Is Mainstream Media Still Scared of Bloggers

first_imgHeadline of a recent Page One story in the New York Times: “In Court Ruling on Executions, a Factual Flaw.” Make that two factual flaws. The first one by the Supreme Court; the second by the Times, whose headline should read “CAAFlog Blogger Discovers Factual Flaw in Court Ruling on Executions.” But the Times, like much of MSM, just can’t seem to stand giving a blogger credit for a scoop.It took the Times until the fourth paragraph to mention that Dwight Sullivan broke the story on June 28th on the CAAFlog blog, and until the eighth paragraph to link to his post. A post on the blog wryly notes: “It may take a few clicks to reach CAAFlog’s post on the case.”Magazines and newspapers still report on blogs as curiosities, or that old standby—personal diaries. They need to get over themselves. Blogs are a new medium, and we’re here to stay. That said, of the supposed 70 million blogs there are perhaps 10,000 with a significant number of readers. My What’s Next Blog gets approximately 10,000 uniques a day. Small potatoes compared to blogs like Boing Boing, that get a million uniques a week, but still respectable, influential, and widely quoted.I’m not going to get into the tired debate over whether bloggers are journalists. Some of us are. Some of us are not. But you can’t put someone who blogs about their cat into the same category as someone whose blog covers industry news or law any more than you can put “Meet the Press” in the same category as “Dancing With the Stars.”The White House Gets InvolvedIn his post, Sullivan noted that the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, which was passed by Congress, did set out death as punishment for the rape of a child. In fact, none of the 10 briefs lawyers filed in the case mentioned a bill Bush signed last September adding child rape to the military death penalty.Like the game of telephone, where the original message is lost, MSM quickly loses mention of the CAAFlog scoop, and credits the Times for the story. Dan Slater on the WSJ Law Blog credits “the NY Time’s Linda Greenhouse, who … thinks she’s caught the Court out on a flaw in its facts.” The L.A. Times blog doesn’t even mention CAAFlog in its post.The issue, with no mention of the CAAFlog, has reached the White House, and the Washington Post writes: “White House press secretary Dana Perino this morning said “The White House was disturbed by the New York Times report that the court’s decision might be based on a mistake…”Likewise, UPI credits the Times for the scoop.Only the American Bar Association blog gets the headline right: “Blogger Points Out Substantial Error in Supreme Court Decision.” EDITOR’S NOTE: Read more at FOLIO:’s Magazine Marketing Excellence Channel … Mainstream media is still scared of bloggers. And they should be. We’re watching them very closely. Every day. Just like they watch us. Only we credit and link to them. Maybe someday they’ll return the courtesy.SEE RELATED POST: Movie Bloggers Call for Boycott of Variety, Hollywood Reporter last_img read more

