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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

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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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.