Legacy Media

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Legacy Media
by Ben DeJarnette

Lizzy Acker is no stranger to harassment in the comments section. As web editor at the alternative newspaper Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, Acker used to spend untold hours breaking up vitriolic cyber-fights, censoring hateful comments and trying to moderate a digital trollosphere that never goes to sleep. “There were certain people who spent more […] more »

Culture
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 »

BookShift
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 »

BookShift
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 »

BookShift
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 »

BookShift
by Jenny Shank

Bowker’s most recent analysis of ISBN numbers revealed that 458,564 books were self-published in 2013, an increase of 17 percent over 2012. Occasionally an indie book breaks out of this crowded pack and achieves significant sales or acclaim, but this is still a rare occurrence, given the sheer number of titles, the variability of their […] more »

DigitalEd
by Neal Augenstein

Title:Learn Ferrite Recording Studio for Mobile Audio Recording Instructor: Neal Augenstein, founder, iphonereporting.com and digital reporter, WTOP With the newly released Ferrite iPhone app, users have the only tool they need to record, edit, and transmit professional-quality audio reports, features, and podcasts. Ferrite Recording Studio is the first multi-track audio editing app designed for journalists […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore a tool that checks the authenticity of photos, and we see a new approach to audio news on the Web. PART 1: Verified Pixel Project It can be difficult and time-consuming to verify that user-submitted photos really do show what they purport to show, especially during fast-moving news stories. So the […] more »

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