Insta-blogging, safe spaces (or lack thereof), and an exciting contest from Flipboard: this week's Fresh Powder Report

Instagram is the new blog: Instagram is quickly becoming more than just a way to share well-cropped, filtered photos of your cat being adorable; Insta-blogging has made an impact among celebrities, journalists, artists, and creative writers…

Police Policies, a new SAT, and the answer to what teenagers are really doing on their phones: this weeks' Fresh Powder report

Teens and their tech: Teenagers get a pretty bad rap for spending "too much" time on their phones. We may have some preconceived notions of how they are spending their time on their mobile devices-- and a lot of the time, we assume it's time…

Respect for the dead, how emojis were born, and a major breech of the first amendment: this week's Fresh Powder Report

Reporting on the dead: Does privacy matter much when you're not here anymore? One 8,000 word piece published in the New York Times took an extremely close look at the death of New Yorker George Bell-- an otherwise ordinary man who's apartment…

Too many tests, why journalism is good (and bad), and killer meat: this week's Fresh Powder Report

Tired of the tests: Great news for public schools: the Obama administration is sick of incessant testing. "The administration called for a cap on assessment so that no child would spend more than 2 percent of classroom instruction time taking…

Robot reporters, Brand Journalism, and getting engaged with the news: this week's Fresh Powder Report

Beat in time, but not in style: An NPR reporter went head to head against a “computer reporter” (WordSmith) to find out if this new mechanized version of really saves enough time to replace reporters entirely. Both the human reporter and…

First-amendement flags, the end of good writing, and life (or, at least, H20) on Mars; This Week's Fresh Powder Report

Does the First Amendment cover offensive flags? After a high school student in Iowa was sent home for flying the confederate flag behind his truck, a group of fellow confederate flag enthusiasts decided this was a breach of their first amendment…

Carr's Fellowship, Franco's filmmakers, and free pzza: This Week's Fresh Powder Report

In Honor of Carr: The New York Times recently announced a fellowship to be started in honor of David Carr, the well-known reporter who died earlier this year. The fellowship hopes to single out journalism hopefuls who share Carr's interests,…

Adobe.edu, Will Smith and Concussions, Talk Show Hosts, and Hip Grandmas: This Week's Fresh Powder Report

Adobe 101: New staff members struggling with Photoshop? Need a refresher in InDesign? Check out the Adobe education exchange for tutorials, discussions, and more. Fictitious Censorship: Will Smith is set to star in the film "Concussion," which…

A Vietnam Newseum exhibit, Snapchat is hiring, how not to be boring, and exciting news from Bill Murray: this week's Fresh Powder Report

Vietnam Newseum: Just in time for Memorial Day, "Reporting Vietnam" opened in the Newseum last weekend, and will be on display through early September. Honoring the 50-year anniversary of America's first televised war, this display has images,…