Video Programming Channing Tatum Star at Hearsts FirstEver NewFronts

Video Programming Channing Tatum Star at Hearsts FirstEver NewFronts

first_img Video content, particularly that produced in concert with Snapchat Discover and Facebook Live, would become a dominant theme throughout the program. If there was one thing Hearst wanted media buyers to take away from its hip, “house party” styled Newfronts presentation atop Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it was that the legacy magazine publisher is committed to reaching millennials. Really, really committed. The shirtless male dance crew that kicked off the evening’s proceedings to the tune of Ginuwine’s “Pony” may have been met with initial confusion from the attendees hastily seeking drink refills from the stage’s adjacent full bars, but all was explained when actor Channing Tatum and Hearst Digital Media SVP Lee Sosin took to the stage to reveal a year-long content partnership between Cosmopolitan and “Magic Mike Live,” a Vegas installation based on the hit films. The exclusive content deal will include multiple video series, Facebook Live broadcasts, Snapchat takeovers, and virtual reality. Snapchat’s VP of content, Nick Bell, lauded Hearst’s embrace of the app’s Discover publishing platform. Expanded content partnerships were revealed, exclusive to Discover, including “SnapHacks,” a series of advice videos covering food, fashion, beauty, and fitness produced by Cosmopolitan; and “The Sweet Guide to a Better Life,” designed to help viewers expand their cultural horizons. Credit: Hearst Magazines Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, touted the company’s massive success in digital video production—over 350 million video views monthly with 100 new videos produced each week—before stating, “If you want to connect with millennial audiences, you need to get Snapchat right.” Other notable video launches in the works include “WhoHaHa,” an original comedy series developed by Cosmopolitan and actor/comedian Elizabeth Banks; Elle.com’s “How Do I Wear That?,” meant to bring the latest runway looks from Paris and Milan into the everyday woman’s closet; Esquire’s “How to Be a Man,” depicting hapless former Cosmo staffer Frank Kobola attempting to carry out “manly” tasks (you see, millennials love rigid gender norms but hate manual labor); Manhood, a documentary series taking a more serious look at what it means to be a man in the 21st century; and “The Younger Games,” following Kelly Deadmon’s irreverant and comedic attempts to look younger. Esquire’s new editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, previewed his new celebrity and style game show, “Who’s That Guy,” which will be broadcast on Facebook Live (Hearst plans to produce over 200 Facebook Live broadcasts each month, according to Todd Haskell, SVP and CRO of Hearst Magazines Digital Media). A sizzle reel followed Tatum’s departure from the stage, depicting the digital initiatives Hearst’s various brands have been taking and culminating in one all-encompassing mantra: “Hearst. We make good sh*t.” For those over-35’s reading this, millennials apparently don’t have time for verbosity or austere decorum. Millennials just want good shit. “The star of every video we make is the person watching it,” said Sosin. “Whether it’s smart service, hilarious comedy, or inspiring journeys, everything is audience-first and built to be shared.” If anything was clear to those taking the 40+ floor elevator descent back to ground level at Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it’s that Hearst knows who its partners want to reach, and it’s doing everything it can to get them there.last_img read more

Twenty One Pilots The Strokes To Headline Lollapalooza Paris In July

Twenty One Pilots The Strokes To Headline Lollapalooza Paris In July

first_img Email Twitter https://twitter.com/lollapaloozafr/status/1088119305022119936 Twenty One Pilots, Strokes Top Lollapalooza Paris twenty-one-pilots-strokes-headline-lollapalooza-paris-july Lollapalooza Paris includes French cuisine, art shows, the Kidzapalooza festival-within-a-festival, as well as the Lolla Planète area dedicated to raising environmental consciousness. Children under 10 accompanied by a ticketholder get in free. Tickets go on sale at the festival website on Jan. 24. Recap: Lollapalooza 2018 With The Recording AcademyRead more Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes To Headline Lollapalooza Paris In July The lineup for the third annual Paris edition of Lollapalooza also includes the 1975, Bad Bunny, Martin Garrix, Jain, and Eric PrydzPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 23, 2019 – 5:19 pm Lollapalooza Paris is heading to the Hippodrome De Longchamp July 20–21 this summer with headliners Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes and GRAMMY winners on the bill for the two-day fest, in addition to Twenty One Pilots, include Clean Bandit and Ben Harper.The 1975 and Martin Garrix will also be playing at the third annual fest. GRAMMY nominees appearing include Bad Bunny, Jain and Eric Prydz. Of course part of the excitement will be getting to know less well known acts. A few that we’ve been following include Gryffin, Jaden Smith, Tash Sultana, and Alison Wonderland. Facebook News last_img read more

Virtual reality game Beat Saber reaches licensing deal with Imagine Dragons

first_img Oculus Virtual Reality Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later Gaming Culture Tags The 10-track Imagine Dragons Music Pack will be available across major platforms like Oculus Quest and Rift.  Beat Saber Imagine Dragons fans and VR gaming nerds could soon be attending the same parties.Beat Saber, an award-winning virtual reality game, will get an Imagine Dragons music pack, Beat Games said Monday. The fast-paced music rhythm game is currently available on major VR platforms, such as Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift devices.The announcement of the expansion pack comes as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, gets underway in Los Angeles. The conference is the video game industry’s biggest event of the year, with updates on major game franchises and consoles. Oculus will demonstrate a new 360-degree level that features the Imagine Dragon’s hit “Believer.” A 360-degree level allows the user to look in all directions of their simulated environment as they would in real life. The 10-track music pack includes songs from the Grammy-winning band’s Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve and Origins albums. The addition of Imagine Dragons songs marks the first time major labels have partnered on an expansion pack for the VR game. Imagine Dragons is on the KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records labels. Players can buy songs individually for $1.99 apiece or purchase the entire package for $12.99. The pack, which goes on sale Monday at 9:15 a.m. PT, will be available on all major VR platforms.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. In the game, players wear VR controllers and slash beats that zoom towards them. A VR headset uses two small lenses to focus images for players and immerse them in the game experience. Players slash red blocks with their left hands and blue ones with their right hands. The game uses music and visual effects to build excitement and has been compared to the VR versions of Guitar Hero or Just Dance. $398 News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber See it 0 Oculus Quest Post a comment Mentioned Above Oculus Quest Share your voicelast_img read more

