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

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 »

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1. Biz Stone: Twitter must ‘make bold choices to survive with the times’ (Harrison Weber / VentureBeat) 2. Exclusive: Automattic seeking to raise more than $100 million (Erin Griffith / Fortune) 3. We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? You won’t like the answer (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) […] more »

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1. Students reading e-books are losing out, study suggests (Annie Murphy Paul / New York Times) 2. Entitle brings Its subscription e-books To e-ink Readers, including the Nook (Anthony Ha / TechCrunch) 3. Spanish language e-book market comes into its own (Mercy Pilkington / Good E-Reader) 4. ‘I should write a book:’ Why authors decide […] more »

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1. To the Snowden story system a crowning Pulitzer might have gone (Jay Rosen / Press Think) 2. Pulitzer board noted Boston Globe’s use of a “range of digital tools to capture the full impact” of the marathon bombings (Joseph P. Kahn / Boston Globe) 3. The Intercept still hiring and setting up shop, editor […] more »

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The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Courtney Cowgill. 1. Why do journalists hate new journalism startups? (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 2. Alaska newspaper sale: a second look at money, logic behind purchase (Rick Edmonds / Poynter) 3. Glenn, Intercepted: Pierre Omidyar’s quarter billion dollar journalism project seems to have […] more »

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Each quarter, the social sharing platform ShareThis releases a report that looks at the sharing landscape — data that the company says gives “insight into what, where and how consumers share online, which is not only a true indicator of interest and intent, but also a powerful way for publishers and advertisers to drive content […] more »

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1. The (online) media’s shameful Malaysia Airlines coverage: Gawking at a foreign disaster (Nicholas Quah / Salon) 2. How Twitter confirmed the explosion in Harlem first (Ted Bailey, Dataminr / GigaOm) 3. New cash, new questions for Business Insider (Michael Wolff / USA Today) 4. Explaining what’s behind the sudden allure of explanatory journalism (John […] more »

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Call it spring cleaning. A digital detox. Each year, even we, those of us who live, eat, sleep and breathe online, need a little break (perhaps especially us). Enter, the National Day of Unplugging — a reason for and a celebration of a “technology Sabbath.” This year, the National Day of Unplugging, advocated by the group […] more »

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The premise of a recent investigative report from the NPR Planet Money team is pretty old school actually — track a product from beginning to end. In this case, it was a T-shirt followed from a cotton farm in Mississippi to its final place on someone’s back, with a stop in tragedy-riddled Bangladesh in between. […] more »

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The role of the author in today’s ever-shifting digital publishing landscape is a complicated one. The job doesn’t stop when the last chapter is written. For many, that’s actually when the bulk of the work begins. Even if you take the traditional big publisher route, the author is expected to carry a heavy promotional weight. […] more »