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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 »


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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. 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 »

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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 »

Education
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 »

Culture
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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Legacy Media
by Julie Keck

Shine Louise Houston is used to knocking down barriers. As the CEO of feminist porn company Pink & White Productions, Houston has pushed the boundaries of this overwhelmingly straight male arena by creating porn with casts diverse in terms of sexual orientation, gender expression, and ethnic background. Now she’s breaking out of old film funding models […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. E-books get a makeover (Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal) 2. How authors can evaluate hybrid publishers (via Jane Friedman) 3. Why the subscription model for e-books doesn’t work — at least not yet (Jason Nillian / Entrepreneur) 4. Disney rethinks publishing in a tech-driven market (Rich Bellis / Digital Book World) 5. Pearson: […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. It’s not enough to keep saying Silicon Valley has a diversity problem—we have to get specific (Andy Newman / Quartz) 2. Arianna Huffington’s improbable, insatiable content machine (David Segal / New York Times) 3. Why Yelp’s anti-competitive case against Google is weak at best (Mathew Ingram / Fortune) 4. U.S. House of Representatives allows […] more »

Culture
by Azadeh Jamalian

The following is a guest post co-written by Bart Clareman and Azi Jamalian, the co-founders of Tiggly, which makes and sells a learning platform consisting of tablet toys for children. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. You could call our office a […] more »

DigitalEd
by Sonia Paul

Each week, PBS 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 mediashift [at] pbs [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING DigitalEd: […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Google manipulates search results, according to study from Yelp and legal star Tim Wu (Mark Bergen / Re/code) 2. Were all those rainbow profile photos another Facebook experiment? (J. Nathan Matias / The Atlantic) 3. Poynter will partner for Pulitzer’s 2016 centennial with a focus on social justice (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 4. Where […] more »

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When I first started the MediaShift blog for PBS in January 2006, I had a vision for much more than just a one-person blog. To try to cover the changing media world, it would require having more contributors helping to cover what was happening at newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music, movies and more. And rather […] more »

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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 »

Culture
by Dmitry Shishkin

BBC World Service has been doing news in languages other than English for decades. Its digital presence exists since 1997 and currently the portfolio consists of 28 foreign languages, reaching about 80 million unique browsers a month. The task of my team is to manage digital development of the languages we offer and to drive […] more »