media reform
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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

by Christopher Guess

Journalism has always been obsessed with perfection. The story will be dead to rights, if the copy desk uses a semi-colon instead of an em-dash. If a headline’s wrong, there will be hell to pay come the news meeting tomorrow morning. There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it’s fantastic. Papers of record should, […] more »

Best Practices
by Lorena Garcia

Why is a digital news organization going on tour? To return to the age-old and proven method of face-to-face relationships to build support, loyalty, and increased brand recognition. WyoFile was recently awarded a competitive INNovation grant from the Institute of Nonprofit News and the Knight Foundation of $20,000 to experiment with grassroots outreach in rural […] more »

Best Practices
by Scott Finn

Being “digital first” is no longer a new idea. In fact, I risk appearing to be very “2005” by even bringing it up. But if everyone agrees that public media organizations must be digital first, why is it that we so rarely, truly are? When I started at West Virginia Public Broadcasting two years ago, […] more »

Best Practices
by Ashley Nguyen

Internationally, nonprofit journalism continues to gradually expand and grow. Direkt36 in Hungary launched earlier this year. A team of Brazilian journalists run Agência Pública in São Paulo. Sheila Coronel founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. There’s also the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. The list goes […] more »

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