Media Hits: December 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


ADWEEK: “Delaware Court Judge Rejects Fox News’ Motion to Dismiss Dominion’s Defamation Lawsuit

REUTERS: “Special Report: Pro-Trump news site targets election workers, inspiring wave of menace

“I was struck by some of the judge’s candid analysis including stating that it ‘is reasonably conceivable that Fox’s reporting was inaccurate.’ But we are still at the preliminary phase here and this case is still very far away from a conclusion and we’ll await Fox’s full substantive defense and presentation of additional evidence and pleadings.”

Roy Gutterman
ADWEEK: “Delaware Court Judge Rejects Fox News’ Motion to Dismiss Dominion’s Defamation Lawsuit

NEW YORK TIMES: “A $550 million Springsteen Deal? It’s Glory Days for Catalog Sales

Media Hits: November 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


Makana Chock

Associate Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

Director
EXTENDED REALITY LAB

SPECTRUM LOCAL NEWS: “Why it’s best to talk with kids about what they’re viewing online

“Part of the socialization process, part of talking and communicating with friends, is via social media… But in consequence, when you see the content, here is almost a potential for not understanding the consequences of that kind of content, how someone can actually get hurt.”

Makana Chock
SPECTRUM LOCAL NEWS: “Why it’s best to talk with kids about what they’re viewing online

Beth Egan

Associate Professor
ADVERTISING

Co-Director
WEISS CENTER FOR SOCIAL COMMERCE

CNN: “Big Tech television ads paint a rosy picture of a problematic industry

“It’s a societal shift, primarily driven by Gen Z, really focusing on ‘I’m going to put my money where my mouth is, I’m not going to purchase from companies who aren’t exhibiting and treating their employees the right way.'”

Beth egan
CNN: “Big Tech television ads paint a rosy picture of a problematic industry

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “Rittenhouse judge kicks out MSNBC for allegedly following jury bus

“While the public has an important right of access to a criminal trial and the press have a First Amendment right to attend and report on judicial proceedings, the allegations here could certainly cross the line of propriety.”

Roy Gutterman
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “Rittenhouse judge kicks out MSNBC for allegedly following jury bus

Eric Grode

Director
GOLDRING ARTS JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS

Associate Professor
ARTS JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS

Associate Professor
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “20 Stephen Sondheim Songs to Listen to Right Now” (author)


Daniela Molta

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

YAHOO! FINANCE: “Facebook’s metaverse will still track your every move

“The way I think about it is these are all new touch points that can inform the profiles that they build around all of their users and the accounts today. That’s going to be massive for them because it’s going to create this new unique way that they can essentially target audiences.”

Daniela Molta
YAHOO! FINANCE: “Facebook’s metaverse will still track your every move

Rebecca Ortiz

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

BUZZFEED NEWS: “Women Are Sharing Stories Online About Sex With Celebrities

WAER: “CNY Health Communication Expert Hopeful For Vaccination Participation Among Young Children

“Somebody with power [is] going to be able to use that power against anybody who is accusing them. … To gain any power back, you have to sometimes go into these anonymous ‘unverified spaces’ because you’re not being heard anywhere else.”

rebecca ortiz
BUZZFEED NEWS: “Women Are Sharing Stories Online About Sex With Celebrities

Media Hits: October 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


Beth Egan

Associate Professor
ADVERTISING

Co-director
WEISS CENTER FOR SOCIAL COMMERCE

VALUEPENGUIN.COM: “Expert Insights to Help You Make Smarter Financial Decisions

Jennifer Grygiel

Associate Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

WASHINGTON POST: “New political ad strategy in Virginia: Promoting news articles in Google search results

WASHINGTON POST: “People or profit? Facebook papers show deep conflict within

USA TODAY: “Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Whistleblower, leaked documents paint a ‘false picture’ of company

NEW YORK TIMES: “Facebook Renames Itself Meta

“Ultimately, it rests with Mark and whatever his prerogative is—and it has always been to grow, to increase his power and his reach.”

Jennifer grygiel
WASHINGTON POST: “People or profit? Facebook papers show deep conflict within

Shaina Holmes

Assistant Professor
TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILM

POST PERSPECTIVE: “Shaina Holmes on Creating VFX for Indie Film ‘Looks That Kill‘”

Carol Liebler

Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: “Acknowledging ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: “The circular reckoning over ‘missing white woman syndrome’

LA TIMES: “Gabby Petito and one way to break media’s ‘missing white woman syndrome’

“Police have way too much influence in determining which missing people the news media cover. They are real gatekeepers in that regard.”

