Culture

Fresco is a platform for crowdsourced news that also includes an assignment dispatch system for newsrooms to request specific materials. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.
Morgan State University student Emily Pelland experiments with narrative in VR as she storyboards for Fractured Tour.
Culture
by Joel Beeson

Ashley Rogers sat in a swivel chair, wearing a Zeiss VR One headset and over-the-ear headphones. As events in a world unseen to the rest of us unfolded, she fidgeted, looked around, flinched and screamed, and reached out for the safety of invisible handholds, and then reflexively held her arms up in a defensive posture. […] 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 »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

Outside of iTunes, Apple hasn’t had much of a presence in digital content and news. But that changed in a big way at the recent Worldwide Developer Conference, when Apple revealed it was replacing its Newsstand app with the News app, which would curate the news, while also using human editors. Could Apple do what […] more »

Culture
by Bennett Cain

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. The image above is of some elderly men playing mahjong on a rare sunny afternoon in Beijing. But is it a photograph? Well, it technically qualifies as a photograph, […] more »

Culture
by Jillian Richardson

A 2014 study conducted by Vida, a research-driven organization that helps bring attention to women’s literature, found that female writers were shockingly underrepresented in general interest magazines. Last year, only 30 percent of articles in the New Yorker were written by women. The New Republic was even worse at 27 percent. And believe it or not, […] 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 »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

Last week, Gawker Media employees voted to unionize. It wasn’t close. About 75 percent of votes were in favor of an union. In an unusual move before the vote, Gawker Media encouraged staffers to post in an open forum how they were going to vote and why. Both sides were vocal. But that wasn’t the […] more »

Free Speech
by Jefferson Yen

The rise of the Internet has given more people the ability to express and share their thoughts. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have helped like-minded people find each other and reach wider audiences. Unfortunately, that access means that bad actors and trolls can also use the platforms to threaten or harass others. […] more »

Collaboration
by Sonia Paul

Two new reports released recently by the American Press Institute dissect and discuss the best practices for innovation within news organizations and ways to institute a “culture-based strategy” to create and encourage innovation. But what exactly is “innovation?” The definition has become a very loose one within the journalism community. “I think most legacy news operations […] more »

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