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 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 »

by Rodrigo Davies

As recently as five years ago the story by Toronto Star reporters that they had seen a video purporting to show the city’s Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack with a drug gang would have likely sold a lot of newspapers for a few weeks, and been followed by a protracted trial and judicial process. Published […] more »

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