CAROL LIEBLER
LA TIMES: “Gabby Petito and one way to break media’s ‘missing white woman syndrome’

Shelly Palmer

Advanced Media Professor in Residence
NEW MEDIA MANAGEMENT

GOOD DAY NEW YORK: “Facebook Went Down. What Happened?

“One of the things everybody should know is that it had zero to do with user information. This was just infrastructure configuration that went horribly wrong.”

SHELLY PALMER
GOOD DAY NEW YORK: “Facebook Went Down. What Happened?

Robert Thompson

Trustee Professor
TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILM

Director
BLEIER CENTER FOR TELEVISION AND POPULAR CULTURE

THE GUARDIAN: “‘Hilarious and very honest’: Katie Couric casts off her perky persona in her new memoir

“Even when she was at the top of her game, there was a sense that the ways she was being described and therefore judged in gender-specific terms typical of a sexist TV news industry. The perky, friendly image of a person you could talk to across the backyard fence is something she has long tried to dispel.”

Robert Thompson
THE GUARDIAN: “‘Hilarious and very honest’: Katie Couric casts off her perky persona in her new memoir

Stevens publishes book on designing for extended reality

Renée Stevens and the book cover
Assistant professor of visual communications Renée Stevens and the cover of “Designing Immersive 3D Experiences.”

Renée Stevens, associate chair and assistant professor of visual communications, is an award-winning motion and augmented-reality (AR) designer, educator and public speaker whose creative research explores how AR can help overcome learning disabilities. Her new textbook, “Designing Immersive 3D Experiences,” was published by Peachpit Press in July. We sat down with Stevens to ask a few questions about her new book.

What inspired you to write this book?

This book was created out of a need in the design industry. I was looking for a book I could recommend to designers getting into the extended reality (XR), but there wasn’t one. There are books for developers and for people who wanted to know more about the technology, but none created from the design perspective. For mass adoption of XR to occur, designers need to be working with programmers to create immersive interactions that focus on the user experience. This book was written in that space.

How is designing for 3D and extended reality different from other kinds of design work?

The foundation and theories of design remain the same as they apply to everything you design. However, when you add a third dimension to your space, you have new problems and relationships to solve. Within augmented reality (AR) there are parts of the experience you can’t control. The background and the lighting are just two examples that will be dynamic since they are controlled by each individual user. You have to learn to design for the uncontrollable and allow the user to personalize their experience to best suit their needs. On the other end of that, one of the biggest benefits of creating an experience in XR is the multiple modalities that you can engage. Instead of just seeing information a user can touch it, move it, hear it, and in some cases even smell it.

What is your best advice for young designers interested in learning about 3D and extended reality designing?

Try it. The best way to really learn about it is to use the technology and see first hand what some of the challenges are, and what the experience is like for you as a new user. Try some applications and experiences that exist currently. Then take notes on what you liked and what you didn’t like. From there you can begin to work out ways to design experiences that continue to get better and better. The second piece of advice I have is to start to think in 3D by creating for real physical objects. Design packaging for a product and make a paper prototype with your design wrapped around it that you can hold in your hands. This way you can start to experience and evaluate designing every plane.

Designing Immersive 3D Experiences” is available now from Peachpit Press.

Media Hits: September 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


POYNTER: “Journalists who question objectivity still value truth-telling, study finds” (co-authors)


Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

ABC NEWS: “Time, misinfo complicate teaching 9/11 to kids born after it

“Conspiracy theories take root when there are unknowns, and there were so many unknowns about that day. In the absence of information, people go online. And what do they find? It depends.”

Jennifer Grygiel
ABC NEWS: “Time, misinfo complicate teaching 9/11 to kids born after it

BLOOMBERG: “Trump Suit Against N.Y. Times, Niece a ‘Stunt,’ Lawyer Says

““The Supreme Court has acknowledged that reporters can rely on leaked materials as long as they did not break to law to get them. There is not a scintilla of evidence that the Times broke the law to collect this information.””

