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Nikos Frazier, left, works with Robin Bonatesta to troubleshoot a coding mistake using D3.js at TechConnect 2015 at Kent State University in April.
Photo by TMAB2003 on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
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 »

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 »

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 »

Business
by Sonia Paul

A new study released Monday by the content marketing platform Contently on the State of Freelancing in 2015 has found a conundrum in the freelancing industry. Many freelancers say their careers are getting better and two-thirds of respondents polled expect to freelance for at least 10 years. But the survey results also raise some big questions for the […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore two tools that help newsrooms get photos and video from outside contributors. PART 1: Stringr Having a small staff often limits the amount of video a news operation can gather, but Stringr provides a digital marketplace where producers or editors can request and download specific footage from a network of contributors. […] more »

Business
by Martha Kang

What makes a story truly data-driven? For one, the numbers aren’t caged in a sidebar graph. Instead, the data helps drive the narrative. Data can help narrate as many types of stories as there are angles. My colleague Ben Jones of Tableau Public inspired me to think of data stories as seven different types (à […] more »

Business
by Holly Wise

So maybe you want to start your own media company. I liken it to taking the leap and raising a kid — terrifying, exhilarating, exhausting. Since its inception, my startup, VoiceBox Media — a news non-profit dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of social issues and the people solving them — has stood in the intersection of transformational […] more »

BookShift
by Sarah Juckes

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. A lot of authors write books to earn a living, and there are a few nifty services out there to help you do just that. I work with CompletelyNovel, a publishing […] more »

Business
by Henk van Ess

Twitter lists are my favorite way to filter information. A private Twitter list lets you follow anyone without them knowing you follow them, which basically undermines the whole idea of social media, but has its uses if you are a checking out a company, for instance, and don’t want to follow visibly. This kind of list presents […] more »


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