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by Julie Keck

1. Can ‘mommy bloggers’ still make a living? (Olga Khazan / The Atlantic) 2. Data Docs tool marries data with video storytelling (Vignesh Ramachandran / Knight Foundation) 3. Spotify updates privacy policy with clearer language after backlash (Jake Kastrenakes / The Verge) 4. Apple rumor tracker: What will be revealed at the September 9 event […] more »

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Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

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by Jefferson Yen

The mobile web. We’ve described it as the future of news. Now it’s time to address why “the mobile web sucks.” The reason is pretty simple: ads bog down load times. So it’s no wonder Apple is allowing ad-blocking software in the next iOS update. Owen Williams at The Next Web tested a beta version […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we explore apps for organizing photos from multiple smartphone users, and we see how the Associated Press is using automation to expand its college sports coverage. PART 1: Photo album apps Several different apps can help you compile and share photos taken by multiple smartphone users — particularly useful for teams of reporters […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Payday for ice bucket challenge’s mocked slacktivists (Nicholas Kristof / New York Times) 2. Al Jazeera America digital journalists unionize (Michael Calderone / Huffington Post) 3. As giant platforms rise, local news is getting crushed (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 4. A diverse local news ecosystem is emerging, and it doesn’t need ‘scale’ or […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. How the New School aims to bring journalism and design together (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Penn State starts network for entrepreneurs with focus on online learning (Mary Ellen McIntire / Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. 3 major tech firms join Georgia Tech’s new IoT research center (D. Frank Smith / EdTech) 4. […] more »

Free Speech
by Kerry Paterson

On June 24, a grenade was thrown through the window of Voice of America correspondent Diane Nininahazwe’s home. It was one of three cases CPJ has documented in recent months where grenades were thrown into the homes of journalists in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but there have also been no arrests. […] more »

by Mu Lin

My experience teaching at West Virginia University tells me that a hybrid format works well for digital journalism courses. I want to share with fellow instructors how we structure a dual-instructor hybrid course and our experience teaching it. How we structure the dual-instructor hybrid course JRL225 Media Tools & Applications is required for all strategic […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Automation in the newsroom (Celeste LeCompte / Nieman Reports) 2. Dylan Byers joining CNNMoney and CNN Politics (Brian Stelter / CNNMoney) 3. Twitter needs the news and the news needs Twitter (Mathew Ingram / Fortune) 4. Business Insider publishes on social sites with new ‘Insider’ project (Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal) 5. Digital […] more »

by Matt Smith

The following opinion piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Sharing is the new normal. Everywhere we look, our social networks are providing us with links, lists and video that our friends and acquaintances think will impress and delight us. […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. A manifesto for ‘smart content’ in publishing (Steve Odart / FutureBook) 2. Digital magazine subscriptions are on the rise (Mike Kozlowski / Good E-Reader) 3. Self-publishing beyond the book: Serializing, podcasting, and merchandising (via Jane Friedman) 4. Soundtracks for books: How one author is using Booktrack for her novels (Joanna Penn / The Creative […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Podcast collective Radiotopia has a new leader (Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab) 2. Local news startups link engagement to revenue (Michele McLellan / Knight Digital Media Center) 3. Grasswire relaunches its crowdsourced Wikipedia of news (Mathew Ingram / Fortune) 4. ‘We aren’t in the news business, we’re in the understanding business’– Q&A with Mathew […] more »

Free Speech
by Dale Blasingame

When two WDBJ journalists were murdered on live television last week near Roanoke, Virginia, the ethical debate over “how much is too much” in terms of coverage was never more evident. This is an increasingly more and more complex decision that falls on the shoulders of journalists, which is nothing unusual. But these days, technology […] more »

by Meagan Francis

Podcasts first popped up on my radar about 10 years ago, when the trend, fueled by RSS and file sharing technology, was just starting to boom. I loved the concept but couldn’t figure out how to create one in a way that fit into my career as a freelancer writer. Even if I had the […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. SEPTEMBER 2015 Web […] more »

by Stacy Forster

Reporting on trauma is challenging and emotional enough without the added stress of how to handle and cover graphic video, photos or first-hand accounts being shared on social media. Those covering the shooting Wednesday of two journalists from Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ during a live shot grappled with how to use the video shared by the […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. NPR podcasts turn 10 (via NPR Extra) 2. Life after content blocking (Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note) 3. These microchips could change football as we know it (A.J. Dellinger / The Kernel) 4. String of rulings bodes ill for the future of journalism in Europe (via Nicolas Kayser-Bril) 5. New York Times biz editor […] more »