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UPCOMING EVENTS
Tow Tea: FOIA Workshop

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism is using this week’s Tow Tea to host a workshop on accessing and collecting data and information made available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Freedom of Information Act is a law that gives individuals the right to access information from the federal government.
 
We will be joined by New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Shawn Musgrave and BuzzFeed’s Nabiha Syed. 

RSVP for the event here 
 
ON THE TOW BLOG
Too Little Too Late: The horror of Paris Proves the Media Need to Debunk Rumors in Real Time
Claire Wardle
 
In the first couple of hours there was the claim that the lights on the Eiffel Tower were turned off as a mark of respect, when actually they are turned off every night at 1am; the video of a fire in a refugee camp in Calais that turned out to be from earlier this month; and a tweet from Donald Trump about gun control that he actually sent after the Charlie Hebdo attacks from January. And perhaps worst of all, the sharing of a photo from an Eagles of Death Metal concert from the previous night in Dublin, with people saying it was from inside the Bataclan concert hall.

Read the entire blog post here 
 
The Future of News Depends on Journalists and Technologists Working Together
Francesco Marconi
 
The symbiosis between two worlds — journalism and technology — that have historically had different cultures and business models, is creating both tension and opportunity.

News organizations are increasingly behaving like startups and journalists are expanding their skills beyond just reporting. They are leveraging data, building products and exploring new platforms to distribute content and grow audiences. How has this relationship changed the news industry?

Read the entire blog post here 
 
RECENT EVENTS
Race & Digital Media 

On Wednesday, November 11th, the Tow Center, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the MA Program for American Studies hosted a panel discussion consisting of both academic and non-academic commentators on and practitioners of new media publishing. They spoke both about their sense of the contemporary situation of web publishing as well as their trajectories as professionals within the new media environment.

Read more here 

 
Virtual Reality Journalism

On Wednesday, November 11th, the Tow Center along with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation hosted a new report on Journalism in Virtual Reality, by Tow Center research Fellows Fergus Pitt and Taylor Owen.  The launch of this report coincided with the launch of "Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey" on Gear VR; Ebola Outbreak is a collaborative project between PBS Frontline, The Secret Location, and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. 

Read the report here 

 
Journalism + Silicon Valley 

On Thursday, November 12th, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism held an all-day conference, Journalism + Silicon Valley. Journalism is increasingly dependent on and influenced by companies that dominate the social web. Facebook, Twitter, and Google are no longer “just platforms” – they are shaping how journalism is practiced and funded. This symbiosis between two worlds that have historically had different cultures, technologies and business models is creating both tension and opportunity.

If you were unable to attend, here is a link to video of the full day.

Takeaways from the conference here
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Virtual Reality Journalism
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Using Technology in the Newsroom on a Budget
IJNet

Experts Wary of ‘Platforms as Publishers’
Columbia Journalism Review

What Should Media Companies Do in a World Controlled by Giant Platforms? 
Fortune 

 
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