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Sweat Equity and Community Engagement

Lessons from J-Lab’s report on local news startups

J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University, has given seed funding to 55 community news startups (with support... More

Make Like Boston.com and Split

A roundup of opinion on the Globe’s announcement

The Boston Globe announced on Thursday that it will split its web content into two separate entities: Boston.com will remain... More

Online Video: Immediate, Powerful, Elemental

Chris Anderson’s latest TED talk

TED Conference curator Chris Anderson gave his own TED talk in July, just released in September, entitled “How web video... More

Watch the Washington Ideas Forum Online

The Atlantic, together with The Aspen Institute, is hosting the Washington Ideas Forum today and tomorrow, billed as a series... More

Tweeting a Wildfire

Social media in an emergency, and what it means for the press

Around ten in the morning this past Labor Day, the sky above Boulder, Colorado turned a dusty orange. A fire... More

ONA Award Finalists: Digitech Innovators

The finalists for the 2010 Online Journalism Awards given by the Online News Association have just been announced, and we... More

Money, Volunteers, Money, Patch, and Money

(What community news site owners worry about)

Last week, some of the busiest people in journalism pried themselves away from their laptops, stood up from their kitchen... More

Q&A: Mike Liebhold, Principal Technologist at The Institute For the Future

On augmented reality glasses and the future of location-based publishing

The Institute for the Future is a forty-two year old nonprofit research group based in Palo Alto, California, dedicated to... More

NJSpotlight.com, Trenton’s State House Startup

The newcomer to press row fills a policy niche

When reporters pass each other in the echoey maze-like tunnels below the legislative hearing rooms of the New Jersey State... More

Steal This Google Map!

My colleague Joel Meares has written a lot lately about various news sites’ makeovers for the midterm election season, from... More

Whatever Happened to NewsTilt?

A co-founder of the short-lived start-up reflects on failure

In August, I wrote about FailFaire, a recurring event in the nonprofit industry that revisited projectsa gone wrong in order... More

Checking In on Kachingle

Why haven’t any big news sites signed up?

Early in 2009, the micropayment service Kachingle received a lot of attention when a piece in Editor and Publisher suggested... More

The Times’s Latest Interactive on the WTC

If you visited the New York Times home page earlier this morning, you couldn’t miss the interactive feature “Reviving Ground... More

ProPublica Welcomes All Nerds

ProPublica has just launched what they call their “Nerd Blog” to highlight their latest developments in news applications. (“So what... More

You Can’t Do That Online

A piece in The New York Times Home & Garden section got a little bit meta on Wednesday. Anne Raver... More

Federal Judge Says Website Not Liable For Comments

From Online Media Daily, a small item about a libel case dismissed by a Southern District court U.S. District Court... More

Q & A: Longshot co-founder Alexis Madrigal

“An event that is also a magazine…a magazine made out of Internet.”

This past May, a group of California writers and designers hunkered down one weekend in the Mother Jones office for... More

“Data Is the New Soil”

David McCandless’ TED talk on visualizing data

Journalist and designer David McCandless gave an inspiring TED talk last month, just posted online last week. In it, he... More

NYT Internal Memo Addresses Anonymous Sourcing

A memo went out to New York Times staffers on Wednesday, reminding them of the hazards of anonymous sourcing. The... More

Q & A: Brian Herbert, Developer for Ushahidi

Free crowdmapping software every news website can use right now

Ushahidi, a word that means “testimony” in Swahili, is the name of a group of computer programmers and human rights... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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