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📆 Today is April 05. 🕰️ Local time — 22:12. Take a look at some news about media to read and listen.

Evening News

18:49 ️️ 🌃 Netflix’s Approach Shifts, Pushing Content That Can ‘Pop’

Netflix has been investing heavily in marketing to reach a wider audience, especially overseas. The streaming giant has been expanding its presence in international markets, offering localized content and marketing strategies. This has allowed Netflix to maintain its growth and become the world’s leading streaming service, with over 200 million subscribers.

🔗 Read more at NYT > Business > Media

18:42 ️️ 🌃 Local NewsMatch funders outpaced national donors for the first time in 2022

In 2022, local funders of nonprofit newsrooms outpaced national donors for the first time ever. According to the Knight Foundation, local philanthropy made up 32% of $90 million given to the NewsMatch program, while national foundations granted only 28%. This surge in local giving emphasizes the importance of the newsroom-community connection, with individuals and local organizations investing in their local newsrooms to ensure reliable access to quality journalism.

🔗 Read more at Nieman Lab

18:34 ️️ 🌃 A few other suggested changes in how Elon Musk’s Twitter describes “state-affiliated” businesses

Elon Musk recently made changes to his Twitter page to include a disclaimer about the state-affiliated businesses that his companies are associated with. The article suggests a few additional changes, such as adding a link to the page of each associated business, as well as clarifying the nature of the business relationships. This would provide more transparency, allowing the public to access more information about the companies and their associations to state-run organizations. Such changes would help to improve accountability and public trust in Musk’s businesses.

🔗 Read more at Nieman Lab

18:21 ️️ 🌃 How a Tiny Literary Magazine Became a Springboard for Great Irish Writing

The Stinging Fly, Ireland’s preeminent literary magazine, has been a vital force in Irish literature since 1997. In addition to publishing work from some of the most celebrated Irish authors, the magazine is also a platform for emerging writers and poets. Over the past two decades, The Stinging Fly has become a crucial part of the Irish literary landscape and continues to bring an array of diverse voices and perspectives to the public.

🔗 Read more at NYT > Business > Media

16:40 ️️ 🌃 Who Is Ann Lesley Smith, Rupert Murdoch’s Two-Week Fiancée?

Rupert Murdoch, the Australian media mogul, announced his engagement to Ann Lesley Smith, a former model and actress from Wales. The couple became engaged in March after a year and half of dating. They are planning to wed in the coming months, with details of the ceremony yet to be announced.

🔗 Read more at NYT > Business > Media

16:19 ️️ 🌃 UK’s first awards scheme for freelance journalists opens

The UK’s first awards scheme for freelance journalists has been launched in order to recognize and promote those who are making an impact in the industry. The awards will be run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and are open to all freelance journalists who are based in the UK, regardless of nationality. Winners will receive mentoring and bespoke training, as well as a £2,000 prize and recognition at the NCTJ’s annual awards ceremony.

🔗 Read more at Journalism.co.uk

15:22 ️️ 🌃 Bauer sells Trout & Salmon to Fieldsports Press

Bauer Media has sold Trout & Salmon and Fieldsports magazine to Fieldsports Press Ltd. The two titles have become part of the UK-based publisher’s portfolio, with the deal marking Bauer’s exit from angling publishing. Fieldsports Press Ltd will now be responsible for the future of Trout & Salmon and Fieldsports magazine, with both titles continuing to focus on angling and shooting news.

🔗 Read more at Press Gazette

14:38 ️️ 🌃 Prince Harry to give evidence in Mirror Group Newspapers hacking case

Prince Harry is set to give evidence in the trial of a former journalist accused of unlawfully intercepting voicemails. The Duke of Sussex has been listed as a witness in the case against former Sunday Mirror journalist Graham Johnson, who is accused of hacking into the voicemails of public figures. Johnson has denied the charges, which date back to between 2001 and 2006, and is due to stand trial in October.

🔗 Read more at Press Gazette

12:41 ️️ 🌃 Sale of DC Thomson magazine arm Aceville saves about 30 jobs

DC Thomson, the company behind the Beano and the Sunday Post, has acquired Aceville Publications Ltd, a specialist magazine publisher. The deal will add thirteen titles to the group’s existing portfolio, including craft and cake-decorating magazines. The acquisition is part of DC Thomson’s strategy to diversify its publishing portfolio and expand into new markets.

🔗 Read more at Press Gazette

12:28 ️️ 🌃 For Once, Donald Trump Did Not Enjoy the Show

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been formally arraigned in a federal court in New York City. Trump is facing charges of obstruction of justice and tax fraud stemming from his time in office. He has pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial on these charges. This arraignment marks a historic moment, as Trump is the first president to be formally charged while still in office.

🔗 Read more at NYT > Business > Media

12:06 ️️ 🌃 How global media is reacting to Trump’s indictment

The news of former U.S. President Donald Trump being indicted by the Justice Department has been met with a range of reactions from media outlets around the world. In the U.S., many outlets have focused on the legal implications of the indictment and the potential consequences for Trump. Outside of the U.S., reactions have been more broadly linked to the potential political implications of the indictment. Views have been particularly divided in the European Union, where some countries have seen the indictment as a warning to those in power while others have seen it as a sign of America’s declining power.

🔗 Read more at Semafor Media

12:05 ️️ 🌃 XR Distributor Diversion Cinema Picks Up Venice Winner ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Leave,’ Upcoming Doc ’21-22 USA’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Diversion Cinema’s ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Leave’ is a feature-length documentary about the story of a man who has been living in the United States for 21 years. The documentary follows his journey as he faces deportation and struggles to come to terms with leaving his home and family. Through his story, the documentary delivers a powerful message about the impact of immigration policies on people’s lives.

