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For the first time, 13 presidential libraries have joined to make a public declaration over their concern for U.S. democracy. It emphasizes the need for compassion, tolerance and pluralism while urging Americans to respect democratic institutions.
MT @veronikellymars Voucher proposals might be losing in state legislature, but public schools are still losing. The right might lose some battles, but they are winning the war they themselves created.
A bright spot.
HT @MeetJess Covid hospitalizations, deaths and wastewater data — among other indicators — are all increasing as the U.S. heads into fall.
MT @DrEricDing Deaths doubled, hospital tripled, emergency room visits quadrupled.
At least 5–10% of COVID-19 survivors develop a post-viral syndrome known as long COVID. This includes a variety of long-lasting, debilitating symptoms and medical conditions, which often lead to physical, social and psychological disability, and have a severe impact on patients’ quality of life. The small chances of recovering from long COVID during the first 2 years underscore that, as long as SARS-CoV-2 transmissions continue, subjects with long COVID will continue to accumulate.
Some good news! The ReFrame Report on Gender & Hiring in TV found gender-balanced employment in 94 of the top 200 series of the 2022–23 season.
Global Publishing and Journalism Organizations Unite to Release Comprehensive Global Principles for Artificial Intelligence
RT @DCNorg These comprehensive Global Principles for Artificial Intelligence address critical dimensions relating to intellectual property, transparency, accountability, quality and integrity, fairness, safety, design, and sustainable development
Critics say Books3 isn’t a boon to society — instead, it’s emblematic of everything wrong with generative AI, a glaring example of how both the rights and preferences of artists are disregarded and disrespected by the AI industry’s main players.
The young company sent shock waves around the world when it released ChatGPT. But that was just the start. The ultimate goal: Change everything. Yes. Everything.
Only 18 percent of US adults have ever used ChatGPT and few think it will have a major impact on their job
Meanwhile, readers say that some AI-penned articles switch languages halfway through.
Of the professionals surveyed, 45% believe marketers do a better job of creating marketing campaigns. But 35% say AI performs better. And 19% feel they’re about the same.
The controversial image that won a Colorado State Fair contest last year may soon become the latest front in the legal fight over artificial intelligence. Jason M. Allen, a Colorado-based artist, used generative AI software in the creation of the image, “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial.” “I’m the guy that opened Pandora’s Box and ended up becoming the center of the zeitgeist revolving around this issue of AI art,” he said. The image was striking enough to win part of the Colorado State Fair’s art contest last year. But the U.S. Copyright Office on Tuesday issued a final decision that it can not be copyrighted, meaning Allen can’t get legal protections to stop others from reproducing and using the image themselves.
Roblox unveils Roblox Assistant, a conversational AI assistant that lets creators enter prompts to generate virtual environments, get help with coding, and more
Chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard are vulnerable to indirect prompt injection attacks. Security researchers say the holes can be plugged — sort of.
We shouldn’t fear the synthesis of humans and machines; we should fear its misdirection by the meanest pecuniary interests.
Amazon will now require users to “inform us of AI-generated content (text, images, or translations) when you publish a new book or make edits to and republish an existing book through KDP.” The post goes on to say that even if a user made substantial edits after initially creating the content using AI, that would be considered AI-generated.
Three takeaways from the surprising Amazon-Shopify deal last week
The FTC is likely to sue Amazon later this month, capping a four-year antitrust investigation into the company.
Election advertisers on Google will need to disclose if they’re using AI-generated audio, video or photos.
RT @Pogue Oh wow. After Apple blocked cookies in its Safari browser, Google has now built, RIGHT INTO CHROME, a tracker that “track[s] the web pages you visit and generate[s]a list of advertising topics that it will share with web pages whenever they ask.”
MT @BISG Walmart is rolling out initiatives emphasizing engagement and expanding consumer offerings, including drone delivery and developing experiences within Roblox’s virtual gaming platform.
MT @FoSTorg Consumers under 35 spend half of their media time with “lean-in” platforms, and the gaming sector has seen more than $200B in M&A deal value in the last three years.
Publishing & Media
Via @svershbow Do authors actually like the books they endorse — or even read them? Writers, literary agents, and publishing workers take Esquire inside the story of a problematic “favor economy.”
The pilot program will reportedly give subscribers up to 20 free hours of audiobooks per month.
Monotype owns most major fonts, although boutique foundries still exist and do work for big companies. Main competitors are Adobe Fonts & Google Fonts (which is free). Thousands of designers try to sell their typefaces,but most have to go through Monotype
RT @AuthorsGuild If you have a book that remains available for reading on Open Library and wish to have it taken down, we’ve outlined how to remedy this.
National Literacy Trust says families and schools need resources to help disadvantaged children develop vital literacy skills
A tight-knit community of young-adult writers who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has yielded smashes like “Twilight.” But religious doctrine can clash with creative freedoms.
To sell your used books to readers.
Amazon dropped all of its print and Kindle magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Readers could not be contacted directly and redirected to other subscription methods because “none of us know who these subscribers are.”
Sports Illustrated publisher Arena Group is launching a creator network of 100+ social media influencers, vowing it won’t replace journalists.
Over 80% of Americans listen to AM/FM radio at least once a week, even 18–34 year olds. Podcasts “are years away from replacing radio.”
