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NBCUniversal Set to Invest in BuzzFeed, Vox Media. NBCUniversal is close to a deal to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed, in a transaction that will value the booming digital publisher at around $1.5 billion. Sources say Comcast’s TV and film unit has a “handshake” agreement with BuzzFeed, which raised $50 million last year at a $850 million valuation. NBCU also is negotiating to invest in Vox Media, which owns this website, in a deal that would value Vox at $850 million. Last fall Vox Media raised money at a $380 million valuation. (Update: Sources said early BuzzFeed investors may also sell shares via secondary sales connected with the transaction.) As in all dealmaking, these negotiations could fall apart. People familiar with the proposed deals say they’re part of a new effort from NBCU CEO Steve Burke to bet on digital outlets he thinks can tap into millennial audiences, who are tuning out of NBCU’s TV networks and most others.

NBCUniversal, BuzzFeed and Vox Media declined to comment. Film Language Glossary - About the Film Glossary. The Film Language Glossary is an innovative teaching tool for the study of film, designed to enhance screenings, readings, lectures, and discussions throughout the duration of a course. It provides definitions of essential terms used in basic and advanced film courses that are representative of all the major categories of film studies: practical terminology, technical terminology, the language of business, and historical terms, as well as the language of criticism and theory.

Through the use of multimedia within the definitions, users will have a more complete understanding of the terms being defined—an explanation of the theory and a demonstration of the practice. Specifically, terms combine visual text, film clips, and audio commentary in creative ways, delivering them in high-quality media for classroom use and private study. The Film Language Glossary is available to Columbia students over the campus network. Copyrights and Permissions System Requirements: Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? - Robinson Meyer.

I haven’t seen anything like it in a long time. On Facebook, on Twitter, and even sometimes in my email inbox, there are these headlines. “We Don’t Hear Enough From Native American Voices. Here’s An Inspiring Message From One.” “An Auto Executive Talks Up Gas. “We May Tell Our Kids That Life Isn't Fair, But We Should Actually Listen To Them Talk About Fairness” They make an emotional promise. They’re headlines in the Upworthy style, and they seem to have colonized every news source. Upworthy’s new, but it’s not startlingly new. So, why did it explode now? There’s a short answer and there’s a long answer—and the long answer has very little to do with the upstart publisher, and very much to do with the long history of Silicon Valley’s most famous companies. The short answer is: People click on them. Clickbait has been around for years. Clickbait—old clickbait—makes Twitter accounts like @HuffPoSpoilers possible: Upworthy plays the same game, in a different key. Or: That’s one reason.

Apple News app to rely on editors rather than algorithms for curation | Technology. That news story you just read on your iPhone: did Apple pay the editor responsible? Actually, from this autumn, it’s possible that the company did. Apple is hiring a team of editors to work on the Apple News app unveiled during the company’s recent WWDC event, before the app’s launch as part of its iOS 9 software later in the year.

“These editors will help News users find the best and most timely coverage of major news events, while also managing select categories based on their areas of professional expertise.” Requirements include a bachelors degree in journalism, communication or a related field (“Masters preferred”) and at least five years of newsroom experience, including knowledge of “mobile news delivery”, content analytics and social tools. “Successful editors will be ambitious, detail-oriented journalists with an obsession for great content and mobile news delivery. How will editors employed by Apple treat these kinds of stories?

Will that scrutiny make its way into Apple News? 2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested - Alexis C. Madrigal. The Stream has been the organizing metaphor for the web for the past several years. In May 2009, a high-ranking editor of TechCrunch identified and summarized this grand shift in the way people used and talked about the web. "Information is increasingly being distributed and presented in real-time streams instead of dedicated Web pages. The shift is palpable, even if it is only in its early stages," Erick Schonfeld wrote. "Web companies large and small are embracing this stream. It is not just Twitter. It is Facebook and Friendfeed and AOL and Digg and Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop and Techmeme and Tweetmeme and Ustream and Qik and Kyte and blogs and Google Reader.

