We Hear About the Problems. But there’s Another Side to the Story

While we were distracted by politics, artificial intelligence advanced by leaps and bounds. Deep fake artistry is now so believable that, in the wrong hands, it can be dangerous.

In this episode of FMC Fast Chat, go inside the world of computer scientist Hao Li, reputedly the best deep fake artist on the planet. (You may have seen his visual effects work in Furious 7 or The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.)

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2020 Changed Our Lives and the News

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One of the most interesting aspects of the news media is how it embodies the spirit of optimism via the simple act of storytelling.

After all, this is a career where people get to wake up to a day filled with unlimited opportunities to make the world a better place, either for you, or me, or both of us, depending on the stories they choose to share. Granted, that optimism is often shattered by 12 noon, when the reality of dealing with deadlines, evasive sources, and grumpy editors takes hold. …


If We’re Going to Make Changes, Let’s Make Them Real

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The Supreme Court has ruled the FCC can, once again, loosen media ownership rules.

The rules were put into place to encourage diversity in your media offerings — and that included a diversity of ownership, as well as a diversity in the types of news you receive. At the heart of it, the rules protected localism, to ensure you receive the type of news you need to understand what’s happening in your community.

Over the years, media outlets have argued the rules hamper their businesses, limiting their growth and causing undue strain of resources to comply with regulations — you…


The Ever-Widening Digital Divide

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Technology changes fast. Education changes slow.

That great divide leaves us vulnerable. Within America, each state’s technology prowess sets the stage for its future, now more than ever before, as we reimagine how we work and live, due to the changes ushered in by a most unwelcome pandemic, which heightened our dependency on connectivity. Massachusetts and California are the oft-cited most technologically advanced and innovative of America’s states, while the south and midwest lag far behind.

Two issues come into play: access to technology, and education to acquire the skill sets needed to not simply keep…


Investigation Urged into New Jersey’s Lack of Connectivity

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What a nightmare.

That’s the only way to sum up what happened during a blistering, five-and-a-half-hour New Jersey Board of Public Utilities hearing that saw elected officials demanding an investigation into Altice, backed up by residents airing countless grievances.

Mayors and other officials from around the state offered up nearly two hours’ worth of complaints and problems that have occurred since Altice USA purchased Optimum from Cablevision in 2016. Then the floor was turned over to the public, where 70 residents had requested to speak. …


Keep an Eye on the News Media

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Now that it’s been one year in the Age of Corona, the news media is carrying its fair share of tales of reflection — of lives lost, memories cherished, and, of course, thoughts and ideas on what could have been.

But how the news media has been impacted, and how it has reacted and changed is important to note, even for those not in news: Many trends hit the news media first, then roll out to other industries. That’s one of the reasons keeping an eye on the media is so important.

While working remotely isn’t anything new, for entire…


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CNN should never have made the exception. But that’s only the tip of the what’s-wrong-with-the-news-media-today iceberg.

For those who have been living under a rock or, perhaps for those in New Jersey set to go before the Board of Public Utilities (see The Watch List, below), here’s what you’ve missed: The Cuomo brothers have had better days. So, too, CNN.

Now, as political issues continue to mount and those around him make a run for the hills, Andrew is under intense media scrutiny. Rightly so. If you question whether that’s fair, remember elected officials are public figures. Media scrutiny is…


EPISODE DROP: FMC Fast Chat podcast featuring US Presidential Historian and Best-Selling Author Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley

In this episode, US Presidential Historian and best-selling author Douglas Brinkley talks history and current events to help us make sense of America today — no easy feat, but Brinkley does it seamlessly, illustrating exactly why he’s been dubbed “America’s New Past Master” by the Chicago Tribune.

ABOUT DOUGLAS BRINKLEY

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He works in many capacities in the world…


Power to News Media, Empowerment to the Public

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The mere act of conversation is enormously powerful, which is why the news media wields such influence in our society.

A conversation, one conversation, may turn out to be the catalyst behind what we do, what we think, who we connect with and even, who we love. No matter how technology advances, or how many bells and whistles a news outlet may add to its arsenal, the heart of all news is simply the conversations it delivers to us. …


EPISODE DROP: FMC Fast Chat Podcast featuring American Express Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon

In this episode of FMC Fast Chat, we examine a critical element of the economy: As we move from the “new normal” to the “next normal,” what will happen to philanthropy?

No one better to answer that question — and many others — than American Express Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon. He talks of the honor to serve, and how his team finds innovative ways to support nonprofits and small businesses around the globe.

ABOUT TIM

Timothy J. McClimon is President of the American Express Foundation…

Jaci Clement

American Media Scholar. Host, FMC Fast Chat Podcast. CEO & Executive Director, Fair Media Council.

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