Culture

Photo by Marian Sievers and used here with Creative Commons license.
Photo by Arthur Caranta and used here with Creative Commons license.
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 Azadeh Jamalian

The following is a guest post co-written by Bart Clareman and Azi Jamalian, the co-founders of Tiggly, which makes and sells a learning platform consisting of tablet toys for children. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. You could call our office a […] more »

Philosophy
by Mark Glaser

When I first started the MediaShift blog for PBS in January 2006, I had a vision for much more than just a one-person blog. To try to cover the changing media world, it would require having more contributors helping to cover what was happening at newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music, movies and more. And rather […] more »

Culture
by Dmitry Shishkin

BBC World Service has been doing news in languages other than English for decades. Its digital presence exists since 1997 and currently the portfolio consists of 28 foreign languages, reaching about 80 million unique browsers a month. The task of my team is to manage digital development of the languages we offer and to drive […] 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 »

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