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Episode 6: Preparing for the Infocalypse

enter site Heather and Emily hunker down in the journalistic equivalent of a nuclear bunker with Storyful’s Mandy Jenkins and design technologist Rick Barraza to explore the looming crisis of AI-generated fakery that threatens our understanding of what’s real. Subscribe to Tricky on iTunes Reading list “That” Obama Video He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now ++++++++>

Episode 5: What’s in the Sinclair Broadcasting Box?

A perverted sex act in a company-owned Mercedes, and a shriveled local media ecosystem. Heather and Emily are joined by Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan and Texas Tribune founder John Thornton to unpack the tricky problem of how to save local news from bankruptcy and bias.   Reading list: Not Necessarily the News — A ++++++++>

Rethinking the Supply Chain for News

We live in the information age, but modern life has been transformed by the standardized shipping container as much as it has by the internet. The discipline of supply chain management has changed how people buy things, from Amazon to Etsy, from bulk packages of paper towels to small batches of single-origin coffee. The improved ++++++++>

Episode 4: Propaganda, MisInformation and Tips for Tackling Fake News

Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell talk to Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale, about misinformation, conspiracy theories, and how journalism can survive in systems flooded with propaganda, with tips on tackling fake news from Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass. And Emily gives us an audio whiteboard sketch of the complexities of the Cambridge ++++++++>

Amazon is seeking ‘maniacal’ applicants and the AP style guide is a Slack bot now: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play…So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. It’s hard enough to have productive conversations on Facebook, but fostering dialogue between 5,000 strangers? One media company is trying their best. (Via Nieman Lab) What separates ++++++++>

Episode 3: Please Don’t Read the Comments

In this episode of Tricky, Heather and Emily talk to Sarah L. Roberts, the woman who coined the term “commercial content moderation,” about how elements of online discourse are governed by outsourced and unseen low-paid workers, who sift through “the grossness of humanity.” And they ask Andrew Losowsky of the Coral Project whether newsrooms and ++++++++>

Not all graphic designers live in Brooklyn and Google Maps knows all about your shed: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. Believe it or not, not all graphic designers live in Brooklyn. Automattic’s John Maeda brings high profile mentorships down into the belly of coal country. ++++++++>

The Dark Side of Design

 Now, more than ever, designers and media makers are facing down tough ethical questions about their complicity in the insidiously addictive new modes of technology. There have been no shortage of words devoted to interrogating the dark side of our seemingly indispensable tech: Smartphones are hijacking our minds. Social media’s dopamine-driven feedback loops are ++++++++>

Gaming the System

Many of the systems which define our world today – including government systems of laws and regulations – are dysfunctional, or even broken. What would it mean to look at these systems through the lens of game design? Can we apply game design thinking to a practice like redistricting, made famously broken by the widespread ++++++++>

How Systems Thinking Helps Make Sense of Harvey Weinstein

When the news broke in October 2017 about Harvey Weinstein and his long history of sexual assault and harassment, I wanted to understand the full scope of the problem: How many people were involved in the incidents? Who was complicit in hiding his behavior? Did his actions have repercussions outside of Hollywood? Since I am ++++++++>