L.A. Storytelling Futurists Use Augmented Reality to Turn Tables on ‘Black Mirror’

Technology will not deliver us to a world as bleak as that depicted in the Netflix series Black Mirror. At least not according to the storytelling futurists who produced their 4-minute visions of optimism over the weekend for Once Upon a Future. The virtual and augmented reality video competition, cast out on social media under the hashtag #WhiteMirror, invited locals to counter the Netflix hit’s dystopia with an immersive experience of human potential.

Technology for good

“Most people find good uses for technology,” Ted Schilowitz told participants in a kick-off talk. Schilowitz advises movie studios including 20th Century Fox on developing immersive elements to engage audiences. The younger generation already operates in a tech mindset, where consumer gadget symbols are part of of their understanding of language. He shared an experiment in which children who’d learned the numbers 1 through 10, when presented with two 1s side by side and asked what
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3 Questions Journalists Should Ask Before Making a Map

The way Americans looked at their neighboring cities, states and regions solidified into boundaries of reds and blues after the November presidential election. In that case, maps helped clarify how people voted, but didn’t offer clues why. It can be hard for readers to keep track of their neighborhoods amid national news stories, especially given the gutting of many local newsrooms. To varying degrees, national news and other stories flood news consumers’ social media feeds and local news homepages. But if a crime occurred down the block, your child’s school has lead contamination, or a national publication talks up your bodega’s chopped-cheese sandwich, you’d want to know. So while cartographic and digital tools can help categorize people and regions, they can also reveal nuance and show how policies and current events influence their lives on a smaller scale. An important skill for educators to teach prospective journalists is knowing when to
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Journalism and Digital Education Roundup: April 27, 2017

Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox.
  1.  Recap: ISOJ 2017 (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)
2. Ohio State Prepared to Transfer Journalism Program, Funding to Ohio University (Mary Mogan Edwards / The Columbus Dispatch) 3. EDX Partners with Higher Ed to Offers Professional Certificate Programs in Digital Skills (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed) 4. University of Arkansas Breaks Ground for New Journalism and Student Media Center (University of Arkansas News) 5. Recap: UNR’s Reynolds School Hosts First Amendment Forum (Reynolds School News)
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 27

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. 2017 World Press Freedom Index – Tipping Point (Reporters Without Borders) 2. This is How The New York Times is Using Bots to Create More One-to-One Experiences With Readers (Andrew Phelps / Nieman Lab) 3. Snapchat Discover Lands in Germany with Vice and Sky Sports Announced as Publishing Partners (Rebecca Stewart / The Drum) 4. What’s Holding Back Virtual Reality News? Slow Tech Adoption, Monetization, and Yes, Dull Content (Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab) 5. Desktop and Mobile Ad Revenue Surpasses TV for the First Time (George Slefo / Advertising Age) 6. In the Shadow of the Duopoly, Media Rivals are Becoming Allies (Sahil Patel / Digiday) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 27"

Media and Journalism Awards: April 27 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.


Global Shining Light Award
Every two years, the Global Investigative Journalism Network presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.
Deadline: May 15, 2017 2017 NAHJ Ñ Awards
Six awards will be presented within the Print/Digital, Television, Photography and Radio categories. There will also be two Vanguard Awards – The Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism and the NAHJ Elaine Rivera Civil Rights & Social Justice Award.
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How Publishers Can Navigate the Metrics of Outrage

I changed my screensaver recently, so it displays the current top searches via Google Trends. Now after I step away from my computer for a few minutes, I come back and feel like I’ve walked into a coffee shop where I can eavesdrop on the rapid-fire gossip of the internet. The topics are predictable. Sports, celebrity deaths, TV shows, a new release from a musician or election results. Then there’s one other theme that appears irregularly but often enough I notice it: Outrage!!! I can usually tell through my Google Trends screensaver when the internet is roiling with rage because it’s a “one of these things is not like the other” situation. When Arsenal, the Cavs and, say, Pepsi, Sean Spicer, United, or Shea Butter show up among the top searches, I can guess that there are playoff games going on and something got the internet angry. Unable to stop myself, I search and find dozens
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3 Video Producers on 5 Tips on Setbacks and Success

Being a video producer and editor at a digital media company is both challenging and rewarding. From dealing with breaking news to planning out feature stories, producers have to face their successes and setbacks with an open-mind and innovative spirit. StoryHunter spoke to 3 video producers to get their take: Jesamyn “Sam” Go, the Managing Editor at MSNBC; Vivian Tang, the Editorial Manager and Producer at All Def Digital; and Sadie Bass, the supervising producer at Great Big Story. This piece first appeared on the StoryHunter Video Strategist blog. Here are five takeaways from how they handle the hectic life of the newsroom:

1. Take pride in your own and others’ success.

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