How Collaborative Journalism Reached New Heights in 2017

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As Olivia Ma correctly envisioned in her 2017 Nieman Lab prediction for the journalism industry, this was a year of collaboration. Following a blockbuster 2016 that saw the release of the groundbreaking Panama Papers, the launch of Electionland, and Pulitzer Prizes being awarded to smart collaborative efforts, 2017 did not disappoint. Over the past year the conversation around editorial collaboration has strengthened. That’s thanks in parts to efforts like the Collaborative Journalism Summit, funding for collaborative ventures, more conference discussions about collaboration and the launch of companies and technologies aimed at making collaboration easier and more effective. As the number of partnerships happening across the journalism industry increases, the journalism being produced out of those collaborations is steadily maturing. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting editorial collaborations of 2017.

The Paradise Papers

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How Slippery Rock University is Converging its Student Media

Newsroom convergence in higher education is an often-elusive task that’s been studied for nearly 20 years. At Slippery Rock University, we are in the earliest stages of introducing convergence with our two student-run news organizations: The Rocket newspaper and WSRU-TV. After an immense amount of research and two conference circuits, we’ve learned one thing is certain: discourse surrounding convergence is alive and thriving, but the term itself often results in head shakes and shoulder shrugs. In academia, our equivocal understanding of how to successfully converge student media is because every case of convergence is unique, making it nearly impossible to find one blanket “convergence formula” every university can adopt. Whether or not you can relate to what we’ve experienced at Slippery Rock University, convergence efforts do have one thing in common: our organizations are nothing without people. If we fail to consider the people involved in implementing newsroom convergence:
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Special Series: 2017 Year in Review

2017 was another year of evolution at breakneck speed for the media industry. “Fake news,” net neutrality, the continuing fallout of #MeToo, inspiring collaborations — there’s much to reflect on, and we invited several media-watching luminaries to share their thoughts with us in our special year-end series. And what’s on the horizon for 2018? While we looked back we also considered what’s coming up, which technologies are important to watch and which could be transformative. The series will run throughout the holidays and into the new year.

Series Posts

How Collaborative Journalism Reached New Heights in 2017 by Stefanie Murray

Coming Soon

The Rise of Stories, Facebook Global Domination & More Social Media Headlines of 2017 by Tory Starr
10 Biggest Media Stories of 2017 by Bianca Fortis
Top MetricShift Trends of the Year by Jason Alcorn
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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Dec. 18 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.  

JANUARY 2018

Consumer Electronics Show
Jan. 9-12, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
With more than 300 sessions, the CES 2018 conference sessions touch on nearly every topic arising from the show floor, including key trends and emerging technologies.
More information and registration here.

Augmenting Journalism with Augmented Reality
Jan. 19, 2018
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MediaShift Podcast #251: Net Neutrality Rollback Could Hurt Local News; Disney Bulks Up to Take on Tech Giants; Nieman Lab’s Laura Hazard Owen

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a new podcast segment highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. In the news this week, the FCC voted to roll back net neutrality rules, which could hurt local and independent news publishers, while giving ISPs cover to throttle and censor content. Disney bought most of 21st Century Fox in a bid to take on the growing strength of tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook and even Apple in original content. Google spends €20 Million on 102 innovation journalism projects across Europe as part of its Digital News Initiative. Our Collaboration of the Week, presented by Airtable, is Documenting Hate, an effort by 100+ newsrooms to create a database of hate crimes across the country. Our Metric of
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How ProPublica, 100+ News Partners Documented Hate Crimes in America

“The Collaboration of the Week” is a special series of feature stories and podcast segments at MediaShift highlighting one important media collaboration and explaining how they did it. The series is sponsored by Airtable, the all-in-one collaboration platform for creative teams. Receive $50 in credit by visiting airtable.com/mediashift. There are collaborations that come to life to report on vast troves of data and then there is Documenting Hate, a collaboration created to address an absence of data. In the wake of the divisive and racially-charged climate of the 2016 election, reporters found that reliable national data on hate crimes did not exist. With a grant to support their work, ProPublica created Documenting Hate to fill in those data gaps this past January. This collaboration of just over a hundred news organizations, technical partners, universities, civil rights groups and college newspapers has taught its managers critical lessons on
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DigitalEd: How to Verify Photos and Videos

How to Verify Photos and Videos DigitalEd

DigitalEd: How to Verify Photos and Videos

Title: How to Verify Photos and Videos Instructor: Aric Toler, Analyst, Bellingcat Learn how to verify photos and videos taken from social networks, especially in the context of breaking news. With “fake news” such a hot topic, how can you quickly and effectively verify materials that may be, well, fake? Most fake photos and videos can be checked quite quickly, allowing journalists and researchers to stop the spread of so-called “fake news” before it gets onto your Facebook feed. This course will help you develop an eye for fake photos and video, allowing you to establish the originality and veracity of the content.  These skills are especially useful in a breaking news situation, in which verifying a photo or video will not just tell you if it’s real, but also additional information that can provide additional information for further reporting. What you’ll learn Continue reading "DigitalEd: How to Verify Photos and Videos"