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The Strange History of Dish Network’s Pirate Channel

In the mid-to-late 2000s, Dish Network had a serious problem with piracy that it decided to address, in part, with a TV channel just for pirates.

It's Time to Ask GOP Presidential Hopefuls Tough Questions on the Economy

For the past few years, news article after news article lamented the state of America's working and middle class families and rising inequality. From January 2014 to October 2015, the New York Times had approximately 1,470 articles that included discussions about income inequality. Show More Summary

Lessons from an NPR Internship in Middle America

Radio production is an art, and it is one that NPR has arguably mastered. The non-profit’s bread and butter is creating compelling experiences through audio alone. But what’s the secret behind NPR’s magic? Leigh Burmesch, a member of...Show More Summary

Ad of the Day: This Remarkable Makeup Ad With High School Girls Has One Hell of a Twist

It isn't often that a makeup ad succeeds in being literally transformative and not just superficially so. But that's the reason for the viral success of this Japanese ad for cosmetics brand Shiseido, which launched less than 10 days ago and has already enjoyed millions of views. Show More Summary

The Benghazi Committee's Out of Control Effort to Destroy Hillary Clinton at All Costs

The following is David Brock's Oct. 21, 2015 speech at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia in advance of Secretary Hillary Clinton's testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Two years ago tomorrow, Media Matters published...Show More Summary

‘Can somebody cover that war for us?’ As reporter networks fragment, startup seeks to fill worldwide gap

Justin Varilek’s formal pitch would seem unassailable. “Editors Are Losing Their Networks,” declares his de facto prospectus for an online venture called HackPack that debuts Wednesday. “Problem: 51% drop in newspaper revenues in the...Show More Summary

VICE Media goes dark to #FreeRasool

Mohammed Rasool, a VICE journalist, was arrested in August with his colleagues Philip Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan. News outlets owned by VICE Media went dark on Wednesday to raise awareness of the plight of journalist Mohammed Rasool,...Show More Summary

How one union will use video to lure digital news workers

Amanda Holpuch is a face of a new sort of American unionism, at least when it come to digital media. Holpuch, 24, is a general assignment reporter for The Guardian US, where she’s focused a lot her efforts on gay marriage. After theShow More Summary

Ad of the Day: This Chills-Inducing Preview of Ronda Rousey's Next Bout Is the Best Fight Promo Ever

It's hard not to root for UFC world champion Ronda Rousey, but a cinematic promo for her next bout might just leave you undecided. Clocking in at nearly 3 minutes, "Revolution" from production firm Mothership follows the lifelong trajectories of both Rousey and her Nov. Show More Summary

What was it like watching a VR stream of last night’s Democratic debate? Hot and heavy

Last night’s Democratic debate set viewership records: more than 15 million people tuned in on CNN, and at one point there were 980,000 concurrent live streams on the network’s website. But beyond the cable and online viewership, there was another audience CNN was courting: the lucky few who own a Samsung Gear VR headset. Using...

How the Democratic Candidates Stacked Up Last Night With Twitter Mentions

After last night's five-candidate Democratic debate for the party's presidential nomination, most media pundits said former secretary of state Hillary Clinton won—while a CNN-led Facebook poll gave the victory to Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Show More Summary

Weight Watchers Has Finally Found Its New Agency Partner in Havas

After ending its short-lived relationship with Wieden + Kennedy in early 2015, top diet brand Weight Watchers has chosen Havas Worldwide as its newest creative agency partner after an extensive review. Weight Watchers' svp of marketing, Maurice Herrera, told Adweek, "We have engaged Havas Worldwide in the U.S. Show More Summary

Hot Pod: WNYC is ready to make a $15 million move into podcasts

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is Issue Forty-Four, published October 13, 2015. Let’s talk about WNYC, shall we? WNYC announces its big podcast play. Spicy news from the biggest public radio station in America! The New York Times reported Monday that WNYC is breaking open a new podcast division this week...

How This Agency Plans to Bring a 'Little More Portland’ to the World

Specs Who (l. to r.) Designer Julian Gese; group account director Shelley Stevens; co-founder, president Andy Fraser; executive creative director Peter Metz; creative director Tim Sproul; executive producer Ryan Crisman What Full-service agency Where Portland, Ore. Show More Summary

Ad of the Day: Extra Gum Wraps Up One of the Year's Sweetest Love Stories

It took an extra long time—more than two years—for Wrigley's Extra Gum to release a follow-up its massively popular "Origami" ad, which, you may recall, told the story of a father and daughter with silvery gum-wrapper swans playing a key role. Show More Summary

A War of the Worlds

"Mars Show Signs of Having Flowing Water, Possible Niches for Life, NASA, Says" was the headline (NYT, 9/29/15) On October 30, l938, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air presented an adaptation of H.G. Welles' The War of the Worlds. Show More Summary

Why The Muppets May Hold the Key to the Great Ad Blocking Debate

If I'm doing my job right as a columnist, I should be discussing ad blocking in this latest installment. But I'm going to take a short-cut: If you really want to understand ad blocking, and the latest controversy surrounding the launch...Show More Summary

How to Save Newspapers -- and Make Them Profitable Again

The Healing Fields from Alexandra Garcia on Vimeo. Newspapers are in trouble. Serious trouble. Once the engines of enormous wealth while providing their readers with important information, they are on the ropes. Some have already gone out of business, others will follow. Show More Summary

Rights Camera Action: Sunshine Cinema

All photos provided by Sunshine Cinema Lloyd Maanyina is a charcoal burner from Livingston, Zambia - "home of the mighty Victoria Falls." The dirt from a hard day's work jammed beneath his fingernails, Maanyina counts his money as he...Show More Summary

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