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by Sonia Paul

Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, or you would like your program to be in the featured fellowship slot, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. All featured […] more »

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Advancing Journalism Innovation, One Fellowship at a Time

Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

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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 DigitalEd: Social […] more »

by Brett Johnson

The viral video depicting confrontation between protesters and journalists at the University of Missouri has become a hot topic of discussion in college classrooms nationwide. Commentators and pundits have labeled this incident an attack on freedom of the press, or even yet another example of overly liberal and overly sensitive college students and professors besmirching […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Post correspondent Jason Rezaian sentenced to prison term in Iran (Peter Holley / Washington Post) 2. Podcasting in 2015 is like blogging circa 2004: exciting, evolving, trouble for incumbents (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 3. Harassment causes anxiety, affects work, women journalists say (Allison Ridgway / Ryerson Journalism Research Centre) 4. City of Boston […] more »

by Liz Medhin

It’s been a good five years since I have been in a newsroom, but I’ve come to accept that once a journalist, always a journalist. I can’t watch the nightly news without critiquing a liveshot, and I still pay attention to Murrow winners and fan-tweet reporters whose work I admire. It seems a decade of […] 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 »

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, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark […] more »

Free Speech
by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. The government of Bangladesh this week banned Facebook along with mobile chat apps Viber and WhatsApp in an apparent effort to maintain public order. When implementing the ban, the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission mistakenly […] more »

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 »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The expanding web of connections among the Paris attackers (via New York Times) 2. CNN suspends reporter for tweet about Syrian refugees (Alex Stedman / Variety) 3. How Reuters is using automation to analyze its polling data (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 4. The NSA’s web surveillance program is alive and well and living overseas […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

The terrorist attacks in Paris and their aftermath are still unfolding, and journalists from around the world are covering it. Whether they’re in Paris or somewhere else, journalists are helping to check facts to displace speculation. One helpful source of information during the attack was France 24’s English language feed. The English live stream has […] more »

by Lindsay Palmer

As France mourns the recent attacks on its civilians in Paris, politicians from the U.S. and Europe have expressed their solidarity with a nation still reeling with loss. The November 13 shootings that unfolded at six locations in Paris were undeniably jarring for the people of France, as well as for their supporters in Europe […] more »

by Katherine Krueger

When University of Missouri student protesters’ clash with members of the media went viral last week, I couldn’t help but wonder how student journalists were faring. Protesters called for no media presence as they camped out — saying they had finally created a safe space on a campus where being a student of color means […] more »

Best Practices
by Lindsay Green-Barber

For the past two years, the Center for Investigative Reporting has convened some of the best minds from media, philanthropy and research institutions to discuss how media organizations can effectively track and measure the impact of their work online and in the real world. When we hosted our “Dissection A” event in Oakland, California, in […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The digital revolution in higher education has already happened. No one noticed. (Clay Shirky / Medium) 2. 5 things journalism students need to know about technology (Martin Belam / Medium) 3. Can edtech turn post-millennials into news junkies? Newsela’s trying (Bernadette Tansey / Xconomy) 4. Working to create a digital social memory for all […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. How one blog helped spark the New York Times’ digital evolution (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 2. 30 years of research on gender, equality, and diversity at the MIT Media Lab (J. Nate Matias / Medium) 3. Internet shutdowns are the wrong response to national security threats (Deji Olukotun & Peter Micek / Access […] more »