Roy Gutterman
BLOOMBERG: “Trump Suit Against N.Y. Times, Niece a ‘Stunt,’ Lawyer Says

GV WIRE: “‘Hijacked’ or On Course? Future of Fresno’s Troubled Public TV Outlet Questioned

MOTHER JONES: “Slow News Is Good News

“[Attempts to cut off funding] almost always came from criticism from the right about the left and that public broadcasting is very liberal and they don’t take the conservative point of view on anything. So it is kind of ironic, especially in California, that it would be the other way around,””

Joel Kaplan
GV WIRE: “‘Hijacked’ or On Course? Future of Fresno’s Troubled Public TV Outlet Questioned

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: “After a summer of conflict, UNC seeks a new journalism dean. How appealing is the job?

“In many ways, if there’s a silver lining it’s that all the stones have been turned over by now.”

MARK LODATO
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: “After a summer of conflict, UNC seeks a new journalism dean. How appealing is the job?

Dan Pacheco

Professor of Practice
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation

CNN BUSINESS: “Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash

“This is really about the problem of what I call the boneyard of the internet. Everything that’s not a piece of text or a flat picture is basically destined to rot and die when new methods of delivering the content replace it. I just feel like the internet is rotting at an even faster pace, ironically, because of innovation. It shouldn’t.”

dan pacheco
CNN BUSINESS: “Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash

FINANCIAL TIMES: “The last mogul: an interview with Universal Music’s Lucian Grainge

Media Hits: August 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


Jennifer Grygiel

Associate Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Misinformation at public forums vexes local boards, big tech

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Facebook shared new data about what’s popular on its platform. The answers are deeply weird.”

FAST COMPANY: “TikTok hits the big time: The MLA Handbook has decided how to cite it in academic works

“Anytime there is a public arena—a city council hearing, a school board meeting, a public park—the public has the opportunity to potentially spread misinformation. What’s changed is it used to stay local.”

Jennifer Grygiel
ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Misinformation at public forums vexes local boards, big tech

Roy Gutterman

Director
TULLY CENTER FOR FREE SPEECH

Associate Professor
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Associate Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

SYRACUSE.COM: “Harry Rosenfeld, editor behind Watergate, knew how fragile the world is” (author)

“Rosenfeld might be more responsible for the Watergate coverage than anyone else at the paper. He was the editor who hired Woodward after the reporter pestered him for a year and, according to his memoir, likely saved Bernstein from being fired.”

ROY GUTTERMAN
SYRACUSE.COM: “Harry Rosenfeld, editor behind Watergate, knew how fragile the world is” (author)

Daniela Molta

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

AD AGE: “Putting consumers first means protecting their data: Opinion” (author) (subscription required)


Rebecca Ortiz

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

WASHINGTON POST: “The FAA’s new weapon in the fight against unruly passengers: Memes

“You have to run this up the ladder; you have to make sure that everybody who might have to answer for this is comfortable with what they’re putting out. Usually that’s where creativity gets stifled.”

Rebecca ortiz
WASHINGTON POST: “The FAA’s new weapon in the fight against unruly passengers: Memes

Brian Sheehan

Professor
ADVERTISING

FAST COMPANY: “The Olympics are always a schlockfest, but these ads are actually great

“For brands like Nike, which have a history of inspiring all kinds of athletes and taking on social issues in the process, they still ring true. For others, not so much.”

brian sheehan
FAST COMPANY: “The Olympics are always a schlockfest, but these ads are actually great

Robert Thompson

Trustee Professor
TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILM

Director
BLEIER CENTER FOR TELEVISION AND POPULAR CULTURE

PBS: “In a pandemic Olympics without all the crowds, what gets lost?

“The audience in the venue is no longer the economics. The media is the economics.”

Robert Thompson
PBS:”In a pandemic Olympics without all the crowds, what gets lost?

Media Hits: July 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:

NEW YORK TIMES: “The chief executive of Teneo, an influential advisory firm, steps down

“This one is especially challenging because the firm and Mr. Kelly are in the business. This is like a celebrity chef who burns dinner on a global broadcast.”

ANTHONY D’ANGELO
NEW YORK TIMES: “The chief executive of Teneo, an influential advisory firm, steps down

Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

NEW HUMANIST: “The rise of the truth industry

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: “Can Trump prevail in his lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook? The odds are not in his favor

“Facebook essentially enables disinformation.”

