Category: technology

New at PBS MediaShift: Exploring the “Netflix for Magazines” Model

New at PBS MediaShift: Exploring the “Netflix for Magazines” Model

I have a new post up at PBS MediaShift that offers a different perspective on the “Netflix for magazines” (a.k.a., “buffet-style”) business model offered by Readly and Magzter, among other companies. I wanted to hear from these companies about why they think they can succeed with this approach. The two things I found most curious in reporting this story: …

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Audio Slideshows…Still Useful?

Audio Slideshows…Still Useful?

It was this little moment in media where everyone thought the future of media was the audio slideshow. I was hired by The New York Times to make audio slideshows and to teach other people how to do that. I would make over 50 audio slideshows a year, I trained like 200 people on audio …

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Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

One of my tasks as the instructor of this spring’s Senior Capstone course is rounding up online locations and services where my 15 students can publish their final projects. (I’m also working on them with portfolios, and have blogged about those options before.) Most students’ projects emphasize creating long-form writing, video, and/or audio, as opposed to hand-coding complex …

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Portfolio Options for Journalism and Media Students

Portfolio Options for Journalism and Media Students

I’m talking with our Senior Seminar students tonight about some options for creating portfolios to represent their work during their Mass Communication courses at Linfield. With all the links and details I need to share — and realizing others might like to have this information too! — I decided to post about the topic here. …

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I Want My Imagined Community Back

I Want My Imagined Community Back

A few thoughts after reading Joe Zeff Design’s recent “How to Save Tablet Magazines”: Turn magazines into something to do, rather than something to read. The post is referring to social and participatory app features here, but there’s another way to think about “something to do.” Magazine researchers talk a lot about how magazines create …

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Do Online Petitions Matter?

Do Online Petitions Matter?

Yet another serious political crisis, yet another flock of online petition signers entreating me to sign and re-share their petitions. I applaud my friends’ interest and effort in participating in these online petitions. But I have to wonder every time I see one: Is that actually worth my click? Though I can’t find scholarly research …

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Critiquing “The Tech Intellectuals”

Critiquing “The Tech Intellectuals”

To do well in this economy, you do not have to get tenure or become a contributing editor to The New Republic (although the latter probably doesn’t hurt). You just need, somehow, to get lots of people to pay attention to you. This attention can then be converted into more material currency. At the lower …

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Coding Experiments

Coding Experiments

One of my recent personal projects has been trying to learn a bit of coding. I’d like to be able to integrate some of these skills into my teaching, and possibly into my research as well. I attended Code with Me in May, and it was a terrific experience. I learned a ton in one …

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Reminiscing with Wired’s First Issue

Reminiscing with Wired’s First Issue

[I wrote this in June when the Wired premiere issue was distributed as an iPad edition, but didn’t get around to finishing it promptly because (as I mention below) I had to wait for-ev-er for the issue to download, and other things came up in the interim. I noticed the saved draft today and decided …

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Digital Tools I Wish Students Used

Digital Tools I Wish Students Used

At the start of this new academic year, I thought I’d share some of the digital tools I wish students would use. These aren’t apps requiring particular hardware, but just online tools that are free (or very cheap) and that could make the life of the contemporary student so much easier. So, dear students: here’s …

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