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Media Bits and Bytes – January 10, 2023

Making tech work for the workers’ movement

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  1. Twitter vs Wikipedia
  2. Amazon Workers Should Try Digital Picketing
  3. Migration Film Festival in London
  4. How DAOs Can Strengthen Workers’ Rights
  5. Covering Election Deniers Running for Office
  6. Tech Backs Away From Diversification
  7. Disney at 100
  8. Climate Journalism
  9. Newsrooms Put Open-Source Methods Into Practice
  10. How To Create a Social Media Strategy


Twitter vs Wikipedia

By Sawdah Bhaimiya

Elon Musk blasted Wikipedia for apparently considering the deletion of a page about the so-called “Twitter Files”, saying it has a “left-wing bias.” Musk had teased the release of the “Twitter Files” last week saying he would expose “free speech suppression” by the platform before he took over. 

Amazon Workers Should Try Digital Picketing

By Sharon Block, Benjamin Sachs and Tascha Shahriari-Parsa

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Amazon has moved business online, and labor law requires that the union be able to move its picket line online too. The union could produce a video of picketing workers along with a brief text statement explaining the union’s position (which could include a hyperlink to the union’s website for customers seeking more information — the equivalent to handing out a leaflet on the picket line). 

Migration Film Festival in London

By Lily Parrott and Laura Stahnke
Red Pepper

The festival was born to platform films that reassert the humanity of migration and portray migrants as people, no more or less. This orientation has guided our programming choices. Increasingly, we have found fiction to be a powerful tool in changing how audiences view the realities of migration.

How DAOs Can Strengthen Workers’ Rights

By Ray Salmond

A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) is constructed by rules encoded as a computer program that is often transparent, controlled by the organization’s members and not influenced by a central government. TheLaborDAO aims to enhance workers’ movements in a variety of ways.

Covering Election Deniers Running for Office

By Walter Shapiro
Brennan Center for Justice

To properly inform voters, the media must consistently highlight the extreme views of candidates who spread false claims about elections.

Tech Backs Away From Diversification

By Ebony Flake

Following the murder of George Floyd more than 200 tech companies, including tech giants Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, made unprecedented pledges to confront structural racism within their organizations. Two and a half years later, those promises have primarily fallen flat.

Disney at 100

By Pamela McClintock
The Hollywood Reporter

A look at the playbook created by Walt Disney and refined over a century of theme-park rides becoming movies, movies becoming Broadway shows, and merch coming out of it all, from such indelible IP as ‘Snow White,’ Marvel and ‘The Lion King’: “There’s a psychological response to Disney that other studios don’t have.”

Climate Journalism

By Andrew McCormick
Columbia Journalism Review

We spoke with Mary Annaïse Heglar, who cohosts the climate podcast Hot Take with Amy Westervelt. Heglar shared reflections from her work on the podcast, her critiques of how the media approaches climate change, and what journalists can do better in the coming year. 

Newsrooms Put Open-Source Methods Into Practice

By Elyse Samuels, Geoffrey King, Malachy Browne and Nadine Ajaka

Some of the richest sources of information emerging are people sharing videos, photos, and reports of what’s happening in their communities on social media.

How To Create a Social Media Strategy

By Brian Frederick
Search Engine Journal

Developing an effective social media marketing strategy can be tricky – particularly as platforms evolve and popularity waxes and wanes. This piece will guide you through the basics of social media strategy and give you a step-by-step plan you can implement to drive traffic and maximize exposure.