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What Does Media Innovation Really Look Like?

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 5:38 PM

As new technologies continue to challenge and disrupt the stability of traditional media, many legacy companies are turning to universities -- in hope they can become new laboratories for innovation. Collaborative efforts include hyperlocal news initiatives and practicums that are re-imaging traditional methods for training journalists.

Institutions of higher...

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Face to Face: Virtual Teachers Can't Replace the Real Thing

(13) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 2:03 PM

The New York Times recently reported that Florida has adopted a plan that places more than 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County public schools in virtual classrooms where there are no teachers.

In place of certified educators, "facilitators" are present to support students' progress. The move was motivated by financial constraints,...

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We Need a Jon Stewart in Every Town

(46) Comments | Posted May 15, 2010 | 12:50 PM

Local television broadcasters are increasingly challenged by the disruptive impact of new technologies. The concept of families gathering around the television to watch the 6 o'clock news exists only as a nostalgic memory in the age of having instant access to news stories and video clips on our PCs and...

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Authors of Our Own Demise

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 11:26 AM

The headlines continue to report more doom and gloom for the media business. Newspapers in particular suffered tremendous losses this past week with the shutdown of Denver's 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer joined a growing list of publications making a mad dash for bankruptcy protection.

Meanwhile, it...

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CBS Can't Die

(10) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 10:19 AM

This article was originally posted on the Engaging Media Blog on January 7, 2009.

I was blindsided when I read that the future of CBS network might be in jeopardy. Reports surfaced in mid-December that Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone could be forced to sell his controlling interest to pay...

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