A simple way to describe this change: The New York Times on Twitter or Facebook or the Times Wire? The Stream represents the triumph of reverse-chronology, where importance—above-the-foldness—is based exclusively on nowness. There are great reasons for why The Stream triumphed. Remember that line: permanently unfinished. The Web We Have to Save — Matter. It had all started with 9/11. I was in Toronto, and my father had just arrived from Tehran for a visit. We were having breakfast when the second plane hit the World Trade Center. I was puzzled and confused and, looking for insights and explanations, I came across blogs. Once I read a few, I thought: This is it, I should start one, and encourage all Iranians to start blogging as well. So, using Notepad on Windows, I started experimenting. Soon I ended up writing on, using Blogger’s publishing platform before Google bought it.

Then, on November 5, 2001, I published a step-to-step guide on how to start a blog. Those days, I used to keep a list of all blogs in Persian and, for a while, I was the first person any new blogger in Iran would contact, so they could get on the list. Every morning, from my small apartment in downtown Toronto, I opened my computer and took care of the new blogs, helping them gain exposure and audience. The hyperlink was my currency six years ago.


Kevin Spacey urges TV channels to give control to viewers. Everything you need to know about the Fairness Doctrine in one post. Password Sharing: Netflix, HBO Missing $500 Million in Revenue? Netflix, HBO and other Internet video-subscription providers are theoretically leaving megabucks on the table from customers nefariously sharing login info with nonpaying users. So why aren’t they aggressively trying to block the millions of freeloaders gorging on “Game of Thrones” or “Orange Is the New Black”? Illicit password-sharing would appear to be a serious issue for subscription VOD players: The practice will cost the sector upwards of $500 million worldwide in 2015, according to a recent report from research firm Parks Associates. It’s certainly a striking claim. About 6% of U.S. broadband households use an over-the-top video service paid by someone living outside of the household, the firm estimated.

Unauthorized password-sharing is most rampant among consumers 18-24, with 20% of OTT users in that age bracket binge-watching on someone else’s dime, Parks says. The data is based on a consumer survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households conducted in Q3 2014. From Scandal To Farce: What The Clinton Email Coverage Tells Us About The Press. When the story of Hillary Clinton's private email account first broke in March, the Beltway media's response resembled barely controlled hysteria as pundits searched for adjectives to describe the impending political doom in store for Clinton. Ron Fournier at National Journal immediately announced that perhaps Clinton shouldn't even bother running for president, the damage she faced was so grave. And New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wondered if the revelation meant Clinton had a secret political "death wish. " According to the nattering nabobs of negativism (to borrow a phrase), the revelation that Clinton had used a private email server while secretary of state was possibly the story that would doom Clinton's White House hopes.

As the media firestorm raged, the State Department announced it would release 55,000 pages of former Secretary of State Clinton's emails next January. But a U.S. District Court ordered the department to release portions of the email archive on a monthly basis.


"Words Don't Mean Anything": Conservative Media React To Supreme Court's Health Care Decision. Conservative media were outraged after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold health insurance tax credits for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), just as Congress intended. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Tax Credits For All Americans Supreme Court Upholds The Affordable Care Act. On June 25, the Supreme Court upheld a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows for tax credits to aid millions of Americans who obtained health insurance through the federal exchanges, as opposed to those operated by their state. According to The New York Times: The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama's health care law may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance.Chief Justice John G. Conservative Media Decry Continuance Of Tax Credits, Lash Out At Chief Justice Roberts Fox's Karl Rove: Health Care Decision Is "An Act Of Judicial Activism.

" National Review's Hillyer: Justice Roberts Is "A Disgrace. " USA Freedom Act vs. USA PATRIOT Act - Alex Byers. Rand Paul was able to block the Senate from passing a surveillance reform bill Sunday, forcing the expiration of key parts of the PATRIOT Act. But the Kentucky firebrand can’t stand in the way forever. If supporters of the USA Freedom Act can get 60 lawmakers to back the bill, the Senate could approve the measure this week. The bill, first proposed in 2013 by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is chiefly designed to block the intelligence community from collecting millions of Americans’ phone records every day — the first and most salacious revelation from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Story Continued Below Under the PATRIOT Act, passed amid demands for new surveillance mechanisms in the wake of 9/11, the intelligence community is allowed to collect business records — anything from a flight manifest to phone logs — as long as those records are “relevant” to a national security investigation. You're being secretly tracked with facial recognition, even in church. We know that Facebook has a vast facial recognition database so good that it can recognize you when your face is hidden, that the FBI has built a millions-strong criminal facial recognition system, and that Google’s new Photos app is so effective at face recognition that it can identify now-adults in photos from their childhood.

