Articles of Interest - Dec. 25


From ISIS to taxes: The AP's top 10 stories of 2017  Morning Joe  MSNBC

2017 Top Stories  Chartbeat

The Best Journalism of 2017  Sports Illustrated

Predictions for Journalism 2018  Nieman Journalism Lab 

Charting the news of 2017: The year's events that most grabbed the world's attention  Economist

The media today: What’s coming for journalism in 2018?  Columbia Journalism Review


'The Post': Pentagon Papers Put The Press Under Pressure  NPR

Steven Spielberg's The Post Is the Journalism Movie We Need Today  TIME

Fact checking ‘The Post’: The incredible Pentagon Papers drama Spielberg left out  Washington Post

Steven Spielberg’s The Post makes an entertaining, timely case for the First Amendment  Vox


Facebook admits its original attempt to end fake news failed  Daily Dot

How blockchain technology could prevent fake news from spreading  Tech Republic  


Ready Player One and the Troubled Future of VR  Technews World

Meet the robot that passed a college class on philosophy and love  CNBC 


How talk radio stays relevant in the digital age  Tech Republic 

Tempers flare at FCC over record Sinclair fine  CNN

Is Radio Headed For a Digital Cliff?  Musicomics

A U.S. Station Switched From Bluegrass to Radio Sputnik—and Got Threats From the Feds  Bloomberg

The Return of Vinyl Records  Daily Infographic


'Journalism is evolving and so is my thinking on it'  Poynter

Mexican journalist shot dead at primary school holiday party  Associated Press

The rich tried to save alt-weeklies: They haven't helped  Mashable

Russian hackers hunted journalists in years-long campaign  Associated Press

Journalism branding: Impact on reporters’ personal identities  Journalism Resources


Some expect AR to deliver flashy, exciting cultural creations.. but it may be more mundane—and thus more powerful  Wired

AI Predictions have a patchy record. So what to make of these? Truck drivers will be obsolete within a decade or so, retail workers have about 15 years left, and machines will be writing best-selling books within three decades   The World In

Six areas where artificial neural networks prove they can surpass human intelligence  Venture Beat

Will Artificial Intelligence Become Conscious?  Live Science

A look at what happened at machine learning’s big event  Economist

8 game-changing data trends that will impact businesses in 2018  Tech Republic


Instagram now lets you share live videos through direct messages  Tech Crunch

The Best of Reddit in 2017The top posts, communities, AMAs, and other highlights from the past year  Reddit

CNN is killing its Snapchat news show only four months after its debut  Tech Crunch


Facebook uses age-targeted job advertisements, but is that discriminatory?   Daily Dot

Facebook drops 'disputed' tags for news stories  The Hill

Facebook ‘Messenger Kids’ lets under-13s chat with whom parents approve  Tech Crunch

Who’s Watching Facebook TV?  Bloomberg


The World's Best Film School Is Free on YouTube  Wired 

There will be an explosion of streaming-video services in 2018. A shakeout is inevitable  The World In

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017  The Atlantic


You Give Up a Lot of Privacy Just Opening Emails. Here's How to Stop It  Wired

Google's Year in Search  Google Trends


Missing the Miracle in the Mundane  Becoming (my blog)


Whatever! Marist Poll reveals list of most annoying words  Poughkeepsie Journal

Tongue tried: Can the internet breathe new life into a dying language? Jonathan Beckman learns a smattering of Ainu  1843

The importance of pauses in conversation  Economist

Vulnerable Words and the CDC  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The strange reinvention of Icelandic: A language both ancient and modern  Economist

Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year Is Feminism  NPR


The Best Books Atlantic Staffers Read in 2017  The Atlantic

Longreads Best of 2017: Essays  Long Reads

Why Juan Rulfo’s fiction of fear is still revered in Latin America: The arbitrary violence of his short stories rings true in modern Mexico  Economist

Derivative Sport: The Journalistic Legacy of David Foster Wallace  Long Reads

Books of the Year 2017  Economist

J.R.R. Tolkien Is Our Favorite Father Christmas: For 23 years he role-played in holiday letters to his children  Atlas Obscura

Apparently, people who steal books from indie bookstores have pretentious taste: And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects  Vox


Gender Gap in Academic Seminar Questions: Men are far more likely to ask, study finds  Inside Higher Ed

The battle to make French a “gender-neutral language” is emphasizing the country’s inherent sexism  Quartz

Women Are Invited to Give Fewer Talks Than Men at Top U.S. Universities  The Atlantic

Jezebel's Annual, Unscientific List of Best Women, According to Us  Jezebel

Women and economics: The profession’s problem with women could be a problem with economics itself  Economist

