Podcast: Making Sense of the Media Archives

Making Sense of the FIFA Scandal
The past several weeks we’ve seen revelations of deep corruption inside FIFA, the worldwide governing body for professional soccer. There’ve been allegations of extortion, racketeering and fraud that have been likened to the operations of organized crime. A story this big and complicated didn’t just happen overnight. We talk with The Pynter Institute's Kelly McBride about reporter Andrew Jennings’ book “Omertà: Sepp Blatter's FIFA Organised Crime Family” and how a dogged approach resulted in legal action.
Making Sense of Caitlyn Jenner
Bruce Jenner dominated the mediascape this week for emerging as Caitlyn Jenner – in lingerie from a Beverly Hills boutique that evokes 1940s Hollywood - on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. We talk with The Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride about Jenner’s skill as a media manipulator, and the evolution of how people talk about transgendered people.
Making Sense of This American Life's Retraction
Last month, This American Life did a story about canvassers who identified a way to go door to door and change people’s minds on issues such as same sex marriage and abortion rights. The story cited data that had been published in the journal Science. It proved that the canvassers could influence peoples’ views. In a big way. An author of the study asked Science to retract it because he believed some of the data gathered by his co-author was faked, so TAL had to issue a retraction. We speak with Kelly McBride form the Poynter Institute’s Sense Making Project.
Making Sense of Facebook's 'Articles'
The next evolution of Facebook allows media organizations such as the New York Times, The Atlantic and the BBC to publish articles directly to its mobile users. Facebook says it can deliver the content up to 10 times more quickly than the mobile web. Kelly McBride from the Poynter Institute’s “Sense-Making Project” helps us understand the impact of access to more-faster media.
Making Sense of Facebook's Play for Superbowl Dollars
Facebook is going to target ads on the pages of users that mention the Superbowl… and more. Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute explains it all to WUSF’s Craig Kopp…
Making Sense of Internet Trolls
An internet troll has actually apologized to one of his Twitter victims. And that’s got the attention of the people who run Twitter. Can they stop trolls?
Making Sense of Brian Williams and Job Stewart Leaving the Airwaves
Both NBC anchor Brian Williams and Daily Show Anchor Jon Stewart are leaving the airwaves… for very different reasons. Are the two connected? More than you might think.
Making Sense of the Boston Bomber Trial
Craig Kopp and Kelly McBride talk about how the media will cover the Boston bomber trial – being held in a federal courtroom where cameras and recording are not allowed.
Making Sense of Charlie Hebdo
There was huge support for the right of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo after a deadly terrorist attacks at its Paris offices. But not everything Charlie Hebdo publishes is something most people would support.
Making Sense of Technology Stress
A new study that just came out suggests that all this technology at our fingertips is not actually causing as much stress as we think. Craig and Kelly discuss.
Hands off the President’s Kids. A Facebook Lesson for Everybody
When a Republican congressman’s communications director posted highly critical comments about the President’s teenagers on Facebook, it led to her resigning. And there’s a lesson there for all Facebook posters.
Making Sense of Sony Pulling “The Interview”
hat are the implications of Sony Pictures cancelling the release of a movie making fun of North Korea’s president because of cyber terrorism?
Making Sense of the Bill Cosby Sex Scandal
WUSF's Craig Kopp talks with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project about why the Bill Cosby sex scandal is the internet story of the year.
Making Sense of #GamerGate
Sexism and misogyny in the Gaming world? Yep. Kelly McBride and Craig Kopp try to get to the bottom of the controversy.
Making Sense of Political Polarization and Media Use
WUSF’s Craig Kopp and Kelly McBride of the Poytner Institute’s Sense-Making Project talk about a new Pew Research study on Political Polarization and Media Habits.
Making Sense of Election Coverage
Fox News scored big ratings success with its coverage of the midterm elections. WUSF’s Craig Kopp and Poynter Media Ethicists Kelly McBride talk about why and what it means.