Jennifer Grygiel
NEW HUMANIST: “The rise of the truth industry

NO FILM SCHOOL: “Master the Art of the Impossible with Advice from VFX Expert Shaina Holmes

“Most of the work I do is invisible. If I do my job, right, then you shouldn’t know that I touched it.”

shaina holmes
NO FILM SCHOOL: “Master the Art of the Impossible with Advice from VFX Expert Shaina Holmes

WASHINGTON POST: “Trump allies ask judge to dismiss lawsuits over false claims that Dominion voting machines were rigged

AXIOS: “Experts say Trump’s social media lawsuits are likely doomed

SYRACUSE.COM: “Supreme Court boosts more than just a cheerleader’s free speech” (author)

“This court decision is a win not only for a single cheerleader and students everywhere, but also for the democracy itself.”

Roy Gutterman
SYRACUSE.COM: “Supreme Court boosts more than just a cheerleader’s free speech

Rebecca Ortiz

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

ABC6 (COLUMBUS): “Biden touts ‘door-to-door’ vaccine outreach amid growing concerns over variants

AZCENTRAL.COM: “States are spending millions of dollars on lottery prizes to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. But is it working?

““We’re talking about people who, if the source isn’t right and the message isn’t right to them, they’re not going to get vaccinated.”

rebecca ortiz
ABC6 (COLUMBUS): “Biden touts ‘door-to-door’ vaccine outreach amid growing concerns over variants

FORBES: “The Search For A New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Has Gone On Long Enough

“Part of the job of being a good game show host is to make it look effortless, but it isn’t.”

ROBERT THOMPSON
FORBES: “The Search For A New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Has Gone On Long Enough

Media Hits: June 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


DIVIDED WE FALL: “‘Or of the Press’: A Deeper Look into the History of the Free Press

“The surreptitious and illegal surveillance of the press mirrors the actions of dictators and authoritarian rulers. It also harkens back to a Nixonian enemies list, which included many journalists.”

Roy Gutterman
DIVIDED WE FALL: “‘Or of the Press’: A Deeper Look into the History of the Free Press

Media Hits: May 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


Jennifer Grygiel

Assistant Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

USA TODAY: “‘The bar is low for the social media industry’: Top platforms are unsafe for LGBTQ community, new report says

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: “Philip DeFranco and the power of news-influencers

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “British Political Veteran Steers Facebook’s Trump Decision

1A: “Trump’s Bid To Rejoin Facebook Is Vetoed

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Five things to know about Trump’s Facebook ban

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: “Off-Label: How tech platforms decide what counts as journalism

“The whole thing is like a giant charade, a game. If anything this board is drawing away attention from the real issue of the risks of government use of social media.”

Jennifer Grygiel
THE WASHINGTON POST: “Five things to know about Trump’s Facebook ban

Jim Olson

Research Associate Professor
TRANSACTIONAL RECORDS ACCESS CLEARINGHOUSE

PR WEEK: “Inside the launch of Avelo, America’s newest airline

“A new airline comes along once every 15 to 20 years, so helping to launch a new airline is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

JIM OLSON
PR WEEK: “Inside the launch of Avelo, America’s newest airline

Media Hits: April 2021

Every month, media outlets around the world consult with the experts at the Newhouse School for context on what’s happening in communications and why. Here are some of this month’s stories:


WASHINGTON POST: “Investors are flocking to video gaming, but be wary of esports, SPACs, advisors say

““SPAC is a tool, like any tool, for a capital intensive and high growth company.”

SEAN BRANAGAN
WASHINGTON POST: “Investors are flocking to video gaming, but be wary of esports, SPACs, advisors say

Makana Chock

Associate Professor
COMMUNICATIONS

INSIDER.COM: “The controversy over Khloé Kardashian’s unedited bikini photo exposes the ugly reality of social media


CNY CENTRAL: “How Cuomo brothers have blurred lines of journalism ethics

“It’s hard to convince a viewer that you’re really objective, that you’re really neutral when the source that you’re interviewing is someone you have a close personal relationship with.”

Shelvia dancy
CNY CENTRAL: “How Cuomo brothers have blurred lines of journalism ethics

THE GUARDIAN: “Why aren’t we calling the Capitol attack an act of treason?

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The lighter days of CNN’s Cuomo Brothers show are long gone

THE WASHINGTON POST: “Fox News sued by Dominion in $1.6 billion defamation case that could set new guardrails for broadcasters

““It’s Journalism 101. We tell our students you shouldn’t interview your family and friends.””

