Peter Kafka explains how  Buzzfeed & Vice are more like ad agencies than you would think.
Derek Willis speaks to participants during the Database Reporting workshop at the WVU Reed College of Media on Saturday, February 7. (WVU Reed College of Media/David Smith)
Education
by Alison Bass

When I moved to Morgantown almost three years ago to teach journalism at West Virginia University, the sketchiness of the local news coverage shocked me. The one newspaper that covers the Morgantown area is owned by a family who have amassed a fortune in the coal and limestone industries, and the paper either doesn’t know […] more »


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Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Mar 16, 2015

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by Julie Keck

1. Should news sites make a ‘Faustian bargain’ with Facebook? (Mathew Ingram / Yahoo Tech) 2. Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook (Rick Edmonds / Poynter) 3. Periscope, Twitter’s answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available (Casey Newton / The Verge) 4. The NYPD’s newest technology may […] more »

Legacy Media
by Susan Currie Sivek

Every month, the Magazine Media 360° audience report lands in my email inbox. I’ve always wanted to dig deeper into that intriguing spreadsheet. Finally, it’s spring break — and what else does a journalism professor do on vacation but play around with data? This report is released by MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. Its full […] more »

Education
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

As calls for improvements in journalism education expand, instruction in dealing with data keeps appearing as a consistent thread. To help educators consider how to do this across the curriculum, we’re revisiting the topic in this series. Our first look at teaching data journalism appeared last July, and the tools and approaches have expanded in the […] more »

Education
by Simon Rogers

Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: This semester I started teaching at the Berkeley J-School (you can see my syllabus here). There’s no shortage of advice on teaching journalism students. If you believe what you read, young reporters need to learn to code; not […] more »

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by Sonia Paul

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.  MARCH 2015 DEADLINES Society of Professional Journalists Awards The Society of Professional Journalists has various awards for professional to collegiate journalists for excellence […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Survival in the age of Spotify (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo / MIT Technology Review) 2. Millennial news site Mic premieres first video series in 2015 push (Tim Peterson / AdAge) 3. Lots of precedent for media dependence on Facebook, including cautionary tales (via Steve Buttry) 4. Tapping digital tools to study how the […] more »

Business
by Kimberly Selden

PBS MediaShift’s Collab/Space events have been a huge hit. Previous Collab/Space events have taken place in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.. We’re continuing this trend by bringing together another diverse group of participants, including entrepreneurs, journalists, technologists, designers, marketers and investors to collaborate in Austin. PBS MediaShift is joining forces with the Knight Center […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

Education
by Cindy Royal

Recently, I spoke at the SXSWedu conference in Austin about the opportunity to teach coding across university disciplines. Computer programming is quickly becoming an expected 21st century literacy, but coding is no longer limited to the realms of computer and information sciences. Technology can be used to solve problems across a range of fields, but […] more »

Online Video
by Steve Goldbloom

Ever fear that you’re missing out? Or should I say: ever suffer from FOMO? Such emotions are often magnified by the power of social media. At this year’s SXSW, PBS Digital Studios’ “Everything But the News” examined this trend with a hard-hitting profile on a new gadget that allows one to read others’ tweets. The […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Duolir lets you read a dual-language e-book with instant translations (Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits & Pixels) 2. My 5 Philosophies of Social Media (via Jane Friedman) 3. Virtual reality and the future of publishing (Joanna Penn / Future Book) 4. Inkshares Credits: Reinvesting book sales in readers (via Inkshares) 5. Medium for iOS […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Broadband providers sue FCC over net neutrality (via Circa) 2. The glamorous life of a journalist, sponsored content edition (James Fallows / The Atlantic) 3. Indian Supreme Court scraps Section 66A, protects online freedom of speech (Amit Chaturvedi / NDTV) 4. Facebook may host news sites’ content (Ravi Somaiya, Mike Isaac & Vindu Goel […] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Attempts by the French government last week to use vague legislation to block five websites for “condoning terrorism” would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, and Voltaire. The move appears to be part of a wider campaign by French authorities […] more »

Education
by Sonia Paul

Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the 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.  MARCH 2015 DEADLINES African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo As part of its African […] more »

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by Julie Keck

1. Texas senator Ted Cruz declares his bid for the presidency via Twitter (Katie Glueck & Alex Isenstadt / Politico) 2. President Obama invites social media into East Wing (Jeff Sneider & Lia Haberman / The Wrap) 3. Texas Rep. Villalba blocks student journalist on Twitter for asking him a question (Stephen Young / Dallas […] more »