PoliticalShift

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Free Speech
by Andy Carvin

This post originally appeared on Medium and is reprinted here with permission. When Reported.ly’s European team went online Wednesday morning, our reporting operation was less than 48 hours old. We had launched Monday at a measured, almost leisurely pace, our team of six still getting to know each other and learning how to coordinate our […] more »

Global View
by Kurt Abrahamson

With midterm elections around the corner, ShareThis has taken a deep dive into what people are sharing about; what are the important issues, who are the key politicians, and why should we care? Dubbed the “most boring and uncreative campaign in recent history” by New York Times columnist David Brooks, there does not seem to […] more »

Culture
by Sonia Paul

With the 2014 U.S. midterm elections just days away, attention is on voter habits and concerns, as well as how political campaigners are leveraging different methods to target their voter base. The Pew Research Center’s recent report on how liberals and conservatives inhabit different media worlds underscores the influence media has on voter awareness. Reports […] 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 »

Culture
by Mark Headd

This guest post is an expanded version of a talk Mark Headd gave recently at the Code for America Summit. The video from the talk is embedded at the bottom. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. “The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed.” –William Gibson. The Economist, December 4, 2003 […] more »

Business
by Tim Karr

The following is a guest post from FreePress. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Net neutrality — the principle that protects Internet users’ free speech rights — is censorship. Did you get that? You did if you happened to be reading the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. Former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell recently wrote […] 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 »

Education
by Michael W. Wagner

The political reporter’s professional toolkit keeps expanding. Journalists are using social science research, “big data” and innovative alternative story formats to better serve their audience. Journalism education is catching up too, as Vicki Krueger and Katherine Krueger have shown here on EducationShift. I’m a long-time critic of political news coverage that treats politics like a […] more »

Free Speech
by Joel Simon

The following is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers why is the Committee to Protect Journalists launching a campaign targeting U.S. government policies? The answer is simple. Because we must fight to preserve a global system on which […] more »


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