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Morristown Green is one of the six incubated sites involved with the Local News Lab.
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Citizen Journalism
by Angela Washeck

In a news landscape of fragmented ad dollars, declining print revenues and segmented audiences, it’s no secret that local journalism is one of the media industry’s toughest nuts to crack. That’s why an initiative called the Local News Lab (LNL) started about a month ago with the hopes of finally getting to the bottom of [...] more »


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Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. NYT considering shorter print edition with unlimited digital access (Joe Pompeo / Capital New York) 2. Contently launches a nonprofit arm to do investigative journalism (Jeff Bercovici / Forbes) 3. What makes commenters less civil, and the rise of digital longform (John Wihbey / Nieman Lab) 4. WikiLeaks reveals Australian gagging order over political [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. A.C.L.U. and Human Rights Watch say surveillance programs hurt news coverage (Sydney Ember / New York Times) 2. NPR One delivers a curated public radio stream for the smartphone era (Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch) 3. First Look Media changes course on “digital magazines” (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. HBO pushes web expansion as [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Do we need consumer protection for e-books? (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 2. U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal (Nate Raymond / Reuters) 3. 8 ways for self-published authors to rise above their fear of metadata (Beth Bacon / Digital Book World) 4. Storia, Scholastic’s digital reading platform, [...] more »

Business
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

When we think of journalists who have built individual brands, national names are the first to pop — Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, Kara Swisher, Andrew Sullivan. But the factors that have opened doors for these journalists to build names and strike out on their own aren’t exclusive to national media. Better access to audiences, the [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. At front lines, bearing witness in real time (David Carr / The New York Times) 2. MH17: How Storyful’s ‘social sleuthing’ helped verify evidence (Ben Cardew / The Guardian) 3. With immigration reform off the agenda, some in tech turn to Plan B (Hayley Tsukayama / The Washington Post) 4. The newsonomics of how [...] more »

Education
by Allan Richards

Every now and then I receive a call from a dean or chair of a journalism or communication program. They lament deficiencies in their students’ language skills and writing, and they are calling me because they’ve heard of our school — a multilingual bouillabaisse of an institution with four languages spoken (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole). [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Bloomberg hires a founder of The Verge to lead online initiatives (Ravi Somaiya / New York Times) 2. Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address (Abby Phillip / Washington Post) 3. Major League Baseball cries foul on net neutrality proposal (Amy Schatz / Re/code) 4. Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch [...] more »

Digging Deeper
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out how online news startup Ozy is rethinking news content, and we learn how human rights group Witness works with citizens to generate video reports from the ground. PART 1: Ozy’s story approach The 10-month-old news startup Ozy aims to appeal to smart, educated, curious readers who embrace things that are different. We [...] more »

Business
by James Breiner

When you are starting out with a digital product, it makes sense to get advice from experts. But experts can’t help you learn as much as you can on your own. In fact, most of the successful digital entrepreneurs I know give the same advice: develop a prototype as quickly as possible. A business plan or a [...] more »

Events
by Angela Washeck

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. Survey: Book buyers leaving Amazon because of Hachette dispute (Jeremy Greenfield / Forbes) 2. Twitter’s new user pitch means a new advertising pitch, too (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. Reddit Live lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog (Nick Summers / The Next Web) 4. American users spend an average of 40 [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. MOOCs: My course, your content (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed) 2. How one rural district is making the edtech transition (Ned Kirsch / EdSurge) 3. Journalism class and the value of project-based learning (Jim Streisel / Education Week – Teacher) (subscription) 4. “Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again” (Brian [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week put renewed focus on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list and, therefore, on the Digital Book World E-book Bestseller list. According to Publishers Lunch: But now it seems quite clear observationally that KU “reads” or “checkouts” are counted by Amazon towards the “paid” bestseller list, as if they were real [...] more »

Education
by Adam Maksl

Co-authored with Megan Fromm Last week, after spending 30 hours observing a high school journalism classroom, freelance writer and editor  (and PBS MediaShift editorial assistant) Angela Washeck gave a first-person analysis of how today’s students are producing media. Her observations, detailed in “The Journey to Teaching High School Journalism in Texas,” mischaracterize the purpose of [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Spending to reach people on mobile devices this year will eclipse radio, print (Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal) 2. ‘Right to be forgotten’: Publishers rebel against Google’s hidden results (Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk) 3. Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever (Lene Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Uncovering [...] more »