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Law & Ethics
by Tom Kent

This post originally appeared on Medium. News organizations are experimenting increasingly with robot journalism, using computer programs to transform data into news stories, or news stories into multimedia presentations. Most uses of robot journalism have been for fairly formulaic situations — company earnings reports, stock market summaries, earthquake alerts and youth sports stories. But inevitably, […] more »


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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 »

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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 In the last 10 years, YouTube has become so ubiquitously mainstream that the phrase “mainstream media” is obsolete.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 »

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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 »

Culture
by Shannon Fisher

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. We all have at least one social or political issue that gets our blood boiling. The question is whether it boils vigorously enough to incite action. Of course, the majority of us vent our frustrations about these issues at the water […] more »

Must Reads
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.  FEBRUARY 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. This is how you sell books in the digital age (Carey Dunne / Fast Company) 2. Are indie authors to blame for lack of meaningful e-book data? (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 3. Why reading on a screen is bad for critical thinking (Naomi S. Baron / Huffington Post) 4. The problem with fixed […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about Snapchat (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 2. Twitter Oscar numbers drop, but TV ratings sink much lower (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. Buzzfeed unveils its next step for growth in San Francisco (Ruth Reader / Venture Beat) 4. Is Twitter going to beat Linkedin at becoming […] more »

Legacy Media
by Maria Rodale

Earlier this month, I represented my company at the annual American Magazine Media Conference. Some of you may know me as a blogger, M.O.M (“mean old mom”), or recipe writer, but I’m also the CEO of Rodale Inc., the publisher of magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Running Times, Bicycling, and Organic Gardening (which […] 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.  FEBRUARY 2015 DEADLINES Atlantic Media Fellowship Washington DC and New York City Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Egypt jails activist-blogger for five years (via BBC News) 2. Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour wins Oscar (Andrew Pulver / Guardian) 3. Ken Silverstein reportedly quits First Look, blaming “management’s incompetence” (Paul Carr / Pando Daily) 4. Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire (Michelle Goldberg / Washington […] more »

BookShift
by Sarah Juckes

Everyone loves free stuff. Food samples, household products through the post –- even winning the odd competition –- things taste better when they are free. In this blog post, CompletelyNovel lists its top eight resources, services and events for writers that are totally, 100 percent free and available right now. 1) Free manuscript assessment from TLC If you’re a […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

It’s the old news adage that continues to dominate the priorities of American newsrooms: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Hard news and tragedies tend to dominate headlines, and we rarely see the other side of the coin — what happens after the fact? While niche news outlets like Upworthy and the Solutions Journalism Network have made producing […] more »