Philosophy

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Participation
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 »

Philosophy
by Sharon Moshavi

Listening to an 11-year-old girl talk about Stand, the app she created to connect people with the causes they care about, is downright humbling. Especially when, like me, you’ve spent most of your adulthood as a journalist and, as often comes with the territory, a cynic. Spending two days at the Mashable Social Good Summit, […] more »

Business
by Matt DeRienzo

This has been a very bad year — after a succession of bad years — for journalism jobs at big corporate chain-owned local newspapers. Given what’s left in some newsrooms, and the flailing business models of their parent companies, it’s hard to see it ending well. But there’s good news about what is likely to and already is starting […] more »

Business
by Julie Schwietert Collazo

On the one hand, we live in the best of times for freelance journalism, with seemingly more—and more varied—sources than ever to fund the work of independent journalists. In addition to fellowships and grants, there are ultra-democratic platforms like Beacon, Kickstarter, Patreon, and Contributoria, each promising that journalists can take greater control of funding and […] more »

Philosophy
by Anne Li

I have a fear of failure. I don’t like it when my inbox has more than five emails sitting in there (at the time of this first blog post draft’s conception, it was at 400). I cringe when my desktop is cluttered with screenshots and downloads. These, for me, are true indicators of the clutter […] more »

Education
by Emiliano Cosenza

I recently discovered the educative project Journalism + Design, which combines the methodologies of design thinking with journalism and encourages journalism students to consider the design center in people when they produce stories for digital environments. What a great idea! My training as a journalist, and my experience on an User Experience (UX) design team, […] more »

Philosophy
by David Dunkley Gyimah

Thirteen shows in two days takes some beating. It goes from the intense, with “Le Gateau Chocolat: Black,” a one man show on depression, flipping to mirth. A Nigerian law student yearns to be an Opera singer, but on the way suffers denigrating abuse from his father. Then there’s the insouciant in “Jessie Cave’s: I […] more »

Philosophy
by ReadThisThing Team

Podcasts are blowing up, great stories are reaching more people than ever, people are paying for content, and the modern web is giving the world a better platform to tell stories than the world has ever seen. But news divisions are still shrinking, great publications are still failing, local blogs are still shutting down, and journalists […] more »

Philosophy
by John Clark

What is value anyway? We throw the word around so often that we forget what it really is about. Or worse, we assume what the media does is automatically valuable because we believe in it so fervently. Journalism is valuable and necessary to our communities and society but not everyone finds it personally valuable. Value […] more »

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