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WATCH LIVE: Obama's year-end news conference at 1:30 p.m. EST

pbs.org — President Barack Obama will give his final news conference of the year from the White House today. Watch that live in the player above, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EST. WASHINGTON - Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @NewsHour: WATCH LIVE: Obama’s year-end news conference to start at 1:30 p.m. ET to.pbs.org/1v8hjvN

Dec 19, 2014

RT @JustinPKenny: Obama "They caused a lot of damage. We will respond. We will respond proportionately." @NewsHour to.pbs.org/1zFKGtt

Dec 19, 2014

Obama "They caused a lot of damage. We will respond. We will respond proportionately." @NewsHour to.pbs.org/1zFKGtt

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7 Top News Apps of 2014

pbs.org — On the whole, news apps aren't just web and print carbon copies shrunk down to screen size anymore. Thank goodness. That's been the easy route taken by news organizations for several years as they dip their toes into mobile.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @mediatwit: "News apps aren’t just web and print carbon copies shrunk down to screen size anymore." The best of 2014: ow.ly/GaHJ7

Dec 19, 2014

If you're on the hunt for the perfect news app, @thatsledes has 7 contenders for you: ow.ly/GaT7k #YearInReview

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Teens and elders bridge generation gap and digital divide

pbs.org — There are fewer and fewer opportunities for senior citizens and millennials to encounter one another in daily life. The NewsHour's Mary Jo Brooks reports from Denver on two organizations that pair adolescents to help elders with household tasks and digital literacy, who in turn offer wisdom and experience.
Dec 20, 2014

Teens and elders bridge generation gap and digital divide | PBS NewsHour to.pbs.org/1wWyYcV via @NewsHour

Tunisia elections will test fragile democracy and security

pbs.org — Four years ago, a dramatic act by a Tunisian street vendor prompted weeks of protests, the ousting of a president who had ruled for 25 years and an eruption of upheaval and transformation around the Arab world. In collaboration with filmmaker Jessie Deeter, Hari Sreenivasan explores Tunisia's fledging steps to democracy as the nation prepares for elections.

How should the U.S. government respond to the Sony attack?

pbs.org — President Obama told the White House Press Corps that Sony was wrong to withdraw its film, "The Interview," and that the U.S. would react "proportionally" to the damaging cyber-attack by North Korea. Judy Woodruff turns to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Jack Pritchard, the former U.S.

Writer Marcus Baram

pbs.org — Guest interviews are usually available online within 24 hours of broadcast. Baram dissects his critically acclaimed biography of the complex musical icon, Gil Scott-Heron. Marcus Baram has more than 15 years of experience in journalism as an editor and reporter.
Dec 19, 2014

A legacy is remembered 2nite on @PBS - catch our convo w/ Marcus Baram @mbaram on his bio of #GilScottHeron + more! ow.ly/GcGiB

Rev. Rob Bell | Interviews | Tavis Smiley | PBS

pbs.org — Guest interviews are usually available online within 24 hours of broadcast. The progressive spiritual leader unpacks his latest text, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. Rev. Rob Bell is a best-selling Christian author and founding pastor of Mars Hill, one of the fastest-growing churches in America, where he pastored until 2011.
Dec 19, 2014

Faith, science & insight are in store 2nite on @PBS - Rev. @realrobbell shares stories, lessons & his book - tune in! ow.ly/GcGfN

St. Louis DA says he knew of lying witnesses in Ferguson grand jury trial

pbs.org — In an interview Friday afternoon with St. Louis radio station KTRS 550 AM, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he knew that some witnesses were lying to the St. Louis grand jury about the Michael Brown case.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @NewsHour: St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says he knew of lying witnesses in Ferguson grand jury trial to.pbs.org/1wvehq0

News Wrap: USAID chief announces resignation

pbs.org — In our news wrap Wednesday, USAID administrator Rajiv Shah announced he's stepping down hours before the diplomatic deal with Cuba was announced. Shah had overseen the agency's involvement in secret programs in Cuba. Also, Pakistan mourned and buried victims of a Taliban attack on an army-run school. Continue reading →
Dec 19, 2014

.@Rajshah resigned from @USAID hours before Cuba deal was announced. USAID was involved in secret programs in Cuba: pbs.org/newshour/bb/ne…

