Radical Journalism Ethics in the Time of Trump: Engagement and Pragmatic Objectivity

In a time of Trump, how should journalists serve the public? Should they join the protests? Become a partisan, opposition press? Or stick to neutrally reporting the facts? In this three-part series, media ethicist Stephen J. A. Ward, author of “Radical Media Ethics,” rejects these options. A proper response requires a radical rethink of journalism ethics. He urges journalists to practice democratically engaged journalism, which views journalists as social advocates of a special kind. They follow a method of objective engagement which Ward calls pragmatic objectivity. Journalists of this ilk are neither partisans nor neutral reporters of fact. In the first article in the series, Ward defines democratically engaged journalism. In this, the second article, he explains and applies pragmatic objectivity. In the final article, Ward will show how democratically engaged journalism opposes Trump’s tribalism of Us versus Them. In the first article in this series,
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#EdShift Chat: Trends and Tips in 360 Video

Across the country, journalism and media educators are integrating 360 video into their classrooms. Equipment for content creators and audiences is both cheaper and more widely available, making 360 video a technology for today, not tomorrow. Join us for an #EdShift Twitter chat about 360 video in journalism and media education at 1 p.m. Eastern / Noon Central / 10 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, March 29. We’ll discuss gear, trends, teaching strategies, and creating 360 video in a journalism context. Our guests come from higher ed and industry. Participants include: Wasim Ahmad of Syracuse University, R.B. Brenner of UT Austin, Haptic.al’s Deniz Ergurel, Nathan Griffiths from the Associated Press, Geri Migielicz of Stanford, Wes Pope of Oregon, and Bob Sacha from CUNY. A Storify of our conversation will be posted following the chat.
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Demystifying the Media: Hackers, Data and Code in the Age of Trump

Each term, the University of Oregon invites guest speakers in the academic and professional media industry to participate in the “Demystifying Media” program. The lectures aim to challenge faculty and staff by introducing them to the latest thinking in media research and practice. The first talk in the series for Winter 2017 explored the future – and impact – of visual journalism. Coverage of the lectures is provided through a partnership with the University of Oregon. Nikki Usher thinks that newsrooms have been “a little too excited about the promise” of interactive journalism. Usher is an assistant professor at George Washington University and a fellow at Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She recently published the book “Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data and Code,” built on her research into interactive work at newsrooms from Al Jazeera English to The New York Times. She uses the term “interactive journalism” as
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The Week In Immigration Coverage: Don’t Forget the Irish, Unexpected Muslims and the Feminist Immigration Beat

The following is part of a pop-up newsletter called “Migratory Notes” written by Daniela Gerson and Elizabeth Aguilera, who at a time of rapidly shifting policies, synthesize exceptional immigration journalism and highlight emerging practices to connect with multiethnic communities. It’s republished here with permission. You can follow along on Medium or subscribe here.

Straight-up amazing reporting

Reveal tells the story of a French war correspondent who made a decision to help a Kurdish refugee family cross a border from Italy that changed his life and his career. The transformation, and the challenges, he recorded along the way making for a mesmerizing audio story. It’s a long piece, but it’s worth a listen. “For the first time in my life there was a global problem at my corner,” the journalist, Raphael Krafft, said. “I tried to make a border between the citizen I was, and the journalist I was. But after a Continue reading "The Week In Immigration Coverage: Don’t Forget the Irish, Unexpected Muslims and the Feminist Immigration Beat"

Media Metrics Roundup for March 22, 2017

Audience Data Mining Case Study: PBS & LunaMetrics

(Google Analytics Solutions)
Drawing on data from 330 million visits to PBS.org.

How CNN Has Been Experimenting With Messaging Apps

(Caroline Scott / journalism.co.uk)
Changing the metrics of success.

Analytics Success Requires an Advocate

(Nathan Burke / Analytics Pros)
4 qualities of a great internal analytics advocate.

Readers Who Comment Are 7 Times More Engaged

(Lucinda Southern / Digiday)
Financial Times commenters read more articles and spend more time on site.

The Surprising Insights CMSI Learned in Mizzou

(Chandler Green / Center for Media & Social Impact)
How the story of a death penalty juror can drive social change.

From MetricShift

Media and Journalism Fellowships: March 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.


Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellow
The Gwen Ifill/PBS NewsHour Journalism Fellowship for current undergraduate and graduate students is a 10-week, paid position where you can gain hands-on, real-world experience working on “PBS NewsHour.”
Deadline: March 24, 2017 ERA Summer 2017 Program
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator combines seed capital, hands-on help and a great co-working location with an expert team to positively impact the trajectory of early-stage startups. ERA runs two, four-month programs per year.
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: March 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. Google Overhauls Policies After Uproar Over YouTube Videos (Mark Bergen / Bloomberg) 2. Twitter Launching Live Video API (Josh Constine / Tech Crunch) 3. Adobe is Now Officially an Ad Tech Company (Lara O’Reilly / Business Insider) 4. This is the Story Behind The New York Times’ Most Famous Tweet (Which is 10 Years Old Today) (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 5. Meet the Swedish Newspaper Editor Who Put an Algorithm in Charge of his Homepage (Felippe Rodrigues / Storybench) 6. Two Ad Agency Creatives’ Quest to Take Down Biased News (Tanya Dua / Digiday) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!

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