Adviser’s Corner

Comment and Links from Student Media Adviser Tom Martin

Pew Research: Digital News Fact Sheet

Where is America getting its information? You guessed it. No surprise here. But nothing quite tells the story like the numbers.

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Blockchain: so that newsrooms can go back to doing what they do best
Blockchain, the hyped up technology behind bitcoin, is venturing into the news industry, promising more transparency, accountability, and a transfer of power to authors. But how can newsrooms leverage this technology if they can’t make any sense of it?

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American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy

Results of the 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy show that most Americans believe it is now harder to be well-informed and to determine which news is accurate. They increasingly perceive the media as biased and struggle to identify objective news sources. They believe the media continue to have a critical role in our democracy but are not very positive about how the media are fulfilling that role.

The research reported here is based on a nationally representative mail survey of more than 19,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. This project received support from theJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda GatesFoundation and Open Society Foundations.

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The Rise of Bridge Roles in News Organizations
“Traditional roles that used to have clearly defined labels are going to be less and less the norm across the industry. Instead, roles that connect departments and specialties and act as translators — not of languages but of mindsets — will play an ever more important part in companies that are pushing forward their digital development.”

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The Rambler Rolls with the Times

Preserve that December print edition of The Rambler – it’s our last. As of now, The Rambler is all-digital, all the time. 

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Student journalism: innovative or indulgent?

Imagine twenty or so stressed students sitting in a seminar room on their Tuesday evening, discussing whether a broken window on Hawthorn Terrace constitutes a good news story, and that’s essentially an accurate depiction of what most student journalism entails, writes Helena Snider in the Durham student newspaper, The Palatinate. “So what do student print publications try to do, and why do they bother?”, she asks. Read on…

Connecting Transy with community and world 

world-1264062_1280Rambler editors and writers are looking for local, state, national and international news stories with potential connections to the campus community. See a current event that might be better understood with historical perspective? Or maybe you’ve heard about legislation passed in Frankfort or Washington and wonder about its implications. Whatever the topic, please feel welcome to send your idea for consideration to Student Media Adviser Tom Martin: If available, please include a link to the original article.