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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 »


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Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Nov 4, 2014

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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 »

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 »

Must Reads
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. 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 »

Must Reads
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 »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Whose privacy will Uber violate next? Why its latest bad behavior matters (Alexander B. Howard / Wired) 2. ONA and Poynter announce leadership academy for women (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 3. Serial podcast breaks iTunes records as it passes 5m downloads and streams (Stuart Dredge / Guardian) 4. Nielsen to measure Netflix viewing (Keach […] more »

Education
by Jan Schaffer

J-Lab director Jan Schaffer is wrapping up 20 years of raising money to give it away to fund news startups, innovations and pilot projects. She is pivoting J-Lab to do discrete projects and custom training and advising that build on her expertise. After two decades of work at the forefront of journalism innovations, interactive journalism […] more »

Business
by Lane Becker

This guest post from Code For America’s Lane Becker also appeared on The Hill. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Government’s ability to keep pace with our digital society is hindered by legacy regulation and archaic procurement practices that have grown around it. Citizens regularly encounter elegant, easy-to-use technologies in almost every aspect of […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. In Europe, slower growth for e-books (Stephen Heyman / New York Times) 2. Amazon and Hachette: Bad for everyone but consumers (Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable) 3. 50 Shades and the new queens of self-publishing (Deirdre Reynolds / Independent.ie) 4. A Kindle software update lets you share e-books with your family (Kif Leswing / GigaOm) […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Why Bill Keller left the New York Times to put a spotlight on criminal justice (Dara Lind / Vox) 2. Kickstarter campaign focuses on public radio (Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times) 3. Google has free speech right in search results, court confirms (Jeff John Roberts / GigaOm) 4. Uber executive apologises after suggesting […] more »