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One of the hallmarks of democratic society is a healthy, free-flowing media ecosystem.

In times past, that media ecosystem would include various mass media outlets, from newspapers to cable TV networks. Today, the internet and social media platforms have greatly expanded the scope and reach of communication within society.

Of course, journalism plays a key role within that ecosystem. High quality journalism and the unprecedented transparency of social media keeps power structures in check—and sometimes, these forces can drive genuine societal change. Reporters bring us news from the front lines of conflict, and uncover hard truths through investigative journalism.

That said, these positive impacts are sometimes overshadowed by harmful practices and negative externalities occurring in the media ecosystem.

Many of the problems are easy to understand once they’re identified. However, in some cases, there is an interplay between these issues that is worth digging into.Below are a few of those instances.

Explicit Bias vs. Implicit Bias

Broadly speaking, bias in media breaks down into two types: explicit and implicit.

Publishers with explicit biases will overtly dictate the types of stories that are covered in their publications and control the framing of those stories. They usually have a political or ideological leaning, and these outlets will use narrative fallacies or false balance in an effort to push their own agenda.

Unintentional filtering or skewing of information is referred to as implicit bias, and this can manifest in a few different ways. For example, a publication may turn a blind eye to a topic or issue because it would paint an advertiser in a bad light. These are called no fly zones, and given the financial struggles of the news industry, these no fly zones are becoming increasingly treacherous territory.

Misinformation vs. Disinformation

Both of these terms imply that information being shared is not factually sound. The key difference is that misinformation is unintentional, and disinformation is deliberately created to deceive people.

Fake news stories, and concepts like deepfakes, fall into the latter category. We broke down the entire spectrum of fake news and how to spot it, in a previous infographic.

Simplify, Simplify

Mass media and social feeds are the ultimate Darwinistic scenario for ideas.

Through social media, stories are shared widely by many participants, and the most compelling framing usually wins out. More often than not, it’s the pithy, provocative posts that spread the furthest. This process strips context away from an idea, potentially warping its meaning.

Video clips shared on social platforms are a prime example of context stripping in action. An (often shocking) event occurs, and it generates a massive amount of discussion despite the complete lack of context.

This unintentionally encourages viewers to stereotype the persons in the video and bring our own preconceived ideas to the table to help fill in the gaps.

Members of the media are also looking for punchy story angles to capture attention and prove the point they’re making in an article. This can lead to cherrypicking facts and ideas. Cherrypicking is especially problematic because the facts are often correct, so they make sense at face value, however, they lack important context.

Simplified models of the world make for compelling narratives, like good-vs-evil, but situations are often far more complex than what meets the eye.

The News Media Squeeze

It’s no secret that journalism is facing lean times. Newsrooms are operating with much smaller teams and budgets, and one result is ‘churnalism’. This term refers to the practice of publishing articles directly from wire services and public relations releases.

Churnalism not only replaces more rigorous forms of reporting—but also acts as an avenue for advertising and propaganda that is harder to distinguish from the news.

The increased sense of urgency to drive revenue is causing other problems as well. High-quality content is increasingly being hidden behind paywalls.

The end result is a two-tiered system, with subscribers receiving thoughtful, high-quality news, and everyone else accessing shallow or sensationalized content. That everyone else isn’t just people with lower incomes, it also largely includes younger people. The average age of today’s paid news subscriber is 50 years old, raising questions about the future of the subscription business model.

For outlets that rely on advertising, desperate times have called for desperate measures. User experience has taken a backseat to ad impressions, with ad clutter (e.g. auto-play videos, pop-ups, and prompts) interrupting content at every turn. Meanwhile, in the background, third-party trackers are still watching your every digital move, despite all the privacy opt-in prompts.

How Can We Fix the Problems with Media?

With great influence comes great responsibility. There is no easy fix to the issues that plague news and social media. But the first step is identifying these issues, and talking about them.

The more media literate we collectively become, the better equipped we will be to reform these broken systems, and push for accuracy and transparency in the communication channels that bind society together.

 

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Was it a Game of Death or Untimely Tragedy?

