What is innovation in local TV news? Andrew Heyward’s new mission is to find out

News flash: A lot of people still watch — and trust — the local TV news. TV is still the No. 1 source of news for Americans, ahead of the entire Internet. And of those TV watchers, nearly 3 in 4 are regular local TV news watchers. But the trendlines are moving in the wrong direction. In 2016, TV had a 19 percentage point lead over online as a frequent source of news for Americans (57 percent to 38 percent). A year later, that lead had been cut to 7 percentage points (50 percent to 43 percent). Cord-cutters and cord-nevers have moved from edge cases to mainstream; young people ages 18 to 24 have cut their TV viewing by abotu eight hours a week just in the past six years. It’s time for an update. Resources for innovation have, generally speaking, flowed more to local newspapers and digital-native publishers Continue reading "What is innovation in local TV news? Andrew Heyward’s new mission is to find out"

Local TV news gets a $2.6 million boost from the Knight Foundation

In the “future of news” conversations, television news — especially local — can sometimes be overlooked. But it’s still a vital source of journalism for communities across the United States. The Knight Foundation announced today that it is boosting local TV news with $2.6 million across five organizations that will help students of color gain experience in local TV markets, bring together broadcast journalists focused on digital innovation in conferences and workshops, and offer ethics, leadership, and data journalism training for newsrooms. (Disclosure: Nieman Lab also receives support from Knight.) Though digital sources are ever rising, local TV news still reaches a significant chunk of Americans. Last year, Pew Research Center found that 50 percent were often getting news from TV compared to 43 percent often getting it online, though local TV news use declined the most. Over the years, local TV news’ audience has steadily Continue reading "Local TV news gets a $2.6 million boost from the Knight Foundation"

Journalism & Digital Education Roundup: June 29, 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. How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms (Natasha Singer / New York Times)

  2. Stop Censoring Student Journalists – We’re Trying to Hold Universities to Account (Anonymous / The Guardian)

  3. Digital Literacy is For Professors, Too (Shontavia Johnson / Inside Higher Ed)

  4. Arizona High School Students Imagine Journalism’s Future at ASU Camp (Stacy Sullivan /Arizona Republic)

  5. Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology (Jason Palmer / EdSurge)

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DigitalEd: How to Launch a Podcast

Title: How to Launch a Podcast Instructor: Megan Calcote, Executive Producer, How to Cover Money & Educating Geeks Podcasts 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 Continue reading "DigitalEd: How to Launch a Podcast"

DigitalEd: How To Automate Social Media

Title: How To Automate Social Media

Instructor: Megan Calcote, Program Coordinator, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism & Co-Executive Producer, Educating Geeks

Make social media work for you around the clock.

If you’re ready to expand your marketing efforts but you don’t want to manage your social media 24 hours a day, this online training can help. We’ll show you how to automate your social media posts without losing authenticity. Find out how to increase audience reach and engagement while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your social operations.

Learn why automated scheduling can be a powerful tool for your brand and how to use it in conjunction with real-time posts. Discover ways to determine the best times to post your updates. See powerful social media scheduling tools in action. You’ll take away ideas to help you develop an expanded social strategy and tools to help you Continue reading "DigitalEd: How To Automate Social Media"

Brain food: Here are 15 smart people talking for 5 minutes each about journalism’s future

Newsgeist is “a gathering of 150 key practitioners and thinkers from the worlds of journalism, technology, and public policy who are re-imagining the future of the news,” usually (though not always) at Arizona State University. It’s sponsored by Google and the Knight Foundation (disclosure: a Nieman Lab funder), and it serves as a significant meeting of the minds; Google’s AMP was born out of brainstorming at one recent iteration of Newsgeist, for instance. I’ve been a happy attendee over the past few years. Most of Newsgeist is made up of unconference-y sessions that are off the record. But there is one part of the event that is recorded and rendered public: a series of Ignite sessions featuring some of the smartest people in digital media. Those have been posted to YouTube, but seeing as none of them have even 200 views at this writing, they could use Continue reading "Brain food: Here are 15 smart people talking for 5 minutes each about journalism’s future"