Must Reads in Media & Technology: June 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. Who Will Own the Chicago Sun-Times? After Weeks of Waiting, It’s in the Government’s Hands (James Warren / Poynter) 2. How News Publisher Attn is Getting Instagram to Pay Off (Ross Benes / Digiday) 3. Guardian U.S. is Partnering with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the Rockefeller Foundation to Publish Stories From Under-Covered U.S. Regions (Alissa Quart and Jessica Reed / The Guardian) 4. Fox Sports Cuts Web Writing Staff to Invest More in Online Video (Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg) 5. Across the United States, NPR is Reorganizing its Member Stations Around Regional Hubs (Al Tompkins / Poynter) 6. Facebook is Ready to Drop Up to $3 Million an Episode on Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: June 27"

Upcoming Trainings and Courses: June 13 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.

FEATURED TRAININGS

DigitalEd: How to Make Social Videos With Impact
The social video market is booming. And as the industry grows, who better than you to take your client’s storytelling to the next level? In this tutorial you’ll learn what it takes to make videos that can excite, explain, and entertain in a tight timeline that’s suitable for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Dates: June 21, 2017
Producer: MediaShift
Place: Online with BigMarker
Price: $39
Register here!
How to Use Instagram as a Reporting Tool
With more than 600 million people on Instagram, this popular photo-sharing platform has become a powerful tool for journalists around the world. My Instagram followers tagged along with me as I reported stories for PRI’s The World and the BBC from mountain villages in Nepal, truck yards in Pakistan, the multi-cultural neighborhoods of South Africa, and more. In this course, you’ll learn the principles of using Instagram to report and photograph stories in the field. Whether you’re covering a local protest or trekking on a glacier with scientists, Instagram can help you generate interest in your story before your final report airs or goes to press.
Featured Presenter: Sonia Narang, Multimedia Journalist
Date and time: June 28, 2017, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
Producer: MediaShift
Place: Online with BigMarker
Price: $39
Register here!
How to Solve Legal Issues on Social Media
Gain an understanding of your rights and responsibilities when it comes to copyright, fair use and defamation on social media. Everyone’s a publisher now. Whether your company has a whole social media team or one person with a smart phone, you have to stay within your own lane on the information highway. It’s crucial to understand the dos and don’ts of copyright and libel law before posting. Learn how you can say everything you want and need to say without being exposed to legal risks.
Date and time: July 12, 2017
Producer: MediaShift
Place: Online at BigMarker
Price: $39
Register here!
How to Measure Impact in Journalism
Learn how to measure impact in journalism and why it’s becoming a valuable and necessary skill in today’s newsrooms. Set yourself apart by knowing not only how to do work that drives real-world change, but also how to make sure that change gets noticed. Learn how to tell the story of your reporting just as effectively as you tell others’ stories.
Date and time: July 19, 2017
Producer: MediaShift
Place: Online at BigMarker
Price: $39
Register here!

June 2017

SciFacts: Fact-Checking Claims About Science
We are bombarded by news releases, scientific studies and an evolving hierarchy of sources. How do you sort through what is real, what is noise and what is flat-out deception? During this special daylong event, participants will explore how journalists can combat misinformation and cover evolving or contradictory findings without reducing trust in the scientific method. They’ll also look at the evolving role of scientific reporting in public policy.
Deadline: June 8, 2017
Date and time:
 June 16, 2017
Producer: Poynter Institute
Place: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Price: Free

Drone Journalism School
Drones can give your audience a unique understanding of the scale and scope of a story. Join Poynter and its partners at one of these intensive hands-on workshops designed to prepare you and your newsroom for telling unique stories with unmanned aerial systems.
Dates: June 14 (online webinar) and Aug. 18-20
Producer: Poynter Institute
Place: Online or Portland, Ore.
Price: $295 Reporting on Gender
The way to thorough, accurate and thoughtful reporting involves a better understanding of topics and how to navigate specific issues with care. This webinar will show you how to address gender issues. It will give you a better sense of how to understand gender-related topics and how to report on them. Learn how to develop a competence in writing about gender-related topics and why it matters.
Dates: June 15
Producer: Poynter Institute
Place: Online
Price: $29.95

