Technology

The team at WNYC used thermometers to measure the temperatures of different subway platforms, which they later mapped for publishing. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.
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Business
by James Kotecki

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 Head of Communications at Automated Insights, the company whose “robot writer” turns raw data into human-sounding prose, a big part of my job is reassuring journalists that we’re […] more »

Business
by Dillon Baker

For all the technological progress that has been made in the past couple decades, it often seems like freelancing for media companies is stuck in the ’90s. When I wrote a story for BuzzFeed, which, admittedly, doesn’t work with freelancers very often, edits were done over Google Docs, contracts were passed between a number of […] more »

Business
by Elia Powers

Will Federman figured his first job out of journalism school would be at a digital media startup. Instead, he ended up at a legacy magazine that last year launched a standalone website. But nothing about Federman’s job responsibilities at Fortune are traditional for a Time Inc. employee. He works closely with colleagues in editorial, public […] more »

Culture
by Yael Grauer

When I first started writing, everyone always warned me to stay far, far away from the comments. Perhaps I’m narcissistic — or a glutton for punishment — but I found it nearly impossible to stop myself from checking in. When writing for MMA sites, I’d read through insult after insult written by teenagers living in […] more »

Education
by Robert Bierman

Today, I had a Twitter exchange with a few classmates as to whether the word “Internet” should be capitalized. Our professor chimed in by tweeting about the difference between “internet” and “Internet.” This casual exchange represents a breakthrough. We’re classmates in the online Communications@Syracuse master’s degree program offered by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public […] more »

Europe
by Jean-Paul Marthoz

It all went very fast. On August 4, Germany’s chief federal prosecutor, Harald Range, was ordered by Justice Minister Heiko Maas to withdraw an independent expert from the investigation of two journalists from Netzpolitik. The investigator had concluded that leaked documents quoted by the news website amounted to a disclosure of a state secret, one of […] more »

Social Media
by Reuben Stern

This week we help you find the right tool for creating online quizzes, and we see how The Washington Post is redesigning the mobile experience. PART 1: Online quiz tools Interactive quizzes have become a popular way to engage online audiences, and new tools are making it simple to create and embed them into news-related […] 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 »

Business
by Matt Carroll

Journalism has a revenue problem  — as in, not enough. News companies are desperate for solutions, scrounging pennies and quarters from the back of the couch. Paywalls this month, pay-to-play events next month. A little here, a little there. And when one solution doesn’t work, news digs up an older idea and tries it in […] more »

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