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Eye on Annapolis

Unadorned, up-to-the-minute news for Maryland’s capital city

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — Eye on Annapolis, a website covering Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and capital city of Annapolis, has forged a... More

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The Local East Village

NYU student reporting for the NYT

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In 2009, The New York Times made drastic changes in its approach to local news. The... More

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National Institute on Money in State Politics

Tracking political donations and their influence in all fifty states

HELENA, MONTANA — Edwin Bender believes that building a database is like writing a really good story. "What fascinated me... More

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Homicide Watch

Reinventing the homicide beat for the digital age

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Mico Briscoe. Black. Male. 18. Shot on November 26, 2011. Marcellus J. Darnaby, aka "Boom."... More

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South King Media

A network of six hyperlocals in Washington State

BURIEN, WASHINGTON — In 2007, Scott Schaefer, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who worked on shows like Bill Nye the... More

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California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting

A health newswire for the California press

ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIA — The California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting aims to produce investigative journalism "without an agenda" and... More

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NOWCastSA

Multimedia community news for San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — This spring, San Antonio residents will vote on a five-year, $596 million bond package intended to... More

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Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Far-reaching niche investigations for the Nutmeg State

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — In 2010, award-winning journalist Lisa Chedekel published a story detailing how more than a dozen Connecticut... More

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GrossePointeToday.com

Nonprofit hyperlocal news in suburban Detroit

GROSSE POINTE, MICHIGAN — When the 2010 Census was released, it revealed some interesting changes in the metro Detroit community... More

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RiverheadLocal

Local news and web advertising for Riverhead, Long Island

RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK — In 2009 Denise Civiletti tried to switch careers, but in the end she came back to... More

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Brownstoner

Covering (and riding) Brooklyn’s real estate wave

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — In 2004, a number of forces inspired Jonathan Butler to launch popular Brooklyn-based website Brownstoner.com. He... More

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Silicon Prairie News

A home on the range for Midwest tech coverage

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — In the summer of 2008, Jeff Slobotski was working for the sales team of a technology company... More

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LocallyGrownNews.com

A network of news sites devoted to local food coverage

ELON, NORTH CAROLINA — Journalist Michelle Ferrier has been involved in creating online communities for over ten years, and was... More

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The Natomas Buzz

Hyperlocal news for a Sacramento, Calif. community

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — In June of 2008, journalist Brandy Tuzon Boyd was scrolling through daily crime reports in Natomas, a... More

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Neighborhood Notes

Hyperlocal news and advertising in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, OREGON — For hyperlocal news sites, one problem looms above all others: while demand for hyperlocal news is growing... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.