Netizen Report: Chelsea Manning and the Power of Transparency

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. U.S. Army officer Chelsea Manning was released from military prison on May 17 after spending nearly seven years behind bars for sharing with Wikileaks thousands of classified military and government files that exposed human rights violations and corruption committed by the US government and numerous others. The U.S. government pursued 22 charges against Manning, including “aiding the enemy.” Although prosecutors were never able to prove that Manning’s actions had caused the United States material harm, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison in a case rife with political controversy and seen by civil and human rights advocates as an attempt to set a severe precedent for sentencing in cases involving the leaking of classified digital documents. Her sentence was commuted by Barack Obama in the final days
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Remix: How to Produce Social Video with Adobe Spark

Remix is a recurring MediaShift feature about interesting and innovative journalism assignments, courses and curricula. Writers share ideas, lesson plans and links to encourage other instructors to adapt this material for their own classes. If you’re interested in sharing your approaches to be remixed at other schools, contact education editor Aileen Gallagher. Any of us who use social media have seen the short, snappy videos that offer summaries of news stories, often with no sound. As these “social videos” rise in popularity, journalism educators are looking to incorporate this style of video in the classroom. This style of social video marks a dramatically different approach from what many of us who teach multimedia reporting have emphasized in our lessons. (What, no audio?) The good news is it’s getting easier to find and use apps that can be used to teach students to create and publish short video stories. Continue reading "Remix: How to Produce Social Video with Adobe Spark"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: May 22

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox.
  1. With the Goal of Modernizing the Rules, FCC to Review Regulations That Affect Media Companies (Susan Ashworth / Radio World)
2. Revealed: Facebook’s Internal Rulebook on Sex, Terrorism and Violence (Nick Hopkins / The Guardian) 3. Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground (James B. Stewart / New York Times) 4. Voice of San Diego to Spin Off New Organization to Support Good Journalism Everywhere (Scott Lewis / Voice of San Diego) 5. Local Paper Østlands-Posten Holds Open Meetings in its Newsroom to Create a New Scene for Public Debate (Catalina Albeanu / 6. The Personal-Essay Boom is Over (Jia Tolentino / New Yorker) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!

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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: May 22 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.

Featured Event

Journalism School Hackathon at University of North Texas
October 20-22, 2017
Denton, Texas MediaShift is producing our fifth Journalism School Hackathon on the weekend of October 20-22, 2017, co-produced by the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (near Dallas-Fort Worth). We’re convening Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: May 22 Edition"

MediaShift Podcast #233: Facebook Falls Short on Fake News, Boosts Local News; Floyd Abrams on ‘Soul of the First Amendment’

In the news this week, Facebook is all over the map, falling short in its fight against fake news, but also doing more and more to help local news publishers. Plus a 22-year-old British programmer became an ‘accidental hero’ by helping to stop the spread of the largest global cyber-attack in history. Digital upstart Vox is teaming up with non-profit powerhouse ProPublica to hire a video fellow for a year, taking collaboration to another level. Speaking of collaboration, our Metric of the Week is partnership metrics, and we go one-on-one with legal eagle Floyd Abrams, who won the Citizens United case before the Supreme Court and has a new book out called “The Soul of the First Amendment.” Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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J-School Deans on How Accreditation Helps, Hurts Programs

When Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications said it would forgo reaccreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Dean Bradley Hamm told the Chicago Tribune on May 1 that the rules stifle curriculum innovation. “Our goal is always to be the best in the world, and this process doesn’t get us there,” Hamm told the Tribune. ACEJMC responded to Hamm’s claims on its website: “The accreditation process is reviewed by the Council each year, with changes implemented regularly…in a fast-changing digital environment.” Who’s right? Deans from communication schools across the country say accreditation can be both beneficial and limiting. “It works for some programs and isn’t as helpful for others,” says David Perlmutter, Dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University, a program not accredited by ACEJMC. Before Texas Tech, Perlmutter served as the director of the School
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RJI Futures Lab #194: Immersive Video Conversations With Portals

Portals take video conferencing to the next level. The project combines new technology with a set of gold-painted shipping containers to enable people across the globe to converse as if they were side by side. Amar Bakshi, a former journalist who created the project, explains how it could expand upon traditional coverage of global news and events. Reporting by Sarah Sabatke.

Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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