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Best Practices
by Andrew Ford Lyons

Any journalist working on assignment should put in place a solid communications plan. But for freelancers “going it alone,” it’s a potential life-saver. Most news organizations will have a communications plan in place for staff going on high risk assignments, and for good reason: It will quickly alert them if something goes wrong, and provide […] more »

Collaboration
by Amelia Senter

MediaShift’s Collab/Space event has been making the rounds — from New York City in June to Chicago in September, and now on to Washington, D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri is the event’s premier sponsor, and it will be hosted at the Washington Post headquarters. Collab/Space DC will hone and […] more »

Collaboration
by Maury Blackman

A version of this guest post originally appeared on the San Francisco Examiner website. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. A small but vibrant industry is changing the way governments, elected officials and citizens communicate. When you think about the tech industry, a lot of images are bound to pop into your head. Product […] more »

Collaboration
by Kate Nash Cunningham

Co-authored by Michael V. Marcotte. Like many professors across the country, we’ve spent the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on our journalism syllabi, thinking of new ways to reach students and of novel approaches for our assignments. This semester, we have another exciting job. Thanks to a grant from the Online News Association, […] more »

Collaboration
by Julie Keck

One of the first things David Cohn of Circa said during his keynote talk at Collab/Space Chicago last week was “you will feel like a manic-depressive” when launching a startup. The Collab/Space Chicago crowd, which included hopeful startup presenters, journalists, media pros, and J-school elites chuckled, but everyone in the room knew there was some […] more »

Collaboration
by Andrew Lapin

Once again, PBS MediaShift brought together a diverse mix of collaborators from public media, commercial media, academia and beyond for a Collab/Space workshop, this time in Chicago at the TechNexus incubator space. The workshop took place the day before ONA14 began. Sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and hosted by TechNexus, the all-day workshop […] more »

Collaboration
by Amelia Senter

Encouraged by the great feedback we received following last month’s Collab/Space in New York highlighting intrapreneurial projects, we’re now taking Collab/Space to Chicago to workshop promising media startups in the Midwest and beyond. Collab/Space Chicago will take place at TechNexus’ headquarters in the Lyric Opera Building, on September 24, the day before the ONA14 conference. […] more »

Collaboration
by Mark Glaser

For so long in public media, there has been a dream of interoperability and collaboration where local public stations could share and mix content from other stations around the country seamlessly. While many previous digital initiatives have come and gone, the Public Media Platform (PMP) has found its sea legs. A non-profit birthed from NPR, […] more »

Business
by Angela Washeck

Matt McAlister, who serves as director of digital strategy at Guardian Media Group, had a vision for collaborative, crowdfunded journalism that would facilitate two different kinds of communities. That vision has become Contributoria, which allows independent writers to pitch stories that are supported by people who like their ideas. And the finished result ends up not […] more »


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