14-year-old online job search company Ladders has hired journalists to bolster and burnish its editorial operation, which will try to cover everything from policy to pop culture (as it relates to work, of course).
Plus: The New York Times walks back an extremely popular tweet, California adds media literacy to its curriculum, and the KIND Foundation tries out a “Pop Your Bubble” app that nobody is going to want to use.
Google is taking a counterintuitive approach to countering adblocking: building an adblocking feature of its own.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday night that Google is considering bringing an adblocking feature to the desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome web browser. The feature, which could be turned on by default, would block ads that don’t meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads (of which Google and Facebook, among others, are both members and pay to fund), such as pop-ups, prestitials, and auto-play videos that have sound.
The company is also considering going a step further by blocking all ads on offending pages, rather than the offending ads alone, the Wall Street Journal reported. That could be bad news for publishers, which don’t always actively police the kinds of ads that appear on their pages.
if this happens, a lot of news sites would have to completely change their advertising strats.
But the move move makes more sense when you consider that, by leveraging the popularity of Chrome, Google could potentially wrest control over adblocking from popular third-party plugins like Adblock Plus. And Google could use that power to go after competitors like Facebook, which offers competing advertising products.
Such a move, on the other hand, could lead expose Google to antitrust suits from regulators concerned about the company using its products to suppress competition. Google could trade one problem for another.
Google has never deserved antitrust action more than they will the day they decide to block everybody else’s ads https://t.co/rzDVYhh6Xu
In the 1990s, DJs Stretch Armstrong (Adrian Bartos) and Bobbito (Robert) Garcia introduced listeners to future stars like Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Eminem, and Nas on their show on Columbia University’s WKCR. “At that point in time, your show was the most important show in the world,” Nas said in a 2015 Kickstarter campaign that Stretch and Bobbito ran to fund a documentary about the history of their show. “You guys opened the door in New York for us, the next generation, to come through.” (The Kickstarter was successful, raising $65,305 from 749 backers; you can now watch the resulting documentary on Netflix.)
Stretch and Bobbito’s show ended in 1998, but the pair are coming back to the air again, kind of, with an interview podcast on NPR that will begin this July. “We’re talking art, music, politics, and sports, and everything in between. It’s a crazy journey we’ve taken from doing a radio show on a radio station in 1990 with a console from the 60s that had dustballs in it…and now NPR!” Stretch said in a YouTube clip introducing the podcast Monday.
i did not exist when stretch & bobbito began, but i live in a world they helped to create! very excited for this https://t.co/WkX9FJ3H2k
NPR’s audience has long skewed whiter and older than the general American public, so you might not think of a ’90s hip-hop reunion as a natural project for the network. But NPR has made a number of efforts to reach out to more diverse communities specifically through music programming; NPR said it expects there will be collaborations between this podcast and NPR’s Alt.Latino and Code Switch, as well as segments on All Songs Considered, World Cafe, and NPR’s newsmagazines.
“It’s not that there is an active resistance,” Kelley says. But the historical lack of hip-hop coverage on NPR speaks volumes…
“The conversations about covering hip-hop in front of a mainstream audience are stuck 20 years [in the past],” Kelley adds. “They’re identical. They’re really boring. And you know what, they’re also really hurtful and bruising to go through…”
Kelley left NPR last fall, but around the same time NPR posted a full-time staff writer position in charge of hip-hop coverage. That job went to none other than Rodney Carmichael.
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