College Media / contests / innovation

One week until entries will be accepted for the College Media Snow Fall Challenge

Next Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, I will begin accepting entries for the College Media Snow Fall Challenge. It’s been 2 months since the contest was announced, and I’m excited to see what comes through the door after entries are accepted. Just as a reminder, this is not your standard journalism contest. It’s a first-past-the-post contest. … Continue reading

General Media / software

R.I.P. Storyplanet: multimedia authoring tool victim of internal squabble

An e-mail today from┬áBjarke Myrthu, CEO and founder of Storyplanet, announced the death of the service/site. About a month ago, according to Myrthu, freelance developers claiming they were owed money took over the site and refused to reinstate it until they were paid. Now, Myrthu says the site will not return. The cost of legal … Continue reading

Community / ideas / innovation / social media

What Jalopnik can teach college media about engaging online readers

One of the ways to get reader engagement online is to ask questions. It seems simple, but it’s an incredible balancing act, especially for college media organizations. I want to look at one organization that is doing reader questions right, and suggest some takeaways that might improve your reader response to online questions. A little … Continue reading

Censorship / Facebook / Legal Issues / social media

Facebook censoring ACLU: Why your college media outlet shouldn’t rely solely on a private company for the web

A recent brouhaha between the American Civil Liberties Union and Facebook highlights one of the dilemmas for publishers who post content on social media. The ACLU Facebook page had a post about a naked statue in Kansas City, Kansas. Someone reported the post, and that led Facebook to delete the post and ban the ACLU … Continue reading