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by Eric Newton

Some experts say smartphones make young people stupid. Others say technology makes them smarter. Still others say the tool is not important; it’s how we learn to use it. A new survey of more than 10,000 high school students lends support to that last view. Amid an explosion in social and mobile media – their [...] more »

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Aaron Mendelson, Sep 15, 2014

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by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

While I was opening this post and writing the headline above, six emails landed in my inbox. Not six pieces of junk, not six worthless spams. Six emails that needed actual attention and thought. Two of the six needed a reply, one prompted an addition to my calendar, one got filed and two hit the [...] more »

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It’s hard starting a Twitter account from scratch. Not only do you not know who to follow (start with @LouisCK and @PBSMediaShift, then work outward from there), but it seems almost impossible to get people to follow you. And how can you develop your personal brand / spread your beliefs /  be on the cutting [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Meagan Doll

On Friday, September 19, our #EdShift chat will focus on the power of social media. Join us at 1 pm Eastern Time/12 pm Central Time/10 am Pacific Time as we learn how to get journalists and students up and running effectively on social. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with [...] more »

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Last week, PBS MediaShift and the Poynter Institute produced a great symposium, “Truth & Trust in the 21st Century: Journalism’s Role in Telling the Story of Violence in Chicago.” The event was sponsored by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and PR Newswire. It featured a conversation about [...] more »

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