Magazines of Stuff: PBS MediaShift Post

Hey, at least I didn’t call them “thingazines.” I have a new-ish post at PBS MediaShift that looks at two organizations — Quarterly and CONTAINER — that offer subscriptions to collections of objects. Intriguingly, both claim that the objects themselves within the “edited” boxes tell stories — and most explanation of the items occurs online. …

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Coding Experiments

One of my recent personal projects has been trying to learn a bit of coding. I’d like to be able to integrate some of these skills into my teaching, and possibly into my research as well. I attended Code with Me in May, and it was a terrific experience. I learned a ton in one …

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Sponsored Content and Native Advertising in Digital Magazines: PBS MediaShift Post

Sure, we’ve had “Special Advertising Sections” and advertorial sections in print magazines forever. And while those same sections are easy to reproduce in digital replicas of magazines, they don’t exactly take advantage of the digital format to provide interactive, intriguing experience of marketers’ messages. I recently wrote a post for PBS MediaShift on two companies …

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Researching an Unusual Magazine

I recently published a study on a magazine that is a bit outside the usual purview of magazine journalism research: the digital magazine¬†Inspire, published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This project offered a fascinating interdisciplinary opportunity to test assumptions about the community-building, audience-defining functions of mainstream magazines against a magazine with an entirely …

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The Less Sedentary Academic

Among my goals for 2013 is to be more active on a daily basis, beyond regular workouts. Every day, there seems to be a new study on the health dangers of pure sitting — and every day, I think to myself, I really need to get up and move around more. Unfortunately, though I stand …

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Media Economics Classroom Activity

Update, 8/3/2013: I’m honored that this activity was selected as one of the top 25 “Great Ideas for Teachers” in this year’s competition at AEJMC! I will present it in the poster session on Thursday, August 8. For those of you who stop(ped) by the poster, here’s the promised PDF of all the necessary materials …

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Digital Tools I Wish Students Used

At the start of this new academic year, I thought I’d share some of the digital tools I wish students would use. These aren’t apps requiring particular hardware, but just online tools that are free (or very cheap) and that could make the life of the contemporary student so much easier. So, dear students: here’s …

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