Good Media Group, which owns viral site Upworthy and Good Magazine, cut at least 31 employees yesterday. The layoffs were first announced on Thursday afternoon in a tweet from editor-in-chief Liz Heron, who said she is also resigning.
Today, almost my entire team at Upworthy/GOOD was laid off (and I resigned). This talented and passionate group of reporters, editors, growth/data and product experts is now looking for work, so if you’re hiring and want introductions, DM me.
It launched in 2014 with ambitions to be more than just a “BuzzFeed” for young women. Now, the UK-based digital publication The Debrief is shutting down. Parent company Bauer Media, a European media group that owns hundreds of other publications worldwide, is folding some of The Debrief’s editorial staff into the newsroom of the company’s women’s magazine Grazia.
“We are sad to announce that it has been proposed that The Debrief, our much-loved brand that connected with so many young women will cease publication,” read the announcement on The Debrief’s website on Tuesday. “Despite achieving so much in the last four years and winning a slew of awards, sadly we cannot see a viable future for this brand as it stands.”
I reached out to The Debrief and will update this post with any details about the decision to end its operation as a standalone site. I’m not
Before I attended danah boyd’s campfire discussion at SXSWEdu on Media Literacy, I had been promoting it heavily with the hashtags #savetheworld #teachmedialit. In her talk, however, boyd strongly questioned the notion of media literacy’s ability to save the world. Slowly tucking my cape back into my bag, I walked out of the keynote unsettled, which was probably her point.Some of the old school methods, as boyd pointed out at SXSWEdu, may not be effective against the new “weaponized digital media,” trolls, bots and online political forces with millions of dollars behind them. She has concerns about the good will and the truth that many bloggers are sending out over the internet. She sees neo-nazis and other extremists filling the new digital media with mirrors of truth, hate and evil. In a post-modern way, I believe she also argues whether or not the truth can be found
The most prevalent trends in journalism education for 2017 are far from monolithic.
Social media’s uses and limitations. Digital media’s prominence in student newsrooms and J-School curricula. News literacy, or “fake news,” that warrants transparency and strengthened ethics. Innovation in technology but also mindset. Data analytics for increased visibility and audience engagement.
However, the most written-about issues this year were also subtly interrelated; journalism educators are focused on how to move forward while still maintaining the foundations of good storytelling.
What’s clear from this list, as well as the other topics journalism educators engaged with in 2017, is that J-Schools, although once accused of a deep-seated reluctance to change, are not standing still any longer. There is great interest in what’s next.
DALLAS – More than 4,900 high school students, advisers and journalism professionals shared ideas about innovation in scholastic media at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Annual Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas last month.
“We are in the midst of growing an innovative culture of citizens,” Rittenour High School (St. Louis, Mo.) journalism adviser Jane Bannester said. “We need to prepare our future journalists by giving them the basics of good storytelling, but also help them to be flexible with how they send that message.”
JEA President Sarah Nichols said integrating technology, one of the chief forms of innovation today, can be daunting for some high school advisers.
“It requires a certain level of flexibility, trust and willingness to fail — all while helping students work within their deadline schedule and budget constraints,” Nichols said.
That’s why high school students from 44
One year ago, I wrote an article for MediaShift about our new undergraduate degree in Digital Media Innovation (DMI) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. The mission of the degree is to immerse students in digital concepts and skills, focusing on social media, web development and emerging media concepts, including drones and virtual reality. We cover innovation topics including design thinking, human-centered design and product management. Essentially, we flipped the curriculum, with the emphasis being on digital concepts and skills, supported by courses in our more “traditional” tracks.
The degree was approved in August 2016, and I am happy to report that, since then, we have seen it grow to 211 students. This far exceeds the projections made when we developed the program, and we are thrilled to see it both become a popular offering, as well as have its core courses (Web Design
DALLAS, Texas — College media staffs and advisers shared concepts and tools relating to the present and future of student publications while in Dallas at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Annual Fall Convention Oct. 25-29.
Although more tried-and-true themes were also part of the schedule of sessions – from yearbook page design to good reporting skills – a number of sessions spoke to the increasing digital nature of college media during the five-day event.
Closing the Digital Divide – Pepperdine Graphic Media
Noting that Pepperdine Graphic Media’s transition to a digital-first newsroom was challenging, Director Elizabeth Smith also said the effort was worth it, as students now think digitally at their small, private university, yielding a new way to do journalism.
