Around the Wire: Google Glass Journalism Class, Web Publishing Debunked and More Media News

Every Friday, join PR Newswire media relations manager Amanda Hicken as she rounds up five articles from the past week for journalists, bloggers, and other content creators.

Photo of The New York Times newsroom in 1942 from the Library of Congress.

Photo of The New York Times newsroom in 1942 from the Library of Congress.

1. What NYT Now Means for the Times and Mobile Journalism (10,000 Words)

The first of three New York Times mobile apps will launch on April 2. For a monthly fee of $8, the NYT Now app will offer “Morning and Evening Briefings” of the day’s biggest Times stories and recaps of aggregated web content. Produced by a mobile-only newsroom team, NYT Now signals a major move for the Times and mobile journalism.

2. USC Offering Google Glass Course for Journalism (Mashable)

“As someone who hijacks technology for journalism, I want to be proactive about shaping what journalism will look like on this,” said professor Robert Hernandez about the University of Southern California’s new Google Glass journalism course.  Students will get hands-on experience by developing Google Glass apps for storytelling and story consumption.

3. The 5 Best Writing Books No One Ever Told You About (

You’ve read Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style” and Stephen King’s “On Writing,” right? If you’re on the hunt for fresh writing inspiration, @PubCoach Daphne Gray-Grant has five suggestions to add to your reading list.  I’m ordering a copy of “Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose” as I write this.

4. New Program Sends Professors Back to the Newsroom (Nieman Journalism Lab)

In an effort to improve digital journalism education, the International Center for Journalists is sending five journalism instructors to work at major news organizations over the summer.  This pilot program also aims to foster newsroom diversity by focusing on professors from historically black colleges and universities.

5. Web Publishing Myths Debunked (Digiday)

New data has revealed that what we thought about digital publishing and how audiences interact with online news is not necessarily true. Digiday reviews five of these myths, including why the top of a news site isn’t the best place for your banner ads.

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Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager with PR Newswire.  Follow her at @ADHicken, where she tweets about the media, comic books, and her love of Cleveland.

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