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Best Practices
by Matt Carroll

The “Future of News” at the MIT Media Lab spoke recently to Jeff Jarvis, one of the top commentators on the world of journalism, about how the industry can transform itself by rethinking its core tenets: we are not in the content business, he argues, we are in the service business. Between 2007 and 2014, Jarvis was named […] more »

Participation
by Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Journalists are a cynical bunch — we don’t like crap content. And social media is full of it. So why am I writing a guide for journalists on how to use social media more effectively in reporting? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot recently. Every time I come across a story about a […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Priya Kumar

An echocardiogram (ECG) — an ultrasound of the heart — cost nearly $11,600 at a hospital in Pennsylvania but only about $400 at a hospital in North Dakota. Medicare gave both hospitals about $400 to cover the cost. This held true around the country; data showed that hospitals charged vastly different amounts for ECGs while […] more »

Education
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 »

Education
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 »

Business
by Desiree Everts

Matter, a media startup accelerator launched two years ago by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, has named six tech companies that will participate in its newest class aimed at “changing media for good.” The entrepreneurs will take part in a five-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, design reviews, and an intensive boot […] more »

Business
by Jeremy Hay

I’m an outsider trying to work inside a community to launch its own local news organization, the success of which will depend largely on it being organic to the community. I tell people the news service will be here in East Palo Alto. At other times, I say it will be there. I stand in […] more »

Business
by Corey Ford

A longer version of this post originally appeared on Medium. Everything big, started small. Our small startup accelerator got a little bigger. I am thrilled to announce that Matter is partnering with four new media organizations as we expand our ecosystem to support entrepreneurs and intraprenuers building the future of media that matters. The Associated […] more »

Financial
by Desiree Everts

Just a little over a week after announcing the winners of its News Challenge on libraries, the Knight Foundation has revealed the latest recipients of its Prototype Fund. Ten media projects will receive $35,000 in funding to help push them from early stage ideas to a formal launch. Knight launched the Prototype Fund in 2012 […] more »

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