Mediactive is both a book and website created for content creators and consumers, which aims to help them understand and utilize media effectively and responsibly in the digital age.

The book encourages consumers to be media literate and think critically about information they find by analyzing the credibility of sources and seeking out a range of sources outside their comfort zone, avoiding the “echo-chamber”. It also suggests principles that content creators should abide by, including being thorough, accurate, fair and transparent.

Overall, Mediactive is a useful guide for navigating an evolving media. Its scope is fairly broad, covering topics like assessing online sources, branding, utilizing social media, and even new legal and ethical issues being raised in digital media. The book is also accompanied by a blog discussing current issues and controversies.

In addition to its own content, Mediactive’s site also offers information about resources such as the Center for Media Literacy and Just
Think, as well as tools for creating and consuming content.


Georgia’s Soggy Summer May Set Record

After a soggy first half of 2013, Georgia may see record rainfall this year.

According to the National Weather Service, Georgia’s rainfall for the year so far is 44 inches, already surpassing the total rainfall for 2012.

The record for rainfall in Georgia was set in 1948 at 71 inches. About 42 inches fell in the first six months of that year.

With almost no rainless weekends this summer and some 4th of July celebrations being cancelled due to the weather, many have felt the effects of the downpours, including Georgia State University Students.

Lillian Teffere, a GSU student, said, “It’s difficult if I need to go in, like, different places on campus. If the buses take too long and I have to wait it kind of sucks to be stuck in the rain”.“

Kimberly Wong, another GSU student, said that she was definitely more likely to skip class or arrive late during the rainy weather, but she also found an upside to the rain.

Wong said, “I don’t really notice it that much because I work a lot and my work is indoors and usually when it rains lots of people come in to my work more often.”

The persistent rain could also cause delays on downtown construction projects, such as the Atlanta Streetcar.

The National Weather Service predicts rain for the rest of this week.

GSU Expects Record Number of Freshman

Georgia State University is set for a record number of freshman this fall semester.

The University has 13,000 freshman applicants, nearly 200 more than in 2011, and expects to accept about 3,100 of them.

Dr. Timothy Renick, Vice President of Academic Programs, attributed the growth to the success of programs like the football team and marching band, as well as increased national attention for the school. Renick said he expects incoming student’s experiences will be similar to those five or six years ago, as the university will be adjusting for the increasing population.

Renick said, “We may need to schedule more courses. We need to expand everything in order to grow.”

Students have expressed concern over the changes more students could mean for their classes.

Lauren Herron, a Georgia State nursing student,  said “Professors are going to talk down the information…the discussions are going to change because the incoming freshmen will not have the same experience as us in college.”

The University’s enrollment numbers will be available after registration for the fall semester ends.


Image is a news resource site that allows users to search for local, national, and international news sources. 

Rather than being a news producer or content aggregator, Newslink’s main function is to aide users in finding content producers in print, radio, and television. Although some news is aggregated on the front page, this function seems limited.

The site’s format resembles a database more than a a site meant to host content and draw audiences in. For that reason, the site may be less user friendly than a site like 

However, users who want to find a specific publication or simply sample news from other places will find the site very useful. It allows searches by medium and location, as well as by the type of publication. The list of linked sources is fairly comprehensive, offering everything from daily metro news to campus papers.

While all the links and search optimizations may look a little overwhelming, the site’s design is actually clean and simple. The majority of the site’s content is the links, typically listed alphabetically. The rest consists of a banner with a logo and links to databases by their specific medium, as well as a single frame ad.

While Newslink may not be useful for audiences looking to find their daily local news, it can certainly aid those who want to find specific news sources around the world.


Another publication goes digital

The American Journalism Review announced that the magazine is ending its print edition.

The publication, produced by the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, will only be publishing its content online, after revamping their website.

Lucy A. Dalglish, Merrill College Dean, said that publishing was definitely trending towards digital.

Dalglish said, “It no longer made financial sense for the award-winning AJR to continue producing a print magazine because most AJR readers accessed content on the Web.” Dalglish also said that philanthropic support for magazines devoted to media criticism had been steadily declining.

The  36-year-old publication, which focuses on issues in American journalism, also said it would be refocusing to feature more student produced content.

Dalglish said, “Now students will have the ability to write and produce multimedia content for another outstanding college-sponsored publication, as will faculty from Merrill College, the University of Maryland and beyond.”

Like their larger, mass audience oriented counterparts, scholarly and industry oriented publications are finding that they need to make the switch to digital to survive. For publications like the AJR, which may have a more limited readership, publishing their content online seems to be the natural progression.


Digital journalism in Pakistan

Pakistani journalists and bloggers gathered for a series of panels on emerging forms of journalism.

The panelists discussed the Pakistani media’s effort to converge with digital journalism, as well as citizen and  data journalism, and their impact on global media.

While citizen journalism has been popular in Pakistan, audiences and media producers have been slower to adopt digital media.
Journalist Talat Hussain said that language barriers and audiences that are not tech savvy are problems for the growth of digital journalism in the country.
On the other hand, blogger Faisal  said that citizen journalism has gathered momentum over the past two years. Journalist Yusra Askari suggested that citizen journalism and mainstream reporting could go hand in hand.

Privacy, Ethics, and Google Glass

Google Glass is proving to be very useful for citizen journalists, but it’s also raising questions about privacy in the digital age.

A documentary filmmaker made history this past 4th of July by recording a boardwalk brawl and the subsequent arrest. Technology communities believe this is the first time a public arrest has been recorded using Google Glass.

Chris Barrett, a documentary filmmaker who had intended to record fireworks at the pier, said that being barely noticeable and having his hands free made recording the incident much easier and safer.

Such technology has exciting and troubling implications for the future. If Google Glass becomes a commercial success, it has the potential to change the digital landscape as drastically as smartphones have.

It will likely be a boon to journalists and filmmakers, allowing them to discreetly capture footage with ease. But how will we change, as individuals and as a society, when we know that any person in public with Google Glass can record and gather information on us instantly?