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by Paul Biba

There is plenty of advice available for startups and entrepreneurs, but what do you do if you are inside a company and want to develop a new concept or project? There are no incubators, angel investors or college courses around to help you. Collab/Space, a production of PBS MediaShift, with premier sponsorship from the Donald [...] more »


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by Mike Reilley

Let’s start with some analysis of why I chose seven ways to incorporate data journalism into your classes. I’m Irish, and it’s my lucky number. It was my basketball jersey number, and it’s the exact number of pints of Harp I can drink before falling off a barstool. But seriously, data, like writing a clever [...] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. The New Yorker alters its online strategy (Ravi Somaiya / New York Times) 2. Dean Baquet’s first digital initiative: Adding editors (Jeremy Barr / Capital New York) 3. Amazon angles to attract Hachette’s authors to its side (David Streitfeld / New York Times’ Binary Bits) 4. Singapore passes Pirate Bay-blocking anti-piracy law (Torrent Freak) [...] more »

Education
by Meagan Doll

Alexander B. Howard is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. He is currently a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and recently produced a report on data journalism, “The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism” (PDF). EducationShift talked with Howard about the report and what educators should take [...] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Scammers, hackers and spies hit campaign trail (Byron Tau / Politico) 2. Guardian News & Media loss narrows, with print income stable and digital revenues up 24% (Mark Sweney / Guardian) 3. Facebook suffers brief outages in violence-hit Myanmar (Shibani Mahtani & Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal) 4. Beacon Reader’s crowdfunding platform now [...] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. The effectiveness of free e-books is declining, according to Smashwords (Dianna Dilworth / GalleyCat) 2. MyPublishingAssistant lets authors streamline blog-to-book, e-books (Mercy Pilkington / Good e-Reader) 3. The bestselling books of 2014 (so far) (Clare Swanson / Publishers Weekly) 4. Crowdfunding for books: Pentian’s self-publishing model expands to U.S. (Beth Bacon / Digital Book [...] more »

Education
by Derek Willis

Interviewing is a skill. I’ve heard this repeatedly as a college student, at journalism conferences and in newsrooms. Not all of us are born with the ability to form penetrating questions or to extract crucial details from sources. Like any skill, interviewing takes practice and preparation. The same is true for interviewing data. Journalists who [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Meagan Doll

On Tuesday, July 8, our #EdShift chat will focus on covering data in courses, part of our special series “Teaching Data Journalism.” Join us at 1 ET/12 CT/10 PT as we cover data’s importance, as well as tips and ideas for incorporating it into the classroom. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Inside Google’s big plan to race Amazon to your door (Jason Del Rey / Re/code) 2. Investigation shows NSA tracks individuals who search for articles about privacy tools (Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing) 3. Byliner gone bad and the business of longform journalism on the web (Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOm) 4. Ukraine’s civil [...] 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 »

Education
by Katherine Krueger

Gone are the days where journalists could boast about not being math people. While the image of an investigative journalist sifting through reams of printed spreadsheets and pouring over documents has endured, the tools have changed. The rise of data journalism – which is often tied to the meteoric rise of analytical news ventures – [...] more »

Business
by Kelsey Mallahan

Last October nine media startups came together for a full-day hands-on workshop put on by MediaShift called Collab/Space Atlanta. Each presented lightning-style and then worked with media innovators from across the country to get through challenges and brainstorm ways to work together. Though the projects were all at different stages, there were some common hurdles [...] more »

Education
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I rarely have to sell my students on what I’m teaching them. They’ve worked hard to get accepted into a highly competitive major, and they’re here because they want to learn. But that all changes when we get to my week on data. The grumbles and eyerolls abound. I feel like I can read some [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. YouTube, apps and Minecraft: Digital kids and the future of children’s media (Stuart Dredge / The Guardian) 2. Readers recall tablet magazine ads at same rate as print ads (Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal) 3. Univision streaming video stops being free on Friday (Sam Thielman / AdWeek) 4. Yahoo to delete thousands of [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Edtech startups protest FCC proposal for ‘two-tiered internet’ (Charley Locke / EdSurge) 2. Chasing the elusive ‘quality’ in online education (Anya Kamenetz / NPR) 3. A MOOC by any other name (John M. Eger / Huffington Post) 4. The digital lives of teens (Matt Levinson / Edutopia) 5. Terminal degrees (The Economist)   Get [...] more »

Business
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When it comes to media work and the teaching of it, I loath the phrase, “the dark side.” It goes something like this: “You teach journalism and PR in the same department? I stay away from the dark side.” “You went from a newsroom to the dark side?” “You study branding and ethics? Didn’t know [...] more »