3 to Read: Growing influence of Asian publications | NYT dives deeper into podcasts | Journalism as gen-ed

Growing influence of Asian publications: Asian publications are becoming a growing force in the media world, writes E. Tammy Kim in an essay for the Columbia Journalism Review. Kim focuses on three publications in her piece: New Naratif, New Bloom, and Lausan, based in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, respectively. However, these publications stand out from the crowd by examining issues in a more nuanced, contemplative way than more traditional American or Asian media outlets. Often written in both English and Chinese, the articles bridge cultural gaps and national borders, allowing protestors in Hong Kong to take inspiration from the American civil rights movement, and enabling them to pass on their strategies to Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Minneapolis. 

NYT dives deeper into podcasts: Last week, the New York Times announced that it will be partnering with the prominent podcast “This American Life,” and acquired its spinoff studio, Serial Productions. This announcement comes a month after the Times took over the production of the Modern Love podcast, formerly produced by WBUR. For NiemanLab, Nicholas Quah writes about former C.E.O. Julie Snyder’s decision to sell Serial Productions, as well as other new developments in the Times’ audio department. The Times and Serial Productions’ upcoming project, “Nice White Parents,” is about the power that certain parents have to shape public education. It is expected to be released on July 30.

Journalism as gen-ed: Many journalists are apprehensive of phrases like “everyone is a reporter.” But in the age of declining local journalism, the ability of ordinary citizens to act as watchdogs is becoming increasingly important, Michael Bugeja writes for Poynter. With the proper training, civilians will be better equipped to hold those with power accountable, a skill that is even more necessary in light of the widespread protests against police brutality. Though journalism courses are often excluded from general education curriculum, having a proper understanding of how reporting works will provide students with an interdisciplinary skill set for real life issues.

By Maya Homan & Matt Carroll

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