Hope Yahoo News gets the memo.
By ROBERTO QUINONES
McLean, VA – In an unprecedented move to increase the employability of Hispanic journalists with heavy accents, UNIDY Journalists for Divercity and the DC chapter of Hispanic Toastmasters will be starting seminars to train journalists to speak in British/Australian/South African accents.
It is being touted as the “Gringo Lingo Initiative,” planners said.
From VIAGRA commercials to satirical news shows, the obvious trend is that Hispanic accents are becoming passé and British sounding accents are in. “There are only so many Nespresso ads (which Penelope has locked up anyway) and even Sophia is scaling back her accent in her glamor ads,” stated the incoming chair of the Ricardo Montalban Fan Club. “Hell, even the replacement Ginsu knives salesman is faking it, and don’t get me started on fake SNL Latinas or the new Daily Show guy.”
Social media backlash has been increasing about various DC area Latina newscasters who, while speaking perfect English while reporting, pronounce their name in Spanish. “Yeah, let me know who is bitching about Katty Kay’s accent?? NO ONE,” retorted one former Latina WTOP journalist.
Initial sessions will be held at the Australian Embassy which will provide free Vegemite sandwiches to help twist Latino palates into the required new contortions.
HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!!
Here’s the ad from The Guardian that describes the news organization’s philosophy of open journalism.
“We believe the open exchange of information, ideas and opinions has the power to change the world for the better,” states a description about open journalism on the The Guardian’s website. “Our independent journalism holds power to account across the globe and brings information that’s suppressed into the public domain. This openness allows us to provide our readers with the broadest possible perspective: the whole picture.”
What do you think of the ad?
News sites that publish mugshots as a service or to attract traffic are being affected by a Google tweak that keeps the photos from the top of search results. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE.
Is Twitter Ruining America and American politics? “Why do we need journalism when we have social media” is the rallying cry of those who have a perspective to share. If you have something to say — a cool link you saw or a photo or a review of a restaurant — you go on Facebook and Twitter and Yelp and say it. Why do you need journalists to tell you about links or how good restaurants are when you have social media?” Philip Bump asks in his piece for The Atlantic. Then Bump answers his own question: “The short answer is: you don’t. The long answer is: You need journalists when you want an independent perspective. And that perspective — particularly for decision-makers — is essential. Bump appears to believe that social media, Twitter in particular, are ruining America by making it easier for politicians, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to create a bubble in which they only communicate with fans. Mathew Ingram over at GigOM writes in response that he couldn’t disagree more. Ingram writes that the transparency and lack of filters social media provide “has as many positive aspects as it does negative ones.” Twitter and other forms of social media allow all kinds of people — including politicians like Cruz — to reach out and find an audience that shares their views, he added. At the same time, Ingram argues, Twitter also allows all of us to see “those PR maneuvers and grandstanding happening in full public view, instead of being hidden away behind the scenes — and that has some very obvious public benefits.”
Our News Is Gerrymandered Too. Political analysts are quick to point out that redistricting — the drawing of political boundary lines — is fostering an ideological extremism in congress. “But given that politics in its current form is threatening to produce a crisis that threatens to create financial mayhem on a global scale — while striking one more blow against claims of American “greatness” — perhaps something more complicated than sketching out voting districts is at play,” David Carr writes in the Oct. 11, 2013 edition of The New York Times. “The polarized political map is now accompanied by a media ecosystem that is equally gerrymandered into districts of self-reinforcing discourse. Justice (Antonin) Scalia and millions of news consumers select and assemble a worldview from sources that may please them, but rarely challenge them.” Carr argues that it is not just politicians who are feeding their bases, it is the media outlets, as well. “The village common — you know, that place where we all meet to discuss our problems, relying on the same set of facts — has shrunk to the size of a postage stamp, surrounded by the huge gated communities of like minds who never venture into the great beyond.”
I Always Feel Like, Somebody’s Watching Me. There have been plenty of reports about Facebook’s and Google’s new ad dollar grabs that infringe upon user privacy. Cutting to the chase: If you’re on Facebook, anyone can find you by typing your name in the search-bar. To be honest, this was already possible for most users, but now Facebook is removing this privacy setting, notifying those who had hidden themselves that they’ll be searchable. Google will soon begin placing its users profile names and photos in advertisements. The move makes the search giant more competitive with Facebook. It’s fairly easy to opt out of Google’s new “shared endorsements” policy, according to self-described tech skeptic and consumer advocate Bob Sullivan. Google shares how, here. Facebook, on the other hand, is a bit more tricky and can’t be reversed entirely. “Until now, privacy-sensitive users could select an option which meant that strangers could not find them by search through the service. That option has been discontinued, which is a boon for would-be stalkers and harassers,” Sullivan writes. “You can still block individual users from finding you, but you must do this pro-actively, and one stalker at a time. Naturally, nothing stops a would-be harasser from using a newly created fake account and finding you.” Sullivan gives a few tips, however, to help mitigate further erosion of your privacy, including stopping search engines from linking to items on your Facebook page by turning off the options available under your Facebook privacy settings and “Who can look me up?” Get more tips here.
