Tricia Friedman

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Why it takes more than the media to grasp the world

Hans Rosling from Gapminder explains why the media cannot and does not provide us with an accurate understanding of what’s happening globally.<p>The …

The Complicated Ethics Of ‘Serial,’ The Most Popular Podcast Of All Time

Hae Min Lee was murdered in 1999. She was a senior in high school. She was strangled. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convicted of the crime and …

Is It Wrong to Be Hooked on Serial?

Serialized nonfiction is an old-school journalistic format; it's the fandom around this real-life murder mystery that makes it feel different.<p>What is it about the murder-mystery podcast <i>Serial</i> that makes it so gripping? This question has come up in conversations a lot lately, mostly with other …

Why the podcast Serial is important for journalism

The hit podcast Serial, a journalist’s exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground for our field. There are …

Journalism

The Backlash Against Serial—and Why It's Wrong

A defense of the podcast, its producer, and the This American Life approach to narrative journalism<p>Since its October debut, <i>This American Life</i> producer Sarah Koenig's <i>Serial</i> has quickly become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed podcasts ever produced. Its episodes are a serialized …

Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the ‘five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath’

The podcast exploring the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, has become a global phenomenon. In an exclusive interview, Adnan’s family talk to Jon Ronson about listening to Serial, toxic Reddit threads and how his imprisonment has destroyed …

Inspired by Serial, Toronto Police are using Twitter to try to solve a murder

Say what you will about Reddit, but the ferocity that the site’s users have applied to <i>Serial</i>’s case has apparently inspired the Toronto Police …

The podcast and the murder: why I soured on serial

When the story tipped over into irrelevant rumors, I lost my patience with its exploration of 'truth'<p><i>Spoiler alert: This piece discusses many details of the series and its finale.</i><p>The world’s first blockbuster podcast, <i>Serial</i>, released its final episode yesterday. You can be forgiven for missing it, …

Jay Speaks Part 3: The Collateral Damage of an Extremely Popular Podcast about Murder

Today we’re publishing the third and last in a series of exclusive interviews with Jay Wilds. He’s the key witness in the 2000 murder trial of Adnan …

Are Podcasts the Future of Public Broadcasting?

<b>It's always fun to watch the domino effect</b> of a new technology across the spheres of business and media. In the '90s it was all about companies …

Streaming Media

Serial Host Sarah Koenig Has Mixed Feelings on Reddit

Even two months after the true crime podcast <i>Serial</i> has ended, Redditors are still trying to solve the case.<p>The week-by-week podcast sought to poke …

Crime

“Serial,” Podcasts, and Humanizing the News

A week before he died, the <i>Times</i> media columnist David Carr moderated a panel at the New School called “Serial and the Podcast Explosion,” the first event in a series presented by the university’s newest major, Journalism + Design. Carr, bundled up in a fleece jacket, leaned back in his chair and …

Can Virtual Body Swapping Help Fight Racial Prejudice?

Brain hacking and optical illusions can increase your empathy for other races<p>In the wake of massive #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations, the ugly implications of racism in the United States have come to the foreground. Prejudice, whether conscious or unconscious, exists on a much wider scale than most …

Online reputation is more valuable than money or power

The author of The Reputation Economy believes online reputation is now so important that we risk becoming persona non grata if we ignore it. Here he explains how to transform yourself into search-engine gold<p>My Google search for “Michael Fertik” returns a page of uncommon order and serenity, like …

Online Life

Twitter Can Tell If You’re More Likely To Get Heart Disease

Negative tweets correlate with poor health<p>Twitter can predict almost anything—including your risk of getting heart disease.<p>Heart disease is the umbrella term for problems associated with plaque buildup in arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. It's the leading cause of death worldwide, …

Think Facebook is a media powerhouse? Just wait til its video player takes over

Facebook's already considerable power in media is about to become dominant.<p>The social network has already shown the ability to put content in front …

Why Is Mainstream Media Ignoring The Boko Haram Attacks?

<i>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.</i><p>Starting on Jan. 3, hundreds of Nigerians were slaughtered in an attack on the border city of Braga by the notorious Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. Shortly after, two girls blew themselves up at a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of …

Jon Stewart compiles the most ridiculous blizzard media coverage

New Yorkers, you survived the blizzard of 2015. The proclaimed apocalyptic snowfall that was forecasted was measly at best, sprinkling less than a …

Kenji Goto tweet of tolerance goes viral in poignant memorial to journalist

Japan,Asia Pacific,World news,Islamic State (Isis),Syria,Middle East and North Africa,Social media,Digital media,Media<p>Social media users embrace 2010 tweet from Syria, saying ‘hate is not for humans. That is what I learned from my Arabic brothers and sisters’<p>Social media users have embraced a …

Why Journalism Professors Should Teach Accuracy Checklists

If a technique were proven to reduce errors, don’t you think journalists, journalism organizations and journalism educators would race to embrace it? …

Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Asks Twitter If He Should Lose His Egyptian Citizenship To Be Set Free

Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian Al Jazeera journalist, could be freed and deported after 400 days in jail but would be stripped of his Egyptian citizenship, government officials said.<p>A lawyer for Fahmy told BuzzFeed News that his client was still considering his options.<p>Fahmy, Greste, and Baher …

Tips on how to write a book review

Writing a review is easier than you might think and an essential part of the reading process. It’s a great feeling to re-live the joy of a good read …

How Accurate Are Punxsutawney Phil's Forecasts?

This morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, weather-predicting groundhog Phil saw his shadow, which means he's calling for six more …

Roger Federer

This Scares The Hell Out Of Me. World Leaders Are About To Give Away The Keys To The Internet.

This video's concerned about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty will affect the Internet, but its dangerousness actually goes way beyond that. …

Media distortion and western bias – why do some disasters attract more cash?

We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on why humanitarian crises receive varying levels of support<p>Aid agencies jostle for public attention as they respond to humanitarian crises: natural disaster, war, famine and disease. The Disasters Emergency …

These Two Contrasting Headlines Tell You All You Need To Know About Media Bias

News No comments<p>The difference in the way the media treats Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren tells you all you need to know about bias in the …

A Magician’s Best Trick: Revealing a Basic Human Bias

An encounter with a magician reveals a lesson: Think critically about whether you’re only intermittently thinking critically<p>My family and I recently watched a magician perform. He was not of the sleight-of-hand ilk but, instead, had a stunning ability to psychologically manipulate his audience into …

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