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Culture
by Faraz Sanei

On July 31, a prominent Iranian journalist tweeted, “Saba’s mother has now joined Twitter.” Saba’s mother Akram Mohammadi, had just given an interview about her daughter Saba’s agonizing 65 days of pretrial detention at an unknown location. Unidentified security officials had arrested Saba Azarpaik, a Tehran-based journalist, on May 28. A few hours later, the Twitter account linked [...] more »

Culture
by Julie Posetti

The rapid spread of online misinformation was voted one of the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014 by members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In this third installment in the PBS MediaShift series on the 2014 Trends in Newsrooms report, Julie Posetti and Craig Silverman report on social media verification trends. Read the other installments [...] more »

Culture
by Dana Coester

I sat down with futurist Robert Scoble at the Augmented World Expo in May to talk about what’s next for journalism. Scoble, former tech evangelist for Microsoft and currently startup liaison for Rackspace, is renowned for the “Scoble effect” — which in geek celebrity terms may be the tech equivalent of the Oprah effect. He’s also [...] more »

MobileShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we venture to New York to peek inside two organizations that are gaining traction with serious news tailored specifically for younger audiences. PART 1: NowThis News NowThis News targets young news consumers by delivering highly visual coverage via a continually expanding list of social platforms that includes Instagram, Vine and now Snapchat. We hear [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Devices that cannot be powered on will be barred from the aircraft, and passengers in possession of such devices may also be subjected to additional screening. While [...] more »

MobileShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out how two major public radio providers are responding to the rise of audio listening on smartphones and other Internet-connected devices. PART 1: Ideas from PRX and PRI The growing demand for audio content delivered online and via smartphones brings both challenges and opportunities for traditional radio producers. Representatives from Public Radio [...] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down last week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with implications far beyond cell phones. The New York Times reports, “The ruling almost certainly [...] more »

MobileShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we look at the possibilities and limits of attempting to do multimedia journalism using only mobile devices. We sit down for a conversation with Missouri School of Journalism Assistant Professor Judd Slivka, who turned an entry-level multimedia course into a four-month experiment with mobile reporting tools. In our discussion, Slivka explains the tradeoffs involved [...] more »

Global View
by Jessica Weiss

Knight International Journalism Fellow Babatunde Akpeji is building a network of citizen journalists to cover health in Nigeria’s Delta region, an area rich in oil and natural resources but beset by severe poverty. Akpeji trains the citizen journalists in basic reporting techniques, simple audio and video production, mobile tools and journalism ethics. Then, the participants [...] more »


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