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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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.