But now facial recognition is starting to pop up in weird and unexpected places: at music festivals (to identify criminals); at stadiums (to weed out “sports troublemakers“) and at churches. Yes, churches. Moshe Greenshpan, the CEO of Israel- and Las Vegas-based facial recognition software company Face-Six, says there are 30 churches around the world using his Churchix technology. (If a facial expression-detecting camera were trained on my own face, it would read “skeptical.” Without being able to talk to one of the churches using this technology, it’s impossible to verify Greenshpan’s claims.) From the Churchix website Facefirst. The Curious Way New York Times Columnists Are Covering Hillary Clinton. Promoting his latest column deriding Hillary Clinton for being chronically unethical and a lot like Richard Nixon, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni took to Twitter to suggest the Democrat's campaign constituted "psychological torture," which definitely sounds bad.

Unsubtly headlined "Hillary the Tormentor" (because she inflicts so much pain on Democrats, apparently), Bruni's effort was unusually overwrought even by his dramatic standards. In his column, the essayist outlined concerns from two nameless "Democrats," who viewed Clinton as "tainted" and guilty of creating "ugly, obvious messes. " One source was so "disgusted" he wants "never to lay eyes on [Hillary] and Bill again. " Turns out that same day, fellow Times columnist Ross Douthat also made Clinton the focus of his column and he also dinged the candidate. Not quite. Searching essays written by Times columnists this year, I can't find a one that unequivocally supports the Democratic frontrunner. Is it really that bad? More? » Newspaper reporter is ‘the worst job of 2015′ JIMROMENESKO.COM.

– #200 out of 200 jobs/CareerCast graphic Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says: Newspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Other rankings for 2015: Broadcaster, 196 (of 200 jobs); Photojournalist, 195; Author, 153; Public Relations Executive, 121; Publication Editor, 137; and Social Media Manager, 101. A few years ago, I called CareerCast publisher Tony Lee and told him it was a brilliant move to put reporter on the bottom of his list. “The data is the data,” said Lee.

. * Best jobs of 2015 | Worst jobs of 2015 ( Earlier CareerCast reports: * 2014: Newspaper reporter is no longer the worst job * 2013: Why lumberjack did better than newspaper reporter in career report Earlier: Here’s a newspaper reporter who loves his job ( Comments. Media coverage of gang violence sure looks different when the perpetrators are white. Over the weekend, a shootout between three rival biker gangs at a bar in Waco, Texas, left at least nine gang members dead and 18 others hospitalized with gunshot and stab wounds. It was a huge, devastating tragedy. The New York Times reported that law enforcement sources called it "the worst violence in the Waco area since the siege on the Branch Davidian compound in 1993 that left 86 people dead.

" But if you follow the social media conversations around the incident, you'll see something in addition to the predictable shock, curiosity, and mourning for the victims: there's frustration and anger over how the Waco shootout (whose perpetrators appear to be mostly white) is being talked about — and, specifically, how that contrasts with the coverage and commentary of crimes when the people involved are black. With the Waco incident, we got just the news — not the racial pathology In particular, you'll see a lot of sarcasm about "white-on-white crime" and "white-on-white violence. " Millennials don’t trust anyone. That’s a big deal. Millennials. Man. Millennials aren't, it seems, the trusting type. Of 10 major societal institutions, just two — the military and scientists — garnered majority support from millennials on the question of whom they trust to do the right thing most of the time.

