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How WNYC put their podcast on Facebook

Despite Facebook allowing users to post videos, photos and, in some cases, even Excel sheets, you are out of luck if you want to share a piece of audio, perhaps a podcast.

That is, unless you are WNYC.

NeimanLab reports the public radio station recently “experimented” by uploading a video with a still image and audio playing in the background.

The content — or “audiogram,” as WNYC calls it — was an episode of the “Here’s The Thing” podcast.

The audiogram, which features Alec Baldwin interviewing Jimmy Fallon, “had more than 12,000 plays a few hours after posting, though it isn’t clear whether users listened to the full 48 minutes,” per Neiman’s December 8 post.

Twelve thousand plays seems like a lot, but it appears Jimmy Fallon tweeting to his more than 32 million followers about the show may have contributed to the strong response. Still, this approach seems like an effective way for a news outlet to get its podcast to more of its audience.

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Apparently all Twitter users can now create polls

Instead of writing your typical tweet, hit the pie chart to enter your questions and answers for your poll.
Instead of writing your typical tweet, hit the pie chart to enter your questions and answers for your poll.

Want to poll your readers on Twitter? You may no longer need to have them hit favorite for one response, or retweet for another.

That’s because Twitter has rolled out a feature that lets at least some users tweet a poll on which other users can click one of the answers.

Twitter said in a blog post dated October 21 all its users can create polls in “the coming days.” More than week later, it appears everyone can do so, as I can with multiple accounts I manage.

The polls are “live for 24 hours,” “you can vote on any poll, and how you voted is not shared publicly,” according to the blog post.

When I tried the feature, Twitter let me write, in both words and emojis, both my own question and two answers.

How it looks after the poll closes.
How it looks after the poll closes.

Twitter account for sports blogs Deadspin, SB Nation suspended

Looks like tweeting a 15-second clip, or in this case a “highlight,” of a professorial sports match-up could get you in copyright trouble.

Sports blog Deadspin, owned by Gawker Media, got its @Deadspin Twitter account suspended after the feed reportedly featured NFL highlights, in the form of GIFs and videos, without permission.

In an article dated yesterday, John Cook, Gawker Media Executive Editor, told Re/code that the “deactivation” was appealed:

“We got 18 takedown notices about 16 tweets. All of the tweets included GIFs, and all of the requests were filed by the NFL,” Cook wrote in an email. “The account was reinstated after we appealed the deactivation. The tweets in question are still up, but Twitter has of its own accord stripped them of the allegedly offending GIFs. All in all, the account was, in Twitter’s words, ‘permanently suspended’ from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm [EST].”

It’s unclear what “tweets in question” Cook was referring to, but here is one NFL GIF dated as of last Sunday:

Re/code also reported that the account for @SBNationGIF, managed by Vox Media’s SB Nation, was suspended last weekend after “GIFs of college football highlights” were posted on the account.

Vox Media told Re/code:

SB Nation received an email from Twitter notifying us that the @SBNationGIF account had been suspended, due to a DMCA notice Twitter received related to several gifs and vines sent from the @SBNationGIF account, which contained content from college football game broadcasts. The DMCA notice came from XOS Digital, a third party rights organization. We are working with Twitter to resolve the issue and restore the account. All other SB Nation accounts are in good standing. We take copyright infringement issues seriously and always try to keep our use of unlicensed third party footage within the bounds of fair use.

As of Tuesday, the @SBNationGIF account remains suspended.

Disclosure: Re/code noted it is owned by Vox Media

Here is how NowThis used various social media platforms in their Bernie Sanders interview

Many on social media know that all platforms allow different forms of content. NowThis News, which publishes almost all of their content on social media, recently took that to heart.

NowThis, affiliated with NBC, published an interview with Sanders across all their social media networks, with some posts tailored very specifically to the respective platform.

Here are samples of some of the posts:

Instagram:

Twitter:

(For those wondering how they apparently uploaded a video longer that Twitter’s 30-second limit, this might help)

Vine:

Facebook:

Screenshot of NowThis' Facebook video of  Sanders.
Screenshot of NowThis’ Facebook video of Sanders.

(Link to video: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/897613636995428/)

Digiday:

NowThis crowdsourced its questions from social media and focused on topics that are important to its millennial audience, like his affordable college plan and gun control.

The interview was disseminated across five social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine and Instagram), garnering more than 15 million total views in 10 days.

BILD.de’s Paul Ronzheimer Periscope Syrian refugee’s travels

When live stream app Periscope launched, it was unclear if journalists would stick with the platform.

But it appears some in the journalism world have done so, and one reporter who is putting Periscope to very good use is Paul Ronzheimer, of German publication BILD.de.

Ronzheimer has been joining Syrian refugees on buses, at bus stations and on long walks during their trip through Europe.

Here are some screenshots:

The camera was on, whether his subjects were awake or not
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Periscope allows viewers to post their questions to be answered by the person live streaming
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Ronzheimer’s work revealed that those making the trip included young children
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Replays of the live broadcasts he did yesterday and today are currently available to be viewed by downloading the Periscope app, signing in with your Twitter handle, and searching for Paul Ronzheimer, though the videos will likely vanish in 24 hours.

Alternatively, here is a link to his most recent broadcast.

LA Times Snapchats first day of school

For some, school is back in session. And kids aren’t the only ones Snapchatting in the halls.

LA Times’ Sonali Kohli was on hand at various local schools where the reporter using the platform to cover their first day. A video on the Times’ site features apparently a copy of the Snapchat video that might offer some ideas to others wishing to Snapchat schools’ first day of classes.

Twitter reacts to tweeted apparent medical record

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, recently ranked one of the most-followed broadcast journalists on Twitter, is facing a sharp backlash after what appears to be an NFL player’s medical record showing up in a tweet under his account.

The apparent record was a document of the New York Giant’s Jason Pierre-Paul getting his finger amputated, reportedly due to a Fourth of July fireworks accident.

The tweet received a flood of negative responses, some of which came from people in and around professional sports.

NFL player James Harrison:

NFL player Chris Long:

https://twitter.com/JOEL9ONE/status/618927841061703684

NFL Draft Analyst Montel Hardy:

Prodessinal baseball player Drew Storen:

Also on Twitter, “#HIPAA,” which “protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information,” is trending.

But it’s an invasion of privacy issue, not an HIPAA one, says Sports Illustrated Legal Analyst Michael McCann.

McCann also addressed what would happen if the team for which Pierre-Paul plays leaked the info to Schefter.

Here is more of the reaction from the sports world.

[Update – 7/13/2015]

Schefter, on SI.com, explained to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch why he tweeted the picture and how he got it.

Here is his reasoning in what Deitsch said was an emailed interview between him and Schefter:

This was a public figure and franchise player involved in a widely speculated accident with potential criminal behavior in which there was a cone of secrecy that surrounded him for five days that not even his own team could crack. This wasn’t as if some player were admitted to the hospital with a secret illness or disease—we’ve seen those cases over the years, as recently as this past year even. This one was different and unique for a variety of reasons. The extent of his injuries were going to come to light, maybe that day or later that week, but soon. They’re horrific injuries, incredibly unfortunate for the player. But in a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof.

Asked how he got the picture:

All I will say is I never once requested a single image from anyone at any time; the images came to me.

Here is more of the interview with Schefter.