Margaret Looney

by Margaret Looney

Journalism changes at a rapid speed, and universities struggle to keep pace. The system for updating curricula is often so bureaucracy-laden that by the time a new journalism tool or skill makes it into the classroom, the next big thing has already been trending on Twitter for months. In an effort to bridge this gap, […] more »

by Margaret Looney

This post was written by IJNet staff. Completing fellowship applications can be time-consuming. To avoid having to rush through the process, start preparing for these opportunities ahead of time. If you’re on a fellowship hunt, keep the deadlines of these upcoming 2014 fellowships in sight. World Press Institute Fellowships Deadline – Feb. 15 The three-month […] more »

by Margaret Looney

It’s no surprise that social media are on the rise. For example, 59 percent of journalists across 15 countries use Twitter in 2013, compared to 47 percent last year, according to the Oriella Digital Journalism Study. The more that journalists use social media, the more tools pop up to help them search multiple platforms at […] more »

by Margaret Looney

What started as an idea for creating tools for local media in Chicago three years ago has evolved into an innovation hub for the global journalism and technology community. The Knight Lab at Northwestern University brings together journalists and technologists interested in building tools to benefit the news industry. The Lab’s corps of professional staffers, […] more »

by Margaret Looney

If anyone knows the power of Twitter for journalism, it’s Erica Anderson, who helps journalists and public figures make the most of the platform. Anderson, product marketing manager for Twitter, launched an online toolkit for journalists, Twitter for Newsrooms in 2011. That year, she also co-produced the first online Town Hall session for Barack Obama, […] more »

by Margaret Looney

When Marguerite Sullivan started the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) in 2007, she said she faced skepticism as to whether the U.S.-based organization could help advance media development worldwide. But since its launch, CIMA, which is part of the National Endowment for Democracy, has been helping independent news outlets and foundations navigate the ever-shifting media landscape […] more »

by Margaret Looney

As an early adopter of convergence, award-winning journalist Sam Meddis made the leap to the web as USA Today’s online technology editor in the ’90s. And when USA Today wanted to ramp up its content with video coverage, he jumped at the chance to lead the team. Meddis, who now teaches at American University in […] more »

by Margaret Looney

With readers juggling their tablets, mobile phones, laptops and more as they consume the news, journalists have an opportunity to create a new kind of story. Transmedia storytelling means dividing chunks of a story across multiple platforms to form one cohesive narrative. Transmedia stories often have audience engagement as a key goal. Creating an online […] more »