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Public MediaShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we get an inside look at one media organization’s successful digital strategy. New York Public Radio, which operates WNYC in New York City, is among the leading innovators in the public media system both for on-air programming and for a forward-looking approach to digital. We visited their office and sat down with Thomas Hjelm, executive [...] more »


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Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Peretti: Deleted BuzzFeed posts were created before company chose to become journalistic (Will Oremus / Slate) 2. How social media freed reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly from Ferguson police (Brian Fung / The Washington Post) 3. Racist content forces Thought Catalog to put barriers between contributors and Twitter (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) [...] more »

Mediatwits
by Fannie Cohen

There’s something upside-down about broadband Internet service in the U.S., the country that helped invent the Internet. Americans in cities are paying more for slower Internet access — both at home and on mobile — than other parts of the developed world, according to a report last year from New America Foundation. And recently, Zach [...] more »

Events
by Angela Washeck

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 »

Must Reads
by Angela Washeck

Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.  August 2014 Deadlines UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) Awards The Thomson Foundation The award for “young journalist from the developing world”, sponsored by the [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Storyful funds project to define best practice for eyewitness media (Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk) 2. Twitter vows to improve policies after Robin Williams’ daughter is bullied (Hayley Tsukayama / The Washington Post) 3. Facebook has been the key to Mother Jones’ growing popularity online (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 4. iHeartRadio hearts video too, [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. What a Peruvian school designed by IDEO looks like (Christina Quattrocchi / EdSurge) 2. Can universities use data to fix what ails the lecture? (Steve Kolowich / The Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. A call for an end to apologies about MOOC dropouts (Jeffrey Pomerantz / Inside Higher Ed) 4. Dorm wi-fi a selling [...] more »

Education
by Michelle Ferrier

If ever there was a sign that media entrepreneurship has come of age in journalism and communication curricula, the attendees of the Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication provided it. By last week’s end, two of the organization’s divisions were jockeying to add entrepreneurship to their wheelhouse. Educators from around the world gathered [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

Gayle Forman’s ”If I Stay” topped the Digital Book World E-book Bestseller list for a second straight week after ending a huge run at No. 1 for John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.” What else do the two titles have in common, aside from multiple weeks selling more than any other e-book out there? They’re both [...] more »

MarketingShift
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how a platform like Newscred is helping brand marketers assemble news stories to engage current and potential customers, and we find out what attributes contribute to a video going viral. PART 1: Content marketing via Newscred Newscred is one of several content marketing platforms designed to help commercial companies curate content for [...] more »

Collaboration
by Angela Washeck

Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including deadline for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list.  August 2014 Deadlines Galloway Reporting Fellowship on Human Rights in Africa Various locations The Galloway Family Foundation will award three reporting [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. As data overflows online, researchers grapple with ethics (Vindu Goel / New York Times) 2. Gawker blocks all images to protect staff from abuse. Now what about everyone else? (Paul Carr / PandoDaily) 3. Is Twitter the worst place or the best after someone famous dies? (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 4. Over 4,000 BuzzFeed [...] more »

Culture
by Douglas Grant

“You barely think of video as a separate thing anymore, it’s just a way of telling a story,” incoming Editor-in-Chief of TheGuardian.com, Janine Gibson tells the World Editors Forum (WEF). Douglas Grant reports on the rise of online video news and the challenges of making it profitable in this sixth installment in the PBS MediaShift [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Amazon: E-book prices are ‘unjustifiably high’ (Jacob Shamsian / Entertainment Weekly) 2. 4 things I learned from writing on an emerging mobile story platform (Kathryn Stanley / JaneFriedman.com) 3. Why self-published authors are in the Amazon-Hachette fight (Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World) 4. Scribd debuts new browsing platform (Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly) [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and what hashtag activism does right (James Poniewozik / TIME) 2. Media and entertainment CFOs shift their primary focus from cost-cutting to growth (Ernst & Young) 3. Don’t compare BuzzFeed’s valuation to newspapers’; compare it to agencies, reaching young mobile, social audiences (Felix Salmon / Medium) 4. “I liked everything I saw on [...] more »

Education
by James Breiner

Communications professors at Tec of Monterrey had a visitor last week, Thom Gencarelli of Manhattan College, who made us think about what we are teaching and how we are doing it. Among the questions he left us with: In 1985, Neil Postman wrote that the dominant media of a culture in fact shapes the culture, [...] more »