Education

TOW- learning multimedia storytelling
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Business
by John Clark

As our student startup teams embark on building a first prototype of a product idea, a common issue emerges: prioritizing what should go into the prototype. Something must go. Actually, almost everything should go. So in the Lab, we ask students to answer this question: What’s the one thing you need to know right now? [...] more »

Audio/Visual
by Barrett Golding

Imagine an online environment for learning the art and craft of multimedia journalism, a place for media consumers to become media producers. We think this goal realizable because … we’re doing it. In the Transom Online Workshop (TOW) a bunch of wanna-be producers come together as a group on Facebook, where a couple of instructors lead them [...] more »

Education
by Liliana Bounegru

Our media environment is increasingly saturated with data — from large collections of leaked documents, to public databases about lobbying or government spending, to “big data” from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. As a result, journalists are increasingly required to manage data science in addition to journalism to be equipped with the skills [...] more »

Education
by Hetali Lodaya

With Jeff Bezos’ groundbreaking purchase of the Washington Post, many media analysts are speculating about the ways in which he might bring the Post into the digital age. Experts on the “Diane Rehm Show” noted that there are many challenges to successful implementation of a digital media strategy, including questions of monetization and infrastructure. For [...] more »

Best Practices
by Miguel Paz

As Simon Sinek says in “Start with Why,” great leaders inspire action because what motivates them is the meaning of a situation, not what to do or how to do it. Sinek’s TED Talk is a must-see. Sinek explains how the Wright brothers, young farmers who never finished high school, became the first to build [...] more »

Education
by Bonnie Bogle

Hundreds of users, contributors, and mappers are converging next month in San Francisco to discuss [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org/), the free and editable map of the world often called the “Wikipedia of maps.” More than 1 million people have signed up to contribute to OpenStreetMap, making it the world’s largest open-source map. Here at [MapBox](http://mapbox.com/) we’re interested in [...] more »

Education
by Lisa Evans

The International Journalism Festival will take place April 24-27 in Perugia, Italy. We are excited to announce that the School of Data Journalism will be held for the second time at the festival. The workshop will be run by the School of Data team at the Open Knowledge Foundation and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) [...] more »

Education
by Adam Griffith

Third graders from Isaac Dixon Elementary School in Asheville, N.C., help make a high-resolution map of Riverside Cemetery with the Public Laboratory. As Scott Barnwell looked toward the horizon of Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, N.C., a flock of third graders came into view, and his hand tightened on the string tethering a massive, red helium-filled [...] more »

Education
by Rich Gordon

Why did the Washington Post become the first media company to invest in a Northwestern University program to educate computer programmers in journalism? "It comes down to credibility," said Greg Franczyk, who helped arrange the partnership with Northwestern’s Medill School and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to offer scholarships to computer programmers [...] more »

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