A new class at USC is teaching students how to produce stories specifically for social media: The latest from Nieman Lab

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A new class at USC is teaching students how to produce stories specifically for social media

Called the JEDI Desk, the class is focused on everything from Snapchat and Facebook to 360-degree virtual reality video. By Joseph Lichterman.
More Americans are going to start using adblockers in next 3 months, trade group warns What We’re ReadingSpotlightThe Boston Globe announces a Spotlight-inspired $100K investigative reporting fellowship →The fellowship will be sponsored by Open Road Films, Participant Media, and First Look Media. The application deadline is February 29. Hasit ShahA new email newsletter about the rise of digital technology in India →By former Nieman-Berkman fellow Hasit Shah, who knows a lot about the subject.The Wall Street Journal / Jack MarshallFacebook is tweaking advertising on Instant Articles after publishers said it was too hard to generate revenue →“Facebook said it will now allow publishers to include more advertising in each article, and to sell Facebook-only ad campaigns to marketers if they wish.”PRX / Maggie TaylorThe Reveal podcast is going weekly beginning January 9 →The show is produced in conjunction by the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. We reported on its plans to go weekly earlier this year. New York TimesHere are The New York Times’ top articles of 2015 as measured by reading time →Among the top 5: A Modern Love column, the Amazon investigation, and a magazine story about Justine Sacco.Motherboard / Rachel PickKickstarter is funding investigative journalism (about a failed Kickstarter) →The company has commissioned journalist Mark Harris.The New York Times / Mark ScottEuropean policymakers plan to ease copyright rules on using digital content →The new rules would allow Europeans to temporarily view movies and videos they have bought on a digital service no matter where they are in the 28-member bloc. Copyright restrictions now limit access to the European country in which the content is bought.Poynter / Benjamin MullinNPR and The New York Times teamed up to make election reporting faster →Elex is an open-source program that works with The AP’s interface to provide files that The New York Times and other outlets can use. The resulting data can be plugged into a spreadsheet, which journalists can analyze and use to build graphics.Bloomberg / Adam SatarianoApple is said to be suspending plans to offer a live Internet-based TV service →While Apple isn’t giving up entirely on releasing a live-TV service, its plan to sell a package of 14 or so channels for $30 to $40 a month has run into resistance from media companies that want more money for their programming, an unnamed source told Bloomberg News. From Fuego Erick Erickson’s Mom Denies Son’s Story About Boycotting Asian Food Because of Pearl Harbor —ga​wker.c​om
Satoshi’s PGP Keys Are Probably Backdated and Point to a Hoax —mo​therboard.vice.c​om
Diversity an essential element of innovation —ww​w.knightfoundation.o​rg
As Yahoo roils, Martha Nelson stays focused on media —ww​w.capitalnewyork.c​om
Facebook Bends to Publishers, Tweaks Instant Articles Advertising —ww​w.wsj.c​om
Fuego is our heat-seeking Twitter bot, tracking the stories the future-of-journalism crowd is talking about most. Usually those are about journalism and technology, although sometimes they get distracted by politics, sports, or GIFs. (No humans were involved in this listing, and linking is not endorsing.) Check out Fuego on the web to get up-to-the-minute news.

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