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Business
by Josh Stearns

When we talk about transparency in journalism we tend to discuss it in terms of the people and institutions we cover, or as an alternative to unrealistic notions of objectivity. However, transparency can also be a tool for fostering deeper community engagement with journalism, and a fundamental part of how we make the case for […] more »

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 »

Culture
by Stephen J. A. Ward

In “Radical Media Ethics: A Global Approach” I declare that the only way to rescue media ethics from sinking into oblivion is to think radically. Let me explain. We need to rethink the basis of media ethics from the ground up. The tweaking of ideas and re-formulation of rules, as seen in recent revisions of […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

Kiva has been a star in online micro-finance for the past 10 years, and co-founder Jessica Jackley was a driving force that led to more than $744 million in micro-loans around the world, with an astounding 98% repayment rate. After leaving, Jackley went on to found the pioneering crowd-financing site for entrepreneurs, ProFounder, which was […] more »

Culture
by Martha Kang

The push for open data has prompted the release of countless datasets. But the raw data alone can’t adequately serve the public. After all, it’s hard to imagine the average person investing the time — or possessing the skills — to make meaningful sense of a massive spreadsheet. That’s where the media comes in. Whenever […] 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 »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

We’ve covered cord-cutting from cable for years, but now there’s no doubt about it: it’s real, it’s here and media giants will need to get used to it. Variety reported that pay TV had its worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines in the second quarter, losing more than 500,000 subscribers. The number of pay TV households is […] more »

Culture
by Reuben Stern

This week we try out a photo app that captures three-dimensional space, and we show you another option for live-streaming mobile video. PART 1: Fyuse Somewhere in the middle of still photography, video footage and virtual reality is what the founders of an app called Fyuse are calling “spatial photography.” The end result is an […] more »

Culture
by Lynette Owens

When kids as young as five years-old receive their first mobile devices, who better to teach them how to use the technology responsibly than their parents? It’s just one of many parenting responsibilities, like teaching healthy eating habits, good study habits and good manners. But what happens when kids begin and continue their online journeys […] more »

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