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Education
by Meagan Doll

In an age that craves immediacy and information, processes of verification are more important than ever, but not necessarily the norm. A new report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism produced by Craig Silverman details the ways news outlets spread — and debunk — rumors and misinformation. He found that many news outlets take few […] more »

Education
by Meagan Doll

Syracuse University’s new online master’s program in communications, Communications@Syracuse, will welcome its first class of students in July 2015. Program Director Anthony Rotolo will facilitate introductions on the first day via video with all the enrolled students. He is looking forward to connecting faces to names and bridging the digital distance so often criticized in online education. Rotolo […] more »

Education
by Meagan Doll

With rapid changes in technology, journalists are working harder than ever to keep up with cutting-edge developments. It can feel like a scary and uncertain time. Yet Silicon Valley veteran Steve Blank says this increased pressure has created room for journalists to occupy the front lines of business model design and consumer development and truly become innovators. His take isn’t necessarily […] more »

Education
by Meagan Doll

When West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media wanted to incorporate innovative professionals in its curriculum, Dean Maryanne Reed decided to test a virtual approach. Each semester, a visiting professional leads a class focused on emerging skills but comes to campus only a handful of times. Working with a faculty member who serves students in […] more »

Education
by Rachele Kanigel

When Corey Ford was studying journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the late 1990s, he barely heard the word entrepreneurship. That was back in the day when journalists were told to steer clear of the business side and just stick to telling stories. “I definitely didn’t get anything remotely entrepreneurial […] more »

Business
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

When we think of journalists who have built individual brands, national names are the first to pop — Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, Kara Swisher, Andrew Sullivan. But the factors that have opened doors for these journalists to build names and strike out on their own aren’t exclusive to national media. Better access to audiences, the […] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Julie Posetti

Janine Gibson was editor of the Guardian US and she led the paper’s New York coverage of the Edward Snowden story to industry acclaim. Now, she’s headed back to London as editor in chief of theguardian.com. Gibson recently spoke to me (a research fellow with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) for the World Editors Forum’s upcoming Trends In […] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

Veteran journalist Andy Carvin gained fame by using Twitter for blanket real-time coverage of the Arab Spring revolutions. Based in NPR’s newsroom at the time, Carvin led one of the most memorable examples of crowdsourced reporting efforts ever seen in the industry, collaborating with sources knowledgeable about the Middle East conflict and Arabic dialects, while […] more »

Online Video
by Denise Lu

The process of making an average T-shirt involves a trip around the world and more than a dozen steps from seed to shirt. How do you capture this entire process on video within a multimedia narrative? In April, NPR’s Planet Money launched a Kickstarter campaign to do exactly this. Six and a half months after […] more »


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