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DE Rainbow Filter
by Dan Reimold

In the immediate aftermath of last month’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, The Daily Evergreen editors at Washington State University placed a rainbow filter version of the paper’s logo as its Twitter profile pic. At least one conservative news outlet was dismayed by this decision. As The College Fix tweeted in response to the […] more »

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Advancing Journalism Innovation, One Fellowship at a Time

Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

Idea Lab is a group blog by innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs who are reinventing media in the digital age.
Underwritten by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. E-books and the environment: A greener reading experience (Markus Reily / Good E-Reader) 2. Court rejects Apple’s appeal of e-book price-fixing ruling (via Digital Book World) 3. Can authors earn worthwhile royalties from apps? (Andrew Brodie / The Bookseller) 4. Court denies class action in Author Solutions case (Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly) 5. […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. In Cuba, an underground network armed with USB drives does the work of Google and YouTube (Sarah Kessler / Fast Company) 2. People want screens on their car dashboards, but is it safe? (Sarah McBride & Paul Lienert / Huffington Post) 3. A globalized world demands globalized investigative reporting; study outlines how to do […] more »

by Neal Augenstein

Title: Periscope 101: Break News Faster with Mobile Live-Streaming Learn how, why, and when to live-stream with this practical training Instructor: Neal Augenstein, founder, and digital reporter, WTOP The power of Periscope means any person can live-stream eyewitness video from anywhere, instantly. Just by pressing a few buttons, the free Periscope app can immediately transport […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Screen addiction is taking a toll on children (Jane E. Brody / New York Times) 2. Televisions are no longer the screen of choice for kids (Anthony Crupi / Advertising Age) 3. Hooked: Why Netflix and Amazon want your kids (Greg Nichols / California Sunday Magazine) 4. Crowd-funded investigative journalism site the Ferret to […] more »

by Miral Sattar

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. You’ve written your book and now you want to tell the world about it. Book reviews are one way to get the word out about your book. So how does one […] more »

by Simon Perez

Everyone who teaches knows the idea of professors taking the summer “off” is fantasy. There’s plenty to do after classes are over. I choose to return to the newsroom I inhabited before I began teaching broadcast journalism in 2011 at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. In May, I worked as an MMJ (solo journalist, […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. How one professor’s tweets got her fired — or so it seemed at first (Andy Thomason / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. More than a lemonade stand: How 12-year-olds learn to launch lean startups (Charley Locke / EdSurge) 3. Q&A: Blogger Kevin Corbett on higher ed’s online future (D. Frank Smith / EdTech) 4. […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Salon Media editorial staff to unionize with Writers Guild of America (Greg Gilman / The Wrap) 2. Welcome to Jun, the town that ditched bureaucracy to run on Twitter (Jemima Kiss / Guardian) 3. An argument that newspapers are missing out on reaching loyal, local digital audiences (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. How […] more »

Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In October, a Colombian graduate student will go on trial for sharing an academic paper online. The paper’s author pressed copyright violation charges against Diego Gomez for posting his research on the document-sharing website […] more »

Legacy Media
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore a publishing platform that integrates story components in a unique way, and a startup that organizes news reports around historical context. PART 1: FOLD A Web-based publishing platform developed at the MIT Media Lab arranges related elements in a visual way that puts multimedia material into view alongside the text. Co-creator […] more »

by Susan Zake

The idea to hold a hackathon at Kent State began with one sentence in a proposal for an AEJMC/Knight News Challenge Bridge Grant. I wanted to hold an environmentally themed hack, perhaps a smaller version of the international Ecohack World event, to inspire my journalism students to approach technology in a more “hands-on” way and […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Internet use in the U.S. is nearing saturation, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center aggregating survey results of American Internet habits over the last 15 years. Age, class, race/ethnicity and community differences have always shaped Internet practices. Changes in technology — especially the increase in smartphone use — has influenced the trend toward saturation, […] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Stacy Forster

In the ever-shifting media environment, journalists who are running newsrooms often find themselves thinking more like CEOs and innovation chiefs than editors or producers. But where do they learn the skills they need to make those kinds of decisions and lead their staffs through immense changes in the industry? On Tuesday, July 7, our #EdShift chat […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. How CNN took a startup approach to politics (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 2. A virtual camera for interactive documentaries, inspired by side-scrolling video games (Brian Chirls / POV) 3. What’s the view from Europe on where news is headed? Check out these videos from Newsgeist (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 4. Next Twitter boss […] more »