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Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a platform for engaging with audiences via text messages, and we explore how to handle corrections to social media posts. PART 1: Groundsource A new platform called Groundsource seeks to help newsrooms interact with their communities outside the confines of smartphones and social media, instead relying on more basic text […] more »

Education
by Kate Nash Cunningham

As part of the work we are doing with the New Mexico News Port project at the University of New Mexico covering local elections, one of our goals is to provide a forum to engage readers — and particularly students — with politicians. Our news site was born this semester, and while it’s been populated […] more »

Online Forums
by Simon Owens

In late August, a moderator for the Landscape Photography Google Plus community posted an event page to the platform. As with Facebook events, Google Plus allows users to RSVP to events and also post photos and messages within them. This particular event announced a themed photography contest; participants had until September 1 to upload their entries […] more »

Global View
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore how documentary video and interactive technologies can be combined to tell new kinds of immersive, in-depth stories online. PART 1: NPR’s “Planet Money Makes a T-shirt” This Emmy Award-winning project, created by NPR, raised more than half a million dollars via Kickstarter to travel the world and document how T-shirts are […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by David Agren

Last month, photographs of a woman were posted on the Twitter account @Miut3 with an ominous message. “My life has come to an end today. Don’t put your families at risk like I did,” the tweet read. “I’m sorry. I died for nothing. They are closer on our trail than you think.” The woman depicted […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore three examples that mine electronic Web data to inform news coverage. PART 1: Vocativ The news organization Vocativ uses sophisticated online surveillance tools that dive into the “deep Web” to find and surface newsworthy items. Chief Executive Officer Scott Cohen tells us how the combination of intelligence technology, data analysts and […] more »

Global View
by Sonia Paul

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center released this week found that social media platforms and mobile phones are playing increasingly important roles in how people are accessing information about politics and election news. Compared to the 2010 midterm elections, the percentage of people who are using their phones this year to track […] more »

Collaboration
by Dana Coester

The results of the Women’s Hackathon on Wearables are in. Co-sponsored by West Virginia University Reed College of Media and PBS MediaShift, this hackathon was a pivotal event for the eight teams who participated in an immersive weekend envisioning a startup use of wearable tech from a women-only perspective. More than 50 women from WVU […] more »

Global View
by Kurt Abrahamson

With midterm elections around the corner, ShareThis has taken a deep dive into what people are sharing about; what are the important issues, who are the key politicians, and why should we care? Dubbed the “most boring and uncreative campaign in recent history” by New York Times columnist David Brooks, there does not seem to […] more »


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