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by Jackson Brook

Having survived my senior year at Palo Alto High School, I think I can safely say that thus far in my education, the most useful thing I have done to develop my intellectual vitality has been joining my high school magazine, Verde. Although most high schools focus solely on a yearbook or a newspaper, Paly [...] more »


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Business
by Reuben Stern

This week, we explore a new way to understand audience behavior developed by the American Press Institute, and we learn about a tool called Desk-Net that helps newsrooms manage staff and stories across platforms. PART 1: Metrics for News The American Press Institute has developed software that enables news outlets to better understand which types of stories [...] more »

BookShift
by Rich Bellis

What a difference a week makes. Not for Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” which enters its fifth week at the top of the E-book Best-Seller List, but for the average price of a best-selling e-book, which drops from $8.39 last week down to $6.91, after several weeks when higher-priced e-books had performed remarkably well. This week also [...] more »

Culture
by Sonia Paul

Harassment has become intrinsic to life online for the 89 percent of American adults who are Internet users. Nearly three-quarters of adult Internet users have witnessed some form of online harassment and 40 percent have personally experienced it, according to a new Pew Research survey on the topic that’s the first of its kind. Young [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Librarians are dedicated to user privacy. The tech they have to use is not. (April Glaser & Alison Macrina / Slate) 2. How Edward Snowden changed journalism (Steve Coll / The New Yorker) 3. Digital ad revenue hits $23 billion in first half of 2014 (Laurie Sullivan / Media Post) 4. 23% increase in [...] more »

Education
by Ed Madison

Reality television is rarely referenced as a resource for pedagogical insights. However, the genre’s success warrants a closer look as administrators seek new and affordable ways to train educators how to teach digital skills. We know that character-driven narratives have the power to engage and captivate viewers. Reality shows are a hyped-up hybrid of the documentary [...] more »

Business
by Kevin Roberts

The marketing landscape has changed exponentially over the last decade as both marketers and consumers have become more sophisticated, technologically adept, price smart and conscious of the impact of having a good reputation. Technology has reset the value equation across the spectrum of audience engagement. Power has switched from the supply side to the demand [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Do readers choose e-books because they are cheaper? (Mike Kozlowski / Good E-Reader) 2. Video in enhanced e-books: How? Why? (David Kudler / Huffington Post) 3. Will Amazon pressure indie authors? (Rich Bellis / Digital Book World) 4. Freethy and Ingram go into print (Porter Anderson / Thought Catalog) 5. S&S to go agency [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Media habits of liberals, conservatives: ‘different worlds’ (Brian Stelter / CNN Money) 2. Nielsen, Adobe to measure online TV across multiple devices (Jennifer Saba / Reuters) 3. Ebola Deeply builds on the lessons of single-subject news sites (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. Inside Gamergate’s (successful) attack on the media (Caitlin Dewey / The [...] more »

Education
by Candace Perkins Bowen

When Common Core State Standards appeared in 2010, after more than two years of development, high school journalism teachers weren’t sure what to think. On one hand, those CCSS English Language Arts college- and career-readiness standards sounded a lot like what they were doing already. For instance, Grades 6-12 — Text types & purposes includes [...] more »

Culture
by Geoffrey King

The following is a guest post from CPJ. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Last week, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion with FBI Director James B. Comey, who made the case that steps taken by Apple and Google to protect user privacy were damaging the FBI’s efforts to fight crime and safeguard U.S. [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. On the ethics of data-driven journalism (Alex Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism) 2. Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle (Janko Roettgers / GigaOm) 3. FCC Chief says he agrees with Obama on net neutrality, advocates don’t buy it (Brendan Sasso / National Journal) 4. How Facebook and [...] more »

Education
by Erica Salkin

Common Core. There are few phrases quite as controversial in K-12 education today as the name of this nationwide initiative. Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Meagan Doll

On Friday, October 24, our #EdShift chat will focus on green shoots in journalism education. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time/12 p.m. Central Time/10 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss teaching innovations that others can model and remix into their own curricula. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with [...] more »

EducationShift
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When I first asked an educator friend to explain the Common Core standards to me, she said, “It boils down to agreements on what kids should learn and when.” Sounded simple to me. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-based set of educational standards covering what children should learn in math and English [...] 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 »