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

If the banner ad isn’t dead, it’s certainly on life support. Once upon a time (actually, not so long ago), there was one way to advertise online: the almighty banner ad. But, the banner ad just didn’t do enough. It didn’t fully take advantage of the medium, it was hard to track, and it certainly [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

What we’re sharing on social media has become an important barometer of what we think is important — in the news, in our lives, in the world. Below is an interesting infographic put together by AddThis, which measures social interest, on what was worth sharing in 2012. For more year-end stories from MediaShift, check out [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

2012 was a big year in the world of digital media, one of IPOs, apps, the “social Olympics,” and one of the most cross-platform elections we’ve seen yet. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be looking at some of the big stories we’ve tracked on MediaShift, and we’ll hear from a few correspondents on what [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

There’s nothing like giving the gift of reading. And, it used to be that there was one means to that end: Buy a book at a bookstore, perhaps inscribe it, wrap it up and give it. But today, the gift of reading can mean so much more than a wrapped-up book. Today, the literary giver [...] more »

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 »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

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 »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

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 »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

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 »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

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 »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

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 »