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Your Guide to the Digital Media Revolution

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    On day two of the Women’s Internet of Things (IoT) Makeathon at West Virginia University’s new Media Innovation Center, a colorful hand-drawn sign appeared for all to see. Its message was simple – “I AM WOMAN. HEAR ME ROAR!” – but its meaning went much deeper. It showed the instant impact that the event was […]

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    The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has always been on the leading edge of new technology. But we had been lagging in one important area: data journalism. When Dean Diane McFarlin joined the College in 2013, she was determined to change that. In the past three years, despite the usual snail’s pace […]

    The post How Data Journalism Changed the University of Florida appeared first on MediaShift.


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    As more and more journalism programs add courses on media entrepreneurship, just what are students being taught? As it turns out, many different things. There is not much of a standardized media-entrepreneurship curriculum at journalism schools around the country, according to a recent survey of journalism educators conducted for CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. […]

    The post Teaching Media Entrepreneurship: What Does that Mean? appeared first on MediaShift.


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    After President Obama’s December 2014 speech on reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, I thought that our Miami-based journalism school, which is roughly 90 miles away from Havana, could help foster the future of independent media on the island. The President’s move included reopening an embassy in Havana, removing Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of […]

    The post FIU Students Produce Independent News Site for Cuban Millennials appeared first on MediaShift.


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    Co-authored with Kathy Fitzpatrick Are schools of journalism and communication preparing students to thrive in the new media world? A survey of our field’s major courses and textbooks suggests that a focus on core skill development for print, broadcast and digital media spaces with increased emphasis on experiential and entrepreneurial approaches designed to help students […]

    The post Why Leadership Training is Key in Preparing Students for the New Media World appeared first on MediaShift.


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    A group of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill journalism students have started a wire service to cover companies that often go uncovered by professional media in the state. Called the North Carolina Business News Wire, the news service is covering more than 100 public companies that regularly file documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission as […]

    The post How UNC Business Journalism Students Created Their Own Wire Service appeared first on MediaShift.


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    It was at about the 6-hour mark that my team first realized the “thon” in MediaShift’s J-School Hackathon comes from the word marathon. The two-day challenge to propose solutions to problems in our information environment is the intellectual equivalent to running 26.2 miles. This weekend’s event, held at the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady […]

    The post Taking on the Challenge of Verification at the J-School Hackathon at Georgia appeared first on MediaShift.


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    Two years ago, I returned from a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, filled with knowledge and inspiration, ready to dive back into my faculty role at Texas State University. For 10 months, I had been steeped in innovation culture, attending sessions at Stanford’s renowned d.school, visiting Silicon Valley companies and taking computer […]

    The post Developing a New Major in Digital Media Innovation at Texas State appeared first on MediaShift.


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    A group of 10 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill business journalism students spent the last four months reporting and writing hundreds of stories about North Carolina companies and distributing them to media across the state. The stories from the North Carolina Business News Wire have been picked up by media such as the Charlotte Observer, […]

    The post How UNC’s Student-Run Business News Wire is Expanding appeared first on MediaShift.


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    Best selling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin once said, “Studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it.” Our Entrepreneurial Journalism class at CUNY is all about learning by doing. In just five short weeks, we’ve been commissioned to develop our own journalism startup that will serve a […]

    The post Creating a Journalism Startup: Problem to Prototype in 5 Weeks appeared first on MediaShift.


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    A web magazine created for China’s LGBT community, a business-to-business newsletter for New York’s food entrepreneurs and an app that curates positive stories about the Pan-African experience: these were all projects developed this semester by fellows at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. Last week, 16 fellows from nine countries presented their work. Below we […]

    The post Tow-Knight Fellows Tackle Virtual Reality, App Creation, Fake News in the Persian Gulf appeared first on MediaShift.


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