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by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In Egypt, many users reported this week that they could not use voice calling features on Skype, WhatsApp or Viber. Technology consultant and digital activist Amr Gharbeia has been tracking these developments and interviewing users across […] more »

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Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

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Legacy Media
by Reuben Stern

This week we bring you tips for what works best when delivering news on each of the various social media platforms.   The insights come from Sarah Frank, executive producer of NowThis, a news organization targeted toward young people that has seen its video views skyrocket ever since it stopped publishing to a desktop website […] more »

Grants & Funding
by Sonia Paul

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.  OCTOBER 2015 DEADLINES Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award National Press Foundation The award is open to […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Obama turns to crowdfunding to aid fleeing Syrians (Michael Shear / New York Times) 2. MacArthur spins off digital media & learning work with $25 million seed investment (via MacArthur Foundation) 3. The tech that got Obama elected will now fire ads at you (Issie Lapowsky / Wired) 4. New ‘Nameless Coalition’ challenges Facebook’s […] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

What kinds of opportunities are opening up for filmmakers and journalists in short-form video on news sites? The field is expanding rapidly, though most folks are still in experimental mode. At a panel at 100Reporters’ “Double Exposure” symposium in Washington, D.C., digital video programmers from several news media outlets explained how they’re building knowledge, brand […] more »

Grants & Funding
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 »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. No comments allowed on Reddit’s new news site ‘Upvoted’ (Julia Greenberg / Wired) 2. Twitter unveils its own news digests, and some news orgs are participating (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. Are comments dead, or have media outlets just given up on them? (Mathew Ingram / Fortune) 4. Shareable, concise, authentic: The BBC’s […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Google must expose e-book Pirate, court rules (via TorrentFreak) 2. Before you launch your author website: How to avoid long-term mistakes (via Jane Friedman) 3. Book fairs becoming a key meeting place for technology (Tom Chalmers / Digital Book World) 4. What is the next e-reader you intend on purchasing? (Mike Kozlowski / Good […] more »

by Sam Berkhead

Uncovering instances of fraud in the Medicare system doesn’t come cheap. Investigative journalists at the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) learned this the hard way during an investigation that revealed health care providers’ rampant overbilling for Medicare Advantage services. To obtain the data sets needed for this investigation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services […] 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 Smartphone […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Jack Dorsey named CEO of Twitter (Erin Griffith / Fortune) 2. What Digicel’s next-level ad-blocking means for adland (Tim Peterson / AdAge) 3. Q&A with Vine’s Jason Toff: On betting on entertainment and leaving social behind (Kurt Wagner / Re/code) 4. Are newsletters the Internet’s new safe space for women? (Lyz Lenz / The […] more »

by Aleszu Bajak

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. “Even if Denmark was made of gold, I would not want to stay here, ever.” That’s what Farid Majid, a refugee fleeing the […] more »

by Dahlia Ghabour

If there’s one thing Rafat Ali has learned how to do well, it’s to build something out of nothing. He has a history of of making connections other people just don’t see. Once he was a prototypical “blogging-in-a-bedroom” story. No longer. Now, Ali is the CEO and founder of Skift, the world’s largest industry, intelligence […] 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 »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The Chicago Podcast Cooperative wants to let independent audio thrive in the Windy City (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Can I use that? A legal primer for journalists (Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. The Atlantic sets audience record in September, continues unprecedented revenue growth (via The Atlantic) 4. The Washington Post’s […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

Like it or not advertising pays for content. We all know how it should work: publishers produce content that consumers want and advertisers pay for access to aforementioned consumers. But according to a Bloomberg investigation it’s not that simple. Instead what they found were traffic brokers willing to sell traffic spawned by bots and virus-infected […] more »