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by Dan Reimold

Roughly a month ago, Kyle Plantz agreed to shout strangers’ names in a newsroom for only $5. Plantz, 20, a junior journalism major at Boston University, is not crazy. He’s passionate — about The Daily Free Press. In early November, the FreeP, the 45-year-old independent student newspaper at BU, launched a fundraising campaign to pay off […] more »


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Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Nov 4, 2014

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Business
by Nicholas White

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. At the beginning of this year, the Daily Dot acquired the U.K.-based Internet tabloid the Kernel. What has resulted is an experiment in Internet journalism, and a rebuttal to common conceptions of what you can and can’t do online. In August, […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. #illridewithyou: Hashtag offers solidarity with Sydney’s Muslims after cafe siege (via Guardian) 2. FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way (Kelly J. O’Brien / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. MSNBC expanding online with original programming, streaming video (Jason J. Hughes / The Wrap) 4. The New York Times and Women in the […] more »

Education
by Stephen J. A. Ward

2014 brought us the year of My Journalism Ethics. It was the year that “personalizing” journalism ethics went mainstream. Big time. Major journalism associations, from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to the Online News Association (ONA) grappled with the problem of writing ethical guidelines for an increasingly personalized, opinionated, and politically biased media sphere. […] more »

Collaboration
by Mark E. Johnson

Traditional lectures, seminar discussion groups, flipped classrooms or online courses – those are the four major learning environments our students find themselves in throughout their academic lives. There’s another, easy to conceptualize and even execute but difficult to finance: the on-site workshop. For the last 19 semesters, I’ve lead some sort of a workshop for […] more »

Business
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

It has been a year filled with more tectonic shifts for the media landscape, from the changing face of media ownership to the mounting dangers for journalists at home and abroad, from battles in the e-book world to the increasing power of mobile apps, to the game-changing social power of Facebook in how we find […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Twitter users love TV so much they’ll pay to watch (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 2. Gawker discusses cost of ‘gamergate’ (Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 3. Zakaria critics turn their attention to Malcolm Gladwell (Andrew Beaujon / Poynter) 4. Twitter suspends journalist’s account after he publishes public document (Yasha Levine & Paul Carr […] more »

Business
by Jefferson Yen

Could billionaires become the grand patrons who save traditional media from self-destruction? That was the thinking when Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes bought the New Republic, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar started First Look Media. But these grand patrons have found that the media world doesn’t come easy. […] more »

Education
by Erica A. Hernandez

The best advice Melissa Bell has for young reporters: Follow your curiosity lines. During the Vox.com co-founder’s recent visit to the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications as part of the college’s Innovators Series, Bell spoke with students who have grown up online, as she did. “I think because I felt like the Internet was […] more »

Events
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 »

Legacy Media
by Reuben Stern

This week, we look at innovative election-night ideas from NPR and USA Today, and we see how social media tools have reshaped breaking news coverage at Mashable and The Weather Channel. PART 1: Election night ideas On the night of the last election, many news outlets tried new approaches to delivering results and keeping audiences […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Harvard’s Shorenstein Center to continue Carnegie-Knight Initiative in support of journalism education reform and knowledge building with new $1 million investment (via Knight Foundation) 2. Sexual harassment in the age of MOOCs (Steve Kolowich / Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. E-learning on snow days in Pennsylvania, Kentucky raises concerns (Benjamin Herold / Education Week) 4. […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Strict new ‘copyright law’ forces end of Google News in Spain (Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land) 2. Facebook gives publishers new tools, hopes they’ll use them to give Facebook more stuff (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. Media portrayals of women in tech: Google joins nonprofits to drive change (Conner Forrest / TechRepublic) 4. […] more »

Business
by Simon Owens

In mid-November, an entrepreneur named Pat Flynn, who runs a popular website called Smart Passive Income, published a monthly update that has been a regular feature on his blog for several years: a report on the previous month’s income (or in this case, income for September. He apologized for being behind schedule). In it, he […] more »

Education
by Meagan Doll

The Online News Association is now accepting applications for the second round in its Challenge Fund to help stimulate journalism curriculum innovations through live news experiments. Supported by the Democracy Fund and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism, Knight, McCormick and Rita Allen foundations, the Challenge Fund offers $35,000 micro-grants to journalism programs willing to […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Free flow of government information? Yawn (Margaret Sullivan / New York Times) 2. Mother Jones’ nonprofit fix for serious journalism (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 3. Behind the alarming rise of the online vigilante detective (Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed) 4. 5 to 25% of your news site’s search traffic comes from Google News (Joshua Benton […] more »