One of the most-hyped stories of the week was the advent of Peeple, a Yelp for People. The online backlash was intense and included death threats, even including a People Vs Peeple campaign. The website of Peeple isn’t working any more. And we now have the phenomenon of the pre-launch backlash, leading to the reinvention of something that doesn’t even exist yet. Confused, anyone? Thanks to Sam Wittmer for pointing out Peeple.
One podcast, the Longest Shortest Time, is experimenting with audience engagement, by letting the audience record directly into its app. Those responses are then woven into future episodes of the podcast, according to Nieman Lab. It’s a podcast for new parents that comes out at 3am, and this is how the audience participation works:
Every two weeks, listeners receive a prompt geared toward an upcoming episode. Right now, it’s “Submit your sex questions for our experts!” for a series on sex after childbirth; other questions have included “When has your kid misinterpreted how the world works?” and “What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done due to sleep deprivation?” (That last one was inspired by a thread on the Longest Shortest Time Mamas Facebook page; one new mom posted that she’d tried to put her contact lens on her nipple instead of in her eye.)
1) In Digital Era, What Does Watching TV Mean Anyway? WSJ)
2) Not cable news: CBS’ 24 Hour Digital News Channel Makes Leap to TV (IB Times)
3) How Americans Get TV News At Home (Pew)
The timing of this term’s study break means that all the assignments have clumped together, but I’m hoping you will have enough lead time to deal with this, if I move the radio assignment deadline back. These are all the assignments until after the midterm break.
Weekly Blogpost: Watch half an hour of CBSN and then share your thoughts and consider the following questions: What do you like and dislike about the content? What particular stories peaked your interest and why? What did you like and dislike about the format of CBSN (eg. the online 24/7 aspect, the video sidebar, the talent hosting) Would you watch it again or consider recommending it? How does it compare to NPR One? (For Sunday 11th Oct 9pm)
Radio Assignment: A recorded interview or a simple radio piece, length 2’- 2’30. This must include another voice (not just your own) and some other audio, whether it be music or other sound.. The theme should be related to technology and digital disruption in your beat. (for Oct 20 9pm)
***The computers in the Fishbowl have Audacity software installed and can be used for the assignment.***
Midterm Assignment: In groups, develop a 20-minute presentation on your new media company and its aims, its distinctive voice, its evolution, the growth of its audience, its revenue stream and the people behind it.
Showcase pieces of work that were successful and those that drew criticism. Look at whether the site’s methods have changed and the amount of influence it wields on mainstream media. How disruptive has your digital news outlet been? Please make reference to Clay Christiansen’s ideas in Mastering the Art of Disruptive Innovation in Journalism at some point during your presentation. (for Oct 21)