Uncover the Secrets on his 49th Death Anniversary with the premiere of ‘The Death of Bruce Lee’.

Tune in on 20th July at 9 PM to find out what extinguished the Dragon’s fire.

Legendary martial arts superstar and director Bruce Lee was on the brink of his big break; Enter the Dragon was the first time a Chinese American male actor was in a starring role in a Hollywood movie. In 1973, a month before the release of this iconic blockbuster that catapulted him to global stardom, Bruce Lee died under mysterious circumstances in Hong Kong at the age of 32. On his 49th Death Anniversary, watch an in-depth investigation, hosted and narrated by Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne, into the tragedy that unfolded on that fateful day in ‘The Death Of Bruce Lee’ on Wednesday, 20th July at 9 PM on HistoryTV18.

That evening, he complained of a headache, took a painkiller, went for a nap, and never woke up. A myriad of rumours and conspiracy theories surrounded his sudden demise, shocking and capturing the attention of the world. Bruce’s brother, Robert Lee, remained unsatisfied with the official cause of death - a fatal reaction to aspirin. But could something as ordinary as this widely used drug send an extraordinary person to his deathbed?

In an attempt to find the truth and lay bare what or who dealt the final blow to a man known for his exceptional strength, speed and skill, the show investigates every possible angle to get to the bottom of the truth. From renowned rooftop fights and challenges posed on his movie sets, to feuds with alleged Triad mobsters who ran Hong Kong's shadowy underworld, the documentary uncovers the surprising life of the man, the myth, the legend – Bruce Lee.

If foul play was involved, what was the motive, and who might want to hurt him? The documentary reconstructs the events of that fatal night and searches for a possible explanation by scrutinising previously unseen documents like his autopsy reports, toxicology report and statements from witnesses. There are also interviews with police officers, medical experts, those in the inner circles of show business and the mafia.

On Lee’s 49th death anniversary, join us to unravel one of history's greatest mysteries – as we shine a light on the enigmatic events surrounding the death of a cultural icon. Was Bruce Lee’s untimely death a tragic accident, conspired murder or culmination of a life spent flirting with danger? Is fact stranger than fiction? Discover the answer in an investigative special narrated by Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne.

Arun Thapar, President – Content & Communication, A+E Networks | TV18, commented, “At HISTORY TV18, we strive to bring OUR viewers the very best of international content. With this two-hour special, we offer a riveting investigative special that aims to unravel an enduring mystery. Shows like this are in line with our brand promise of delivering gripping, high quality features with A list talent to a discerning and upscale urban audience.”

‘The Death of Bruce Lee’ Premieres 20th July, Wed, 9 PM, only on HISTORY TV18

Responses cross 3 .5 lacs on WhatsApp and 1.2 lac listens on Twitter Spaces

Massive engagement on Twitter with more than 75,000 tweets

Aaj Tak, the flagship Hindi news channel from the India Today Group and the veteran journalist Sudhir Chaudhary broke records when together they experimented with technology driven interactive digital campaign.

The powerhouse combo had initiated the innovative user driven campaign #AskSudhir that proved to be a massive hit with over 3 lacs plus watsapps pouring in, 1.2 lac plus listens on Twitter spaces, 75,000 plus tweets and trended for about 6 hours on the top during the day.

The special social media campaigns saw excited Aaj Tak viewers add to the buzz as it reached a new level and form of engagement. Lacs of netizens participated on Twitter Spaces and engaged with the Chatbot campaign, not only engaging but emotionally connecting with Sudhir on Aaj Tak.

Pentagram New York won this year’s TDC68 Best of Show for identity work on behalf of the International Center of Photography.

Personal Judge’s Choice selections from each jury member were also unveiled. The list of Judge’s Choice TDC68 winners can be viewed here, and 25TDC Judges Choice winners here.

Young Ones TDC 2022 first-place student award winners in Communication Design were Laura Hilbert and Sarah Stendel, from Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach Offenbach am Main in Germany, who receive a $1,000 cash award. Second place went to Chuye Chen, Shanghai University Of Engineering Science.

