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Legal Drama
by Alexander Howard

While it has often been derided as a do-nothing Congress, the 113th session of the legislative body of the United States of America may end up being the best for enacting open government laws in decades. After passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2013 (S.994), a historic open government data bill that President Obama signed into […] more »


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Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Nov 4, 2014

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by Julie Keck

1. Did social media make the situation in Ferguson better or worse? (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 2. The gaming industry’s greatest adversary is just getting started (Sheelah Kolhatkar / Businessweek) 3. Why the New York Times hired Kinsey Wilson (Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab) 4. Tumblr rolls out mobile app install ads in the form […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. E-books could finally inch past print In 2018 (John Biggs / TechCrunch) 2. Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval (Nate Raymond / Reuters) 3. The indie author’s guide to customer reviews (Daniel Lefferts / Publishers Weekly) 4. Author Frederic Laloux invites readers to “pay what feels right” for “Reinventing Organizations” 5. […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Ferguson prosecutor blames social media and Twitter strikes back (Lorena O’Neil / The Hollywood Reporter) 2. How Ferguson protesters use social media to organize (Rubina Madan Fillion / Wall Street Journal) 3. BBC uses “collateral freedom” system to bypass Chinese censorship (David Meyer / GigaOm) 4. Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray explains how YouTube […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Silicon Valley and journalism: Make up or break up? (Emily Bell / Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism) 2. ESPN gets ready to launch its first web video subscription service — for cricket’s World Cup (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool (Frances Perraudin / […] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Simon Owens

After his firing from CNN, Chez Pazienza spent several years adrift, unable to find steady work. In 2008, Pazienza, then a producer for CNN’s “American Morning,” was called into the office of his boss and, as he recounted later, informed that his name had been “attached to some, uh, ‘opinionated’ blog posts.” Unbeknownst to his superiors until […] more »

Education
by Meredith Broussard

Numeracy, or numerical literacy, is at the heart of data journalism. And if you are the kind of person who wants to become more numerate in order to do data journalism (maybe you’re a designer? A student? An inquisitive citizen?), one way to start is by thinking about a horse. Specifically, I’d like you to […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The group that rules the Web (Paul Ford / The New Yorker) 2. Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Jordan Crook / TechCrunch) 3. Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to receive I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence (Nieman Foundation) 4. Lessons on censorship from Syria’s internet filter machines (Emiliano De Cristofaro / The Conversation) […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. After all, the streaming music service is one of the largest with 37.5 million free users a month and more than 12 million paid users. In an interview with Yahoo!, Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like […] more »

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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 »

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by Julie Keck

1. Open education’s publicity problem (Steve Kolowich / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. On transfer students, data, and adjusted priorities (Alexandra W. Logue / Inside Higher Education) 3. U Oklahoma’s Janux flips the MOOC (Dian Schaffhauser / Campus Technology) 4. Virginia newsman pledges $1M to University of Missouri j-school (Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Jennifer Preston on leaving the New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Jack Shafer on losing his job, and the state of things (Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 3. Sorry, Netflix: Serial proves that the best shows shouldn’t be binged on (Jason […] more »

Best Practices
by Andrew Ford Lyons

Any journalist working on assignment should put in place a solid communications plan. But for freelancers “going it alone,” it’s a potential life-saver. Most news organizations will have a communications plan in place for staff going on high risk assignments, and for good reason: It will quickly alert them if something goes wrong, and provide […] more »

BookShift
by Rich Bellis

This week sees a number of changes on the e-book best-seller list, beginning right at the very top. Stephen King’s new novel “Revival” knocks John Grisham’s “Gray Mountain” down a peg to No. 2, after the latter spent two weeks at No. 1. Grisham and King are among the best-known and best-selling authors in the world, and although nearly half […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a platform for engaging with audiences via text messages, and we explore how to handle corrections to social media posts. PART 1: Groundsource A new platform called Groundsource seeks to help newsrooms interact with their communities outside the confines of smartphones and social media, instead relying on more basic text […] more »

Education
by Kate Nash Cunningham

As part of the work we are doing with the New Mexico News Port project at the University of New Mexico covering local elections, one of our goals is to provide a forum to engage readers — and particularly students — with politicians. Our news site was born this semester, and while it’s been populated […] more »