Culture

Lucas Shaw believes people are becoming less attached to own digital music.
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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 »

NewspaperShift
by Mark Glaser

The following post is sponsored content on PBS MediaShift from Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Note: There are issues with the feed for Mac users due to a technical problem. If you are having trouble seeing the live-stream on this page, you can go here on the FIU site to see […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

Long-form journalism is seeing something of a resurgence on the web. While many people believe digital media has pushed people toward short, bite-sized listicles, deeper stories continue to resonate when they hit the right audience. Plus, online publications such as Atavist, The Verge and even BuzzFeed regularly publish long-form pieces. Now we have another long-form […] more »

Collaboration
by Meredith Broussard

“Yes, and…” is the closest thing improv comedy has to a cardinal rule. The rule goes like this: When the first performer says something, the next performer has to say “Yes, and…” instead of negating or dropping what the first performer said. It’s a powerful rule because it allows a comedy scene to go in […] more »

Culture
by Geoffrey King

The following is a guest post from CPJ. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. The revelation that the FBI sent a fake Associated Press story containing malware to a teenager suspected of making bomb threats has brought “spear phishing” back into the public consciousness. The technique, which combines malicious software with social cues tailored […] more »

Culture
by Jenny Shank

Writer Nicholas Carr has earned his reputation as one of the premier contemporary critics of technological utopianism through articles such as “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” which he published in The Atlantic in 2008 and lucid, insightful books including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” and […] more »

Collaboration
by Dana Coester

The results of the Women’s Hackathon on Wearables are in. Co-sponsored by West Virginia University Reed College of Media and PBS MediaShift, this hackathon was a pivotal event for the eight teams who participated in an immersive weekend envisioning a startup use of wearable tech from a women-only perspective. More than 50 women from WVU […] more »

Culture
by Julie Keck

It’s no secret that there’s sexism in the tech world. Many of us have grown up looking at (and then bumping our noggins against) the glass ceiling, nodding our heads in recognition when we hear stories about brogrammers, lecherous bosses, and women being passed over for jobs, raises and promotions simply for the offense of […] more »

Mediatwits
by Fannie Cohen

Last year, Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to provide the “best personalized newspaper in the world.” No one really knew what that meant, but now Facebook clearly wields enormous power over what news content is read at various publications. That’s because its News Feed uses algorithms — adjusted and designed by humans […] more »


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