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by Sonia Paul

Each week, PBS MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mediashift [at] pbs [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING THREAD […] more »

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Meg Dalton , Apr 17, 2015

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by Julie Keck

1. The Internet mapmakers helping Nepal (Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic) 2. ‘Our demand is simple: Stop killing us’ (Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times) 3. Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch (Micah Singleton / The Verge) 4. Campaign coverage via Snapchat could shake up the 2016 […] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

TFI Interactive, Games for Change, and Storyscapes this year were, as in the past, wildly stimulating and provocative experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival. But I found myself wondering if in the interactive space, we’re ready to get a little definition on what we’re talking about. For instance: Is there anything we can’t call interactive? At […] more »

by Katherine Reed

What are the must-teach fundamentals of journalism? Put ten instructors in a room and you’ll get ten different answers to that question. You would hear about accuracy. Data skills. Verification know-how. News-gathering and editing skills across platforms. Strong writing. Social media agility. An understanding of audiences and metrics. Cross-cultural sensitivity. Another fundamental skill is worthy […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. What the failed Time Warner merger means for us all (S. E. Smith / Salon) 2. House reaches bipartisan deal to end NSA domestic phone spying (Ken Dilanian / Talking Points Memo) 3. Pulitzer-winning paper used online tool from Northwestern’s Knight Lab (John Carpenter / Chicago Tribune) 4. Networks use drones to cover Nepal […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

Our news consumption is becoming increasingly mobile according to Pew’s annual State of The News Media report. Americans are now turning to their phones and tablets to catch up on the news. More people are visiting news sites like the New York Times on mobile than on their desktops. More than 75 percent of the […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Cronkite students develop transit app for Apple Watch (via Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication) 2. Columbia’s 8th group of Spencer Education Journalism Fellows (via Columbia Journalism School) 3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to acquire Scholastic’s Educational Technology & Services Business for $575m 4. K-12 librarians’ roles shift to meet digital demands (Carol […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. FBI slammed on Capitol Hill for ‘stupid’ ideas about encryption (Patrick Howell O’Neill / Daily Dot) 2. Google and Facebook are our frenemy. Beware (Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. In earthquake-ravaged Nepal, the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 4. Twitter […] more »

by Deb Wenger

Everywhere you looked at the Journalism Interactive conference in Columbia, Mo., you ran smack dab into the news audience. By my way of thinking, it’s about time. The setting for former NPR and Twitter exec Vivian Schiller’s keynote looked a little like a comedy club with its brick wall and dramatic spotlight, and she got […] more »

by Ranvir Gujral

The following opinion piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. On the first day of the F8 Facebook Developer Conference this year, Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the event by talking about data. Over the past year, the use of Facebook’s […] more »

by Kathryn McManus

There is tremendous transition within the field of journalism. The number of full-time U.S. daily newspaper journalists now stands roughly at 36,700, according to the American Society of News Editors, down from 55,000 in 2008. I constantly receive calls from journalism colleagues who are in transition and grappling with how to move forward with their […] more »

by Mark Glaser

On April 16, 2015, PBS MediaShift convened its sixth Collab/Space workshop, this time in Austin and focused on media metrics, analytics, and measuring impact. We had a very international group, with people from Nepal, Argentina, the United Kingdom, and more. The all-day workshop was co-produced by PBS MediaShift, the Knight Center for Journalism in the […] more »

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by Reuben Stern

This week we explore two examples of how archived audio content is being brought back to life. PART 1: NPR One National Public Radio’s NPR One app mixes older NPR stories with current news to provide users a steady, personalized stream of audio stories. We find out how it works from NPR’s Sara Sarasohn. Reporting […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. State of the News Media 2015 (Amy Mitchell / Pew Research Center) 2. Even podcasts have an upfront this year (Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal) 3. Yahoo introduces 18 digital series at NewFronts (Sydney Ember / New York Times) 4. Hulu sets mammoth ‘Seinfeld’ licensing deal worth nearly $180 million (Cynthia Littleton / […] more »

by Martha Kang

First came the web. Then came social media. Now journalists face a new challenge on the horizon: big data. It used to be that data journalism lived in a corner of the newsroom, in the care of investigative or business reporters. But in recent years, big data has amassed at such a rate that it […] more »