Making Sense of the Media's Treatment of Ebola
Cable news networks and social media like Twitter and Facebook lit up with the news that the scary disease had been diagnosed in this country. For the news media, Ebola poses some special challenges. Just the mention of Ebola is guaranteed to get eyeballs on your news product. But, responsible reporting is essential to keep from inciting undue panic among viewers, listeners and readers.
Making Sense of the Washington Post Comeback
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has made the Washington Post a media player again. We discuss.
What is Twitch.tv and why is it worth a billion dollars?
Amazon has purchased the website Twitch.tv for a billion dollars. It’s a site where you can watch other people play video games.
Making Sense of Coverage of Beheading Videos
Videos of ISIS beheadings are clearly news. But publicizing those videos also make the media a part of the ISIS propaganda campaign. How is the media handling this and how should it?
Making Sense of Ray Rice Media Coverage
The tabloid website TMZ got a hold of a video of Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator. Why is TMZ breaking these stories and how is the rest of the media handling this high profile case of domestic abuse?
Making Sense of Plagiarism In the Media
CNN's Farid Zakaria was caught plagiarizing words from a Dutch documentary. Why should we care?
Making Sense of the Ice Bucket Challenge and Ferguson on Social Media
Facebook was heavy with Ice Bucket Challenge videos while Twitter was full of posts about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Why the two social media platforms are so different and what that means for news consumption.
Journalism Class Syllabus Goes Viral: That’s News
A new journalism class at Boston University is attracting a lot of attention. No textbooks, lots of reading at sites like Gawker and Buzzfeed. Is it the future of journalism education?
Making Sense of Ferguson Reporter Arrests
Rioting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson -- after an unarmed teenager was shot to death by police -- has brought media attention the likes of which that small community has never seen. And, reporters have experienced everything from tear-gassing to arrest as they try to cover the story.
Making Sense of NPR One
Craig Kopp talks with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute’s Sense-Making Project about the new National Public Radio mobile app, NPR One. It’s kind of Pandora for news.
Making Sense of #survivorprivilege
Washington Post columnist George F. Will wrote that rising college sexual assault statistics are the result of a progressive victim mentality. We discuss the significance of the internet backlash against that column.
Wikipedia is Encyclopedia-ish
Behind the scenes, Wikipedia is trying to make sure entries are not being made by people with an axe to grind. Can they do it?
Making Sense of the worldwide media coverage of the World Cup’s biggest loss
The Twitter-verse exploded as Brazil went down to a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in the Wild Cup semi-finals. It set records for tweets during a sporting event. And that was just Twitter. Why did the world media come together over Brazil’s most embarrassing moment?
Firing of the First Female Editor of the New York Times
Jill Abramson was fired as Editor of the New York Times for being difficult to work with. Aren’t a lot of newspaper editors difficult to work with? A discussion of the possible double standard still in place for men and women in the American newsroom.
Is a Killer's Manifesto News?
The news media jumped on youtube videos and writings of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger. Did they do it to explain or sensationalize?
Making Sense of Maureen Dowd’s Marijuana Experiment
New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd recently wrote about a bad experience she had with a marijuana-infused candy bar in Colorado. The twitter-verse exploded with derision. Why?
A Pulitzer went to the Washington Post and The Guardian for their Edward Snowden reporting. Some say the prize was a message about Snowden's NSA leaks. That and other Pulitzer debates in this edition of Making Sense of the Media.
Every Picture Tells A Story
Is photojournalism expanding or contracting in the digital age?
How the Donald Sterling Scandal Was Reported
A gossip website broke the story of racist comments by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. It’s uncomfortable but the new media reality.
The President Meets the Weathermen
Why did President Obama spend an afternoon talking with local and national weather forecasters? It all had to do with getting a message out about climate change.
The Michael Sam Kiss
When Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after he learned he had become the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL, it lit up the social media world. Making Sense of the reaction to that historic media moment.