Conversations about impact in documentary films: Beyond fear and loathing
April 10 2016
It’s no secret that social-issue documentary depends on subsidy, and funders are very demanding of better evidence of impact. Media and social change scholar Patricia Aufderheide proposes a shift in how we analyze the effectiveness of documentaries in her new report, “Conversations About Impact in Documentary: Beyond Fear and Loathing.”
Scientists say user addiction fosters more dependency than cocaine, alcohol
April 2 2016
Many apps have made our lives tremendously easier, but do we need to check how addicted we are to them? A team of researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology studied this question have found that, “In terms of addictiveness, [mobile social apps] more considerably foster dependency than do cocaine and alcohol.”
Assessing to achieve high performance: What nonprofits are doing and how foundations can help
Nina Sachdev Hoffmann | March 23 2016
A new report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy examines how nonprofits are assessing performance, “how they are approaching this work, and what they are looking for from their funders to support it.” Read more
The Stanford Social Information Review has released a four-part series that shares “case studies showcasing strategic communications efforts that delivered impact, drove change, and advanced nonprofits’ missions,” designed to provide “compelling examples and evidence of smart, effective communications efforts for leaders in the communications field.”
Jellybooks, a reader analytics company, is looking at when readers “give up” on a book and much more. Some publishers are using their findings to reshape their marketing plans, and there is potential to use the data to “radically reshape books to make them more enticing.” Read more
The Center for Effective Philanthropy recently released a report which provides some startling data about the state of transparency in the foundation world. The study “uncovers a desire among both foundation leaders and their grantees to move from a basic level of transparency toward a deeper one that reveals performance and lessons learned.” Read more
Who’s leading online conversation in this most interesting of election years? William Powers of MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines analyses key Twitter influencers, and the ways in which the traditional role of the media as gatekeeper has shifted. “Thanks to the digital revolution, the old behemoths of political influence, the two major parties and the traditional media, have lost their former dominance,” he writes.
How CIR measured greater awareness of health risks after investigation
Katie Donnelly | February 8 2016
“How can a media organization really prove a project increased the public’s knowledge?” Director of Strategic Research at the Center for Investigative Reporting, Lindsay Green-Barber wanted to measure how a piece of investigative reporting changed public awareness on an issue. She provides a rundown of what she did to accomplish this and what she learned.
The importance of little data: creating an impact at a local level
Nina Sachdev Hoffmann | December 29 2015
Data journalism can have a real impact at a local level and although this type of reporting is less mainstream than it is nationally, examples and opportunities for best practices do exist. Damian Radcliffe, journalism professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, shares in his latest report.
All the feels: A scientific ranking of Emoji sentiment
December 8 2015
The Emoji Sentiment Ranking is a qualitative list of 751 emojis indicating how positive, negative, or neutral each image is. The authors of this new report, published in PLOS ONE Journal, believes as emoji usage continues “it only makes sense to start treating them as a paralanguage” and try to figure out just what it is we’re trying to say.
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism released a report on journalism crowdsourcing “designed to help practitioners and researchers understand the different ways it is being used both inside and outside newsrooms.” Their research offered many interesting findings for making this practice more impactful, including the fact that “some news organizations are situating crowdsourcing out of newsrooms and within communities.”
Mapping the Intersection of Interactive Documentaries and Digital Journalism
Katie Donnelly | November 19 2015
This MIT report, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, assesses the dynamics of the convergence between interactive and participatory documentary practices and digital journalism. It includes interviews, site visits, and readings and makes several recommendations for documentary filmmakers and journalists: let the story define the storytelling form, collaborate more between disciplines, and think first about user experience when planning a project.