Screenshot photo of an ISIS propaganda video by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann and reused here with Creative Commons license.
A case study of a viral sensation turns into an unexpected PR push
Business
by Jess Duda

My first draft of this article was as gushing as the rest of the reaction to Jonathan Perelman’s talk  “Creating Video Content for How It’s Consumed” at Social Media Week 2015 in New York. He is vice president of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, a leader in online video. “The absolute best session of the day for me was from […] more »


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by Julie Keck

1. C.J.R. gets advice from students and an updated look (Jeremy Barr / Capital New York) 2. Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 3. Why plagiarize when you can rip off a writer’s thoughts? (Marc Fisher / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Google is breaking up […] more »

Education
by Amy Schmitz Weiss

Wearable technology is becoming a common topic in daily news coverage — from discussion on the latest physical fitness trackers to buy and the hype around the Apple smartwatch that will launch this year. Wearable technologies, devices that can track and hold data about individuals and the environment around them, are gaining traction in the […] more »

Online Forums
by Katie Steiner

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. In the news industry, it seems that the latest trend is to remove comment sections. Last year, Reuters, Re/code and Popular Science all got rid of them, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal kicked off 2015 by removing theirs (they have since […] 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 »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Why everyone was wrong about net neutrality (Tim Wus / The New Yorker) 2. Google won’t ban adult content on Blogger after all (Matt Brian / Engadget) 3. Twitter keeps Dick Costolo’s promise with new anti-harassment tools (Nathaniel Mott / Pando Daily) 4. Financial Times to change the way it charges for digital news […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

In journalism, it begins and ends with credibility. It’s what allows news organizations to rise above the noise of online chatter. Unfortunately, it seems that in the effort to chase traffic and capitalize on viral content, media companies are propagating misinformation far more often than they are debunking rumours. According to Craig Silverman’s report for […] more »

Uncategorized
by Reuben Stern

This week we look at a tool that reassembles scattered social media fragments and a code-free way to track behavior on individual Web pages. PART 1: 360social Built as a Web browser plugin, 360social could help reporters more quickly comb through someone’s digital trail across various social media platforms. We learn how the system works […] more »

BookShift
by Rich Bellis

Paula Hawkins’s “The Girl on the Train” is settling into its fourth week at the top of the E-book Best-Seller List, seemingly immune from the game of musical chairs other best-selling titles appear to be playing. Many of those, including “Wild,” “Gone Girl,” “American Sniper,” “Unbroken” and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy — all three titles of which hit the […] more »

Education
by Sarah Bartlett

This week The Knight Foundation released “Above and Beyond,” a report on the future of journalism education authored by Stephens College President Dianne Lynch. The following essay by CUNY dean Sarah Bartlett was part of the report and touches on the tensions educators and administrators face but also the potential for boundary-pushing innovations.  January marked […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. An online kingdom come (Jack Stripling / Chronicle of Higher Education) – Subscription 2. As journalism school enrollment slides, CoMo educators urge radical reform (Mike Martin / Columbia Heart Beat) 3. Creative publishing and critical journalism (Scott McLemee / Inside Higher Education) 4. Digital education requires teacher engagement (Michelle Avenant / ITWeb) 5. Schools […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Did the pay TV guys stay flat last year — or lose more than a million subscribers? (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 2. Net Neutrality day is here: a guide to today’s vote (Jeff John Roberts / GigaOm) 3. What I wish I would have told Dori Maynard in our last conversation (A. Mitra Kalita […] more »

Business
by Hank Green

This guest post originally appeared on Medium. In the last 10 years, YouTube has become so ubiquitously mainstream that the phrase “mainstream media” is obsolete. So on this arbitrary occasion, I feel a bit of an obligation to write down some of the history of the technology, the platform, the content, and the culture. Basically […] more »

Free Speech
by Robert Mahoney

The murders of freelancers James Foley and Steven Sotloff last year put the news industry on the spot. What could news executives, press freedom groups and individual journalists do to improve safety? The issue was not new. International news organizations had been grappling with their responsibility towards freelancers and locally hired media workers for years. […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Medium gets a bit more Twitter-like, and a bit more blog-like (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 2. Making the leap from print designer to web developer (Mike Grant / Storybench) 3. Jostling begins as FCC’s net neutrality vote nears (Brody Mullins & Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal) 4. Trouble ahead? Searching for Google’s future […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Stephen J. A. Ward

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I and other journalists in Western democracies deplored the violence and defended freedom of expression against terrorism. A common defense of the satirical magazine’s barbed cartoons was “the right to offend.” Some commentators made the principle absolute, and then concluded the following: If news media did not […] more »