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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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