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by Babatunde Akpeji

What options are available to backwater communities that want to attract government attention or media interest? In Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, some members of such communities were eager to tell their stories about health challenges, environmental degradation and poor infrastructure. But they lacked the skills to do so. Their break came when the International Center […] more »

by Kristen Clark

The beauty and torture of living in a city like New York, and doing a program like Tow-Knight, is the truly outrageous number of opportunities that present themselves to you over the course of a week. That kind of territory is fertile ground for a budding startup. But it also means being pulled in a […] more »

by Beatrice Motamedi

Video produced by GSS senior editor Veronica Vargo during the Global Student Square production day. Six-second videos. Listicles, not narratives. Crawls, feeds and pins. Photos we snap and share; then they vanish. Retweets and reblogs, not reading. Analytics, but no analysis. What do millennials want? All of the above, or something else? A recent NiemanLab […] more »

by Jeremy Caplan

We recently welcomed our fifth cohort, our biggest ever, with 21 fellows from eight countries. In addition to developing their own startup projects and taking entrepreneurial journalism classes, our fellows will participate in weekly workshops, hear from more than 30 guest speakers and visit Twitter, Google, Mashable, Quartz, Kickstarter and other cool places. This new […] more »

by Justina Vasquez

This is college. And in college, we apply for summer internships. That’s the whole point: getting prestigious, or at least recognizable, internships that will hopefully lead to jobs upon graduation. A common method students use to rank themselves is by the reputation of the experience they gain. Whether you intern at Google, a Harvard research […] more »

by Joe Michaud

Almost two years ago, the Center for Cooperative Media embarked on a project called Grow & Strengthen to expand and fortify the news ecosystem in New Jersey. We identified news entrepreneurs who were interested in starting new sites, gave them small seed grants and regular coaching, and made sure they connected regularly through monthly Peer-to-Peer […] more »

by Samantha Harrington

After gaveling in, praying and selecting new leadership, the North Carolina General Assembly came back into session Wednesday, January 14. Like our faithful lawmakers, the Capitol Hound folks took a break in the fall. We returned on Wednesday in much the same way the General Assembly did. Our lawmakers celebrated the births of grandchildren and […] more »

by Desiree Everts

It may be time to stop thinking about your local library as a musty repository of books with a stereotypical librarian whispering, “Shhhh!” More and more libraries are becoming bustling centers for community engagement — bringing locals not just books, but also “maker spaces,” computer access, digital movies, games and more. As libraries look to […] more »

by Abby Reimer

The Kinethics team members came back from winter break much more prepared than we had been last August. After a successful Pitch Day, we wrote a proposal outlining how we would build and test our prototype for interactive compliance training during the next semester. That’s right: My team of four women dreamed up a new […] more »

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