Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition I look at how Facebook tried to simplify its privacy settings in the face of widespread criticism and defections. Now the 50 settings have been streamlined down to 15, but still some critics decry the opt-out nature of sharing vs. opt-in. Plus, the new Bay Citizen non-profit news site in the San Francisco area launched, with high-profile partnerships with the New York Times and UC Berkeley. I talked with editor-in-chief Jonathan Weber, who described their approach to online video and more.

[Full disclosure: Weber was my editor at the Los Angeles Times and at the Industry Standard.]

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Jonathan Weber:

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Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Making Control Simple at the Facebook blog

No One Really Cares About Facebook’s Privacy Flap — Except Congress at AdAge

Privacy groups assail Facebook changes at CNET

A Guide to Facebook’s New Privacy Settings at NY Times

Here’s a CNET video explaining Facebook’s privacy changes:

The Bay Citizen – ‘Hardly Strictly News’ at SFGate

The Bay Citizen makes a strong debut at the SF Bay Guardian

The Pitfalls of ‘Cooperative’ News at Chicago Reader

Bay Citizen nonprofit news producer launches, nabs $3.7M at SF Business Times

Is A Link More Valuable Than $25? The Bay Citizen’s ‘Deal’ For Local Bloggers at SFAppeal

The Bay Citizen

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think non-profit news sites:


Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.