Tag: journalism

by Jefferson Yen

In journalism, it begins and ends with credibility. It’s what allows news organizations to rise above the noise of online chatter. Unfortunately, it seems that in the effort to chase traffic and capitalize on viral content, media companies are propagating misinformation far more often than they are debunking rumours. According to Craig Silverman’s report for […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

When The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson used Twitter’s new tweet activity feature he found something surprising. It showed that, on average, only 1.7 percent of people bothered to click through to the articles he had linked. In response to Thompson’s article, Digiday’s John McDermott noted that for the top brands, overall engagement was up 85 percent […] more »

by Sonia Paul

The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced an unprecedented new set of funding opportunities for women journalists starting this year. The Washington D.C.-based organization dedicated to supporting the role of female journalists worldwide received a total of $10 million in grant funding from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which opens up the scope of their current […] more »

by Carolina Millan Ronchetti

Young journalists hear enough bad news: The industry is in crisis, print journalism is dying, you’ll never find a job. But a booming bright spot remains: data journalism — new tools, new teams, new promise for hard-hitting investigative work and innovative reader engagement. So last May, after a few years at my college newspaper and […] more »

by Adam Kuban

This guest post is co-authored by Sheryl Swingley. When I (Sheryl Swingley) found a proof copy of Thomas E. Patterson’s “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism” in my journalism department’s mailroom, I grabbed it. I’m with Mark Twain. I don’t like adjectives, but I use knowledge-based journalism in every sentence I can. I […] more »

by Mark E. Johnson

Traditional lectures, seminar discussion groups, flipped classrooms or online courses – those are the four major learning environments our students find themselves in throughout their academic lives. There’s another, easy to conceptualize and even execute but difficult to finance: the on-site workshop. For the last 19 semesters, I’ve lead some sort of a workshop for […] more »

by Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

The following opinion piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Chris Hughes and Pierre Omidyar have quickly fallen from grace as the saviors of independent media, as storied editors and journalists flee from the implosions of, respectively, The New Republic and First Look Media. And that’s led to an obvious […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

Having attended recently a number of journalism and media conferences, I sat there — at times surprised and at other times frustrated — by conservative attitudes among some legacy journalists, both old and young. Despite all the changes in our media world, these attitudes still influence, even if they no longer dominate, professional journalism culture. […] more »

by Megan Fromm

Like many journalism educators, I spend a significant amount of time in my classes drawing what I hope is an unimpeachable link between journalism at its finest and democracy at its purest. I quote James Madison (in faux Colonial voice, no less), we read Cato’s letters, and my students learn what “watchdog” and the “Fourth […] more »

by Michael W. Wagner

Historically, journalists generally behaved as though political scientists’ focus on the state of the economy and presidential approval had little to offer their elections coverage. And political scientists treated campaign coverage’s focus on the horse race and shifting campaign narratives as factors that were almost completely unrelated to what actually has the virtue of affecting […] more »