The 2022 first-place student winner in Typeface Design was Neva Zidić from Master TypeMedia, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

Beatrice Warde Scholarship

TDC’s Beatrice Warde Scholarship 2022 recognizes a female-identifying college student globally in their next-to-last year of undergraduate study whose work demonstrates exceptional talent, sophistication, and skill in the use of typography across current media. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.

Winner: Doah Kwon, School of Visual Arts.

Honorable mentions:

Mariko Dreifuss, Fashion Institute of Technology
Zohina Karim, University of Houston
Ananya Mohan, Maryland Institute College of Art
Yuro Oh, School of Visual Arts
Ana Robles, Kansas City Art Institute
Parham Santana, Fashion Institute of Technology
Adé Hogue Scholarship

TDC this year renamed its Superscript Scholarship recognizing BIPOC students studying type design at a US college or university as the Adé Hogue Scholarship, in commemoration of gifted up-and-coming Chicago-based art director, designer, letterer, and avid cyclist Adé Hogue, who died as a result of a riding accident this past November. The winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.

Winner: Ana Robles, Kansas City Art Institute, who also received honorable mention in the Beatrice Warde competition.

Honorable mentions:

Lillian Ingabire, St. Olaf College
Lisa Wu Mo, Fashion Institute of Technology
Nishtha Nanda, Rhode Island School of Design
Victor Shin, Fashion Institute of Technology
Jabobjohn Vital, ArtCenter College of Design
David Jon Walker, Yale University School of Art
You Zhou, Pratt Institute

Winners of each scholarship also receive a one-year TDC student membership, which includes a copy of the TDC Annual Typography 43, and complimentary admission for all TDC events.

Both the Beatrice Warde and Adé Hogue scholarship programs are sponsored by Monotype. TDC Scholarship 2022:

In addition, TDC works directly each year with a number of schools and asks them to identify one student each who will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the organization.

TDC Scholarships for 2022 went to:

Andrius Alvarez-Backus, The Cooper Union
Catherine Currie, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Elliot Jover, Fashion Institute of Technology
Anil (Alicia) Liu, School of Visual Arts
Sarah Ma, Parsons School of Design
Elina Pyrohova, Polish-Japanese Academy (Warsaw)
Anthony M. Sennett, Pratt Institute

CM Shri. Bhupesh Baghel to launch TV9 Chhattisgarh Digital Channel on July 16

India’s largest digital news network with more than 1.1 billion YouTube monthly views is set to launch HSM channels to create an unrivalled digital video powerhouse

TV9 Network, with its content distributed across digital platforms, is India’s largest digital news network on YouTube and is set to expand its reach further with the launch of digital channels in key Hindi-speaking markets – Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The recent launch of TV9 Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand digital channel has cemented the Network’s leadership position further, with it gaining fast currency.

To celebrate the launch of the Chhattisgarh HSM Digital Channel, TV9 plans to organize a ‘Baithak’ with the eminent personalities of the state speaking about the themes concerning the growth and welfare of the state. And, the issues that will be the deciding factors in the coming state elections.

Shri. Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh will be the Guest of Honor and the Inaugural Speaker at the event. The ‘Baithak’ will feature other top influencers drawn from various walks of life in the state.

Talking about the HSM foray, TV9 Network Chief Growth Officer, Raktim Das, said, “Regional and hyper local content in Indian languages will drive the future of digital media consumption. The decision to expand deeper and wider into Hindi speaking markets is motivated by the purpose-driven goal of bridging the access gap to news and thus enabling citizens to make informed opinions and choices and ultimately feel more empowered.”

The media consumption habit of consumers in Hindi-speaking markets is evolving rapidly, with trends largely aligned with any major metro. Increased adoption of digital platforms, including digital news and entertainment platforms such as social media, aided by low bandwidth costs and cheaper, more powerful mobile devices, are factors fuelling this evolution.

Matching its leadership in news broadcasting, the TV9 Network has taken equally significant strides in the digital news space as well and reached more than 100 million unique monthly visitors in record time.

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