Can Advocacy Journalism Save the News? In order to save the news industry, journalists will not just need to report the news, they will have to explain complicated, difficult issues and help citizens figure out how they can make a difference and have an impact, said Ethan Zuckerman, director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media and founder of Global Voices, a world-wide community of bloggers and citizen journalists. If it sounds like Zuckerman is promoting advocacy journalism as a solution to what ails the industry, that’s because he is. By believing its only mission is to inform, journalists are losing the current generation, not only as news consumers but also as “part of a civic dialogue,” Zuckerman said at the Nieman Foundation’s 75th Anniversary celebration last month. “We need media to step up and say ‘if you want to have an impact on society, if you want to be an educated citizen, we have to help you figure out how to be involved in a way where you can actually make a difference,'” Zuckerman said. “And we need to be doing this all across the journalism spectrum.” Interesting that Zuckerman says this at the same time the Pew Center tells us that newspapers are allocating less and less space to opinion content, where advocacy journalism traditionally takes place. To that Zuckerman might respond, “The problem is not advocacy journalism, the problem is bad sorts of advocacy, for bad civics.” But allDigitocracy has not asked him… yet, so we don’t know this to be a fact.
Unfortunately, the media is not properly informing the U.S. population of the factors at work in the shutdown. As happens so often, too many reporters are claiming a false equivalency between the GOP and Democrats, and frankly, they’re not serving democracy with such weak analysis. I talk more with Voice of Russia’s Jamila Bey.
This is an UPDATE to a piece I wrote over the weekend.
So you’ve probably already seen Marina Shifrin’s interpretive dance video exit from her place of employment that went viral this week.
Well, her former bosses at Next Media Animation respond with a dance video of their own in which they announce, “We’re Hiring.”
Have resume, will travel! Enjoy the video:
And just in case, by some miracle, you missed it, here’s Marina’s video that set it all off:
By Tracie Powell
Columnist, author, lawyer, investigative journalist and activist Glenn Greenwald believes when it comes to individual privacy breaches in the name of national security editors may be suffering from “NSA fatigue.” But at the same time, he said, the public is more engaged than ever when it comes to these issues.
Greenwald and Janine Gibson, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, fielded questions on Reddit Tuesday during an “Ask Me Anything” chat.
In June Greenwald and The Guardian broke the story about the National Security Administration secretly collecting telephone records of millions of U.S. citizens, including journalists. During the Reddit chat Greenwald was asked why he thought a story about data on Americans being forwarded to Israel received less media attention than other leaks.
Greenwald responded: “1) Because it involved “Israel,” which sends some people into fear-based silence; 2) Because it happened in the middle of Syria, which took up most oxygen; 3) Because The New York Times published nothing about it, for ignominious and self-serving reasons highlighted by its own public editor; and 4) Because there is some NSA fatigue: a sense that nothing that is revealed can surprise any longer.”
After the initial leak story earlier this summer, The Guardian later reported that the “NSA routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens.” Written by Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, the story is based on information provided to them by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contract worker turned whistle-blower. After readers questioned the lack of coverage of the Israel story by The New York Times, Public Editor Margaret Sullivan responded that Managing Editor Dean Baquet told her the story wasn’t “significant” enough.
Sullivan wrote that she disagreed with Baquet’s decision and thought the data sharing story, calling it a “significant development” that “Times readers shouldn’t have to chase around the Web to find out about.” (Baquet, for the record, based his decision on both news judgment and use of resources, Sullivan reported.)
After raising the issue of “NSA Fatigue” during the chat, Greenwald noted a shift in public opinion polls that shows Americans, and global citizens, now view threats to their “privacy/civil liberties from their own government are greater than threats to their safety from terrorists.” This view is supported by the breadth of issues raised during the Reddit chat,
Redditors peppered Greenwald with a number of substantive questions that included asking the names of other journalists world citizens should follow, suggesting that there is an appetite for this kind of news that U.S. editors aren’t satisfying.
“There are a huge number of independent journalists and intrepid news sites that are very worth reading,” Greenwald responded. “Follow my Twitter feed where I often link to them. The internet is primarily responsible for enabling a massive diversification of media voices and democratization of our political discourse. That’s one big reason I consider the cause of defending internet freedom from state control to be such a vital political priority.”
RELATED: If you’re in or around Cambridge, Mass. TOMORROW, check out ‘After Snowden: Towards Distributed Security in Cyberspace at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Click for more info:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzjLb2LwM7wFixers — fictional ones at least — are hard at work helping citizens navigate the new health care law at the center of the current government shutdown.
In the parody video, Scandalous, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson parodies the hugely popular ABC prime time drama, Scandal, as she runs about town highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The video is produced by comedy website Funny or Die.
Like the actual series (season three premiers Thursday), Hudson’s character rushes to assist those in trouble, including a senator whose gotten his mistress pregnant– only in the parody video, the mistress does not have health insurance. Hudson easily solves the senator’s problem by telling him to log onto www.healthcare.gov.
It is not the first time viral video has been used to help citizens navigate — or help sell — government programs. And while it does not appear that the Obama Administration has anything to do with the making of this video, but the president is no stranger to using social media and humor to drive his agenda.
So while public employees are taking a forced holiday and the public’s non-essential services go unmet, might as well watch Scandalous. After all, tis better to chuckle than to cry.