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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. FEATURED TRAINING Code Now: […] 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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by Julie Keck

1. Japanese readers spend the most money on e-books (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 2. Surveying small publishing’s data on e-books (Simon Collinson / FutureBook) 3. New York to partner with Amazon on e-books (Daniel Berkowitz / Digital Book World) 4. Digital writing: If only community weren’t so communal (Porter Anderson / FutureBook) 5. Most […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Attempts to obscure data collection and preserve anonymity (Mary Madden & Lee Rainie / Pew Research) 2. Sunlight Foundation, Melody Kramer, and 20 other media/tech projects get Knight Prototype Funds (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. For mobile messaging, GIFs prove to be worth at least a thousand words (Mike Isaac / New York […] more »

by Tara Golshan

Online classes are to classrooms as the Kindle is to a physical book – convenient, readily accessible, but undeniably not the same. Doing classwork online isn’t new. Students are familiar with online discussion boards, taking quizzes on course management systems and filing articles for the plagiarism check. Professors regularly upload lecture notes and give […] 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 »

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by Julie Keck

1. How Vice’s feminist channel ‘Broadly’ plans to get women right (Julia Greenberg / Wired) 2. Netflix becomes the 800-pound gorilla for traditional TV types (Don Kaplan / NY Daily News) 3. Amazon Studios chief: Data isn’t everything as retailer looks at big picture (Andy Meek / Guardian) 4. Inside the underage sex scandal that’s […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

It was the mother of all educator ironies. I was in a class to learn how to effectively do “blended learning” — the combination of in-person and online course activities to improve student learning. Planted at Starbucks with laptop, iPad, headphones and the largest caffeine-hyped iced tea they could brew me, I stared at the […] more »

by Cheryl Ng

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. As the advertising industry adjusts to the evolving digital landscape, transparency has become an even greater issue. The problem is a lack thereof – an opaque filter separating each component […] more »

by Stacy Forster

After three years as an instructor of journalism and strategic communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I’m getting the hang of this teaching thing. Which means, of course, it’s time to add a twist — I’m spending the next year developing, then teaching, an online course for our undergraduates. So, here I am — starting […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. German prosecutors give spies a walk, but investigate journalists for ‘treason’ (Cory Doctorow / BoingBoing) 2. How 5 news organizations are bringing podcasts into the newsroom (Mădălina Ciobanu / 3. How 7 news organizations are using Slack to work better and differently (Laura Hazard Owen / Neiman Lab) 4. How YouTube stars and […] more »

Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A recent executive decree from Peru’s government compels all telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to store traffic data for three years. Assuming that the decree holds, telcos will be forced to provide police with individual user […] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Stacy Forster

As online education hits a more mature point, journalism programs are offering a range of distance-learning courses. But how do you effectively translate the in-class experience to the web, especially when teaching something like writing leads? On Tuesday, Aug. 4th, our #EdShift chat on Twitter will explore the different ways journalism is being taught online, […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Librarians leap to the aid of researchers whose funding will soon depend on open access (Mary Ellen McIntire / Chronicle of Higher Education – registration required) 2. Education technology deals reach $1.6 billion in first half of 2015 (Tony Wan & Tyler McNally / EdSurge) 3. Campus technology 2015: Q&A with MakerBot’s Jordan Brehove […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. NBCUniversal poised to make big investments in BuzzFeed and Vox Media (Kara Swisher & Peter Kafka / Re/code) 2. Public libraries will operate Tor exit nodes to make the service more secure (Jason Koebler / Motherboard) 3. Two out of two news organizations recommend user research (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) 4. How […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Laurie Rubel

Co-authored with Maren Hall-Wieckert “This is where customers find fast cash, and sometimes … lose their minds. You won’t believe what’s in store.” – truTV’s Hardcore Pawn The myriad of reality television shows about pawnshops — from Hardcore Pawn to Combat Pawn to Pawn Stars — is an indicator of an uptick in interest in alternative […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we learn how a new technology uses predictions to speed mobile video playback; and we explore another platform for crowdsourcing photos and video. PART 1: Video playback with Inmobly A technology from Inmobly can predict which videos a mobile viewer might want to watch and download files in advance as a way to […] more »