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Will American newspapers be more motivated by ideology? Must-read media news from last week

Here are last week’s must-reads on all things journalism and social media

  • A new Pew study on civic engagement found that six times more adults posted political news to social media in 2012 than in 2008. The three-part study looked into online and offline civil engagement in the U.S., political engagement on social networking sites, and whether online channels bring new voices into the political debate.
  • How has Twitter begun to shape Wall Street decisions? And is this problematic? Recent events seem to suggest it might be. Read the article here.
  • Have you ever needed to link to a specific point in a long YouTube video? Don’t make your readers watch the whole thing. This article shows you how.
  • Ken Doctor of Nieman Lab asks, “Will some of America’s top newspapers find themselves bought by owners motivated by political ideology more than civic duty?” Check out what he has to say on the subject here.
  • How do you increase your chances of getting funding for your media startup in today’s world? Meena Thiruvengadam answers on Poynter.

Ola Wietecha is a University of Washington student and an intern with SPJ’s Western Washington chapter. What do you want to know about journalism in our region? Email her at

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