Emily Bell
Emily Bell
Prof at Columbia J School. Director - Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School. Writes for: @CJR @Guardian also co-host @trickypodcastSource
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Emily Bell: How tech platforms decide what counts as journalism

Emily Bell: How tech platforms decide what counts as journalism

In the aftermath of the deadly Capitol insurrection, technology platforms were forced to acknowledge their role in poisoning the media atmosphere, as the principal distributors of digital news and the sources of so much misinformation. Facebook, Twitter, and Google acted as they never had before: Twitter flagged Donald Trump’s incendiary lies, removed some posts, then suspended his account; Facebook banned him for inciting violence. Overnight, Web hosting services dropped Parler, a social network popular among right-wing extremists. The platforms that had delivered and sustained a toxic...

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Media amnesia and the Facebook News Tab

Media amnesia and the Facebook News Tab

It would be nice to know the exact story that brought Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp, onto the stage of New York’s Paley Center with his new partner in journalism, Mark Zuckerberg. On Friday, the two men—one young, in a sweater and sneakers; the other older, in a tailored suit and shiny shoes—sat before a packed crowd of slightly over-excited Facebook employees and slightly underwhelmed journalists. It was Camp David for peace between the most truculent old media empire and one of its most noxious disruptors. Cue spotty applause. Serious questions hung, unasked, in the air:...

October 26, 2019
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The New York Times's success lays bare the media's disastrous state | Emily Bell

The New York Times's success lays bare the media's disastrous state | Emily Bell

he financial health of journalism has been deteriorating in such an acute way that every spit and cough emanating from its institutions is anxiously pored over to ascertain whether it’s a death rattle or a sign of miraculous recovery. An outcome few would have predicted for the future of media has been the resilience of a handful of decidedly old-fashioned legacy institutions, at the cost of the shrinking of the supposedly more innovative digital players.The new gatekeepers of the global media, which are mostly American and Chinese mega-platforms such as Facebook, WeChat, YouTube, Google,...

February 9, 2020
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