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Education
by Niclas Lindh

How did I spend last summer? Thinking a lot about pot and how people would navigate to learn more about it. It’s better than it sounds. I spend my summers helping create the website for an investigative project called News21. Each year, a team of fellows from universities around the U.S. dives deep into a […] more »

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Advancing Journalism Innovation, One Fellowship at a Time

Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

Idea Lab is a group blog by innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs who are reinventing media in the digital age.
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Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. New York Times Eyes Ambitious Overhaul In Quest For ‘Journalistic Dominance’ (Michael Calderone / Huffington Post) 2. Bustle and the Industrialization of Confession (Rich Juzwiak […] more »

Metrics
by Alexandra Kanik

Google Analytics is one of the leading platforms news organizations are using to gather data on their online content. It gives us tons of data, it’s highly configurable and best of all it’s free. Google Analytics can be a powerful tool, but if you don’t pay attention to certain details, you’ll end up with misleading […] more »

DigitalEd
by Retha Hill

Title: Learn How to Tell Stories with Virtual Reality Instructors: Retha Hill, Director, New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Shannon Perkins, Agency Owner, JohnShannonPerkins.com; Founder, Adventure VRogger Virtual reality is the new rage for news organizations trying to reach new audiences and tell stories in new ways. […] more »

Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

This article originally appeared on Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report, which offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Over the month of January 2016, government authorities in Kenya pursued criminal allegations against several bloggers and social media activists. Among them is recognized journalist and influential blogger […] more »

Free Speech
by John Otis

This article first appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists blog. When security guards opened the doors to Venezuela’s colonial-era National Assembly building last Wednesday, I was among the dozens of reporters who swarmed inside. Even though the day’s legislative session would not be called to order for another three hours, every seat in the […] more »

Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox. 1. Cronkite New Voices Act Would Help Ensure Press Rights for Students in Missouri (Mallory Daily / St. Louis Public Radio) 2. 10 […] more »

Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. No, Amazon Is Not Planning A Network Of 300-400 Bookstores (Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch) 2. How the Media Dealt With The Intercept’s Retracted Story on […] more »

Business
by Michele McLellan

This post first appeared on the Knight Digital Media Center’s site. As Philadelphia’s preeminent for-profit news organization moves into the non-profit fold, Nicholas Lemann, former dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, suggests the growing non-profit news sector needs a code of ethics for maintaining journalistic independence from donors and other sources of revenue. Lemann, […] more »

Education
by Eric Newton

This is the third of three blog posts on innovation by Eric Newton, innovation chief of Cronkite News at Arizona State University. Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron gave a terrific speech last graduation season about the transition from print to the digital age. Among the many quotable quotes: “The best journalism involves discovery. It […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This story first appeared on RJI’s Futures Lab. Reporting by Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise. This week we explore options for editing video on mobile devices. Several mobile apps offer full-featured editing functionality to rival desktop software, but in some cases a simple interface for rearranging clips might be the best option. Our colleague Judd […] more »

Grants & Funding
by Ben DeJarnette

Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major awards, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org, and we’ll add them to the list. Any Featured Awards are paid sponsorships. FEATURED AWARD Scripps International Innovators Cup The Scripps International Innovators Cup invites colleges and […] more »

Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Yahoo for Sale, Says Yahoo, Finally Admitting the Obvious (Also Q4 Results!) (Kara Swisher / Re/code) 2. Reporter Fabricated Quotes, Invented Sources at The Intercept […] more »

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 »

Metrics
by Mark Cunnah

This post was originally published on the Webcredible blog and is republished here with permission. I’ve been teaching our Google Analytics training course for two years now, and it’s always been surprising to me what reports are not being used by those who attend the course. Given that GA is so useful in providing insights […] more »

Education
by Eric Newton

This is the second of three blog posts on innovation by Eric Newton, innovation chief of Cronkite News at Arizona State University. By experimenting with new approaches at Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, we identify innovations that improve both journalism and education. This is Dean Chris Callahan’s big idea: […] more »