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