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Free Speech
by John Dick

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger told Bloomberg recently that he believes we need international standards on freedom of the press. He said that the U.S. is the most protective of expression and free speech of any nation. When “Freedom of the […] more »

Education
by Simon Owens

Rebecca Lim first realized that the kidnapping of Hannah Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student who went missing on Sept. 13, had become a national story when she began receiving emails and phone calls from major media outlets. “I had CNN calling me,” Lim, the editor of the Cavalier Daily, UVA’s campus newspaper, told […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

Big changes may be in store for your local alternative weekly. Last week, Voice Media Group announced it was exploring “new strategies for its publishing assets,” including their sale or acquisition. The circulation numbers for alt-weeklies aren’t looking good. Alt-weeklies face many of the same problems that print publications do – mainly that ad revenues […] more »

EducationShift
by Dan Reimold

Marcelo Rochabrun, the outgoing editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian at Princeton University, recently declared in a goodbye letter to readers: “It’s hard being a student journalist at Princeton these days.” The chief challenge he said “Prince” staffers regularly face is criticism and even threats from fellow students — not administrators, alumni, faculty or nearby community members, […] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Jefferson Yen

It’s easy to understand why newspapers are concerned about advertising dollars moving toward the web when you consider that advertising accounts for nearly 70 percent of revenue in the news industry. And more of that money is expected to migrate to digital in the coming year. But Advance Media – parent company of the New […] more »

Business
by Janet Asteroff

If you don’t like change, don’t work at the Washington Post. But if you are a consumer of digital news, you can expect some interesting and perhaps delightful innovations. And if you are in the news business, you already know that the old kid on the block has a new owner who is sling-shotting the […] more »

Hyper-Local
by Reuben Stern

This week we find out why investors are bullish on online media startups, and we find out how the Philadelphia-based startup Billy Penn is producing local news coverage aimed at younger readers. PART 1: Why investors love media startups Digital media startups like Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox Media have grown quickly thanks to hundreds of […] more »

Business
by Dan Reimold

Roughly a month ago, Kyle Plantz agreed to shout strangers’ names in a newsroom for only $5. Plantz, 20, a junior journalism major at Boston University, is not crazy. He’s passionate — about The Daily Free Press. In early November, the FreeP, the 45-year-old independent student newspaper at BU, launched a fundraising campaign to pay off […] more »

Business
by Sonia Paul

At MediaShift, our sweet spot is covering the space where technology and media intersect. And what a dynamic space that is — always changing, always shifting. 2014 was no different. As we see it, here are the biggest stories and trends that shaped the media and technology industry in 2014, and will likely reverberate into […] more »


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