89-year-old retired educator writes an ode to young mentors

pbs.org — "She has changed my life," says 89-year-old Kevin Bunnell. He is talking about 16-year-old Mikinly Sullivan, who once a week comes to the Frasier Meadows retirement community in Boulder, Colorado. The two are part of a program called Cyber Seniors, where high school students teach computer and internet skills to senior citizens.
Dec 19, 2014

Watch @NewsHour tonight for a story about Millennials who make it their business to work with Seniors to.pbs.org/1zdDy9Z via @NewsHour

Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State

pbs.org — Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State Weekend Hackathon Puts Focus on Reaching Underserved, Diverse Audiences Can journalism and communications schools help shape the next generation of media entrepreneurs? Many schools have created special "labs" and innovation centers and are running courses aimed at building startups - and a startup mentality.
Dec 19, 2014

For you #EdShift folks: Come to our 2nd Annual J-School Hackathon @Cronkite_ASU Feb. 28/March 1 weekend! pbs.org/mediashift/jou…

How economic theory can help stop sexual assault

pbs.org — Editor's Note: Michael Chwe studies game theory - as he says, "the mathematical analysis of strategic thinking." In particular, he's interested in how game theory shapes everyday life, as well as what everyday life can teach us about game theory.
Dec 19, 2014

.@michael_chwe (author of Jane Austen & game theory) on MakingSen$e: how econ theory can help stop sexual assault to.pbs.org/1JkcUQ6

Daily Must Reads, December 19, 2014

pbs.org — 1. Facebook's popularity among teens dips again (Sarah Frier / Bloomberg) 2. Washington Post & Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. Zuckerberg s greatest steal: Instagram now worth $35 billion, according to Citi (Taylor Lorenz / Business Insider) 4.

Interfaith families keep their own unique holiday traditions

pbs.org — When Susan Katz Miller visits her Episcopalian in-laws for Christmas, she commutes with her menorah. If Hanukkah happens to coincide with Christmas, it's important to Miller to make space for both holidays in order to celebrate her family's combined religious heritage.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @NewsHour: These interfaith families keep their own holiday traditions. Has your family started a brand new holiday tradition? to.pbs.org/1wUGkxB

Dec 19, 2014

Interfaith families keep their own unique holiday traditions | PBS NewsHour to.pbs.org/1v0Y5Y7 via @NewsHour

Obama: 'Sony made a mistake' in shelving 'The Interview'

pbs.org — WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The FBI announcement Friday is the first official statement blaming the isolated country for the cyber-attack. In the statement, federal officials say they found similarities between the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to North Korea.

Stephen Colbert leaves the pundit behind to play himself

pbs.org — Stephen Colbert is signing off from "The Colbert Report," his satirical news pundit show and his brash conservative persona, to switch over to CBS, replacing David Letterman for his new take on late night TV. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at Colbert's greatest hits from the last nine years.
Dec 19, 2014

Thanks to @NewsHour on @PBS for including me in its story on the end of Stephen Colbert's Colbert Report. ow.ly/GbFY0

Holiday gifts to curb bad habits

pbs.org — HARI SREENIVASAN: We're getting to that time of the holiday season when people are scrambling a bit to lock down that special gift, often wondering what would make a good choice. But what if behavioral economics and behavioral science could actually help determine more useful choices?
Dec 19, 2014

Our behavioral econ gifts for the holidays w/ Sendhil Mullainathan. Seriously. (I'm using the kitchen safe already.) goo.gl/xdLisC

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Dec. 19 Edition

pbs.org — Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we're missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we'll add them to the list.

Mediatwits #141: Unpacking the Sony Hack, and Free Speech in Hollywood

pbs.org — It's been a rough month for Sony. Especially for Sony Pictures Entertainment's chair Amy Pascal. Following terrorist threats from the hacking group "Guardians of Peace," the studio has pulled its film "The Interview" from theaters. At the center of all this is a hacker group calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace."
Dec 19, 2014

Where does Sony go now that #TheInterview has been pulled? We unpack the hacks on this week's @themediatwits ow.ly/GaD6O [VID]

Dec 19, 2014

New: @TheMediatwits #141: Unpacking the Sony Hack, and Free Speech in Hollywood, Produced by @jeffersontyen ow.ly/GaCPG [VID]