Frequent postings from the FMC staff about the issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.

Musicians Are Not Dentists: What Steven Johnson Still Doesn't Get

On Monday, writer Steven Johnson responded to our criticism of his August 23 New York Times Magazine cover story with a follow-up story in the Times and a more data-centric reply in the comments of our blog. read more

Submitted by kevin on August 28, 2015 - 10:24am

The Data Journalism That Wasn't

Earlier this month, the New York Times Magazine reached out to Future of Music Coalition with regard to a forthcoming feature. We like to help out with this sort of thing, because we know that music business structures and practices can be quite complicated, and think it’s important that journalists get the facts and context as correct as possible, whatever narrative they’re advancing. Last week, fact-checkers from the magazine followed up with FMC staff. There was a good deal of back and forth as we were provided short paragraphs, and later, individual sentences, from the article and asked to verify whether they were “true.” (Unfortunately, we weren’t provided with much context.)

Alas, what ended up running was rather disappointing. NYT Magazine chose to publish without substantive change most of the things that we told them were either: a) not accurate or b) not verifiable because there is no industry consensus and the “facts” could really go either way.

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Submitted by kevin on August 21, 2015 - 4:06pm



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