Sinclair Broadcast Group Sued for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation  Hollywood Reporter


Report: Campus speech codes decline for 10th straight year  The Fire

College Students Clash Repeatedly Over Free Speech Issues  NPR


Santa Claus Converts To Calvinism, Moves Everybody To Naughty List  Babyonbee

Will the Museum of the Bible become a star DC attraction for tour groups?  Washington Post

Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of church sex abuse scandal, dead at 86  CNN

Texas Rangers pitcher and wife donate mansion and 100 acres of land to a Christian charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses  ESPN

John Legend cast as Jesus Christ in upcoming NBC live musical  CNN

Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards  Christianity Today

Calif. Megachurch Accused of Practicing Occult in Use of 'Destiny Cards'  Christian Post


Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore? (opinion)  The New Yorker

Sam Bee: Trump’s devout evangelical following is “an Aryan death cult” (opinion)  Salon


A Strict Olympic Crackdown on Russian Logos and Typography  New York Times

California artist weaves faith into acclaimed works, show  Religion News Service


The Most 2017 Photos Ever  The Atlantic 

Ye Olde Photoshoppe: The manipulation of photographs goes back a surprisingly long way  1843


Feel the noise: Tech companies are working out how to re-create the immediacy of live performance in your own home  1843

Bob Dylan's Gospel Period Sidemen Share Memories of His Most Divisive Era  Billboard 

How bands display their history on the stage  Economist


The Next Bechdel Test: We pitted 50 movies against 12 new ways of measuring Hollywood’s gender imbalance  FiveThirtyEight

Cult Hit 'The Room' Set for Wide Theatrical Release (Exclusive)  Hollywood Reporter

Film remakes that should stay on the storyboard  Economist

Every Steven Spielberg Movie, Ranked  Vulture

Not even “The Last Jedi” will reverse Americans’ retreat from cinemas  Economist


This year has seen an explosion of rage about sexual harassment: Will it lead to lasting change?  Economist

At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment  The New York Times


The Weaponization of Awkwardness  Don't make a scene. Look the other way. Social discomfort has long been used to maintain the status quo The Atlantic

The rise of long-distance marriage: Financial necessity is encouraging more couples to live apart  Economist


U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year and it’s fueled by the drug crisis  Washington Post 

Silencing is golden: A new era of medicine will come into view  The World In


The High School Student's Simple Explanation Of Relativity Will Boggle Your Mind  Digg

An age of discovery is in prospect for biology, predicts neuroscience professor at MIT and co-inventor of CRISPR  Economist 

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?  Quantam Magazine


Tasks for My Psychological Task Rabbit  McSweeneys

Can you really be addicted to sex?  1843

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods  The Conversation


10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them  Big Think

Slippery Slope (video)


Politics Moves Fast. Peer Review Moves Slow. What’s A Political Scientist To Do?   FiveThirtyEight

Want to Win a Nobel Prize? Retract a Paper: This advice is both hyperbolic and not nearly as crazy as it sounds  Slate

Online tools enable unprecedented access to science research  Physics Today

How Badly Can Cherry-Picking and Question Trolling Produce Bias in Published Results?   Springer


Women are held to a higher standard in peer review  VOX

Female grant applicants are equally successful when peer reviewers assess the science, but not when they assess the scientist  Biorxiv


Legal Pot? Doesn’t Matter, Colleges Say  Inside Higher Ed

Higher Ed New Media Consortium Suddenly Ceases Operations  Campus Technology 

How much did hacker who taunted Rutgers cost the school?

What Colleges Need to Know About the Tax Overhaul Poised to Become Law  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Nonprofit Funneling thousands of dollars to student-government campaigns across the country  The New Yorker


Don’t cede the online-education terrain to people whose courses are nowhere nearly as good as your own  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Authors of statistics textbook proudly declared, in a footnote, that no one reads footnotes. Photos of the footnote keep going viral  Inside Higher Ed

Use of Free Textbooks Is Rising, but Barriers Remain  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Controversial question spotted on UCCS final exam  KOAA

A Brief History of Students Secretly Recording Their Professors  Chronicle of Higher Ed


E-sports come of age: Why the e-sports industry will boom  The World In

Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Want to freelance? Join SPJ's freelancer directory  Society of Professional Journalists 

Now Accepting Student Applications for intensive 10-day program designed for college students interested in covering government and politics  Politico

Internship  Photo Department Patagonia, Ventura, California

2018 Summer Producer Intern  National Football League Culver City, California


On Faculty and Mental Illness  Chronicle of Higher Ed