Vancouver Tech Podcast Ep.74: PressReader COO Nikolay Malyarov, CJR staff writer David Uberti

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Special guests Nikolay Malyarov, COO of PressReader and David Uberti, staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review join host Drew Ogryzek.

Malyarov, Uberti, and Ogryzek reflect on topics like biases in journalism, the notion of objectivity, the effects of socioeconomic change on media consumption, and more.

In journalism, understanding that we have our biases when we’re reporting, then potentially overcompensating by pointing out the other sides that could be there, may create a bias in another direction or a two-sided argument.

Public trust in media is at an all-time low, but trust in particular media institutions remains high. While people in the United States distrust “the media,” there is an identification with certain outlets.
Newspapers or news programs from 50 years ago had a more standard “who, what, when, where, why,” approach to news. Now, just given the fact that we can get so much information about breaking news events instantaneously online, journalists have to add value through their analysis. So now if you look at a newspaper, it’s not “who, what, when, where, why,” it’s “So what?” Why should we be caring about this?

For PressReader, it’s the content that drives the consumption based on the interest of its readers. There is a deliberate and conscious effort to ensure that if there are topics I’m interested in, my feed isn’t just full of the particular bias I subscribe to, but the feed will show both sides. It’s then up to me, as the reader, to choose what to read.

The revolution we have gone through in the past two decades have allowed us as individuals an unprecedented access to information. Something that we couldn’t have fathomed how much of that information exists before, and that’s really what’s fueling the progress for us as a society. So, there’s never going to be enough.

How do you engage with your readers beyond simply providing them an ability to comment; how do you go beyond that? There’s some really clever ideas that will be featured on the next issue of The Insider on PressReader.

Follow David Uberti on Twitter at @DavidUberti and on his podcast The Kicker.
Follow Nikolay Malyarov on Twitter at @malyarov.

Theme music by A Shell In The Pit from the game Parkitect

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Drew Ogryzek

As a software developer, lead organizer of HackerNest Vancouver, organizer of the Vancouver Tech Meetup, and founder of the Vancouver Tech Podcast, Drew is very active in Vancouver's tech community. Find him on Twitter at @drew_bro

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