Law, Order and Algorithms: Understanding Racial Patterns in Police Data
The way to thorough, accurate and thoughtful reporting involves a better understanding of topics and how to navigate specific issues with care. This webinar will show you how to address gender issues. It will give you a better sense of how to understand gender-related topics and how to report on them. Learn how to develop a competence in writing about gender-related topics and why it matters.
Dates: June 19
Producer: Poynter Institute
Place: Online
Price: $29.95

The Deep Dive: Investigative Journalism That Matters
The way to thorough, accurate and thoughtful reporting involves a better understanding of topics and how to navigate specific issues with care. This webinar will show you how to address gender issues. It will give you a better sense of how to understand gender-related topics and how to report on them. Learn how to develop a competence in writing about gender-related topics and why it matters.
Dates: July 7, Aug. 3
Producer: Poynter Institute
Place: Online
Price: $399

10th Annual King’s Data School
The University of King’s College Summer School in Data Journalism is Canada’s premier annual boot camp in basic data journalism skills.
Dates: June 19-23 and June 26-30, 2017
Producer: University of King’s College Summer School in Data Journalism
Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Price: Varies Gigaom AI Workshop Tour
This is a hands-on introduction to AI that will give participants a working knowledge of what can be done with cloud-based AI offerings from IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others. This workshop is ideal for managers of all levels. By the end, everyone will have a working understanding of the capabilities of the key AI platforms, including what works right now and what doesn’t. The workshops are limited to 35 attendees.
Date and time: June 20/June 29, 2017 (depending on the city)
Producer: Gigaom
Place: Austin/Boston/San Francisco
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: June 9

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Must Reads in Media & Technology: June 8

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“The accurate belief that people love consuming video doesn’t mean people love consuming news video”

Our old friend Josh Sternberg — you may know him from his days at Digiday, The Washington Post, or NBC News — has started a morning media newsletter called The Media Nut (née The Media Mix). I’ve found it to be an interesting complement to the headlines-and-links style of most morning media emails; it’s Josh going a little deeper on three or so topics each morning, using his background knowledge (which is stronger in the ad-agency/ad-buying world than most in our little business). You should try it out! Anyway, Josh wanted to start doing Q&As with people in his newsletter and he asked me to be the first up. Here’s a copy of our quick exchange over email that ran in this morning’s edition.
Josh Sternberg: You’ve been watching media companies for a long time. What are 3 things they’ve gotten right?

Newsonomics: In Norway, a newspaper’s digital video startup is now generating more revenue than print

— Yes, there’s even a Trump Bump in Oslo. Take 56 million, the number of views VGTV has gotten so far on its “satirical masterpiece” of “tupéfabrikk”, the company’s discovery of Donald Trump’s secret wig field in Tromsø, Norway’s Arctic Circle city. But that bump is just a collateral benefit of VGTV’s innovation engine. In the three and a half years since its founding, VGTV has become a global model, with its leaders speaking at numerous media forums. This spring, the latest spun-off Schibsted division passed an important milestone: VGTV, the video operation of the leading Norwegian daily VG, now produces more monthly revenue than does VG’s seven-day print product. VG, like many dailies, is losing double digit percentages of print revenue each year, but that revenue loss is being made up by the video operation. Of course, the new money is not nearly Continue reading "Newsonomics: In Norway, a newspaper’s digital video startup is now generating more revenue than print"

Vox’s video about the Chechen leader accused of torturing gay people is being spammed with dislikes

In its first few hours online, Vox’s video on current leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov — under whose rule a vicious anti-gay pogrom has begun — performed like a usual Vox video on YouTube. The typical likes-to-dislikes ratio for a Vox video is 10:1, but between 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, the producer of the video Mac Schneider noticed the likes to dislikes ratio on the Ramzan Kadyrov video had tipped to 1:1 (as of noon on Friday, the video had 8,453 likes and 4,703 dislikes), Vox’s executive producer Joe Posner told me in an email explaining the timeline. Around this time, there was a spike in traffic to the video from Russia. Vox also received a privacy complaint via YouTube’s
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