The key aspects of their transition included a fully combined staff, stories published on digital platforms before printed ones, an increase in updates for online content, a large
Although there can be a stark distinction between actual journalists and those “in the media,” the public doesn’t always know the difference. Malice is now directed at both, in the form of digital threats as well as physical violence.
The high-profile narrative of the assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by now-Montana congressman Greg Gianforte raised the visibility of this issue, but it is by far not the only account.
It is now all too clear there is a deep sentiment of distrust — and possibly hatred — against journalists.
According to NBC’s Bradd Jaffy, the last month has seen journalists “arrested, slapped, pinned against a wall, choke-slammed for trying to do their jobs.” The Washington Post also detailed this string of incidents against reporters, noting that Reporters Without Borders recently lowered the U.S. press freedom index by two spots, ranking it only 43 out of Continue reading "Fight Fire with Convergence: J-Schools Must Address Both Anger and Distrust of Media"
You might be wondering what line of work President Obama may pursue after leaving the Oval Office. Well, what about digital media?
Mic is reporting this afternoon that people close to the president are saying he’s considering “a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company.”
Now, Obama has certainly dabbled in media criticism during his presidency. Just this week he partly attributed Democratic losses to “Fox News in every bar and restaurant,” and he has recently lamented the rise of fake news.
But don’t get too excited, because White House Communications Director Jen Psaki sent this statement to Mic in response:
“While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office.”
Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, the first American to be awarded the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993. Little is known about Dylan’s thoughts on digital innovation in journalism, but we tried anyway, because wall-to-wall election coverage means there’s nothing else of interest going on in the future-of-news game. (This list is 99 percent ironic, we swear.) After all, something is happening here, but we don’t know what it is.
In a 2015 report, The Future Today Institute founder and CEO Amy Webb wrote that she was, “deeply concerned about the future of journalism education in America.” The report, “How To Make J-school Matter (Again),” identified six challenges in journalism education and concluded the value of a journalism degree does not matter as much as it should. The report offered a path forward, including retooling curricula and coursework, and working to partner with industry to “set a vision and course for the next 25 years of journalism.”
As a 2010 J-school grad myself, I’ve wondered whether J-schools are keeping pace with changes in the journalism industry. Speaking with experts on the topic, it became clear that progress is slow, but it’s there.
How are J-schools changing?
Journalism education must continue adapting in order to prepare students for the
On Oct. 28-29, the MobileMe&You2 conference will bring together mobile media leaders from across the nation, creating a spark of like-minded collaboration and opportunities to learn best practices from traditional and emerging media. Topics at this year’s conference will include VR journalism, drone journalism, glance journalism (how to program for wearables), snap journalism (how to reach audiences on Snapchat), and other forms of mobile media.
The event, which kicks off with a reception on Thursday evening, Oct. 27, will take place simultaneously in two locations — downtown Chicago and downtown San Francisco — thanks to digital connections between Northwestern University’s Medill
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This summer, I taught two different immersive coding courses for mass communication students. Called SummerCodeCamp, the courses covered programming concepts for front-end web development and data visualization. I taught one course at the University of Colorado Boulder during their Maymester session and another during Summer II at my home campus of Texas State University.
I spoke about these courses at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Minneapolis. In that presentation, I emphasized some of the reasons for teaching communication students to code:
It’s the language of the web and mobile.
It’s a problem-solving skill.
You can use code to tell stories.
New positions, roles and opportunities in new industries.
Years ago, the thought of engineers working side-by-side with journalists might have seemed strange, but today, such an alliance offers clear advantages. The University of Southern California intends to help its students bring informatics to journalism, and communication to data science, by launching a partnership between the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
A Meeting of the Minds
The seeds of the partnership, according to USC Annenberg Director Willow Bay, were in many ways planted by her experience at The Huffington Post, where the editorial team and the technology team worked together, swapping ideas and exchanging feedback on products and tools.
“My experience in digital journalism really made it clear how much journalists need to hear the technology and guide the technology in service of journalism,” Bay said. “It also was clear that we need to understand — we journalists — need
This article was originally published on Medium.
The most important word in that headline is “media.” This isn’t a content marketing post on 11 ways to monetize trending topics. It isn’t for someone selling clothes or beans or clothes made from beans. I’m focusing solely on the needs of digital media—nurturing engagement and building followers — through Twitter’s realtime stream of information. Twitter is both conversation and service.
