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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 »


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From Idea Lab

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. 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 »

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 »

Education
by Anthony Adornato

“It’s like taking vitamins. You probably need them at some point. Which ones? How often? It’s a mystery to me.” That’s how one student described her confusion, prior to taking my social media journalism course, about which social media platforms and mobile apps to use while reporting. Even though students are “digital natives,” many do […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Infographics: Gay marriage: From a few states to the whole nation (Haeyoun Park / New York Times) 2. First Knight News Challenge of 2016 to focus on libraries (via Knight Foundation) 3. List of BBC web pages which have been removed from Google’s search results (Neil McIntosh / BBC) 4. HuffPost to launch film […] more »

Business
by Kimberly Selden

Once again, MediaShift is producing a Collab/Space innovation workshop in New York at the Ford Foundation focused on “intrapreneurial” projects at media and tech companies. Not only will it be sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, but the projects might get Missouri students to do capstone projects focused […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

The call for different voices in the media has grown louder in the past few years. Chenjerai Kumanyika’s piece on the “whiteness” of public radio sparked a debate on Twitter earlier this year. The reasons for a more inclusive newsroom are evident. Over the past year, events have pushed race relations, consent, immigration and harassment […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Quick thoughts as Circa shuts down (via David Cohen) 2. Here’s why consumers love Netflix more than Amazon and Hulu (Jason Lynch / AdWeek) 3. Publishers prepare to ramp up news distribution on Facebook’s Instant Articles (Lukas I. Alpert & Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal) 4. Google has quietly launched a GitHub competitor […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. When Big Data meets the blackboard (Andrew Giambrone / The Atlantic) 2. A professor crowdsources a syllabus on the Charleston shootings (Stacey Patton / Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. University of Illinois censured after professor loses job over tweets critical of Israel (Sarah Kaplan / The Washington Post) 4. Mobile tech at OSU lays […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Meagan Doll

As ordinary citizens gain more access to technology to distribute their eyewitness accounts, media outlets will have to address the legal and ethical dimensions of redistributing and using this content. A recent study from Eyewitness Media Hub suggests we’re not yet realizing this reality. The study, a follow-up on amateur footage research funded by the Tow […] more »

Business
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how TwitterTrails evaluates the credibility of a rumor spreading in social media, and we learn how new tools are making it easier to extract data from websites.   PART 1: TwitterTrails Developed as part of a research project at Wellesley College, TwitterTrails can trace the origins of rumors on Twitter to see […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Why does local matter? Let’s ask our audience (Melody Kramer / Poynter) 2. Instagram gets newsy with trends and place search (Sarah Buhr & Josh Constine / TechCrunch) 3. Facebook knocks Walmart out of top 10 most valuable companies (Tom Huddleston Jr. / Fortune) 4. Hulu will sell Showtime on the web at a […] more »

PhotoShift
by Dillon Baker

This past December, Instagram announced that it had eclipsed 300 million active users, which means that if it were a nation, it would be the fourth most populous in the world. Yet for many, Instagram still has a reputation for triviality—the superficial land of selfies, hot dog legs and pictures of uneaten food. And there’s nothing wrong […] more »

DigitalEd
by Jan Schaffer

Title: How to Teach Media Entrepreneurship Instructor: Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab; Entrepreneur in Residence, American University A Primer for Building a Media Entrepreneurship Curriculum A growing number of journalism, advertising and public relations students are starting their careers either in media startups launched by others or in entrepreneurial ventures they are starting themselves. What […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Understanding e-book production (and why you might want to) (Rich Bellis / Digital Book World) 2. Relaunched self-publishing platform Pronoun raises $3.5 million (Anthony Ha / TechCrunch) 3. CMA probe ‘should clean up fake book reviews’ (Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller – Subscription) 4. It’s now illegal to sell adult e-books before 10pm in […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Verizon completes its acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion (Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch) 2. The Internet that was (and still could be) (David Weinberger / The Atlantic) 3. Quartz introduces Atlas, a search engine for its charts (Dino Grandoni / New York Times) 4. The Washington Post built a social network for its freelancers […] more »