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by Paul Biba

There is plenty of advice available for startups and entrepreneurs, but what do you do if you are inside a company and want to develop a new concept or project? There are no incubators, angel investors or college courses around to help you. Collab/Space, a production of PBS MediaShift, with premier sponsorship from the Donald [...] more »


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Business
by Kelsey Mallahan

Last October nine media startups came together for a full-day hands-on workshop put on by MediaShift called Collab/Space Atlanta. Each presented lightning-style and then worked with media innovators from across the country to get through challenges and brainstorm ways to work together. Though the projects were all at different stages, there were some common hurdles [...] more »

Education
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I rarely have to sell my students on what I’m teaching them. They’ve worked hard to get accepted into a highly competitive major, and they’re here because they want to learn. But that all changes when we get to my week on data. The grumbles and eyerolls abound. I feel like I can read some [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. YouTube, apps and Minecraft: Digital kids and the future of children’s media (Stuart Dredge / The Guardian) 2. Readers recall tablet magazine ads at same rate as print ads (Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal) 3. Univision streaming video stops being free on Friday (Sam Thielman / AdWeek) 4. Yahoo to delete thousands of [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Edtech startups protest FCC proposal for ‘two-tiered internet’ (Charley Locke / EdSurge) 2. Chasing the elusive ‘quality’ in online education (Anya Kamenetz / NPR) 3. A MOOC by any other name (John M. Eger / Huffington Post) 4. The digital lives of teens (Matt Levinson / Edutopia) 5. Terminal degrees (The Economist)   Get [...] more »

Business
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When it comes to media work and the teaching of it, I loath the phrase, “the dark side.” It goes something like this: “You teach journalism and PR in the same department? I stay away from the dark side.” “You went from a newsroom to the dark side?” “You study branding and ethics? Didn’t know [...] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down last week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with implications far beyond cell phones. The New York Times reports, “The ruling almost certainly [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

Despite a business conflict that has Amazon doing less to move large amounts of Hachette product than for books by other publishers, two titles from Hachette jumped into the top five of the e-book bestseller list this week. James Patterson’s “Invisible” and J.K. Rowling’s “The Silkworm” (under her pen name Robert Galbraith) are ranked Nos. 4 and 5 [...] more »

Events
by Angela Washeck

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. EFF changes position on #NetNeutrality: Recognizes FCC must act, but narrowly (Mike Masnick / Techdirt) 2. In Philadelphia, the Internet Archive is assembling a new way to monitor campaigns on TV (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 3. Increasing numbers of journalism startups turning to non-profit model, with success (Joe Pompeo / Capital New York) [...] more »

Business
by James Breiner

Venture capitalists in Latin America are looking for digital media startups with rapid growth, a plan for monetization, and international potential. Obviously, most new media don’t fit that profile. But startups with these characteristics are starting to attract angel investors who provide the first rounds of capital, says Francisco Coronel, CFO and co-founder of Nxtplabs, [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Book revenues are up — but without e-books, they’d be plummeting (Kelsey McKinney / Vox) 2. Why it’s difficult for your library to lend e-books (Adam Vaccaro / Boston.Com) 3. Publishers offer free/discounted e-books of the print books you own with Bitlit (Cory Doctorow / BoingBoing) 4. Should Barnes and Noble and Kobo suspend [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. US National Archives to upload all holdings to Wikimedia Commons (Julian Chokkattu / TechCrunch) 2. Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists (Craig Silverman / Poynter) 3. The ‘Community’ renewal by Yahoo! is a glimpse into television’s future (Merrill Barr / Forbes) 4. ESPN and Univision want rivals to stop showing World [...] more »

Best Practices
by Andrew Ford Lyons

The following is a guest post. See more information about MediaShift guest posts here. In this post I’m going to bang on a rather popular drum: Journalists need to know how encryption works … and use it. It’s a statement that’s common among digital security experts. The Rory Peck Trust, where I work, focuses on freelancers, [...] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. AP will use robots to write some business stories (Andrew Beaujon / Poynter) 2. Google Glass to be banned from all UK cinemas (Adam Sherwin / The Independent) 3. After Supreme Court ruling, Aereo’s rivals in TV streaming seize opening (Emily Steel / New York Times) 4. Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers [...] more »

Education
by Rachele Kanigel

On the first day of most of my classes, I invite students to introduce themselves by describing their dream job. Without fail at least one — or sometimes two or three out of a class of 20 — will share their ambition to become a foreign correspondent. A photojournalism student fantasizes about capturing life in [...] more »