Roy Gutterman
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The lighter days of CNN’s Cuomo Brothers show are long gone

Brad Horn

Professor of Practice
PUBLIC RELATIONS

CNY CENTRAL: “A public relations expert weighs in on Governor Cuomo’s apology

“I think what’s happened is the governor has left the door open for his critics to fill the space and time with more attacks and with more critique on his lack of response.”

BRAD HORN
CNY CENTRAL: “A public relations expert weighs in on Governor Cuomo’s apology

Joel Kaplan

Professor
MAGAZINE, NEWS AND DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Associate Dean
GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

CNN BUSINESS: “The media is slashing jobs again as the Trump news cycle fades and the economy struggles

“In 2019, [the industry] was going in that direction, down, down, down. Really, it got a year reprieve. You can’t run against the curve. You can’t push against the tsunami that’s coming toward you.”

JOEL KAPLAN
CNN BUSINESS: “The media is slashing jobs again as the Trump news cycle fades and the economy struggles

Austin Kocher

Research Associate Professor
TRANSACTIONAL RECORDS ACCESS CLEARINGHOUSE

THE CONVERSATION: “Biden ends policy forcing asylum-seekers to ‘remain in Mexico’ – but for 41,247 migrants, it’s too late” (author)

VICE: “‘We Are So Happy’: Migrants Stranded by Trump Are Finally Entering the US

TALKING IMMIGRATION (podcast): “Immigration by the Numbers

“Although some people with pending cases may have given up after waiting for their hearing or due to violence in northern Mexico, it remains a legal and moral imperative that the U.S. government abide by national and international refugee law and provide these individuals with an opportunity to request asylum.”

AUSTIN KOCHER
VICE: “‘We Are So Happy’: Migrants Stranded by Trump Are Finally Entering the US

Rebecca Ortiz

Assistant Professor
ADVERTISING

ABC NEWS: “Explosion in New Hampshire quarry latest gender-reveal stunt gone wrong

USA TODAY: “Have a loved one who doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how to talk to them.”

“People have these concerns about side effects and safety, and it’s perfectly normal to have those concerns. If we build a space where we can have conversations … the resistant people are more willing to hear from their loved ones.”

REBECCA ORTIZ
USA TODAY: “Have a loved one who doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how to talk to them.”

Evan Smith

Professor
TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILM

SCRIPT MAGAZINE: “COMEDY WRITING: Fine-Tuning Flaws to Make Characters Timely” (column author)


THE GUARDIAN: “A symbolic moment’: Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview marks turning point

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Ratings: Oprah Interview Draws 17.1 Million Viewers” (subscription required)

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “‘WandaVision,’ a sitcom sendup, was a pandemic parable, too

USA TODAY: “‘WandaVision’s’ grieving Elizabeth Olsen gave a world in pandemic exactly what it needed

MUJERHOY: “La fortuna de los Obama

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “‘Biden-isms’: A stumble-prone president battles perceptions about his age

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “In Australia, Hollywood Stars Have Found an Escape From the Virus. Who’s Jealous?

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The long game: COVID changed the way we play, watch, cheer

DESERET NEWS: “Fox versus Newsmax and the future of ‘Trump TV’

KCBS RADIO: “What Will Be the Future For Movie Theaters?

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “Nips and poops: Biden dogs cause ‘Major’ headaches

ORLANDO SENTINEL: “Walt Disney World’s Orange Bird quietly surges in popularity” (subscription required)

KSRO RADIO: “Robert Thompson On Petitiono To Removew Dr. Oz From Jeopardy Hosting Job

“This really is a show about grief. .. It demonstrates once again that one can use this giant, generic construct (the MCU) that includes people with superpowers and do just about anything in it. And do just about anything well.”

RoberT Thompson
USA TODAY: “‘WandaVision’s’ grieving Elizabeth Olsen gave a world in pandemic exactly what it needed

Bill Werde

Director
BANDIER PROGRAM IN RECORDING AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

Co-director
AUDIO ARTS

LOS ANGELES TIMES: “Does Spotify pay artists a fair rate? Here’s what musicians, managers and Apple Music have to say

“When you look at the big picture of the music industry over the last 10 or 15 years, Spotify saved the music business. Before there was streaming, the business had lost revenue for 15 straight years. Once streaming took hold, those losses flattened out. Now, over the last four or so years we’ve seen growth.”

BILL WERDE
LOS ANGELES TIMES: “Does Spotify pay artists a fair rate? Here’s what musicians, managers and Apple Music have to say