22 EpisodesProduced by Journalism + Design

Disentangling journalism’s messiest problems. Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell tap the biggest brains in the business and beyond to tease out where we go from here. From the Journalism and Design program at The New School.

22 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Season Two Finale: Is This Thing On?

April 8th, 2019


For our season two finale, Emily and Heather are joined by "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" writer Mike Drucker to talk about all things comedy and …

'The Digital Maginot Line' and the Future of Information Warfare

March 22nd, 2019


In "The Digital Maginot Line", Mozilla fellow and disinformation expert Renée DiResta argues that perpetrators of information warfare have shifted from "targeting infrastructure to targeting the minds of civilians." In …

And The (Tech) Beat Goes On

March 9th, 2019


In the past few years, coverage of Silicon Valley in the press has shifted away from techno-utopian boosterism towards increasingly critical analysis. On this week's episode, we hear some advice from the New York Times' …

The Rise of Unions in Digital Media

February 25th, 2019


Gawker unionized in 2015, setting off a wave of digital newsroom organizing, invigorated by layoffs and politics that leave journalists feeling …

Print Is Dead! Long Live Print!

February 10th, 2019


BuzzFeed, Vice and other leaders in digital media have laid off over 2,000 people so far this year. It seems that nobody can bring in enough revenue from digital advertising to fuel free news online. Meanwhile, printed …

Can We Count on Audience Metrics?

January 18th, 2019


How do we measure the reach and impact of online journalism? Does audience data belong in the newsroom? The meaning of audience metrics is often unclear, but their effects on business and editorial decisions are very …

Platforms & Publishers, Part 2: "We Damaged Our Souls"

December 14th, 2018


In the second part of Tricky's deep-dive into the relationship between news publishers and tech platforms, Jezebel founding editor Anna Holmes joins …

Platforms & Publishers (Name A More Dysfunctional Duo)

November 30th, 2018


Writer and journalism professor Anjali Khosla joins Heather and Emily to talk about how we got this fraught relationship between tech platforms and news publishers. They cover the latest Facebook bombshell(s), Jonah …

The Jam-Packed Post-Election ‘What Does It All Mean?’ Special

November 16th, 2018


Emily and Heather discuss the fallout from the White House sharing a doctored video of Jim Acosta's heated exchange with President Trump. They then listen to local reporters from around the country share lessons they …

Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

November 2nd, 2018


Journalist Mehdi Hasan joins Heather and Emily to discuss Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder and explore what its coverage says about the …

Season Two Starts Next Week

October 24th, 2018


Emily and Heather are back with a new season of Tricky! Starting Nov. 2, we'll unbox the news of the week and untangle the knottiest problems facing journalism. New episodes every other Friday.

What Are Journalists For?

June 26th, 2018


On the finale of the first season of Tricky, Emily and Heather are joined by media critic and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen to discuss the journalism that exposed the Trump administration's atrocities at the border …

Credibility Ratings Dive

June 1st, 2018


How many fact-checking organizations does it take to change the proverbial fake news lightbulb? Elon Musk thinks we need at least one more. But maybe …

The Unraveling of Univision

May 18th, 2018


Heather and Emily are joined by David Uberti of Splinter News, one of the authors of “Univision is a Fucking Mess” about his employer. But, seeking silver linings wherever they go, they also talk with Almudena Toral …

A Bonfire of Hot Takes

May 4th, 2018


Emily and Heather consider what place opinion journalism has in public discourse today. With Jeet Heer of The New Republic, and Katie Kingsbury of the New York Times, the two ask: Is intellectual diversity possible? …

Infocalypse Preppers

April 20th, 2018


Heather and Emily hunker down in the journalistic equivalent of a nuclear bunker with Storyful’s Mandy Jenkins and design technologist Rick Barraza …

What’s in the Sinclair Broadcasting box?

April 6th, 2018


A perverted sex act in a company-owned Mercedes, and a shriveled local media ecosystem. Heather and Emily are joined by Washington Post media critic …

Propaganda and pink hair

March 23rd, 2018


Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell talk to Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale, about misinformation, conspiracy theories, and how journalism can survive in systems flooded with propaganda, with tips on tackling …

Don't read the comments

March 14th, 2018


In this episode of Tricky, Heather and Emily talk to Sarah L. Roberts, the woman who coined the term “commercial content moderation,” about how elements of online discourse are governed by outsourced and unseen low-paid …

Facebook is broken. Should we hop on the Blockchain?

February 26th, 2018


Facebook’s 35 mentions in the 37-page indictment of 13 Russian nationals solidified the social network’s position at the center of our current …

"Attentional Serfdom"

February 13th, 2018




In the inaugural episode of Tricky, Emily Bell and Heather Chaplin look at perhaps the greatest challenge facing journalism today: the fight to capture your attention.

Journalism may be a pillar of democracy, but …

Coming Soon: Tricky. A show about the shape of the future of journalism

February 9th, 2018


Disentangling journalism’s knottiest problems. Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell call on leading thinkers, doers, writers, and designers to tease out where we go from here. From the Journalism and Design program at The New …

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