That's according to new polling by Harvard University's Institute of Politics of this most-written-and-talked-about generation, which encompasses those ranging in age from 18 to 29. The lack of trust in longtime pillars of society among millennials is striking both for its depth and its breadth. No one is spared their side-eyed looks. The media gets its worst — with 88 percent of millennials saying they only "sometimes" or "never" trust the press. Now, it's easy if you are not a millennial to roll your eyes at these numbers.

But, to dismiss millennials' distrust in institutions is to miss something bigger at work here. Three institutions — the military, small business and the police — break 50 percent on that confidence meter. The Complete Social Media Post Checklist. How Has the Network Anchorman Endured? -- NYMag. The Truth About Facebook: How Communication Became Synonymous With Surveillance.

Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are. NYPD Edits Wikipedia Entries On Eric Garner, Other Police Brutality Victims. ‘ISIS Hackers’ Googled Their Hit List; Troops’ Names Were Already on Public Websites. This is what the students at Ted Cruz's announcement were saying on Yik Yak. STUNNING: Comparing U.S. & World Covers for TIME Magazine. The 10 Commandments of Social Media Content Marketing. How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling. Dennis K. Berman on Twitter: "Remember this day. 551-day-old Instagram is worth $1 billion. 116-year-old New York Times Co.: $967 million." The Economist explains: What disruptive innovation means. How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life. HUGE SPY PROGRAM EXPOSED: NSA has hidden software in hard drives around the world - Business Insider. See What Google Knows About My Location. Newspaper Map.

Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber. Strong from the Start - Leads and Nut Grafs. News Bias Explored. The dark web: what it is, how it works, and why it's not going away.

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Cyber spying thrives as mankind bids farewell to a private life. Anonymous To 'Lizard Squad': Stop Attacking Tor. Raw images, social media challenged legacy media in 2014 - Baltimore Sun. Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention. Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race : Code Switch. Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action. Dvupkehk1h. Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead. Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility. They Like Me, They Really Like Me - Darren Samuelsohn - POLITICO Magazine. The Facebook Election. The Dark Side Of YouTube's Stars. Blasze IP Logger - Home. Today Is The 10th Anniversary Of Jon Stewart's Epic Rant On CNN. He Hasn't Been Back Since. Verizon Wireless crosses the privacy line on Web browsing. The Difference Between The US And UK Ebola News Coverage Will Make You Laugh. Americans Don’t Live in Information Cocoons.

How Facebook is wrecking political news. TLDR #27 - How Google is Killing the Best Site On the Internet. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Native Advertising (HBO) Iconosquare - All Instagram online. St. Paul's School ~ The Pulse of ASP. Hype Cycle Research Methodology. These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America. Dark Social: We Have the Whole History of the Web Wrong - Alexis C. Madrigal. How the Deep Web Works" The Makings Of A Great Logo. Bill Boyarsky: The New York Times’ Desperate Dive to the Bottom - Bill Boyarsky. How Three Decades of News Coverage Has Shaped Our View of the World - Uri Friedman. 10 fascinating facts about Watergate 42 years later. NYT Innovation Report 2014. Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian’s (spectacular) expenses-scandal experiment. The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Explained. Joseph Turow: How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online.

Lippmann and the News. Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships. GOP Security Aide Among 5 Arrested in Bugging Affair. Angry Conservatives Forgot Their Old Angry Tweets Supporting P.O.W. Beyond McLuhan: Your New Media Studies Syllabus - Christina Dunbar-Hester. The Brian Lehrer Show - Influencing Machines. If You're Not Paying for It; You're the Product. BuzzFeed's success does not mean we should be slaves to clicks | Sam Parker | Media. Buzzfeed's key to success: embracing new media.

‘Balanced’ News Reports May Only Inflame. News Writing. Boston Globe Re-Evaluating Relationship With Content Provider After False Krugman Post | TPM LiveWire. Runs With Satirical Story About Krugman Filing For Bankruptcy | Blog. Breitbarted. Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles". ‘Balanced’ News Reports May Only Inflame. Paul Lewis: Crowdsourcing the news. REPORT: Diversity On Evening Cable News In 13 Charts. Katie Couric on how to conduct a good interview. Is the internet rewriting history? The bad news about the news: Alisa Miller on

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