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by Meredith Broussard

Let’s say that you’re a historian in 2064 and you want to look at the New York Times for a view of how journalists represented celebrity fashion in the early 2000s. You could pull images of the pages of newsprint that hold Oscar photos, but what you’d really want is to see the Times’ 2014 [...] more »


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by Julie Keck

1. Columbia student paper plans to drop daily print edition (Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 2. What MIT learned from Mongolian teenager who aced a MOOC (Jeffrey R. Young / Slate) 3. Mark Cuban’s foray into the #edtech industry (Katrina Stevens / EdSurge) 4. Chrome smashing: Creating the inconceivable (Beth Holland / Edutopia) 5. [...] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. FCC to propose new ‘net neutrality’ rules (Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal) 2. FremantleMedia claims rights to YouTube user-uploaded clips (Todd Spangler / Variety) 3. NYT up to nearly 800K paid digital subscribers (Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch) 4. Americans spent 43.4 percent of media time online (Bill Cromwell / Media Life Magazine) 5. [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

Amazon Publishing joins an extremely exclusive club this week on the e-book bestseller list: publishers with more than one No. 1 bestseller this year. Until this week, HarperCollins was the exclusive member of that club, with its “Divergent” hit taking the No. 1 spot this year all but three times, losing it once to Hachette, once [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Study: How is user-generated content used in TV news? (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. The right (and wrong) way to think about how Aereo works (Jeff Bercovici / Forbes) 3. American journalist with Vice News captured in Eastern Ukraine (Brian Ries / Mashable) 4. Comcast close to subscriber deal with Charter Communications (Shalini [...] more »

MobileShift
by Reuben Stern

Reported by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle. This week we explore some new tools that push video from smartphones to television, and we see how one newspaper is working to turn entertainment listings into a real-world audience experience. PART 1: AirCast Live A new app called AirCast Live enables users to send video clips and photos directly [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Netflix calls out AT&T for lackluster streaming performance (Crayton Harrison / Businessweek) 2. Jonah Lehrer quietly launches new blog, gets Gladwell boost (Jeremy Barr / Capital New York) 3. Slate tries to buck the paywall trend by focusing on membership (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 4. ‘Today’ show coming to radio for first time on [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Amazon takes half of UK’s online retail spend (The Bookseller) 2. E-book self-publishing: Brave new words (Vivian Wagner / TechNewsWorld) 3. Softcover is a new self-publishing platform aimed at technical authors (Anthony Ha / TechCrunch) 4. Oyster offers Spritz speed reading technology (Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly) 5. Most Americans now reading e-books? (Rich [...] more »

Education
by Dan Gillmor

The “practice” side of journalism education has traditionally had one major goal: to feed new journalists into the news business. The other, broader mission has been to help students become superb critical thinkers and communicators — skills that have wide application in any number of fields. As the traditional journalism business continues to implode, journalism [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Aereo case will shape TV’s future (David Carr / New York Times) 2. Newspaper industry narrowed revenue loss in 2013 as pay wall plans increased (Rick Edmonds / Poynter) 3. Comcast: Binge watching actually helps live TV ratings (Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat) 4. Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to [...] more »

Business
by James Breiner

Launching a news publication online is the easy part. Paying the bills and surviving for several years is the hard part. Three of those who have evolved and survived for at least five years are La Silla Vacia, a political website in Colombia, Homicide Watch, a news and data platform in three U.S. cities, and the Texas Tribune, [...] more »

Education
by Lauren Simonis

Owen Youngman, Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy at Northwestern University has been using Searchlights and Sunglasses by Eric Newton as a textbook in his classroom. Explore his experiences as you think about texts for your next course and ways innovative forms can invigorate students’ thinking. Q&A Why did you decide to use “Searchlights and Sunglasses” in your course? Youngman: [...] more »

Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

1. Big labels take aim at Pandora on royalties (Ben Sisario / New York Times) 2. After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking” (Jeff John Roberts / GigaOm) 3. Nearly 20% of YouTube users now pay less attention to TV, finds Google study (Jennifer Faull / The Drum) 4. Aereo [...] more »

Mediatwits
by Fannie Cohen

Recently drones have become ubiquitous in the media, and not just for executing civilians abroad. Newsrooms are using drones to go places their reporters can’t reach, and drone-deploying filmmakers are capturing what was once cost-prohibitive aerial footage.  And soon, an unmanned aerial vehicle might become your mailman when Amazon launches their drone delivery service. In Silicon Valley, Facebook and Google [...] more »

Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt chief content officer: We should ban “digital” learning (Mary Cullinane / EdSurge) 2. Teaching adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information (Julie Coiro / Edutopia) 3. After discontinuing Semester Online, Northwestern alters online education goals (Cat Zakrzewski / Daily Northwestern) 4. Harry Potter fans made a MOOC for Hogwarts, [...] more »

Must Reads
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

1. Barry Diller: Broadcasters don’t own the airwaves but they still want to stop you from watching via devices (Barry Diller / Wall Street Journal) 2. Al Franken wants Netflix CEO’s perspective on Comcast / TWC deal (Chris Welch / The Verge) 3. They may be filled with trolls, but comments still have value — [...] more »