Now we at the Chicago Tribune have had a nice run on Twitter, as regional media go.
Happy half-a-million day cake.
Our @chicagotribune account has grown from fewer than 100,000 followers in late 2012 to more than 500,000 at the end of 2015. And we’ve done it without gross things like promoting posts.
What follows are the official newsroom guidelines for the team running some institutional accounts at the Chicago Tribune, primarily but not limited to @chicagotribune. Part of this has
This piece is co-authored by Sara Shields and Becca Silvas.
South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive is one of the largest and most diverse events focusing on digital creativity and technology innovation. Located in Austin, Texas, the conference is well established as an incubator for the digital media trends of tomorrow. Media professionals from around world came together March 11-15 to discuss and discover the technologies that will influence our digital futures.
The SXTXState project has covered the SXSW Interactive Festival for the past nine years. An initiative of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, the team of five graduate students covered all aspects of the conference on a website and through social media. SJMC faculty and SXTXState alumni also attended and contributed to the website that features preview interviews with panelists and on-site event coverage.
Becca Silvas and Candice Brusuelas cover a panel session on bots.
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 new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org.
How to Personalize Your Content for Better Engagement
You’ve heard of targeted advertising, but what about targeted content? If you’re going to take the time to make sure your ad message is the right one, why not also make sure you deliver the right content to the right person at the right time. This online panel will include a discussion by top publishers who are serving personalized content to drive better engagement for their audience. And the best way to personalize content is to improve back-end analytics across multiple platforms. We’ll discuss how various publishers Continue reading "Upcoming Trainings and Courses: Feb. 2 Edition"
Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.
Consumer Electronics Show 2016
Jan. 6-9, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Dec. 21 Edition"
This summer, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks on the East Coast visiting a range of digital media organizations. I had been planning to do this for quite some time, really embed with the most prominent teams doing data and programming in media, with the goal of bringing back real-world insight to the classroom. So I devised my own “fellowship,” supported by funding from my university, to spend time in New York City and Washington. I got an amazing crash course in the current state of digital media.
I spent four weeks in New York City, the majority of my time with ProPublica. I was also able to take several meetings at various other locations, including WNYC,The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Tumblr, as well as visit with journalism educators at The New School, CUNY and Columbia University. My final week, I headed to D.C. for a
What do BuzzFeed, Upworthy and Refinery29 have in common? Well, for one, they’ve raised millions in venture capital money, and they’re all getting deeper into the digital news business. Refinery29 is looking for a news director as they’ll soon be joining in the scrum to cover breaking news. Upworthy made its own news when they announced New York Times deputy international editor Amy O’Leary would join them as their new editorial director. Of course, everyone is chasing BuzzFeed. The company rounded up $96 million in funds and made $100 million in revenue last year. But it’s not all rosy in the land of VC-funded digital publishers. Earlier this month, tech website Gigaom abruptly ceased operations because they ran out of money. There were eulogies for the company in the tech press. According to a report by Peter Kafka, the demise was caused by mismanagement. What’s the future of the digital press? We’ll ask Kim Bui, West Coast editor at Reported.ly; Peter Kafka, senior editor at Recode; and our regulars Alex Leo, head of audience development at Yahoo; and Andrew Lih, associate professor at American University. PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser will host and Jefferson Yen will be producing.
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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He is a longtime freelance writer and editor, who has contributed to magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Wired and Conde Nast Traveler, and websites such as CNET and the Yale Global Forum. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Renee and son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.
Andrew Lih is a new media journalist and associate professor of journalism at the American University School of Communication. He is the author of “The Wikipedia Revolution” (Hyperion 2009, Aurum UK 2009) and is a noted expert on online collaboration and journalism. He is a veteran of AT&T Bell Laboratories and in 1994 created the first online city guide for New York City (www.ny.com). Follow him on Twitter @fuzheado. Alex Leo is the head of audience development for Yahoo! Before that she was the head of product for Newsweek and Reuters.com, a senior editor at The Huffington Post and an associate producer at ABC News. She was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012 and chosen by NBC New York as one of the top twenty people to follow on Twitter (@alexmleo). She has written for The Guardian, The Atlantic, Elle, Jezebel, Reuters, and more, as well as the play “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”