🔗 Read more at Variety Digital

12:05 ️️ 🌃 NewImages XR Market Blazes International Trails

XR technology is rapidly gaining traction in the market and is expected to become a $160 billion industry by 2023. According to a new report, the global XR market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 50% from 2019 to 2023. With the rapid advancement of XR technology, it is forecasted that XR will become an integral part of the global economy in the near future.

🔗 Read more at Variety Digital

12:05 ️️ 🌃 NewImages Hub Offers Paris Full Time XR Lab

NewImages XR Lab, a cutting edge virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) lab based in Paris, is offering immersive experiences to visitors. It is the first of its kind in Europe and provides a platform to showcase innovative projects from all over the world. The lab, which opened in late 2020, offers a variety of interactive experiences for the public ranging from video, audio, gaming and even interactive storytelling.

🔗 Read more at Variety Digital

12:05 ️️ 🌃 XR Festival NewImages Offers Protean Industry a Public Face

The XR Festival at NewImages has emerged as one of the world’s premier destination for immersive content. The three-day event, which takes place annually in Paris, France, brings together some of the most innovative and creative minds in virtual, augmented and mixed reality. The festival offers a platform for industry professionals, filmmakers and content creators to showcase their work and explore the latest developments in immersive technology.

🔗 Read more at Variety Digital

09:00 ️️ 🌃 ‘Jailbirds’ Director Thomas Villepoux to Adapt VR Series into Feature (EXCLUSIVE)

The film “Jailbirds” by Thomas Villepoux is a feature debut that has been officially selected for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. This project is a French-Belgian co-production that follows the story of a young woman named Sarah who begins to take back control of her life after her release from prison. Moving yet heartwarming, this movie is sure to be a crowd-pleaser as it highlights the resilience of the human spirit in the face of hardship.

🔗 Read more at Variety Digital

09:00 ️️ 🌃 Mario Is Moving Away From Mobile Games, Reveals Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto (EXCLUSIVE)

Shigeru Miyamoto, the video game designer of Nintendo, has announced that the company will be releasing new Mario games and mobile apps. Miyamoto has stated that he is looking forward to creating new ways for players to enjoy the Mario franchise. He has also emphasized the importance of expanding the reach of Nintendo’s famous characters, such as Mario, to a wider audience.

🔗 Read more at Variety Digital

08:53 ️️ 🌃 Inside Alastair Stewart’s GB News send-off to mark his retirement from regular broadcasting

Alastair Stewart has announced his retirement from his role as the GB News presenter. According to a statement from Nick Pollard, the channel’s Chairman, Stewart is leaving following a “misjudgment”. The incident, which is being reviewed by an independent committee, has been described as a “breach of editorial standards”. Stewart has expressed his “deep regret” for any offence caused and thanked viewers for their support over the years.

🔗 Read more at Press Gazette

08:14 ️️ 🌃 Google core update in March has ‘comparatively mild’ impact on news publishers

Google has recently released its latest core algorithm update, which looks to make changes to the way content is ranked and displayed on the search engine. This update is specifically aimed at content produced by news publishers, and is likely to have an impact on the visibility of such content in the search results. It will be interesting to see the long-term effects of this update on the visibility of news publishers, as well as any potential changes to their content strategies.

🔗 Read more at Press Gazette

08:00 ️️ 🌃 How one publisher is trying to tackle journalism’s diversity problem

The article discusses the issue of diversity in journalism and how it can be improved. It states that the problem is compounded by the lack of diversity in newsroom leadership, and the lack of understanding of cultural issues and unconscious bias that can lead to underrepresentation of minority groups. It suggests that publishers should challenge themselves to review their practices, policies and processes to ensure they are encouraging a diverse and inclusive newsroom.

🔗 Read more at Press Gazette

00:00 ️️ 🌃 Don’t underestimate Russian propaganda

The article discusses how Russia has become increasingly successful in its attempts to spread disinformation and propaganda through a variety of methods. It highlights how Russia has used its influence to manipulate Western media and influence public opinion, often in ways that are difficult to detect. By using a combination of sophisticated psychological tactics, Russia has been able to effectively target vulnerable populations and influence the global discourse on important topics.

🔗 Read more at The Fix

00:00 ️️ 🌃 Deepfakes, GANs and how to deal with them – lessons from the fake Trump arrest pictures 

The recent emergence of deepfakes has caused much alarm in the media and amongst the public. This article looks at the use of Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to create deepfakes, and the implications this has for the future. It considers the case of a hoax picture of US President Trump being arrested, and looks at how this type of image can be detected and countered in the future.

🔗 Read more at The Fix



PART 1 It’s one of the least polite questions one can pose at any media gathering: “How did your parents’ success in media affect your own career?” For months, we’ve been asking it of people who’ve traversed familial paths. Some replied tersely (“pass, thanks”), others declined to comment with kindness or never replied at all

🔗 Read more at The Fine Print

15:32 ️️️✉️ The Globe’s long-awaited New Hampshire initiative finally goes live

How many times can you announce a launch? In the case of The Boston Globe’s New Hampshire edition, the answer appears to be: twice. Several months after the news leaked out, the Globe today is formally unveiling its digital initiative in the Granite State, emulating its current efforts in Rhode Island

🔗 Read more at Media Nation


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10:49 🎙️️ ARIAs, Radio Days Europe & RadioGPT

Host Matt brings you the gossip and backstage chatter LIVE from the 2023 Audio & Radio Industry Awards Nominations! Fresh from Radio Days Prague, Rebecca Grisedale-Sherry (Freelance Audio and Digital Producer) and Paul Des (Greatest Hits Radio Presenter & Exec Producer Content Works), share their highlights and insights from this year’s conference. Straight from the […]

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