Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Courtney Lowery Cowgill is a writer, editor, teacher and farmer. As an editor, she works as the managing editor of PBS MediaShift. As a teacher, she's an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism, specializing in feature writing, legislative coverage, rural journalism and online journalism. Formerly, she was the editor in chief of the online magazine NewWest.Net, which she co-founded and before that, worked as a newswoman for the Associated Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s helping her husband wrangle 150 heritage turkeys, 30 acres of food, overgrown weeds or their young children.

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The Online News Association’s annual conference gives us a good glimpse of the industry — where it’s been, where it’s going, what we need to watch and who the big players are. This year, the conference focused heavily on technology and data, with editorial projects and even the upcoming elections being largely bypassed. We’ve put [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Courtney Cowgill. 1. White House names Google’s Megan Smith the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States (Nancy Scola / Washington Post) 2. The newsonomics of the Washington Post and New York Times network wars (Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab) 3. Former [...] more »

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The best stories across the web on journalism and digital education, curated by Courtney Cowgill. 1. Making a great online course, and why high drop-out rates aren’t a bad thing (Elliott Masie / VentureBeat) 2. Planning an ed-tech transformation…in 1989 (Benjamin Herold / Education Week) 3. How Edtech startup ‘Native Innovation’ goes the extra 300 [...] more »

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The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Courtney Cowgill. 1. From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil? (Michael Daly / The Daily Beast) 2. BuzzFeed wants to beef up its business news (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. My take: There are so many takes now because [...] more »

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 »

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1. Washington Post, New York Times and Mozilla team up for new Web site comment system (Paul Farhi / Washington Post) 2. Online publishers still aren’t usually liable for user-generated content (Tracie Powell / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Why Craig Newmark is joining Poynter (Craig Newmark / craigconnects) 4. Americans’ confidence in news media remains [...] more »

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1. How journalism schools are trying to connect classroom to newsroom (Jon Marcus / Neiman Lab) 2. Coursera chief: Reach of teaching will define great universities (Steve Kolowich / The Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. Open-access journal underdogs take on aging academic publications (D. Frank Smith / EdTech Higher Education) 4. Opinion: Why we are [...] more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »