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Europe
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. In October of 2014, several Twitter users were arrested in Venezuela shortly following the assassination of Robert Serra, a young congressional deputy who was stabbed to death in his home on October 1, 2014. But information […] more »

Culture
by Jenny Shank

I was in second grade the first time I was publicly shamed. My family had driven to Nebraska to visit my grandparents for Christmas. For the return trip, my mother repacked our laundry in any luggage that had space, regardless of whom it belonged to, and some of it was never emptied. On the first […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how CrowdTangle identifies stories that are capturing attention in social media, and we learn how Shindig hosts large-scale online discussions that mimic a live event. PART 1: CrowdTangle Using CrowdTangle, newsrooms can see which stories are doing better than others on various social media platforms. We find out how it works […] more »

Legacy Media
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore a publishing platform that integrates story components in a unique way, and a startup that organizes news reports around historical context. PART 1: FOLD A Web-based publishing platform developed at the MIT Media Lab arranges related elements in a visual way that puts multimedia material into view alongside the text. Co-creator […] more »

Legacy Media
by Julie Keck

Shine Louise Houston is used to knocking down barriers. As the CEO of feminist porn company Pink & White Productions, Houston has pushed the boundaries of this overwhelmingly straight male arena by creating porn with casts diverse in terms of sexual orientation, gender expression, and ethnic background. Now she’s breaking out of old film funding models […] more »

Education
by Anthony Adornato

“It’s like taking vitamins. You probably need them at some point. Which ones? How often? It’s a mystery to me.” That’s how one student described her confusion, prior to taking my social media journalism course, about which social media platforms and mobile apps to use while reporting. Even though students are “digital natives,” many do […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Meagan Doll

As ordinary citizens gain more access to technology to distribute their eyewitness accounts, media outlets will have to address the legal and ethical dimensions of redistributing and using this content. A recent study from Eyewitness Media Hub suggests we’re not yet realizing this reality. The study, a follow-up on amateur footage research funded by the Tow […] more »

Business
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how TwitterTrails evaluates the credibility of a rumor spreading in social media, and we learn how new tools are making it easier to extract data from websites.   PART 1: TwitterTrails Developed as part of a research project at Wellesley College, TwitterTrails can trace the origins of rumors on Twitter to see […] more »

PhotoShift
by Dillon Baker

This past December, Instagram announced that it had eclipsed 300 million active users, which means that if it were a nation, it would be the fourth most populous in the world. Yet for many, Instagram still has a reputation for triviality—the superficial land of selfies, hot dog legs and pictures of uneaten food. And there’s nothing wrong […] more »

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