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Margaret Sullivan and Ben Smith will be speakers in a free online media literacy course

Arizona State University’s online course on media literacy started on Monday, but you can still sign up to hear New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, among others. According to the course:

You’ll learn to:

Describe the changes that have transformed the way we create and consume media
List essential principles for being an active media consumer
Evaluate the tools and techniques of media creation
Employ a “slow news” approach, especially as a consumer of news

The free seven-week course is called “Media Lit: Overcoming Information Overload.” Poynter’s News University also has a number of resources on media literacy, which you can find here. Read more

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Iowa student journalists wanted to raise $500 for an independent publication. Now, they’re up to $5,000.

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After filing a lawsuit against their school, student journalists at Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa, have raised $5,171 as of Tuesday in a GoFundMe campaign to create an independent publication. Trisha LeBoeuf wrote about the new publication for Student Press Law Center.

LeBoeuf reports that several of the stories from the school’s newspaper, The Calumet, caused a big pushback from school faculty and administrators. That led to the lawsuit and the new publication, The Spotlight.

In the lawsuit, filed in federal district court on May 5, 12 current and former members of the Calumet allege that the college’s response to these articles included removing the faculty adviser, Jim Compton, and replacing him with a part-time adjunct, modifying the fall 2015 schedule to marginalize the journalism program, and reducing funding for the program.

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Los Angeles Times has added a reporter to cover Black Twitter

Los Angeles Times Managing Editor S. Mitra Kalita announced in a memo to staff on Monday that the Times has added a reporter to cover Black Twitter.

Dexter Thomas joins us today to cover Black Twitter (which really is so much more complicated than that). He will work closely with the newsroom and #EmergingUS to find communities online (Black Medium to Latino Tumblr to Line in Japan) and both create stories with and pull stories from those worlds. Dexter is from San Bernardino and is a doctoral candidate in East Asian studies at Cornell University. He has taught media studies and Japanese and is writing a book about Japanese hip-hop. He began working in digital media at UC Riverside as a student director of programming at KUCR-FM (88.3), independently producing podcasts, music and news programs.

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In this May 16, 2015, photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing, left, is embraced by his mother Khin Than, second left, as his sister Mawli Than, right, is overcome with emotion after they were reunited after 22 years in their village in Mon State, Myanmar. Myint, 40, is among hundreds of former slave fishermen who returned to Myanmar following an Associated Press investigation into the use of forced labor in Southeast Asia’s seafood industry. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

AP editor: ‘It’s not every day that we help get hundreds of slaves freed.’

In this May 16, 2015, photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing, left, is embraced by his mother Khin Than, second left, as his sister Mawli Than, right, is overcome with emotion after they were reunited after 22 years in their village in Mon State, Myanmar. Myint, 40, is among hundreds of former slave fishermen who returned to Myanmar following an Associated Press investigation into the use of forced labor in Southeast Asia’s seafood industry. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

In this May 16, 2015, photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing, left, is embraced by his mother Khin Than, second left, as his sister Mawli Than, right, is overcome with emotion after they were reunited after 22 years in their village in Mon State, Myanmar. Myint, 40, is among hundreds of former slave fishermen who returned to Myanmar following an Associated Press investigation into the use of forced labor in Southeast Asia’s seafood industry. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Last week, Associated Press reporter Margie Mason told the next chapter in a dramatic story the AP started telling in March. Mason wrote about a Burmese man who had once been enslaved on a fishing ship in Indonesia.

One day in April, a friend came to him with news: An AP report linking slavery in the seafood industry to some of the biggest American grocery stores and pet food companies had spurred the Indonesian government to start rescuing current and former slaves on the islands.

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Flags, fireworks, freedom of the press and an eagle: Here are 5 Fourth of July fronts

Sunday fronts will likely be bursting with images of fireworks from around the country, but newspapers are celebrating the Fourth of July today, too. Here’s a quick collection of fronts, via Newseum, that shows how:

The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi led the holiday calling out the politicians who haven’t yet responded to a poll about removing the Confederate flag from that state’s flag.

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In St. Louis, Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch captured a sky full of fireworks with a statue of King Louis IX looking on.

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The Oklahoman, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has what looks to me like the fourthiest Fourth of July front today.

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Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, New Jersey, led the front with an editorial about why freedom of the press matters. Read more

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This short week on Medium: 5 media stories you may have missed

It’s a short week, but there has been some good stuff on Medium about journalism and for journalists. In case you missed it, here are five of those stories, including how people first found out about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, where to find great stock photos and more on a new cartoonist collective:

June 26, 2015: A snapshot in love: Locals and visitors to San Francisco’s annual Pride Parade share the moment they found out same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States.

June 29, Alice Yin:

“I was at home actually. I was at home on the Internet and I read it on Facebook. I cried. I cried and the first thing I did was call my fiancé and say that we could get married in this state.”

“When are you planning on that?”

“Beginning of next year.”

These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free

July 1, Thomas Oppong:

It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use.

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News crew mugged while reporting from a crime scene

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A news crew with KNTV was mugged and pistol-whipped on Thursday morning while reporting from the scene of a crime, the station reported Thursday.

The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before.

As the two were about to go on air, a suspect pulled up to the curb in a black four-door BMW and approached the photographer and pistol-whipped him with a gun, shoved him to the ground, the photographer and reporter said. The suspect then grabbed the photographer’s camera gear, and as he was struggling to get it inside his getaway car, returned to pistol whip the photographer again, the news crew reported.

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The New York Times told people to add peas to guac. People said nope.

On Wednesday, a New York Times food story suggested readers add peas to their guacamole. Here’s the tweet:

But readers refused. Here are some of their tweets:

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5 times journalists should have been listening to BuzzFeed’s podcast ‘Another Round’

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If you’ve listened in to BuzzFeed’s “Another Round With Heben and Tracy,” you might look forward to Tracy Clayton’s super-bad jokes or Heben Nigatu’s live-list reading or that moment near the end of the show when they both sound pretty drunk. For me, one frequent highlight comes when they talk about the media.

Clayton and Nigatu are writers at BuzzFeed and co-hosts of the podcast. Here’s how they described the podcast as it launched:

Another Round is basically happy hour with friends you haven’t met yet. Grab a drink and yell along with your preferred electronic device as we talk about everything from pop culture to squirrels to racism to sexism to male strippers to literally everything.

If you’re a journalist, some of the talk at happy hour includes finding out what’s behind a piece, how a headline was chosen and what it’s really like to cover a story. Read more

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This Wichita reporter is covering a massive bee situation

On Wednesday morning, a truck carrying a reported 100,000 bees somehow let those bees loose in a Wichita, Kansas parking lot. KWCH’s Emily Griffin reported live from the scene.

“I’m not even gonna lie, I’m a little too scared to get out of the car right now,” Griffin said on camera. In a video with the story, you can see gray puddles of bees on the ground and a few of those bees flying by.

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“We did see a man in a bee suit a little bit down the road, maybe about a block away. It looked like he was talking with a police officer,” Griffin said.

She’s also live-tweeting.

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