Hacks/Hackers and Google team up to help media entrepreneurs, The Washington Post's Marty Baron shares challenges facing newspapers in the digital age and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
Hacks/Hackers launches program for media entrepreneurs
A new initiative called Hacks/Hackers Connect launches today, aiming to offer a series of free one-day events for media entrepreneurs.
The program is a partnership between Hacks/Hackers and the News Lab at Google, and aims to support journalists and technologists by enabling them to learn from each other and receive mentoring from key figures in the industry. (Journalism.co.uk, 5/21)
From Watergate to Snowden: Marty Baron on The Washington Post's investigative journalism legacy
Marty Baron arrived at The Washington Post as Executive Editor in 2012 – after a Pulitzer-studded term at the helm of The Boston Globe. The Post acquired iconic status in the history of investigative reporting via Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate coverage. A Pulitzer for Public Service in reporting the Snowden revelations cemented the legacy in 2014. Another followed this year, in recognition of The Post’s reporting of Secret Service deficiencies. He spoke to Julie Posetti about the challenges facing newspapers in the digital age - from source protection erosion to business model insecurity - ahead of his address to the World News Media Congress. (WAN-IFRA, 5/20)
How digital publishers measure their influence
In the old days, press mentions and scoops were the currency of publishers. But with the instant, fragmented and compulsively measurable nature of digital media, you might not think old yardsticks would be relevant today. Still, digital natives aren’t necessarily abandoning traditional metrics. Here’s how a handful told us they think about and measure influence. (Digiday, 5/21)
This. is a social magazine (and also download our app)
The This. Reader iPhone app is here. As a member of our beta community you can download it right now (ed note: We’re in invite-only beta. Head over to the site for more on joining.). We’re pretty excited.
Our obsession has always been simple:
When you sit down on the couch at 8 o’clock at night, with a beverage of your choice, and fire up your phone or tablet or computer, where do you start? (Andrew Golis, Medium, 5/20)
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