Author: Dale Blasingame

Echo Chambers: Healing Our Social Media Algorithms

“Echo chambers” is a hot term in this post-election world we live in. There’s little debate they exist – these bubbles we live in, primarily on social media, full of groupthink – or the role social networks like Facebook play in forming them, but there’s been little discussion on solutions for this problem. Enter Claire...

SXSWEdu: What Higher Ed Can Learn from Uber and Airbnb

What does a degree mean anymore to a potential employer? What does a degree mean to the person holding it? Is there a better way to showcase the skills a student possesses than a piece of paper, a resume, a GPA and the name of the university he or she attended?

5 Digital Habits to Rock Your Brand

Erik Qualman, known for his books “Digital Leader,” “Socialnomics” and “What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube” (along with the incredibly popular Socialnomics video series) talked to a packed house Saturday about five habits all digital leaders share. As he outlined in his book “Digital Leader,” the keys to being a leader in the digital...

Media & The Personal Brand – ESPN, Grantland & 538

One is the biggest name in data journalism. The other is the biggest name in sports writing. Nate Silver and Bill Simmons are now both under the ESPN umbrella. In fact, Silver announced today he will relaunch his FiveThirtyEight site with ESPN in less than ten days. Read my Storify recap for more. [View the...

Disrupting the Gun Lobby With Digital Organizing

One of the most powerful panels of SXSWi 2014 is already in the books – and it tackled on an incredibly touchy subject – gun legislation. Members on the panel all had been affected by mass shootings in some way – and gun rights advocates should be happy to hear the panelists said, repeatedly, that...

The Effects of Twitter on News

More than any other social media, Twitter has had a profound effect on news. I personally was most looking forward to the SXSWi core conversation about this very topic. It didn’t disappoint and it’s a conversation every news director should be having with his or her newsroom. This particular discussion featured some heavy hitters in...

SaulPaul’s Rap-Up at SXSWi

The entertainment didn’t end with the keynote addresses wrapped up each day at SXSWi. As people filed out of the keynote area, they still had to get their “rap-up.” Yes, a rap-up. Austin rapper SaulPaul was brought to SXSWi to develop a rap that highlighted the keypoints of each day’s keynote. SaulPaul made up the...