Tag: social media

by Emily Corio

This post is co-authored by Maryanne Reed. On the morning of January 9, 2014, the air around Charleston, W.Va., smelled different, unnatural, but not entirely unfamiliar. It was around 8:15 a.m. when residents first reached state environmental and health officials to complain about the odor. They described it as smelling like licorice. By late morning, [...] more »

by Robert Quigley

Co-authored with Avery Holton MOOCs, or massive open online courses, have been alternately heralded as the future of online education and a flop. Although MOOCs promise education for the masses, they often have mass desertions after the first week and are lucky to have 10 percent completion rates. Research is showing that the courses just [...] more »

by Claire Groden

On Wednesday, Pew released its eleventh annual State of the News Media report, featuring a wealth of data and analysis for journalists to chew over. The report underscored the optimism present in media this year, especially with the growth of serious digital reporting outfits. A crop of new digital outlets, such as those created by [...] more »

by Cindy Royal

Over the last seven years, my students and I have covered South By Southwest Interactive, the massive media and technology conference held in Austin every March. At Texas State University, we are lucky to be proximate to such a major event, giving students an opportunity for experiential learning that started with a simple blog in 2008 to [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Pew finds embattled newspaper industry still pulls in more than half of all news revenue (Rick Edmonds / Poynter) 2. Oculus Rift just put Facebook in the movie business (Andrew Wallenstein / Variety) 3. Why an Apple-Comcast deal stirs net neutrality concerns (Amy Schatz / Re/code) 4. Buzzfeed: ‘Emotional quotient matters more than IQ’ [...] more »

by Kelly Fincham

Twitter can make or break a journalist’s (or indeed an educator’s) reputation in less time than it takes to write the typical headline. We have only to Google “Octavia Nasr” or “David Guth” to see the consequences of using of 140 characters without thinking enough. But despite Twitter’s prominence in journalism, there are few guidelines [...] more »

by Lauren Simonis

On Friday, March 21, our bi-weekly #EdShift chat will focus on how to teach social media. The chat will take place on Twitter at the #EdShift hashtag at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. It will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with special guests Sue Robinson of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kelly [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. ASU journalism school set to launch center for network of citizen sources (AZ Central) 2. Seen and heard at #SXSWedu (Jimmy Daly / EdTech) 3. Are MOOCs really failing to make the grade? (Andrew Smith Lewis / Re/code) 4. Opinion: Colleges need to act like startups — or risk becoming obsolete (Evan Selinger & [...] more »

by Claire Groden

In a single day, the average American spends eleven hours with digital media. With so many ways to stay connected, it can be difficult to power down the screen and engage with the world beyond it. But sunset on Friday, March 7, offers an excuse to get off the grid. The National Day of Unplugging, [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. ABC’s live Oscar Internet stream suffers nationwide outage (Todd Spangler / Variety) 2. Comcast is acquiring video ad company FreeWheel for $320 million (Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch 3. Washington Post expands fact-checking project (Craig Silverman / Poynter) 4. J-schools: Success in news today is about a lot more than reporting and writing (Lance Knobel [...] more »