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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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