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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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