MediaShift Podcast #244: Pitiful Diversity at Legacy Newsrooms; Google Hit with Russian-Linked Ads; Gizmodo Media Group’s Susie Banikarim

In the news this week, a new survey found that legacy newspaper newsrooms are still dominated by white males, while digital newsrooms are doing much better at creating a diverse workplace. Google joins the party as another place where Russian agents bought ads to sway Americans during last year’s election season. Last week’s ONA conference focused a lot on metrics, innovation, and best practices. Did it miss the bigger picture for media? The Metric of the Week is Automated Analytics, and we speak with Susie Banikarim, the new editorial director at Gizmodo Media Group, to discuss their new TV show “Car vs. America.” 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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6 Models of Journalistic Collaboration

At a time when trust in media is plummeting and the industry continues to downsize, a bright spot has emerged in the growing use of collaborative journalism. Over the past year, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University has been collecting, cataloguing and analyzing collaborative efforts between newsrooms of all sizes. What we found is revolutionary: Millions of dollars are being poured into dozens of collaborative efforts between organizations who sometimes are competitors, and those efforts are producing strong, impactful and meaningful stories that otherwise couldn’t have been done. Cross-publication between entities is then amplifying the reach of these stories, especially thanks to the multiplatform-approach inherent in nearly every modern journalistic effort. Our report, “Comparing Models of Collaborative Journalism,” reviewed 44 collaborations involving more than 500 newsrooms, the sum total of which represented $200 million in funding. In our examination of those collaborations, we identified six distinct models Continue reading "6 Models of Journalistic Collaboration"

DigitalEd: How to Launch a Podcast

Title: How to Launch a Podcast Instructor: Megan Calcote, Podcast Producer You’ve heard podcasts are hot again. But how do you launch one?   Podcasting is experiencing a resurgence, with an increase in American podcast listeners, connected cars, the launch of podcast divisions by traditional media outlets such as WNYC and the rise of networks such as Podcast One, Radiotopia and Panoply.

Find out how to join the movement and maximize your audience in this training that will tell you everything you need to know to get started in podcasting. We’ll show you how to equip a studio where you can produce professional-caliber audio with minimal investment. Learn tricks for developing, capturing and editing the content of your podcast. Find out which networks your podcast should be on to attract your audience and learn the basics of social media marketing. What you’ll learn from this training:
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Young Entrepreneurs Share Successes, Frustrations at Issuu Generators Summit

SAN FRANCISCO – As the founder and editor-in-chief of Tom Tom Magazine, a feminist multi-platform media company dedicated to women drummers, Mindy Abovitz has faced more than her share of slammed doors and belittling comments. But the Brooklyn-based entrepreneur said the rejections and taunts simply fire her up. “Anger has always fueled me and it continues to fuel me,” said Abovitz, who started the magazine in 2009. “It’s my number one fuel.” Abovitz was one of more than a dozen speakers who reflected on their creative processes on October 5 at the first-ever Generators Summit sponsored by issuu, the digital publishing platform. Though issuu works primarily with print and online publishers and brands to distribute digital content, the summit featured speakers and participants from across the creative spectrum – virtual reality and video games, design and visual art, technology and video, as well as publishing. “We’re exploring how
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WhereBy.Us Is Building Open-Source Analytics for Smaller Publishers

This article was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. How do we identify user engagement behaviors and patterns that help us strengthen our products and our businesses? How can we encourage engaged users to deepen their connection with our work by signing up for a subscription, purchasing a membership, or sharing our content? How do we make those asks in the right ways and at the right times? These are some of the challenges facing any media operation, no matter its reach or business model. As journalism businesses diversify, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, but our best clues are in the data and analytics we choose to track and to inform our strategies. Understanding audience data and analytics and using those insights to optimize against business goals is challenging, especially for small teams of journalists with limited time and resources and without extensive data, tech, or marketing backgrounds. Continue reading "WhereBy.Us Is Building Open-Source Analytics for Smaller Publishers"

Media and Journalism Awards: Oct. 12 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.  


Hearst Journalism Awards Program – Feature Writing
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded in 1960 to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools. The feature writing category is open to color or mood articles covering news, business, feature or entertainment, as opposed to conventional news stories or personality profiles.
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017


Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public
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How New Technology Like AI, Drones and Big Data Can Limit the First Amendment

Evolving technology is prompting new First Amendment challenges. As you prepare materials for your media law, ethics or First Amendment courses, here are six issues to consider adding to the discussion.

Facial recognition

The public is becoming more comfortable with having computers track their faces. Facebook introduced facial recognition with “tagged” photos in 2010, and now Apple is using the technology as a security measure on its latest iPhone. However, paired with computer learning and large databases, facial recognition could lead to dangerous profiling. For example, Stanford researchers recently determined that facial recognition was able to predict whether an individual was gay, according to this Washington Post article. Facial recognition software at this level can then be seen as a threat to the right not to divulge sexual preference, one of the most basic rights when considering free speech. Surveillance cameras used in concert with facial recognition – either
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