talk to author, blogger and podcaster polymath Emma Gannon about the death of ‘the influencer’, balancing authenticity and commercial concerns, and the relative value of corporate and personal brands.

In the news round-up Chris and Esther talk about Facebook’s original video programme being delayed and its efforts to enter the food ordering marketplace, discuss Wired’s edition-based entrance onto Snapchat discover, and try very hard not to swear while talking about net neutrality rules being overturned.

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Cosmopolitan UK’s Farrah Storr on Snapchat and representation

In this week’s edition of TheMediaBriefing, Esther talks to Cosmopolitan UK’s editor-in-chief Farrah Storr about the brand’s Snapchat success, whether women’s magazines have a duty to be representative of an entire gender, and what the magazine might look like in the future.

In the news roundup Chris and Esther discuss Snap Inc’s disappointing results, El Pais’ plans partnership with Amazon to deliver a print product in under two hours and why Amazon Prime is launching a live concert division. An argument ensues over who owns the MediaBriefing office crown (not a metaphor).

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The New European’s editor Matt Kelly on bravery and business models

In this week’s episode, The New European’s editor Matt Kelly discusses the respective strengths of right- and left-wing rhetoric, the ephemeral nature of pop-up publishing, and what it means for the paper to have been rewarded with four prizes at the British Media Awards last week.

In the news round-up Chris and the newly-married Esther discuss Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook’s race to own video, newspaper owners’ desperate pleas for advertisers to come back to print and Airbnb’s new print partnership with Hearst. In our new regular feature ‘Who Hath Blighted The Consumer This Week’ we discuss whether anyone really needs an IoT-enabled salt shaker.

 

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Virtual Umbrella’s Samantha Kingston on the opportunities of VR marketing

In this episode of TheMediaBriefing’s podcast, Virtual Umbrella co-founder Samantha Kingston explains the business case for VR marketing, takes us through what is required before the technology is mainstream, and describes the kinds of experiences that are best for convincing people of the medium’s potential. Chris tries and fails to not mention the VR mode of Resident Evil 7.

In the news roundup Chris and Peter discuss the duopoly’s latest moves in terms of ad-blocking and cloning Snapchat, Reed Hastings saying Netflix’s biggest competitor is ‘sleep’, and launch a new feature called ‘Who Hath Blighted The Consumer This Week?’

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Bauer’s head of ePublishing Jim Foster on native app strategy

In the latest episode of TheMediaBriefing, Bauer’s head of ePublishing Jim Foster takes us through the publisher’s app and distributed publishing strategies and provides a look back at how the company went from having no apps to considering one for each publication. Chris and Esther try not to sound too incredulous when he describes a time in magazine publishing when the market could support multiple magazines about carp.

In the news round-up Chris and Esther discuss a £300m bad week for Johnston Press, the News Integrity Initiative and De Correspondent’s attempt to crack the states.

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Trinity Mirror’s digital innovation editor Alison Gow on the opportunities of Live

In the March 28th episode of TheMediaBriefing, we talk to Trinity Mirror’s digital innovation editor Alison Gow on the opportunities afforded by live video for national and regional media, in addition to talking AR and best practice for engaging with communities on social platforms.

In the news round-up Chris and Esther discuss the ongoing YouTube ad blackout, why reddit is introducing profile pages, Twitter’s new premium offering and more success for The Times’ subscription model.

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NewsThump’s Richard Smith on how satirical humour sites are being hit by ‘fake news’ filters

The definition of Fake News went from ‘specific term for misinformation spread via social networks’ to ‘objective fact I disagree with’ within a week of its conception. In the same way you can physically watch bamboo grow, you could watch the the term ‘fake news’ become meaningless with your bare eyes.

While the term itself is nebulous and ill-defined now, the responses to it have been very real and concrete. Facebook, a vector for the spread of misinformation, has now implemented its response, making it much harder for users to spread ‘fake news’. But there are other efforts underway behind the scenes, and attempts to curb the spread of misinformation is hitting satirical humour sites too. In this episode of TheMediaBriefing’s podcast, NewsThump’s founder Richard Smith explains how his site has been caught in the crossfire.

