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New Voices Failing, Disturbing

The Student Press Law Center has reported two states that so far this legislative session have given up on their students. They have failed to pass laws related to the New Voices legislation, which, generally, recognize the students’ rights to free press except in the case of libel, invasion of privacy or incitement. 204 more words

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Bite the hand that feeds you

In the digital world, companies that own local newspapers face a fundamental product problem. The online newspaper has proven to be a colossal failure – not surprisingly, a 19th century product conception has proven irrelevant in a 21st century marketplace. 3,036 more words

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Small | Scale

Can you scale intimacy?

In an age of viral content and global pageviews, what’s the right balance between aiming for massive scale and building deep, personal engagement? 1,011 more words

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Coding Error

To err is human.  But machines aren’t bad at it, either.

Especially when humans are the ones encoding the mistakes in – whether in the flawed assumptions we bake in, or the lack of judgement we show in blindly trusting our creations. 941 more words

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TMI

What most ails the marketplace of ideas?

Tim Wu knows: Too Much Information.

In a well-argued and smart essay, Tim – a law professor at Columbia University – makes the case that intelligent, truthful, nuanced information is being drowned out by a deluge of noise: Not just the cacophony of the crowd, but increasingly weaponized disinformation, propaganda and troll attacks that exploit new news distribution systems to overwhelm citizens.  1,450 more words

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Structured Witness

Of all the functions that journalism performs – explaining, investigating, watchdogging, etc – simply bearing witness to breaking news events would seem to be low on the totem pole in an age of crowdsourcing, easy self-publishing, and platforms that encourage ordinary people to post what they see. 667 more words

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New Ways of Storytelling

Not all new ways of telling stories need to be digital, interactive or involve technology.

Take a look at how the PCIJ Storytelling Project turned the story of Kian Delos Santos, a 17-year-old killed in the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs, into a book designed in the form of a children’s book, complete with evocative illustrations. 194 more words

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