Media Beat: November 12, 2020
By David Farrell
The awards will recognize those both in front of the mic and behind-the-scenes from news staff to engineering and programming. Publisher Shawn Smith says “the most compelling and creative performances and initiatives will be recognized, judged by a jury of past and present industry professionals.”
Read the full announcement here.
When President Donald Trump was ramping up his efforts to ban social media platform TikTok in the U.S. over security concerns earlier this year, the company behind the Chinese-bred app was quietly making inroads in another market: Canada.
TikTok, a smartphone app for making and watching short videos, spent the last few months setting up an office in Toronto and hired 50 employees to work there while entertaining Walmart, Oracle and Microsoft bids for its business south of the border. – Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
The TikTok app surpassed 2.5 billion downloads globally this week, according to app analysis outfit Sensor Tower.
The social video sharing application is most popular in India, followed by China (where it operates as a clone of the TikTok app called Douyin) and then the United States. – Samson Amore, The Wrap
The wire service has refused to accept limitations that organizers of the show have placed on images from the venue that it believes affects its ability to accurately report on the event. The restrictions prevent AP from providing coverage of the ceremony “to its standards,” according to an advisory it sent to members. As a result, AP will not write about, take images of or shoot video of the show, which (aired) Wednesday evening on ABC. – Mark Kennedy, TVNewsCheck
Without fact-checkers or guidelines requiring accuracy of the information on the app, users are free to post information, thoughts, or opinions without fear of censorship or being banned. This is part of the site’s appeal to public figures and conservative individuals who feel they are not able to freely express themselves on other platforms.
Many conservative public figures have already migrated to Parler after being flagged or banned from other social media platforms. – Emma Downey, Northcentral PA
Since the beginning of his candidacy in 2015, approximately 30,000 tweets have been sent from Trump’s account. While anecdotal reports suggest the tweets have served to divert media attention away from news that can be assumed to be politically harmful to him, evidence for such diversion has remained unsubstantiated – until now. – U of Bristol, YubaNet
Howie Meeker was bound to make the most of his 97-year life.
An early brush with death, before he spent a single day in the National Hockey League, sparked Meeker to take nothing for granted.
Meeker, who died on Sunday (Nov. 8), four days after his 97th birthday, left us the same day as another Canadian legend, Alex Trebek.
If Trebek had framed a Jeopardy line around Meeker, it might have read: “He was a hockey player but was better known for saying ‘gee willickers’ and “Jiminy Cricket’ on television. – Wayne Scanlan, Sportsnet
And from The New York Times read here.