E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup: April 25, 2017

Each Tuesday, we curate the top stories of the week in e-books and self-publishing. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox.
  1. The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs (Jeff Goins / The Mission)
  2. Google Books Is Not Alexandria Redux (Chris Meadows / Teleread)
  3. Ingram Content Group Delivers E-Books to Windows Store (Ingram / Infotoday)
  4. Slow Writers: Are They Doomed to Failure in the Digital Age? (Anne R. Allen / Anne R. Allen)
  5. Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria (James Somers / The Atlantic)
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 25

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. ‘What We’re Not Doing is Putting a Newspaper on Snapchat’ – New York Times Joins Snapchat Discover (Kerry Flynn / Mashable) 2. Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Launches Wikitribune, a Large-Scale Attempt to Combat Fake News (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) 3. Reuters Launched Backstory to Provide More Transparency Around its Reporting Process (Caroline Scott / Journalism.co.uk) 4. A Guide to the Google Ad-Blocking Conspiracy Theories (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 5. Bill O’Reilly Breaks Silence After Fox News Ouster: ‘I’m Very Confident the Truth Will Come Out’ (Daniel Holloway / Variety) 6. Check Out a New Podcast Hosted by LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman (Andrea Huspeni / Entrepreneur) Get the Daily Must Reads Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 25"

Upcoming Trainings and Courses: April 25 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.

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Matching traditional approaches with cutting edge technology isn’t always obvious, and this webinar will attempt to marry the two, and give you ideas on how to streamline your post production, while planning your social media campaigns. Emphasis will be on use of Smart phones with Adobe Products, such as Premiere and Photoshop.
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Pew Survey: The Future of Free Speech Looks Grim

The internet may have been founded on the principles of egalitarianism and democracy, but the future of free speech on the web looks bleak, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center As evidence, Pew researchers cited numerous events and stories from the past year, including a story about Facebook employees suppressing conservative news, the online harassment of Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, the explosion of fake news, and #Pizzagate. Today, not even memes are safe. The report authors surveyed more than 1,500 tech experts, experts, scholars, corporate practitioners and government leaders and ask for their opinions about where free speech on the internet is headed. The comments are parsed into four themes based on the respondents’ answers: things will stay bad because to troll is human; things will stay bad because there are economic and political incentives that support trolling; things
Four major themes about the future of the online social climate
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Relaunching a Local Newsletter: Failures, Successes and What We Learned

This article was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. In this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 As we ramp up for the release of our newsletter optimization tool, we wanted to share with you Crosscut’s own experience as a beta tester for an early version of the product. In early 2017, the Crosscut news team sat down to revamp our Daily E-News, a newsletter that broke basically every best practice in the book. Everyone could see that the newsletter needed a facelift: The RSS feed-style email was an eyesore, and the obnoxious donate button at the header wasn’t doing us any favors. In fact, it’s elements like these that can get curators into trouble. We looked to the tool for guidance. A product of a year of research, the tool consolidates the best practices and most effective strategies for
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Arkansas Journalism Students Consider Ethics of News Coverage, Social Media in 2016 Election

Students hate group projects – that’s what I was told before my University of Arkansas journalism ethics class sought to study the role of media during the 2016 presidential general-election campaign. Nonetheless, fortified by plenty of pizza and the knowledge that the election would be an historic one, my students managed to sift through more than 3,000 tweets, commercials, newspaper stories, and TV news reports in the course of documenting a campaign that they found shrouded in negativity. The students determined that Republican candidate Donald Trump was the subject of twice as many negative newspaper stories and more than six times more negative television news segments than his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The candidates helped fuel that negativity, most prominently through their use of Twitter. Though Clinton had more than twice as many positive tweets as Trump, she also had more than double the amount of negative ones. Similarly, though
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 24

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 and Partners Try to Block the March of Ad-Blockers (Mark Bergen / Bloomberg) 2. Yahoo’s Demise Is a Death Knell for Digital News Orgs (Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic) 3. Stat Published a Print Section in Sunday’s Boston Globe — And it Might Be Coming to a Paper Near You (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 4. YouTube Says it Fixed the Problem with Restricted Mode That was Filtering LGBTQ+ Content (Sarah Perez / TechCrunch) 5. A Lesson in Moscow About Trump-Style ‘Alternative Truth’ (Jim Rutenberg / New York Times) 6. The Guardian Pulls Out of Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple News (Jessica Davies / Digiday) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!