Special Series: 2014 Year in Review

    by Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    December 15, 2014
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    It has been a year filled with more tectonic shifts for the media landscape, from the changing face of media ownership to the mounting dangers for journalists at home and abroad, from battles in the e-book world to the increasing power of mobile apps, to the game-changing social power of Facebook in how we find and consume news. In this series, we explore the big stories and trends that shaped the industry in 2014 and look ahead to what we might expect in 2015.

    Read Now:

    > 2014: The Year of Personalized Journalism Ethics, by Stephen Ward

    >Top 10 Media Stories of 2014: Billionaire Trouble; Facebook’s Power; HBO Streaming, by Sonia Paul


    > 5 Funding Options for Journalism That Blossomed in 2014, by Dena Levitz

    > College Media Year in Review 2014: ‘The Future of The Future,’ by Dan Reimold

    > 7 Top News Apps of 2014, by Dena Levitz


    > An Epidemic of False Video Footage Swamped Big News Stories in 2014, by Madeleine Bair

    > 2014 Was a Chaotic Year for Free Speech in the Middle East, North Africa, by Jillian C. York

    > 9 Reasons for Optimism for the Future of Journalism Education, by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

    > Top Social Media Movements, Moments and Mishaps in 2014, by Julie Keck

    > Infographic: Top Social Sharing Trends in 2014

    How Self-Publishing Services Blossomed in 2014, by Carla King

    > Predictions for 2015: Content Shakeout, More Tracking, Measurement Muddle, by Dorian Benkoil

    Other Year-End Stories from Across the Web

    Tech VCs poured millions into media companies in 2014 — but it’s not clear why (VentureBeat)

    2014: The year in millennial media consumption (Digiday)

    2014: The year digital media got big and optimistic (Fusion)

    A Wave of PR Data (Nieman Lab)

    Podcasting at 10 (Slate)

    Beyond Journalism in the Present Tense (Nieman Lab)

    The year in media errors and corrections 2014 (Poynter)

    The 2014 media prediction report card (Digiday)

    The year in tech: Net neutrality, IoT grows up, Uber turns heads (GigaOm)

    The year in media: 12 reasons why we should be optimistic  (GigaOm)

    International journalists killed at high rate in 2014; Middle East deadliest region (CPJ)

    Cybersecurity Hindsight And A Look Ahead At 2015 (TechCrunch)

    The 15 worst Internet hoaxes of 2014 — and where the pranksters are now (Washington Post)

    Complicating the network: The year in social media research (Nieman Lab)

    Media Companies (and Executives) on the Hot Seat in 2015 (New York Times)


    Previous Years in Review:

    Year in Review 2013
    Year in Review 2012
    Year in Review 2011
    Year in Review 2010
    Media Mavens Wish for More Collaboration, Less Talk in 2010 by Craig Silverman
    Most Popular MediaShift Posts of 2009 by Mark Glaser
    Top 10 MediaShifting Stories of 2008 by Mark Glaser

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill is a writer, editor, teacher and farmer. As an editor, she works as the managing editor of PBS MediaShift. As a teacher, she’s an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism, specializing in teaching feature writing, legislative reporting, rural journalism and online journalism. Formerly, she was the editor in chief of the now shuttered online magazine NewWest.Net, which she co-founded. Before that, worked as a newswoman for the Associated Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s helping her husband wrangle 150 heritage turkeys, 30 acres of food, overgrown weeds or their young children.

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