Legacy Media

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by Ben DeJarnette

Award-winning interactive documentary projects like “Snow Fall” by the New York Times and “Mapping Main Street” by NPR may be all the rave. But even so, interactive documentaries still make up only a narrow slice of the mainstream media ecosystem. William Uricchio, principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, says legacy news organizations would benefit from […] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’s (IDFA’s) DocLab conference and exhibit, the most well-established international showcase for interactive documentary, featured plenty of buzz (bacon ice cream made by growing meat in a petri dish! a coffin equipped with odors evoking famous deaths!), a lot of virtual reality and some provocative insights. But we were still looking […] more »

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by Jefferson Yen

The streaming media industry is still relatively young, but a recent story in the Wall Street Journal illustrates how the services are bringing massive change to the entertainment industry. According to WSJ’s Shalini Ramachandran, the executive producers of “Homeland” and 20th Century Fox studio are currently in a dispute with Showtime over streaming media rights. […] more »

by jesikah maria ross

Two years ago, Capital Public Radio brought me on board to launch a community engagement initiative inside their documentary unit The View From Here. When I started, I met a fair amount of skepticism and hesitancy among reporters and editors. But that’s changing, and I’m wondering why. To find out, I’m interviewing journalists working on […] more »

by Reuben Stern

  This week we explore what’s different about creating and displaying video in a vertical format — in other words, aligned to the way mobile audiences tend to hold their smartphones. News organizations like Mashable and the New York Times have published experiments with video optimized for vertical smartphone screens, while AJ+ has embraced square […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Engaging audiences through Twitter in 15 minutes a day (Kirsten Oliphant / JaneFriedman.com) 2. New study finds low levels of digital library borrowing (Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly) 3. Still awaiting the next big thing in e-book platforms (D. B. Hebbard / Talking New Media) 4. FutureBook 2015: Judith Curr and ‘Crave’ (Porter Anderson […] more »

by Laurie Putnam

If you had a few million dollars to invest in libraries, how would you invest it? That’s exactly what the News Challenge team at the Knight Foundation has been thinking about. Last year the Knight Foundation ran a library grant initiative that pulled in hundreds of entries, an energetic discussion, and creative thinking from around […] more »

by Porter Anderson

A version of this post first appeared on the SELF-e blog. As reported by The Bookseller in London recently a new partnership, “Pressbooks Public,” will enable SELF-e — the 18-month-old service devised to offer indie e-books to U.S. library patrons — libraries to offer a suite of self-publishing tools to indie authors. Two change leaders, Mitchell […] more »

Legacy Media
by Jan Schaffer

When CNN recently announced it was ending its longstanding iReport crowdsourcing efforts to, instead, source stories directly from social media streams, it was a notable marker signaling how news organizations are making different choices about audience growth and engagement. It also affirmed the findings in our Guide to Crowdsourcing, released Friday by Columbia’s Tow Center […] more »

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