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Maria, a Lego journalism researcher, peeks into the cultural meanings of news. FIU journalism students created Maria to draw attention to their summer research projects. Illustration by Alejandro Hernandez and Daniela Rios.
Digging Deeper
by Robert Gutsche

This piece is written with students in the Senior Multimedia Capstone at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Journalism students tend to go through college balancing the “thinking” of theory courses with the “doing” in their majors. News rules in J-Schools, and research papers are set aside as students swap style guides, tossing away APA style for […] more »

by Tara George

At a conference of local news entrepreneurs in Philadelphia recently, speakers were sharing tips on innovative ways of making money when Jay Allred took the floor. He’s the charismatic publisher of Richland Source, a two-year-old news startup in Mansfield, Ohio, and even among the entrepreneurial crowd gathered for the Local Independent Online News Publishers meet-up, […] more »

by Pina Rahill

Chris Wink, Brian James Kirk, and Sean Blanda launched tech-centric online news outlet Technical.ly in 2009. For the recent graduates, it satisfied the modest goal of finding journalism jobs in the Philadelphia market. At the same time, it tracked a path forging a new media business model by way of community building. “It was our […] more »

by Simon Owens

Members of the Washington, D.C. tech scene who frequent its various happy hours and networking events, may have recently noticed a new addition to the crowd, a woman named Lalita Clozel. Clozel, a 2013 University of Pennsylvania grad who moved to D.C. to intern for outlets like the LA Times and OpenSecrets.org, was hired last […] more »

by Sonia Paul

With the recent release of his new book “Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally Empowered News Audiences,” it seemed like high time to have a long conversation with Jake Batsell on the future of news. The journalism instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, previous Seattle Times and Dallas Morning News reporter, and now, book author, was inspired to research […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we find out why investors are bullish on online media startups, and we find out how the Philadelphia-based startup Billy Penn is producing local news coverage aimed at younger readers. PART 1: Why investors love media startups Digital media startups like Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox Media have grown quickly thanks to hundreds of […] more »

Best Practices
by Jan Schaffer

J-Lab director Jan Schaffer is wrapping up 20 years of raising money to give it away to fund news startups, innovations and pilot projects. She is pivoting J-Lab to do more writing, custom training and “discrete” projects. After two decades of work at the forefront of journalism innovations, interactive journalism and news startups, she weighs […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Angela Washeck

In a news landscape of fragmented ad dollars, declining print revenues and segmented audiences, it’s no secret that local journalism is one of the media industry’s toughest nuts to crack. That’s why an initiative called the Local News Lab (LNL) started about a month ago with the hopes of finally getting to the bottom of […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

When we think of journalists who have built individual brands, national names are the first to pop — Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, Kara Swisher, Andrew Sullivan. But the factors that have opened doors for these journalists to build names and strike out on their own aren’t exclusive to national media. Better access to audiences, the […] more »

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