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Education
by Desiree Everts

It may be time to stop thinking about your local library as a musty repository of books with a stereotypical librarian whispering, “Shhhh!” More and more libraries are becoming bustling centers for community engagement — bringing locals not just books, but also “maker spaces,” computer access, digital movies, games and more. As libraries look to […] more »

Audio/Visual
by J. Nathan Matias

How can we use data to improve our lives, our communities, and the world at large? At the recent Microsoft Design Expo, students from eight universities showcased design projects along the theme of “making data useful.” To prepare for the Design Expo, students take a semester-long course, in connection with a liaison at Microsoft Research. […] more »

Best Practices
by Phillip Smith

After a short hiatus to focus on the Provincial election in British Columbia (shameless self-promo!), it’s time to get back to work unpacking the technology stacks of the world’s leading news organizations. Last time, the investigation focused on the speed of some of the world’s top news sites, and proposed ways that sites can improve […] more »

Mobile
by Desiree Everts

Mobile news app Circa is hoping to push further into the breaking news space, announcing today that the startup behind the app has hired Anthony De Rosa, former social media editor at Reuters, to become its editor-in-chief. Circa collects the “atomic units” of stories — facts, quotes and images — and puts them into running […] more »

Mobile
by Brian Moritz

This past semester, I flew a drone. I helped set up a virtual reality environment. And I helped print a cup out of thin air. Nice work if you can get it. Working as a research assistant to [Dan Pacheco](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/dan_pacheco/) at the [Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair for Journalism Innovation](http://journovation.syr.edu/) at the [S.I. Newhouse School […] more »

Mobile
by JD Lasica

From left, screenshots of the new app Now, EyeEm and Gogobot. This is the second in an ongoing series on the state of geolocation apps, sites and services. Also see: “How the geolocation revolution has evolved” In part one of this series, we looked back at the early days of geolocation, with Platial kicking off […] more »

Mobile
by Brian Moritz

The demise of The Daily in late 2012 raised questions about the future of news consumption on mobile devices, about whether or not tablet-only journalism could possibly survive. But a different way to look at this would be to view The Daily’s failure as being due to certain problems in a specific case, not one […] more »

Mobile
by David Cohn

I had the opportunity to discuss Circa today with PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser, Skift founder Rafat Ali, and PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy on the Mediatwits podcast. It’s an honor to be able to discuss a project you are working on and passionate about with folks who I consider friends, colleagues or both. Circa is a new […] more »

Mobile
by Desiree Everts

The Knight Foundation recently announced that 53 semi-finalists have been chosen to move onto the next stage of its News Challenge on mobile. The Knight News Challenge now offers three rounds instead of one competition per year. This round focuses on funding innovators who are using mobile to change the face of the media industry. […] more »

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