Category Archives: Future of Journalism

Public Insight Network Acquires Spot.Us, Three Years In

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It has been a big week for the people at Spot.Us and the Public Insight Network. Marking its three-year anniversary as a crowd-funding platform to fund journalism projects, Spot.Us announced its merger with the Public Insight Network yesterday. The Public Insight Network (PIN), a platform that helps journalists and citizens reach beyond PR professionals and…

[STUDY] Journalism Start-ups Looking for Revenue Amidst Depleting Grant Opportunities

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A new study is out from the  Renaissance Journalism Center that explores financial sustainability among journalism start-ups. It finds that most journalism start-ups are in the same place – searching frantically for revenue streams to replace depleting grant opportunities. Most of the start ups, initially funded through foundation money, are finding that grants are rarely…

Can Computational Journalism Help Our JJIE.org Grow Even Faster?

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I will be on a Georgia Tech FutureMedia Fest panel entitled: Computational Journalism on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2011 . So you might be asking, what the heck is Computational Journalism. Here is Georgia Tech professor Irfan Essa‘s answer: Computational Journalism is defined as the application of computation to the activities of journalism such as information…

Successful Nonprofit News Organizations Must Go Beyond Great Journalism

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To achieve sustainability, news ventures must do more than produce high-quality reporting and receive generous foundation support, according to a report released by the Knight Foundation October 18, 2011. A good digital business isn’t one-sided, and if news organizations want to sustain themselves, they have to take that into consideration. The study focused on nonprofit,…

How to Become A Journalist: 20 Tips from A J-School Grad

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Since my co-worker Clay Duda told his story about being a j-school grad, I thought I’d tell mine and hopefully help some people figure out how to become a journalist—a real one. Hint: it’s not easy, but it’s possible. Before I fell in love with journalism, I loved writing. Last May marked two years since…

Truth Telling: Civil Rights Era to JJIE.org

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Our Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, JJIE.org, has its roots in part in The Race Beat, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book co-written by Hank Klibanoff, former managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I was taken by how important it was for the press to shine a spotlight on the injustices taking place in the South before and…

Critiquing the AJC’s Half True Investigative Story

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Today the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is running my truncated rebuttal aimed at its front page story from Sunday, September 4 headlined, “No recession in college pay.” The online headline was “10% of college staff earning $100k-plus.” In writing the rebuttal, I used the criteria of the AJC’s PolitiFact column which rates public statements from pants-on-fire lies…

The Future isn’t the Present: A J-School Grad’s Roadmap to Journalism

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May 2011 marked my one year anniversary as an official j-school grad. Yay. I’ll admit I was doing a bit of celebrating at the time in 2010, but I knew the real battle was just getting started. I needed to find a job. I had to pull some strings at the restaurant to get the Saturday of…

11 Journalism Jobs You May Hold in the Future

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Print media is on its way out. Long-form stories aren’t being read. We’ve all heard these laments, but don’t fret yourself too crazy. If you look, you’ll find plenty of signs that this field won’t go away. Journalism isn’t dying; it’s evolving. To survive, we’re all going to have to get more creative and adapt…

Unlocking Video #1: Jump In, Don’t Get Stuck on Details

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The Learning Lab stage of the Knight-Mozilla “Unlocking Video” challenge has begun. Our submitted idea, Cahoots, is on the front burner here in the office, but we’d love your input throughout this process. We are going to be publishing weekly blog posts about the experience – what we are learning in the regular webinars and…