1950s/1960s Radio News, Cuba Sanctions, Pompeii Frescoes, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2022


University of Maryland: The (Digital) Sound of History. “Nearly 600 tapes from the late 1950s and 1960s have been newly digitized and made available in an online archive at the University of Maryland, ranging from short interviews of newsmakers and collections of daily stories to longer reviews of and debates on events. They were produced by the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, a division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation that launched a Washington, D.C.-based radio news bureau in 1957 and provided syndicated material to stations across the country like the Associated Press did for print newspapers.”

National Security Archive: Cuba Embargoed: U.S. Trade Sanctions Turn Sixty. “On the eve of the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s executive order imposing “an embargo on all trade with Cuba,” the National Security Archive today posts a collection of previously declassified documents that record the origins, rationale, and early evolution of punitive economic sanctions against Cuba in the aftermath of the Castro-led revolution.”

Hyperallergic: Pompeii’s Long-buried Frescoes Come Back to Life. “On that fateful day in August of 79 CE, when Pompeii was seized unawares by the sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius, it abruptly transitioned from a living city to a still-capture of ancient life. Many explorations have been made to understand aspects of life in Pompeii, but a new online exhibition hosted by New York University (NYU) brings us a scintillating close read on the fresco art of the city’s villas. Titled Pompeii in Color, the exhibition is organized by the National Archeological Museum of Naples, and presents 35 frescoes, all originally from Roman homes.”

Poynter: These college students created a new tool to bring digital media literacy training into classrooms everywhere. “MediaWise and its Campus Correspondents have been working since 2020 to slow the spread of online misinformation. In 2022, the goal is to train at 100 diverse colleges and universities, and availability is now opening up for another 25 workshops…. To meet the program’s demand, this year’s small but mighty team of 11 Campus Correspondents took the most crucial lessons from their live workshops and produced one masterclass video.”

Exact Editions: Granta launches its digital book collection with Exact Editions. “Exact Editions is thrilled to announce, in partnership with Granta Books, that a new digital book collection is available to individual and institutions. Subscribers will have unlimited access to more than 40 titles across web, iOS and Android devices.”


ABC News (Australia): Google Maps to fix directions after years of trapped travellers around Burketown. “Residents in Queensland’s Gulf region are growing impatient with seeing ill-informed travellers becoming stranded while following directions on Google Maps. Several tourists near the community of Burketown have been rescued this wet season from flooded and impassable roads after following routes recommended by the popular website and app.”

USEFUL STUFF How to use social media to find and promote your stories. “Chandni Sembhi shares her best tips for journalists publishing their work on Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.”


BuzzFeed News: We Found The Real Names Of Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Pseudonymous Founders. “BAYC makes money not just from the initial sale (approximately $2 million) of its NFT apes, but also from a 2.5% royalty on future trades. It has real-world licensing deals with the likes of Adidas and was involved in a concert event with Chris Rock and the Strokes. Now held by dozens of celebrities, the Bored Apes have become a flashpoint for both excitement and skepticism about NFTs, which boosters say will revolutionize art and commerce by creating a level playing field free of race and gender, and detractors say are a speculative bubble at best and a scam at worst.”

BBC: Tonga: How an Internet blackout left many desperate for money. “Sulieni Layt would send money to his sister-in-law in Tonga every fortnight. The Tongan director and broadcaster at Pasifika Radio and TV based in Australia was used to choosing from an array of remittance providers to digitally transmit the funds to her. But last month’s tsunami, triggered by the undersea eruption, caused widespread devastation in Tonga, leaving him unable to remit money to his family at a time when they needed it the most.”


BBC: North Korea: Missile programme funded through stolen crypto, UN report says. “North Korean cyber-attacks have stolen millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency to fund the country’s missile programmes, a UN report briefed to media says. Between 2020 and mid-2021 cyber-attackers stole more than $50m (£37m) of digital assets, investigators found.”

Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Federal Agencies Launch Joint Effort to Alert Online Daters and Social Media Users of Romance Scams That Have Cost Americans Millions. “Today, five federal agencies joined forces to remind the public about the ongoing dangers of romance scams. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have launched Dating or Defrauding?, a national awareness effort to alert the public to romance scams that target victims largely through dating apps or social media.”

CNBC: Price comparison site sues Google for $2.4 billion over alleged antitrust breach. “A Swedish price comparison website is suing Google for 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) over allegations that it manipulated search results in favor of its own competing shopping service.” Good morning, Internet…

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