Report Austin To End Its Bag Ban After Texas Supreme Court Ruling

Report Austin To End Its Bag Ban After Texas Supreme Court Ruling

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneSingle-use bag ban advocates held a press conference before the Texas Supreme Court prior to oral arguments on the legality of Laredo’s ban on Jan. 11, 2018.The city of Austin announced Tuesday it will no longer enforce its ban on plastic bags after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a similar ban in Laredo violated state law, KUT reported.“Following the recent ruling from the Texas Supreme Court, the City will not enforce our current rules,” a spokesperson for the city said in an emailed statement. “While it’s disappointing that the City is losing a tool to help protect the environment, we are also confident that the Austin community will continue to do their best to minimize plastic bag waste.”The court ruled unanimously on June 22 that a state law on solid waste disposal pre-empted Laredo’s local ordinance, resolving a long-standing question over whether local governments are allowed to impose such bans.Cities including Fort Stockton, Port Aransas, and Brownsville had implemented similar bans in recent years, and the court’s decision held that those bans are unenforceable as well. The ruling drew applause from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and criticism from environmental groups.On Monday, Paxton sent letters to 11 cities across the state with plastic bag bans as a reminder that such those ordinances are now “illegal” and “unenforceable.” “Municipalities ignoring this law are unlawfully passing their duty to manage solid waste on to their residents and retailers in violation of settled Texas law,” Paxton wrote in letters to Port Aransas and Brownsville, among others. “A dislike of state law is no justification for a municipality to violate it.”last_img read more

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

first_imgDo More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)While Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties have been identified as some of the most affluent areas in the nation, disproportionate access to resources still hinders many residents.“There is a delicate balance with the pride of who we are as a region,” Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area told the AFRO on June 5. “It comes with the responsibility of taking care of those who are a little less fortunate.”In the spirit of creating a continuum of giving back, in 2013, the United Way NCA created a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign to support the work of local non-profits. Utilizing an online platform, individuals could choose to donate to their favorite participating nonprofits or search for a nonprofit by cause or location.“Girls on the Run DC raised $4,297 from DO More 24,” said Kristen Komlosy, executive director of that organization, which promotes joyful, healthy, and confident fun to a diverse group of girls, more than half of whom are African American.Do More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)“Doing so, allowed us to provide program scholarships to 23 girls who would not have been otherwise able to participate in Girls on the Run,” Komlosy said of her participation in the 2014 giving marathon.On June 4, 612 nonprofits joined in the annual campaign, up from 564 in 2014. Throughout the day, social media pages blasted causes and reasons to contribute.“Give the gift of a soccer uniform & make a kid feel… like a CHAMP!!” tweeted DC Scores, an organization combining poetry, soccer, and service-learning to 1,500 low-income DC youth. Later, the organization’s Twitter page revealed a total $8,568 in donations, translating to 357 uniforms.“Give literature and a lifeline to young men in prison,” tweeted Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, a non-profit that works with District youth who are incarcerated as adults. Free Minds closed the daylong event with $9,222.The top earners included Year Up – National Capital Region, Little Lights Urban Ministries, So Others Might Eat and REBOOT Combat Recovery, all of whom received at least $30,000. In total, over $1.4 million in online donations, cash prizes, bonus funds, and sponsor support was collected among participating organizations.“This is our third year and I think this was probably our most transformative year in terms of the focus being not just on donations, but getting people connected with nonprofits to be able to potentially volunteer,” said Allen-Herring, who spent a portion of the day at Tyson’s Corner Mall filling shoeboxes with toiletries that were then delivered to nonprofits who serve the basic needs of individuals.“One of the things that really got me excited was to see a group of volunteers who had disabilities – or different abilities – come in and volunteer for someone else,” she said. “It really just brought home the message that we could all do something. Everybody doesn’t have to be an expert in something, everyone doesn’t have to be rich, everyone doesn’t have to have a specific set of skills but everyone has something that they can do.”To learn more about the campaign and get involved in next year’s festivities, visit www.domore24.org.last_img read more