Artists who don’t meet certain audience thresholds will be treated as “noise” under a new model aiming to fix the streaming music biz
A nonpartisan group of 22 foundations today announced the launch of Press Forward, a nationwide coalition committing more than $500 million over five years to help reinvigorate local news in America
Connections is already the second-most popular @nytimes game (after Wordle)
RT @EveryLibrary It has never been about the books. It has always been about denying Americans’ access to libraries.
Ron DeSantis just put the co-founder of a book ban advocacy group on Florida’s state ethics commission
HT @LWShanley Ron DeSantis appointed the co-founder of right-wing parental rights group to the state’s ethics committee. The group, Moms for Liberty, says its mission is to “stoke the fires of liberty.” The group has proposed book bans and fought against mask mandates and teachings about racism and gender issues.
MT @FLFreedomRead The entire library collection is under review in Duval Schools to appease l% of the population in public schools. These laws are written to address a manufactured problem, but their financial, time, & emotional costs have had massive impacts on students, educators, & districts.
MT @LibraryPolicy Tue. (9/12) join us here as we live tweet the Senate Judiciary hearing on book bans & censorship. Join for:
✅ Testimony from library & intellectual freedom experts
✅ Analysis on the far-reaching impacts of book bans
✅ Insights on a path forward at the federal level
Book resumes include multiple reviews from different sources, awards won, booklists including the work, and news stories from when the book has been challenged but retained on the shelves.
A new exhibition presented by PEN America will spotlight literary censorship in U.S. prisons, where tens of thousands of books are currently banned.
Resources & Opportunities
I’m SO EXCITED about this IRL power panel I’m putting together! 10/3 5:30pm-7:30pm ET at PRH offices incl. wine/cheese & networking. $20 for Women’s Media Group members, $25 for non-members. More speakers to be announced v soon.
Tuesday, September 26, 6:00–7:00 p.m. ET Free for WMG members; $15.00 for non-members Join this special event with Gail Papp and Rose Styron, two of the most accomplished women in American culture, for a peek into their memoir writing process, the challenge of writing about lives lived in public, and tips for aspiring memoir writers.
MT @LibnOfCongress The Library of Congress and CSPAN are launching a new series, Books That Shaped America. It’s a ten part series that starts airing on CSPAN on Sept 18.
The Penguin Random House Audio Narrator Mentorship Program is an initiative for actors new to audiobooks, offering them the opportunity to work with our team of producers to strengthen their craft and gain industry knowledge. #TeamPRH
#LatinxPitch September 15th 2023 from 8am to 8pm EST
RT @PeriplusCollect We’re holding a free panel on graduate creative-writing programs for writers of color! Attendance is limited to 95, so be sure to get a ticket on Eventbrite in advance.
The application for the 2024 Periplus Fellowship — offering mentorship and community to writers of color — is now open! Learn more and apply by 10/27 at http://bit.ly/periplusfaq. There’s no fee to apply.
MT @onestorymag Applications are now open for the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship! Each year, One Story and the Talve-Goodman Family award one writer a year-long mentorship on the craft of fiction writing with One Story magazine.
MT @BincFoundation Applications are open for the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, which provides a bookseller with a year-long scholarship for professional development and community outreach. Apply by 9/15/23 5pm ET.
HT @NewYork_CM Join Adobe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a first-hand look at new features in Photoshop, including peeks at what’s coming in Illustrator, Express, generative AI and more.
Call for Papers on Critical Approaches to Disability in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Media
MT @LibraryPolicy ALA is proud to once again join @NatlVoterRegDay as a Premier Partner! We encourage libraries across the country to sign up to participate (9/19) & support civic engagement across your community. Learn more below or sign up as a partner: http://bit.ly/ALANVRD23
MT @RT_Mentor We are expanding our mentors :) Please share! Specifically, we are seeking:
- Native American, Pacific Islander, and MENA mentors of any age group/genre.
- PoC mentors of picture books, middle grade, novels in verse, and/or graphic novels.
Email us at email@example.com
MT @veronikellymars You do not need to be a librarian or educator to apply. GRSR is a community-focused tool kit, so if you’re doing anti-censorship work on the ground or have a community project that could use a little $$, this is a great opportunity. GRSR is offering mini-grants of up to $2500 to help communities be prepared for book challenges and to promote the Get Ready, Stay Ready Community Action Toolkit. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more, share, and apply!
MT @w3c_wai Open position! W3C Web Accessibility Initiative is seeking an Accessibility Specialist to work on digital accessibility standards and supporting materials. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the vision of an accessible digital future.
MT @nyu_journalism September 13th Join NYU Journalism’s First Amendment Watch & National Constitution Center for the first-ever National First Amendment Summit, sponsored by PEN America, Reporters Committee for Freedom, Freedom Forum, and Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. Online & in-person. Free.
THE PROGRAM PROVIDES:
- Finishing grants* for film and digital projects
- Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos
- Production funds for live or online theatre
In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a prominent woman perspective; and/or include a woman-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or woman-indentified protagonist(s) or lead musical role.
*To be eligible, projects need to have completed principal photography.
GRANTS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
- Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) — up to $50,000
- Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) — up to $25,000
- Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) — up to $20,000
- Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) — up to $50,000
- Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) — up to $25,000
- Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) — up to $20,000
- Music (all categories) — up to $20,000
- Theatre Production — up to $50,000
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