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by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

Teaching Gen Y’ers is a challenge. First, you have to capture their attention when students can access myriad interesting conversations and games on their computers and phones while you natter on at the front of the classroom. And often, it seems like you’re in a room full of people who have high expectations about getting […] more »


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Journalism and Social Media: It’s a Love-Hate Affair

Cordelia Hebblethwaite, Mar 16, 2015

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Citizen Journalism
by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

Education
by Cindy Royal

Recently, I spoke at the SXSWedu conference in Austin about the opportunity to teach coding across university disciplines. Computer programming is quickly becoming an expected 21st century literacy, but coding is no longer limited to the realms of computer and information sciences. Technology can be used to solve problems across a range of fields, but […] more »

Online Video
by Steve Goldbloom

Ever fear that you’re missing out? Or should I say: ever suffer from FOMO? Such emotions are often magnified by the power of social media. At this year’s SXSW, PBS Digital Studios’ “Everything But the News” examined this trend with a hard-hitting profile on a new gadget that allows one to read others’ tweets. The […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Duolir lets you read a dual-language e-book with instant translations (Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits & Pixels) 2. My 5 Philosophies of Social Media (via Jane Friedman) 3. Virtual reality and the future of publishing (Joanna Penn / Future Book) 4. Inkshares Credits: Reinvesting book sales in readers (via Inkshares) 5. Medium for iOS […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Broadband providers sue FCC over net neutrality (via Circa) 2. The glamorous life of a journalist, sponsored content edition (James Fallows / The Atlantic) 3. Indian Supreme Court scraps Section 66A, protects online freedom of speech (Amit Chaturvedi / NDTV) 4. Facebook may host news sites’ content (Ravi Somaiya, Mike Isaac & Vindu Goel […] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Attempts by the French government last week to use vague legislation to block five websites for “condoning terrorism” would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, and Voltaire. The move appears to be part of a wider campaign by French authorities […] 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.  MARCH 2015 DEADLINES African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo As part of its African […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. Texas senator Ted Cruz declares his bid for the presidency via Twitter (Katie Glueck & Alex Isenstadt / Politico) 2. President Obama invites social media into East Wing (Jeff Sneider & Lia Haberman / The Wrap) 3. Texas Rep. Villalba blocks student journalist on Twitter for asking him a question (Stephen Young / Dallas […] more »

Legacy Media
by Susan Currie Sivek

It must be depressing to hear so many people say that your company’s business model has no future. Some magazine industry observers have recently said that the “all-you-can-read” or “Netflix for magazines” subscription model is doomed. They cite the lack of appeal of digital magazines, the missing sensory pleasure of print, and the superiority of reading […] 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 »

Education
by Stephen J. A. Ward

How does a society deal with what it considers to be unethical use of the freedom to publish? Dictators imprison journalists. Democracies use a mix of legal and non-legal mechanisms, from libel laws to press councils. In the United States, journalists have long countered calls for greater legal regulation by appealing to an ethical ideal […] more »

Must Reads
by Julie Keck

1. The economics of the podcast boom (Ann Friedman / Columbia Journalism Review) 2. The changing – and unchanging – structure of TV (Ben Thompson / Stratechery) 3. Google ‘illegally took content from Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor,’ report finds (Juliette Garside / Guardian) 4. New York Times shifting resources from ‘every division’ to mobile (Michael Sebastian […] more »

Mediatwits
by Jefferson Yen

If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas, then you know they like to keep things weird. And things have certainly been weird at this year’s SXSW. Marketers have turned to Tinder robots, protests against robots, and feline “tech correspondents” to try to make an impression at the ever-growing festival. Over the years, the importance of […] more »

Business
by Kate Nash Cunningham

This piece was co-authored by Michael Marcotte. As UNM students returned to classes this spring, many brought the new confidence and ideas they earned last fall by launching the New Mexico News Port, a collaboration spawned by the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. As described in an earlier post, the two […] more »

#EdShift Chats
by Meagan Doll

On Tuesday, March 24, our #EdShift chat will cover business skills, and what journalists need to know. How much should we care about entrepreneurship? Revenue models? Sustainable non-profit approaches? Do these matter for the average journalism student or reporter? Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 p.m. Central Time / 10 a.m. Pacific […] more »