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by Catherine Cheney

This post originally appeared on the Solutions Journalism Network blog and is cross posted here with permission. Hacks and Hackers Connect, a series of events building regional communities of media entrepreneurs, brought journalists and developers together at Runway Incubator in San Francisco, Calif., last weekend. I was there representing the Solutions Journalism Network, and since […] more »

by Luke Kingma

In the opening moments of 2015, prodigal Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian shared his renewed vision for the so-called front page of the Internet with “The Future of Reddit is Media,” the headline read, sparking considerable industry fanfare. The 32-year old entrepreneur strategically paired the announcement with the launch of Reddit’s first podcast, a bold step […] more »

by Francesco Marconi

Since the advent of the Internet, publishers have been trying to leverage distribution channels — such as social media networks — to drive traffic to their own websites. Now, though, content can be hosted and monetized on these third-party platforms through services including Facebook’s Instant Articles or Snapchat’s Discover. As such, we can see the emergence of a new […] more »

by Jim Bettinger

I don’t recognize most cinematic depictions of journalists or journalism. Caricature seems to be the default mode, and the people that I have been around my entire adult life become superheroes, cads, cynics and manipulators, working in a system that rewards volcanic egos, deeply rooted chicanery and excess at every turn. “Spotlight” is different. “Spotlight” […] more »

by Natasha Cox

One solution to the problem of cross-media ownership dominating an entire media landscape in Britain and across the world is incorporating a one media owner per one media outlet policy. I have continued to support this idea for media reform but it was fascinating to hear other solutions discussed at an all-day event called the […] more »

by Josh Stearns

When you are reading the news, it is reading you back. According to new research out of the University of Pennsylvania visiting news websites exposes you to more than twice as much tracking software as the rest of the web. Researchers Tim Libert and Victor Pickard used open-source software to analyze Alexa’s top 100,000 websites, […] more »

by Pedro Burgos

There are two seemingly incompatible trends going on in the publishing world right now. On one hand, there is a growing number of sites giving up on the idea of “comments” entirely (Wired has a good timeline on that). On the other — maybe as a reaction of sorts? — there is this movement to elevate the contributions of […] more »

by Benet J. Wilson

Recently, I had the pleasure of being on a panel about media diversity at Bloomberg’s “Power of Difference Summit,” in Washington, D.C. Topics covered included a current look at diversity in journalism, why newsroom diversity is important, the value of having a diverse newsroom, how the media covered Ferguson and the Baltimore riots, along with […] more »

Best Practices
by David Dunkley Gyimah

Many of us, at some point, wish for a nod of approval from our peers. It validates our commitment as much as the hard work executed behind the scenes. This acknowledgement comes in several forms: winning the pitch, closing the deal, a Twitter fest of likes and shares, momentous book sales, and awards. The latter […] more »

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