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Disentangling journalism’s messiest problems. Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell tap the biggest brains in the business and beyond to tease out where we go from here. From the Journalism and Design program at The New School.
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The Rise of Unions in Digital Media

52:26 | Feb 25th

Gawker unionized in 2015, setting off a wave of digital newsroom organizing, invigorated by layoffs and politics that leave journalists feeling embattled. Emily and Heather are joined by long-time labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, Writers Guild of Am...Show More
And The (Tech) Beat Goes On

45:48 | Mar 9th

In the past few years, coverage of Silicon Valley in the press has shifted away from techno-utopian boosterism towards increasingly critical analysis. On this week's episode, we hear some advice from the New York Times' John Herrman about covering bi...Show More
Season Two Finale: Is This Thing On?

51:35 | Apr 8th

For our season two finale, Emily and Heather are joined by "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" writer Mike Drucker to talk about all things comedy and journalism. How do the writing staffs at shows like Full Frontal collaborate with researchers to produ...Show More
'The Digital Maginot Line' and the Future of Information Warfare

48:18 | Mar 22nd

In "The Digital Maginot Line", Mozilla fellow and disinformation expert Renée DiResta argues that perpetrators of information warfare have shifted from "targeting infrastructure to targeting the minds of civilians." In this week's episode, Renée join...Show More
Print Is Dead! Long Live Print!

38:02 | Feb 10th

Printed newspapers have long been losing ground to new technologies, from the radio to the Internet. The good news, says journalism professor Iris Chyi, is that loyal subscribers have proven willing to pay more for less, as newsrooms shrink. This "de...Show More
Can We Count on Audience Metrics?

36:02 | Jan 18th

How do we measure the reach and impact of online journalism? Does audience data belong in the newsroom? Though the meaning of audience metrics is often opaque, their effects on business and editorial decisions are very real (pivot to video, anyone?)....Show More
Platforms & Publishers, Part 2: "We Damaged Our Souls"

51:03 | Dec 14th, 2018

Jezebel founding editor Anna Holmes joins Heather and Emily to talk about the glory days of blogs, the evolution of women's digital spaces, and what was lost when commenter culture moved to Facebook and Twitter. Also: the legacy of Gawker Media, what...Show More
Platforms & Publishers (Name A More Dysfunctional Duo)

45:30 | Nov 30th, 2018

Writer and journalism professor Anjali Khosla joins Heather and Emily to talk about how we got this fraught relationship between tech platforms and news publishers. They cover the latest Facebook bombshell(s), Jonah Peretti's plans for digital media ...Show More
The Jam-Packed Post-Election ‘What Does It All Mean?’ Special

59:37 | Nov 16th, 2018

Rolling Stone's Jamil Smith lays out the responsibilities of journalists reporting on a divided electorate as we look towards 2020, journalists from across the country discuss their midterm coverage, and what Trump’s exchange with Jim Acosta says abo...Show More
Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

46:21 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Journalist Mehdi Hasan joins Heather and Emily to discuss the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and explore what its coverage says about the American media's evolving relationship with the Saudi Arabian government. Plus, Heather and Emily br...Show More
Season Two Starts Next Week

02:27 | Oct 24th, 2018

Emily and Heather are back with a new season of Tricky! Starting Nov. 2, we'll unbox the news of the week and untangle the knottiest problems facing journalism. New episodes every other Friday.
What Are Journalists For?

40:39 | Jun 26th, 2018

On the finale of the first season of Tricky, Emily and Heather are joined by media critic and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen to discuss the journalism that exposed the Trump administration's atrocities at the border and the role of the American p...Show More
Credibility Ratings Dive

40:20 | Jun 1st, 2018

How many fact-checking organizations does it take to change the proverbial fake news lightbulb? Elon Musk thinks we need at least one more. But maybe more like a popularity contest than a fact check, with journalists and institutions competing for cr...Show More
The Unraveling of Univision

45:24 | May 18th, 2018

Heather + Emily are joined by David Uberti of Splinter News, one of the authors of “Univision is a Fucking Mess.” Seeking silver linings wherever they go, they also talk with Almudena Toral from Univision News Digital about some of the award-winning ...Show More
A Bonfire of Hot Takes

42:19 | May 4th, 2018

Emily + Heather consider what place opinion journalism has in public discourse today. With Jeet Heer (The New Republic) and Katie Kingsbury (New York Times) the two ask: Is intellectual diversity possible? And what’s that smell? Is it the daily bonfi...Show More
Infocalypse Preppers

53:55 | Apr 20th, 2018

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. ...Show More
What’s in the Sinclair Broadcasting box?

58:12 | Apr 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Propaganda and pink hair

59:44 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Heather + Emily talk to Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale, about misinformation, conspiracy theories, and how journalism can survive in systems flooded with propaganda. And Emily gives us an audio whiteboard sketch of the complexities of...Show More
Don't read the comments

45:57 | Mar 14th, 2018

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, low-paid workers. And they ask Andrew Losowsky (Coral Project) whether newsr...Show More
Facebook is broken. Should we hop on the Blockchain?

1:01:17 | Feb 26th, 2018

Facebook’s 35 mentions in the indictment of Russian nationals solidified their position at the center of our current political and cultural conundrum. Heather + Emily retrace the steps that led to this point and debate the case for blockchain–technol...Show More
"Attentional Serfdom"

1:05:54 | Feb 13th, 2018

In the inaugural episode of Tricky, Emily Bell and Heather Chaplin look at perhaps the greatest challenge facing journalism today: the fight to capture your attention and speak with Natasha Schull, author of Addiction by Design and James Williams, co...Show More
Coming Soon: Tricky. A show about the shape of the future of journalism

02:51 | Feb 9th, 2018

Disentangling journalism’s knottiest problems. Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell call on leading thinkers, doers, writers, and designers to tease out where we go from here. From the Journalism and Design program at The New School.