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Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials. PART 1: Building a new engagement platform The New York Times, the Washington Post and Mozilla are working together to build an [...] more »


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by Julie Keck

1. Survey: Book buyers leaving Amazon because of Hachette dispute (Jeremy Greenfield / Forbes) 2. Twitter’s new user pitch means a new advertising pitch, too (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 3. Reddit Live lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog (Nick Summers / The Next Web) 4. American users spend an average of 40 [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. MOOCs: My course, your content (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed) 2. How one rural district is making the edtech transition (Ned Kirsch / EdSurge) 3. Journalism class and the value of project-based learning (Jim Streisel / Education Week – Teacher) (subscription) 4. “Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again” (Brian [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week put renewed focus on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list and, therefore, on the Digital Book World E-book Bestseller list. According to Publishers Lunch: But now it seems quite clear observationally that KU “reads” or “checkouts” are counted by Amazon towards the “paid” bestseller list, as if they were real [...] more »

Education
by Adam Maksl

Co-authored with Megan Fromm Last week, after spending 30 hours observing a high school journalism classroom, freelance writer and editor  (and PBS MediaShift editorial assistant) Angela Washeck gave a first-person analysis of how today’s students are producing media. Her observations, detailed in “The Journey to Teaching High School Journalism in Texas,” mischaracterize the purpose of [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Spending to reach people on mobile devices this year will eclipse radio, print (Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal) 2. ‘Right to be forgotten’: Publishers rebel against Google’s hidden results (Paul McNally / Journalism.co.uk) 3. Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever (Lene Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Uncovering [...] more »

Culture
by Julie Posetti

The rapid spread of online misinformation was voted one of the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014 by members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In this third installment in the PBS MediaShift series on the 2014 Trends in Newsrooms report, Julie Posetti and Craig Silverman report on social media verification trends. Read the other installments [...] more »

Must Reads
by Angela Washeck

Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including deadline 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.  July 2014 Deadlines Earth Journalism Scholars Program Berkeley, CA The program is inviting foreign, mid-career journalists to attend the University of California-Berkeley for [...] more »

Must Reads
by Angela Washeck

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.  July 2014 Deadlines Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability National Center on Disability and Journalism The award honors [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. 1 in 3 e-books sold on Amazon are self-published (Sophie Curtis / The Telegraph) 2. Dutch courts lets e-book reseller stay online (Loek Essers / PC World) 3. HarperCollins to try bundling print and e-books with BitLit (Digital Book World) 4. Is Kindle Unlimited good for indie authors? (Mike Koslowski / Good e-Reader) 5. [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Netflix passes 50 million subscribers (Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch) 2. Why digital publishers want to be in the magazine business (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 3. Here’s how many subscribers Aereo had last year (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 4. Dutch courts lets e-book reseller stay online (Loek Essers / PC World) 5. Opinion: Forbes strategy [...] more »

Culture
by Dana Coester

I sat down with futurist Robert Scoble at the Augmented World Expo in May to talk about what’s next for journalism. Scoble, former tech evangelist for Microsoft and currently startup liaison for Rackspace, is renowned for the “Scoble effect” — which in geek celebrity terms may be the tech equivalent of the Oprah effect. He’s also [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Meagan Doll

On Tuesday, July 29, our #EdShift chat will focus on data visualization. Join us at 1 ET/12 CT/10 PT as we discuss the rising importance of data visualization and cover how schools can incorporate this skill into journalism education. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with special guests Alberto [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Riding the juggernaut that left print behind (David Carr / New York Times) 2. CIR wants to turn investigative reporting into a weekly public radio show with Reveal (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. Time.com’s bounce rate down since adopting continuous scroll (Sam Kirkland / Poynter) 4. A relaunch for The New Yorker, with [...] more »

Education
by Susan Currie Sivek

Today’s journalism and media students may produce all kinds of projects. They might code websites, develop multimedia, build devices and contribute to a huge range of collaborative efforts that require both new ways of thinking and innovative ways of working within schools’ physical spaces. I recently talked with faculty at four institutions who are creating [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. How to teach Google what a story is (Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic) 2. Edward Snowden says NSA workers often pass your nude photos around the office (Chris Welch / The Verge) 3. Germany is getting a data-centric nonprofit newsroom, hoping to build new models for news (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 4. [...] more »