Josh Stearns

Josh directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s journalism sustainability project, designed to develop new structures and strategies to support a robust future of news. Prior to joining the Dodge staff, Josh spent 7 years running national advocacy campaigns in support of freedom of expression and media diversity. Most recently he served as Press Freedom Director at Free Press, a national nonprofit fighting for all people’s rights to connect and communicate. Josh is an award winning journalist and the author of numerous reports on local news, public media and media policy. His articles have appeared online at the Columbia Journalism Review, PBS MediaShift, Orion Magazine and BoingBoing. He is a founding board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and served for almost 10 years on the board of the Student Conservation Association. Find him on Twitter at "@jcstearns":http://twitter.com/jcstearns.

by Josh Stearns

Co-authored with Candace Clement The radically shifting landscape of media and technology has sparked a renaissance in non-profit and public media in the United States. As a perfect storm of economic and technological changes shakes the foundation of commercial media, journalists, funders, and local citizens are looking to public interest-oriented, mission-driven news organizations as a […] more »

by Josh Stearns

Journalistic collaboration isn’t just something that happens between newsrooms. Increasingly, journalists working outside of traditional news organizations are coming together to support each other in a range of ways, from offering safety advice when covering protests to sharing news tips, local resource recommendations and more. Safety in Numbers “When ecosystems change and inflexible institutions collapse,” […] more »

by Josh Stearns

This month, federal agencies and local officials sent two powerful but conflicting messages to the American public about our right to record. On May 14, the Justice Department submitted a letter to the Baltimore Police Department providing in-depth guidance on citizens’ right to record. The letter was submitted as part of a court case that dates […] more »

by Josh Stearns

Since September, police have arrested dozens of journalists and activists around the country for the “crime” of trying to document political protests in public spaces. People using smartphones and mobile devices are changing the way we record and share breaking news. In return, police have targeted, harassed, and in many cases, arrested those trying to […] more »

by Josh Stearns

The shift from competition to collaboration in the American newsroom has been so profound that in 2009 the Columbia Journalism Review published an article on “Journalism’s collaborative future,” arguing that “there is something fundamental under way.” That same year, Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger wrote, “I’ve seen the future, and it’s mutual.” The trend is clear, […] more »

by Josh Stearns

As this site explores the promises and pitfalls of collaborative journalism, I’m particularly interested in the invisible and often porous boundary between collaboration and consolidation. Many of the same technological changes and economic pressures that have driven the development of collaborative journalism are also driving media consolidation; in both cases, proponents argue that benefits include […] more »

by Josh Stearns

In collaborative journalism right now we can see media theorist Clay Shirky’s urge towards vast experimentation manifested. The journalism partnerships emerging around the country vary in size and type, and the practices that define those partnerships are still being negotiated and hashed out in newsrooms and communities. Some partnerships bring together very different news organizations […] more »