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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 »

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 »

by Dori J. Maynard

Editor’s note: Dori J. Maynard, a renowned journalist and diversity champion, died Tuesday at age 56. The following is a piece originally published on Idea Lab on June 29, 2009.  This year for my birthday I got three calls. Two people sent cards. And I don’t think I ever received so much attention in my life. […] more »

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 »

Best Practices
by Kevin Davis

This story first appeared on, the trade publication of the Investigative News Network. This week marks the opening of the third round of the INNovation Fund, a micro-grant program managed by the Investigative News Network to help with business experimentation in non-profit and public-media newsrooms across the country. The program is made possible by […] more »

by Tayyeb Afridi

When I arrived as a Knight Fellow at Stanford, I asked the staff, “Where is Silicon Valley?” I was expecting that it would be a building like the Stanford Shopping Center, with every tech company inside. “Silicon Valley is more like a concept, driven by the spirit and curiosity to build new things,” I was […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Spike Lee joins Zach Braff and Rob Ford’s Veronica Mars on the list of celebrities to turn to Kickstarter to fund a project. It now seems that no star is too big  —  or too cool  —  to crowdfund. But what does the arrival of big names mean for the future of crowdfunding? With big […] more »

Government & Politics
by Matt Stempeck

Along with the other free peoples of the Internet, we’ve been discussing our reactions to PRISM, and whether and how U.S. — and global — citizens might be able to organize against this unprecedented digital spying. There are more questions than answers at the moment, and there’s an enormous challenge of confronting a massive entity […] more »

by David Cohn

Last September, Gideon Lichfield wrote a post on a new phenomenology of news he wanted to try with Quartz. The thrust of it: No more beats — Quartz would have “obsessions” that it would cover…obsessively. The reason: “Beats aren’t so much an objective taxonomy as a convenient management tool devised for an old technology…So instead […] more »

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