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BookShift
by Fannie Cohen

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, a one-stop shop for books, streaming movies, and even toilet paper. And they became the world’s largest online retailer with a mix of convenient delivery and low prices that beat the competition. For authors, this has been a mixed bag — Amazon connects consumers with books that don’t [...] more »

Culture
by Douglas Rushkoff

At the White House Correspondents Dinner — the annual opportunity for the president to engage directly, and humorously, with reporters who cover him — I expect most of the gibes to be at the president. Sure, he gets the chance to defend himself, but it’s pretty much a roast: A leading comedian is invited every [...] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Julie Posetti

Janine Gibson was editor of the Guardian US and she led the paper’s New York coverage of the Edward Snowden story to industry acclaim. Now, she’s headed back to London as editor in chief of theguardian.com. Gibson recently spoke to me (a research fellow with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) for the World Editors Forum’s upcoming Trends In [...] more »

Mediatwits
by Fannie Cohen

Proclamations of Twitter’s stumble toward oblivion poured out this week after the employee stock lockup expired on Tuesday. The market reacted with a 12 percent dip in the stock’s price. This could be signaling a lack of confidence from inside the company, or it could be the natural ebb and flow of employees cashing in on their options, [...] more »

Global View
by Andrew Ford Lyons

The following is a guest post. See more information about MediaShift guest posts here. The market for freelance journalists is both increasing and increasingly competitive. There’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, and few media organizations have the staffing to do it without turning to freelance newsgatherers. As the reliance on them increases, we are [...] more »

Collaboration
by Reuben Stern

This week we introduce a new app for connecting reporters with stories, and we learn about a mobile video studio that fits into a backpack. PART 1: Newstracker A new smartphone app and web-based system called Newstracker, built by a company called Interapt, was designed to help newsrooms connect their teams in the field with story [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

As digital video continues to disrupt the traditional TV world, there are complications beyond just those affecting the business model. The move of video to the Net also has caused problems for viewers who need captions. Whether deaf or hard of hearing, or speakers of an obscure language, it’s often difficult for these users to [...] more »

Mediatwits
by Fannie Cohen

Even though Western music and movies are a major export to the Middle East, many people there support censoring these programs if they are deemed offensive. This is one of several findings in a new study on Middle Eastern media habits by Northwestern University in Qatar.  NU-Q and the Doha Film Institute compiled the data [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

There’s no shortage of international journalism conferences these days, and there’s a reason. With legacy publishers having difficulty making their digital efforts profitable, niche digitally native operations looking to capitalize on the “social sharing” culture, and concerns about engagement metrics and advertising strategies all weaving into a dynamic media thread, venues like the recent ISOJ [...] more »


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