How OtherWorld Uses Beacon Technology to Share Local News Stories

Residents of and visitors to Manchester, England, have a new way to learn about the city. OtherWorld is a service that uses beacon technology – a signal emitted when a user approaches a certain location – to send local news stories to people based on where they are within the city. No app is necessary to access the technology, and anyone in Manchester with a smartphone can use it. Opting in differs slightly between iOS and Android, but mostly just entail users activating Bluetooth and turning on location services for Google Chrome. Founder Stuart Goulden believes OtherWorld offers users a new way to engage with the world and hopes to expand to other cities in the future. The project has received funding from Google’s Digital Innovation Fund, which Goulden said, allows him to experiment with the project while working to develop a working business model. Rather than just accept ads, he
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Media and Journalism Awards: Nov. 22 Edition

Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major awards, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org, and we’ll add them to the list. Any featured awards are paid sponsorships. Award descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

DECEMBER 2017 DEADLINE

SPJ: Fellow of the Society for Extraordinary Contribution to the Profession
This recognition honors journalists who have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession. Honorees must agree to attend the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
Deadline: December 1, 2017

JANUARY 2018 DEADLINES

New Media Film Festival Awards
For years, The New Media Film Festival has led the way in the pursuit of stories worth telling, the exploration of new media technologies, boundary pushing resulting in new distribution models and creating and establishing new methodologies in the global monetization of content. A total of $45,000 in awards will Continue reading "Media and Journalism Awards: Nov. 22 Edition"

Media and Journalism Fellowships: Nov. 22 Edition

Here’s a list of current media and journalism fellowship programs, including the deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major programs, or you would like your program to be in the featured fellowship slot, please let us know by contacting Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org and we’ll add them to the list. All featured fellowships are paid promotional slots. Fellowship descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.
   

DECEMBER 2017 DEADLINES

Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation
The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation.
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017 for International Journalists; Jan. 31, 2018 for American Journalists Scripps Howard Foundation Fellowship
The Scripps Howard Foundation is taking applications for its 12-month fellowship program, offered in conjunction with the Scripps News Washington Bureau/Newsy and ProPublica. Continue reading "Media and Journalism Fellowships: Nov. 22 Edition"

Relive the Women’s Hackathon on Diversifying AI at WVU With Coverage, Video, Photos, Storify

In partnership with West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, MediaShift produced a Women’s Hackathon on Diversifying AI on November 9 to 11, 2017. Key speakers at the kickoff Symposium and Hackathon included Troll-Busters.com founder Dr. Michelle Ferrier, venture coach Jennifer Ellis-Juncaj, USC’s Amara Aguilar, and Megan Tiu, the COO of Frenzy, an early stage artificial intelligence startup. Students developed and pitched ideas for startups in artificial intelligence and media, while helping to bridge one important gap, like the gender gap, accessibility gap or rural / urban gap. The winning team was Team Mak, a group of women who pitched a startup called Context, a reading app for children with learning disabilities that adjusts the reading material depending on the disability of each child.

Coverage

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Upcoming Trainings and Courses: Nov. 21 Edition

Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people – with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, and others. If we’re missing anything, or you’d like to pay to promote your training in the “featured training” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift courses in the “featured training” slot are paid placements. Note: Course and training descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

Featured Trainings

Design Thinking: Story Design and Testing
Design thinking is a people-centered approach to problem solving that encourages collaborative brainstorming and diverse ideation through systematic strategies and processes. Used in a variety of fields, from product design to web development, design thinking serves as a powerful model for flexible and dynamic critical thinking that puts the audience/user Continue reading "Upcoming Trainings and Courses: Nov. 21 Edition"

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 20 Edition

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, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

NOVEMBER 2017

Being a Minority Journalist in the Age of Trump
Nov. 27, 2017
NYU in New York
Reporters who cover the Trump Administration from the front lines tell us how they remain objective.
More information and registration here.

DECEMBER 2017

Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Incorporated
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Media and Journalism Awards: Nov. 16 Edition

Here’s a list of current media and journalism awards, including deadlines for applying. If we’re missing any major awards, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org, and we’ll add them to the list. Any featured awards are paid sponsorships. Award descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.  

NOVEMBER 2017 DEADLINES

The Bookmarks Awards
Digital Media and Marketing Association
The Bookmarks Awards, based in South Africa, honor excellence in digital work, from websites, app development and games to multimedia and digital journalism.
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2017

DECEMBER 2017 DEADLINE

SPJ: Fellow of the Society for Extraordinary Contribution to the Profession
This recognition honors journalists who have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession. Honorees must agree to attend the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
Deadline: December 1, 2017

JANUARY 2018 DEADLINES

New Media Film Festival Awards
For years, The New Media Film Festival has led the way Continue reading "Media and Journalism Awards: Nov. 16 Edition"