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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.┬áThe... 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

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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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.