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by Meagan Doll

Not only is technology developing rapidly in today’s society, but the ways in which it’s used to tell stories and deliver news are also changing. Matt Sheehan, director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, is experimenting with this reality. Through a partnership with anonymous messaging […] more »


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Advancing Journalism Innovation, One Fellowship at a Time

Meg Dalton , Apr 17, 2015

Idea Lab is a group blog by innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs who are reinventing media in the digital age.
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by Julie Keck

1. US e-book sales down 6% in 2014 (Sarah Shaffi / The Bookseller) 2. The new self-publishing: Amazon takes on Etsy (Mercy Pilkington / Good e-Reader) 3. Britain shuts down access to 10 million illegal e-books (Aaron Brown / Daily Express) 4. Social sharing e-book platform Glose expands to Android (D.B. Hebbard / Talking New […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Social media: Local TV for the next generation? (Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried & Katerina Eva Matsa / Pew Research Center) 2. Build-your-own Netflix: Vimeo On Demand introduces monthly subscriptions (Mic Wright / The Next Web) 3. AFP: All journalists need to be able to shoot and edit video (Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk) 4. Four […] more »

DigitalEd
by Sonia Paul

Each week, PBS MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mediashift [at] pbs [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING DigitalEd: […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The Apple Watch will expose how little publishers know about their readers (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 2. Last year, the Sun Sentinel made digital a priority. So how’s it going? (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 3. Why publishers struggle to monetize their paywall data (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 4. Readers have mixed feelings about […] more »

Business
by Dena Levitz

Longtime journalist and digital executive Mike Porath took a personal struggle and turned it into a media site that’s being read by millions. When Porath and his wife discovered that one of their three young children had a rare chromosome disorder several years ago, it became a “life-altering experience,” he said. After the diagnosis, they […] more »

Education
by Ed Madison

Niche-themed video channels are an emerging subject of study within journalism education programs, as instructors endeavor to prepare students to work in an ever-changing media landscape. Familiar legacy news organizations and consumer brands, including the New York Times and Starbucks, are embracing web video as a way to engage audiences, inspire social sharing, and bring […] more »

Events
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. The next political battleground: Your phone (Tanzina Vega / CNN Politics) 2. NYT calls for letting PATRIOT Act expire (Adam B. Lerner / Politico) 3. Legal risks to creative innovation and research at college (J. Nathan Matias / MIT Center for Civic Media) 4. Vox works with McClatchy to bring explainers to local readers […] more »

Business
by Sonia Paul

MediaShift produced its first-ever Journalism Innovation Summit, a one-day conference to tackle some of the trickiest topics posing the media industry, on May 15, 2015, at the City University London. The Summit took on various hot-button topics — where to distribute innovative content, how to increase audience engagement, and what are the most promising business models. The day […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

It’s graduation time across the country, and journalism and communications grads are getting ready to start their careers. Or are they? We all know that job prospects for traditional print jobs isn’t great. You don’t need us to remind you how poorly print has been doing in the past couple of years. But there are […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Internet whisperer Mary Meeker on the trends driving our virtual existence (Dan Terdiman / Fast Company) 2. BuzzFeed founder launches new lab for open-source invention (Jessi Hempel / Wired) 3. Re/code’s sale and life after advertising (Katie Benner / Bloomberg View) 4. Oxygen launches content hub, weekly Periscope stream (Karen Fratti / Lost Remote) […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton headed for ASU (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 2. News as a design challenge: New ideas for news’ future from MIT (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. Bureaucracy: Why won’t scholars break their paper chains? (Eliane Glaser / Times Higher Education) 4. Opinion: Why technology will never fix education (Kentaro Toyama […] more »

Business
by University of Oklahoma Student Reporting Team

This piece was produced by a team of students from the University of Oklahoma, including Brigette Waltermire, Anna Reisman, Nicholas Masopust, Ali Stratton, Erin Donnelly, Hayley Jamil, M’ary Miller, Lydia Farve and Candace Hinnergardt. Panelists at the first annual Journalism Innovation Summit in London earlier this month, hosted by City University London and produced by PBS […] more »

Legacy Media
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore an online tool for adding interactivity to video, and another platform for streaming live video from smartphones. PART 1: Interactive video with Multipop Rather than overlaying additional content on top of a video, a start-up called Multipop offers an interface for adding polls, links and other material alongside a video, with […] more »

Education
by Matt Sheehan

Earlier this year, the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications launched an initiative to completely examine its newsroom operations and how local news will continue to play a large role in the College’s news curriculum. The following is an edited and excerpted collection from the “Breaking News” and “What is Project Allotrope” posts that explain […] more »