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by Dale Blasingame

I recently had a long conversation with Bob Gambert, a former TV news colleague of mine. It was sparked by a comment I made on Twitter that TV newsrooms should post original video content to Facebook instead of teases for newscasts and stories. He took exception, and the discussion eventually turned into a back and […] more »


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Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Mar 16, 2015

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by Julie Keck

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by Holly Wise

After we’ve written leads and produced stories and after I’ve given lectures on media law, reporter’s privilege and the authority of the AP Stylebook, I facilitate in my classrooms what I believe to be one of the most important discussions of our semester. Why are we storytellers? We know what we’re doing and we’re learning […] more »

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by Julie Keck

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Legacy Media
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by Sonia Paul

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Every semester I like to watch trends in digital media for an assignment I construct for the last month of class. I call it my “Future of Journalism” assignment, and it’s intended to introduce some new tool, trend or idea to the regular curriculum. To be fair, about half of these trends stay big for a […] more »

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Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.  APRIL 2015 DEADLINES Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship This fellowship recognizes excellence in health or medical television and radio reporting. In […] more »

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This week MediaShift is doing a special in-depth report on cutting the cord to cable TV — who’s doing it, why, and how. One of our most popular posts over the past 5 years has been our special guides to cutting the cord, which we first published in January 2010 and again in 2012.  Stay tuned […] more »

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Sit down. It’s time we had the talk. It’s a little embarrassing for both of us, so I’m just going to say it: you’ve been watching web series. I know, I know, that sounds impossible, but hear me out. Those episodes of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” you binge watched last weekend? Web series. “House of […] more »