Facebook May Host News Content

Posted by Beth LeValley

Currently, Facebook shares news through links on other publishers’ websites, allowing users to share the links and post them on friends’ walls. In the future, Facebook plans to provide news without any external links. Users will be able to scroll through content featuring large news publishers without waiting for links to load.

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Rolling Stone’s ‘mistrust’ in source reflects every journalist’s fears

Posted by Jenny Krane

Yesterday, police investigating the alleged gang rape on University of Virginia’s campus suspended their investigation after finding no evidence to support the accuser’s claim. Jackie, the victim of the alleged rape, was aided in telling her story by an in-depth piece by Rolling Stone.
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Tom Ford, self-proclaimed objectifier

Posted by Molly Lamoureux

If you know anything about anything in the advertising world, you know that sex sells. Tom Ford knows it too.

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#IndiasDaughter: The Media Ethics Debate Facing the BBC

On March 5th, British Broadcasting Company made the decision to air the documentary, India’s Daughter. The film is based on the 2012 New Dehli gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh. Controversy in India began due to the documentary’s interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted and sentenced for the murder of Jyoti.

In 2012 the uproar of gender activists protesting the murder of Jyoti brought voice to gender discrimination within India’s society. Now, the BBC documentary has brought opposition back to media lime light.

Activists against the release of India’s Daughter have expressed fear that the interview with Mukesh will weaken the court case and cause change of opinion amongst the jury.

Due to the backlash, India police ordered a court junction blocking the films India debut and any publication of the interview in the media.

The debate on India’s Daughter raises awareness and question on media ethics and censorship. During the recent censorship debate over Sony’s film The Interview, a satire film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Sony’s decision to override threats allowed the movie to be released as scheduled.

The ongoing debate over the ethics of India’s Daughter brings to question, should society censor sore subjects?

The BBC documentary of India’s Daughter is available for streaming online.

Aftermath of Robin Thicke’s copyright infringement

Posted by Kelsea Graham

The song Blurred Lines continues to cause controversy since its status as a “hit” in 2013. This time, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. sued Marvin Gaye’s family as a preemptive strike for copyright infringement. Thicke, Williams, and T.I.’s hit seems a bit familiar to Gaye’s 1977 hit, Got to Give It Up. And of course Gaye’s family counter-sued.

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What does the future hold for college journalism programs?

Posted by Stephanie Gaub

The Southern Institute of Technology has just announced that it’s dropping its journalism program after 16 years, saying it is unlikely that the program will ever return to their campus.  SIT is one of many schools experiencing declining interest in the field of journalism.

According to a study done by the University of Georgia in 2014, enrollment at Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University-Bloomington has been falling in recent years as well.

Kaua‘i Community College in Hawaii announced today that it will be shutting down it’s student newspaper at the end of this semester, after more than 30 years of production.

With so many schools struggling we are faced with a difficult question. What is the future of college journalism programs?

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Adobe partners with Fast Company to improve digital publishing

Posted by Taylor Eisenhauer
Image: Pontichello via Flickr and Creative Commons. No changes were made.

Image: Pontichello via Flickr and Creative Commons. No changes were made.

At the end of February, Fast Company launched a new mobile app, which serves as a prototype for Adobe’s new Digital Publishing Suite.

The updated suite will “completely re-imagine [the] mobile experience,” according to Adobe’s blog. Magazines digitally published using this technology will resemble print magazines less and websites more. Content will be updated in real-time, and readers will have the option to browse since the layout will no longer be in fixed dimension format for one screen. Continue reading