In the news round-up, Chris and Esther discuss TMB favourite Quartz becoming profitable after four years, George Osborne’s ascension to editorship of the London Evening Standard and how the Hustle email newsletter raised $300k from its readers in 55 hours.

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Media analyst Kevin Anderson on going beyond the article

In this episode of TheMediaBriefing’s podcast we talk to Kevin Anderson, author of the Beyond the Article: Frontiers of Editorial and Commercial Innovation report for the Reuters Institute. We discuss platform plurality, the need for good project managers and why editorial and commercial innovation need to be wed.

In the news round-up Chris and Esther discuss the Metro’s circulation ‘success’, Vimeo’s 360 video project and Instant Article disappointment.

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The Ethical Journalism Network’s director Aidan White on publishers, platforms and fake news

In this episode of TheMediaBriefing, we speak to the director of the Ethical Journalism Network Aidan White about publishers, platforms and fake news, before hearing about the ongoing problems for self-regulation in China and the pressures on journalists and publishers outside of the UK.

In the news round-up, Chris and Esther discuss YouTube TV, Oculus Rift’s latest price drop, NRK’s latest experiment in saving the comments section and try not to talk about the new Zelda for at least five minutes to no avail.

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Editorial cartoonist Andy Davey on why publishers should readjust their priorities

In this episode of TheMediaBriefing podcast, we speak to editorial cartoonist Andy Davey to discuss his work for the Guardian; The Sun; Private Eye; Punch and more, and discuss how the homogenisation of digital news brands can be stopped.

In the news roundup, Chris and Esther debate the pros and cons of Google AMP for publishers, reported declines in the number of editorial staff at the FT, Slate, Thrillist and other, and Esther fails to prevent Chris evangelising about virtual reality and its use at publishers.

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Facebook’s head of news partnerships Nick Wrenn on fake news, journalism and live video

Facebook dominates any conversation about media in 2017. Whether it’s an examination of its role in disseminating journalism, its status as a vector for ‘fake news’ or its position as one of the digital advertising duopoly, it’s an unmissable feature of the media landscape. In this episode of TheMediaBriefing we speak to Facebook’s head of news partnerships EMEA Nick Wrenn to discuss those issues and how they affect the publisher-platform relationship.

In the news roundup, Chris and Esther discuss the NYT-Spotify bundle, magazine circulations and try in vain not to enjoy the Daily Mail vs. Wikipedia grudge match. Sign up to our podcast on iTunes here.

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News UK’s Helen Philpot on managing change at a large media company

In this week’s episode of TheMediaBriefing, News UK’s director of business change Helen Philpot takes us through the challenges and opportunities of change for a large media business, with a focus on where News UK looks for inspiration and sets goals for new endeavours. In the news round-up, Chris and Esther discuss the Guardian’s membership growth, the strengths and weaknesses of Snap ahead of its IPO, and Medium’s new subscription model.

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Glamour’s Jo Elvin on a modern magazine’s role in society

In the latest, entirely Trump-free podcast, we hear from Glamour UK’s editor in chief Jo Elvin on its recent format change and price drop, its enduring place in the minds of its readers and how the magazine and society are reciprocal reflections of one another. In the news round-up, Chris and Esther talk Guardian rumours, print closures (we don’t seek these out, we swear!) and the latest skirmish in the Facebook-Snapchat war.

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The Times’ Joseph Stashko on building a great newsletter strategy

In this second edition of TheMediaBriefing’s 2017 podcast series, we hear from The Times’ and Sunday Times’ newsletters editor Joseph Stashko about the past, present and future of publishers’ newsletter strategies and how they can support a commercial proposition. Also, Chris and Esther hesitantly try to pronounce a lot of names of European companies and segue into a discussion about comment sections.

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The Drum’s Diane Young on when a magazine company is no longer a magazine company

In this episode of TheMediaBriefing podcast, we chat to The Drum’s Diane Young to ask when a magazine company is no longer a magazine company. We also provide a news round-up discussing a bad week for (most) print products and publishers, Facebook finally overtaking some traditional media organisations in terms of ad revenue, and a discussion about whether we’re already living in an advertising dystopia.