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#EdShift Chats
by Stacy Forster

As online education hits a more mature point, journalism programs are offering a range of distance-learning courses. But how do you effectively translate the in-class experience to the web, especially when teaching something like writing leads? On Tuesday, Aug. 4th, our #EdShift chat on Twitter will explore the different ways journalism is being taught online, […] more »

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Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

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by Sue Valentine

The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. President Barack Obama addressed a range of topics while in Kenya. The Kenyan government said it had planned to discuss security and trade, while opposition parties and civil society wanted good governance and […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention (Rachel Thomas / Medium) 2. The fastest-growing mobile phone markets barely use apps (Alice Truong / Quartz) 3. A Facebook group to help journalists figure out their plan B (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 4. Publishers are hiring Snapchat […] more »

by Dan Reimold

Title: Build a Student Media Powerhouse on Digital, Mobile and Social Practical ideas and exercises to kick off your school year and take your student media to a new level Instructor: Dan Reimold, assistant professor of journalism at Saint Joseph’s University To better engage readers, motivate staffers and report the news, student media teams must ramp up their daily […] more »

by Todd Garland

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. The idea of being replaced by machines is something that makes everyone a bit nervous. For digital publishers, there is a fear that the programmatic trend (using algorithms to automatically […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The smart book for a new market (Philip Jones / The Bookseller) 2. One in ten reading illegal e-books (J. N. Paquet / Huffington Post) 3. Amazon doing more for authors than publishers are (Daniel Berkowitz / Digital Book World) 4. Wattpad quote art helps stories go viral on social media (Mike Koslowski / […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. How New York Magazine turned around a site hack with Tumblr and Instagram (Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab) 2. Study: People read more, remember more on sites with modern designs (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 3. New breed of digital publishers just say no to ad tech (Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal) 4. Two […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING Periscope 101: […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote […] more »

by Khari Johnson

Title: Crowdfunding 101 for Journalism Projects Instructor: Khari Johnson, Editor, Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism Crowdfunding is the latest trend in a media world in search of money beyond ads, and it’s the most exciting thing happening in journalism today. This is course will not only teach you how to fund your ideas but will introduce […] more »

by Matt Carroll

Journalism has a revenue problem  — as in, not enough. News companies are desperate for solutions, scrounging pennies and quarters from the back of the couch. Paywalls this month, pay-to-play events next month. A little here, a little there. And when one solution doesn’t work, news digs up an older idea and tries it in […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. New York Magazine site goes down after releasing Cosby story, team turns to Instagram (Jenny Hollander / Bustle) 2. Gawker’s future: A conversation with Nick Denton (Ravi Somaiya / New York Times) 3. Readers, not journalists, decide what’s news with Bounties (Khari Johnson / Through the Cracks) 4. Forget Tinder: YouTube is the matchmaker […] more »

by Tara George

At a conference of local news entrepreneurs in Philadelphia recently, speakers were sharing tips on innovative ways of making money when Jay Allred took the floor. He’s the charismatic publisher of Richland Source, a two-year-old news startup in Mansfield, Ohio, and even among the entrepreneurial crowd gathered for the Local Independent Online News Publishers meet-up, […] more »

by Meagan Doll

Every time I have traveled and no matter how hard or long I’ve prepared, I am always humbly reminded that one can never get fully ready for an experience abroad. I was slapped with this reality yet again when I arrived in Mukono, Uganda, to spend six weeks reporting on maternal health and associated issues. Partnering […] more »

by Miral Sattar

Title: Self-Publishing 101: The Basics for Publishing Your Book We’ll walk you through the process of self-publishing a book and teach you how to avoid the pitfalls that first-time authors make. Do you have a story you want to share with the world and on the fence about indie publishing? Are you thinking about self-publishing […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Amazon is now bigger than Walmart (Matt Phillips & Shelly Banjo / Quartz) 2. YouTube gets mobile redesign, ‘diamond’ view buttons, courts creators (Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land) 3. One of the best things a news startup can do for its financial health: Hire a professional ad person (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) […] more »