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The Kickstarter Chronicles

China’s green technology, a call-girl confesses, and the running world’s Tim Tebow

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Conflict in Afghanistan, Occupy Brooklyn, and Star Wars figurines

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Investigating a mysterious illness, Zelda’s Christian ties, and small-town basketball

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Comics journalism, drone aircraft, and a tea partier’s personal tale

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Seven Years of New West

Experiments in regional reporting, the pro-am model, and a multi-pronged business plan

When the website New West was founded, it had grand ambitions. The digital news outlet blended local and regional reporting... More

Orlando Startup Covers the Trayvon Martin Story

When the national news is local

West Orlando News Online in Orange County, Florida, has, like many outlets, devoted considerable resources to covering the story of... More

The Trayvon Martin Case: How Has the Sentinel Handled It?

Orlando’s daily gets mixed marks

When a big, local story breaks, regional newspapers have the opportunity to own it. The killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin... More

Married, With Websites

Leaving newsrooms behind, journalist couples from Maine to Alaska are setting up their own shops—online

In romantic relationships, it’s often the small courtesies that express love best: doing the dishes, picking up the kids, making... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Open-source robots, David Lynch, and the “Eat More Kale” guy

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Paley Center presents: “The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation”

This morning, The Paley Center for Media hosted a forum called “The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation,” with... More

Telling the News on Cowbird

Jonathan Harris’s storytelling platform has journalistic potential

Artist and computer programmer Jonathan Harris made a name for himself with unique projects documenting feelings and experiences. We Feel... More

Q & A: New America Foundation’s Tom Glaisyer

The NAF’s Media Policy Fellow on crowdsourcing broadcasters’ public files

In exchange for using the public airwaves for free, broadcast stations are required to serve their local community, a condition... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Four decades of mystery, seven deadly sins in Las Vegas, and pro-frack America

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Hyperlocal news, jam bands, and how to make a baby

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Survey Question: Do You Trust This Poll?

Local news sites informally collect community opinions

Every week, Phoenix-area hyperlocal news site InMaricopa asks its readers to participate in a brand-new poll; each usually gets at... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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