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by Julie Keck

1. Can ‘mommy bloggers’ still make a living? (Olga Khazan / The Atlantic) 2. Data Docs tool marries data with video storytelling (Vignesh Ramachandran / Knight Foundation) 3. Spotify updates privacy policy with clearer language after backlash (Jake Kastrenakes / The Verge) 4. Apple rumor tracker: What will be revealed at the September 9 event […] more »

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Meg Dalton, Apr 17, 2015

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Free Speech
by Dale Blasingame

When two WDBJ journalists were murdered on live television last week near Roanoke, Virginia, the ethical debate over “how much is too much” in terms of coverage was never more evident. This is an increasingly more and more complex decision that falls on the shoulders of journalists, which is nothing unusual. But these days, technology […] more »

by Meagan Francis

Podcasts first popped up on my radar about 10 years ago, when the trend, fueled by RSS and file sharing technology, was just starting to boom. I loved the concept but couldn’t figure out how to create one in a way that fit into my career as a freelancer writer. Even if I had the […] 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. SEPTEMBER 2015 Web […] more »

by Stacy Forster

Reporting on trauma is challenging and emotional enough without the added stress of how to handle and cover graphic video, photos or first-hand accounts being shared on social media. Those covering the shooting Wednesday of two journalists from Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ during a live shot grappled with how to use the video shared by the […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. NPR podcasts turn 10 (via NPR Extra) 2. Life after content blocking (Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note) 3. These microchips could change football as we know it (A.J. Dellinger / The Kernel) 4. String of rulings bodes ill for the future of journalism in Europe (via Nicolas Kayser-Bril) 5. New York Times biz editor […] more »

by Jule Gardner Banville

A buddy of mine who also teaches journalism and is a guy who’s on it when it comes to data and longform popped into my office recently with a great idea for a radio story. Small problem: He’s never produced audio before and the whole concept scares him. You know who can change that? Anyone. […] more »

by Josh Stearns

When we talk about transparency in journalism we tend to discuss it in terms of the people and institutions we cover, or as an alternative to unrealistic notions of objectivity. However, transparency can also be a tool for fostering deeper community engagement with journalism, and a fundamental part of how we make the case for […] 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 »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. British Library rejects digital Taliban trove fearing terror laws (Eric Randolph / Agence France-Presse) 2. DC appeals court lifts injunction against NSA phone call records program (Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post) 3. The traffic LinkedIn drives to publishers has dropped 44 percent this year (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 4. European publishers play lobbying role […] more »

Free Speech
by Abraham Hyatt

This week, Abraham Hyatt launched “The End of Privacy,” a five-part podcast series on the intersection of journalism and privacy issues. We will be cross-posting the podcasts here on MediaShift. Stay tuned. Are journalists entitled to special privacy rights? Are news publishers helping data trackers violate users’ privacy? Is it possible to have confidential sources […] more »

Legacy Media
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how one local TV station put live footage from drones into a news broadcast, and we learn how a data team used sensors to find the hottest subway stations in New York City. PART 1: Drones at ABC7 KGO-TV/ABC7 in San Francisco is one of the first local news operations in […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. As Coursera evolves, colleges stay on and investors buy in (Jeffrey R. Young / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. NU-Q students examine race, media in Ferguson, Missouri (Julie Deardorff / Northwestern University) 3. Are open education resources ready for adaptive-learning technology? (Benjamin Herold / Education Week) 4. Journalism schools react to Virginia news crew […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Should news organizations share the video of the WDBJ7 shooting? (Sarah Grieco / Columbia Journalism Review) 2. Twitter, Facebook users unwittingly shown video of Virginia shooting (Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal) 3. A 21st-century migrant’s essentials: food, shelter, smartphone (Matthew Brunwasser / New York Times) 4. No, I am not crowdfunding this baby […] more »

by James Kotecki

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. As the Head of Communications at Automated Insights, the company whose “robot writer” turns raw data into human-sounding prose, a big part of my job is reassuring journalists that we’re […] more »

by Ed Madison

Forbidden. That was our collective sense of Cuba these past 50 years, as trade embargoes and mass mistrust framed relations between our two countries. Yet as journalism instructors, we remained curious. Our idea to take 20 University of Oregon students to Cuba surfaced as a crazy notion two years ago. We were aware of U.S. […] more »