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Welcome to the 64th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. We're back from the Turkey Day break and there's more news than ever: Jeff Zucker takes the reins at CNN; Marissa Mayer is leading a renaissance at Yahoo; and Facebook is shifting its privacy rules -- again. But the biggest story is the release of the Leveson Inquiry's massive report after nine months of testimony, considering new press regulation in the U.K. after the phone-hacking scandal. We talk to MediaShift correspondent Tristan Stewart-Robertson, who says that the Inquiry only wants regulation of mainstream press and is not considering blogging or the rising digital media in Britain.

Plus, we've been wowed by a new mashup called "The Beat":http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/, taking photos from Instagram and placing them where they were taken with Google Earth images. It's striking to look at hashtags such as "#sandy":http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/?q=sandy or "#drunk":http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/?q=drunk. While it's a fascinating way to give context to Instragram photos, it also brings up privacy issues. Are people sharing too much on photo-sharing sites about their locations? We talk to Rutgers' Mor Naaman and Abe Stanway about their project.

Direct download: mediatwits64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

Welcome to the 63rd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Dorian Benkoil as co-hosts. Rafat Ali is off this week. Who's watching you online and what do they know about you? A lot of people are tracking you and they know a lot. Even the former head of the CIA now knows that emails don't exist in the ether. We talk about the ramifications of the Gen. Petraeus scandal, as well as living our lives online. Josh Stearns of the Free Press joins us to talk about his recent article for MediaShift calling on companies that collect our data to help fund a digital literacy campaign so we can educate people about online tracking.

Then we turn to the Ford Foundation, which made headlines this year with large grants to the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post to help them hire more reporters to boost coverage of important issues. It's the first time Ford's journalism division has funded for-profit media operations. Ford Foundation's Jonathan Barzilay and NYU's Jay Rosen join us to talk about the grants, and what Ford aims to get from them. Will more news orgs look to grants in the future?

Direct download: mediatwits63.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

Welcome to the 62nd episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week is a special edition of the podcast, with a focus on the coming election and the role of digital and social media leading up to it. But just as the political campaigns had to adjust to Hurricane Sandy, we also couldn't ignore the biggest story of the week. Rafat had to live in a hotel for a couple days and his workmates in New York are still without power. We spoke to WNYC's Caitlin Thompson and Washington Post's Cory Haik about how those sites covered Sandy in real-time, and the lessons they learned that will help them on Election Day.

We also went deep into politics, bringing on Pew Internet's Aaron Smith to give us some stats on social media use this election cycle, and Sunlight Labs' Tom Lee to tell us about their efforts at bringing transparency to the massive amounts of money being injected into the campaigns. How will that change the way we get news on Election Day? Will it be another dual-screen or multi-screen experience for political junkies?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

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