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

Below is an interesting infographic put together by AddThis, a social measurement firm that used data insights to predict the election based on social sharing data. The infographic shows how AddThis predicts battleground states will vote as well as detailing the most shared topics and a confidence level. Click the image to enlarge. Managing editor [...] more »

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From social media to the second screen, this election comes smack in the middle of the climax of the digital revolution. Other elections before it certainly seeded this massive political transformation, but never before has technology played such a role in selecting who we elect to represent us and lead our communities, our states and [...] more »

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Over the next few weeks, all eyes will be on the so-called “battleground states” of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. So, how did the presidential candidates fare in those places during their third and final debate? If social media is any indication, it’s still a mixed bag. Below is an interesting infographic [...] more »

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The digital revolution has changed how we see our world and thus, it’s also changed how we tell the stories of our world. Over the course of the next week, MediaShift is looking at new forms of storytelling and how digital tools bolster that storytelling. We’re exploring at all kinds too, from film, to online, [...] more »

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Location: San Francisco The Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet has become the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media. Journalists travel to ONA’s conference each year to learn about new tools, techniques and technologies, to discuss advancements and challenges in the industry, to network and to [...] more »

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Location: San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt opens with the Hackathon on Sept. 8-9 and the conference on Sept. 10-12. The focus is on tech startups, with a Startup Battlefield that gets companies in front of investors, media, a panel of judges and a large audience. The last Disrupt SF brought us Reid Hoffman, Scott Cook and [...] more »

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The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Courtney Cowgill 1. Amazon sells out of Kindle Fire, stops selling for one week (AllThingsD) 2. 3 states reach $69M settlement with publishers over alleged e-book price fixing (Businessweek) 3. Obama does first presidential ‘ask me anything’ chat on Reddit (Today) 4. Merrill [...] more »

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark want more people to know how important Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) is in protecting free speech on the Internet. To that end, the EFF and Newmark’s craigconnects initiative released this infographic to highlight the importance of the federal law. Newmark said [...] more »

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Location: Portland, OR Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, the International Food Blogger Conference was the first-ever conference for food bloggers, first held in May of 2009. The series focuses on three themes: Food, Writing, and Technology. > Twitter > Conference website more »

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We know now that the London 2012 games were indeed the “social” Olympics, but what is the result of the unprecedented connection to the Games via social media? Who did we watch? Where did we watch? How did we watch? Click to read our whole series The infographic below from AddThis, a social sharing and [...] more »