Tag: community news

by Tara George

At a conference of local news entrepreneurs in Philadelphia recently, speakers were sharing tips on innovative ways of making money when Jay Allred took the floor. He’s the charismatic publisher of Richland Source, a two-year-old news startup in Mansfield, Ohio, and even among the entrepreneurial crowd gathered for the Local Independent Online News Publishers meet-up, […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Tech leaders call on lawmakers to reject discrimination (Jillian Ward / Bloomberg Business) 2. Seymour Hersh on My Lai and the state of investigative journalism (Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Investigative journalism, illustrated: A Q&A with Level 14 creators (Amanda Zamora / ProPublica) 4. The Weather Company’s digital video strategy: Sunny with […] more »

by Angela Washeck

In a news landscape of fragmented ad dollars, declining print revenues and segmented audiences, it’s no secret that local journalism is one of the media industry’s toughest nuts to crack. That’s why an initiative called the Local News Lab (LNL) started about a month ago with the hopes of finally getting to the bottom of […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Judge orders U.S. to release Secret Service file on Aaron Swartz (Wired) 2. Ingram: If you don’t like the chaos of breaking news, you should probably stay off Twitter (paidContent) 3. Federal judge allows the Electronic Freedom Foundation’s NSA mass spying case to proceed (EFF) 4. Harper’s Magazine is finally ready for the digital […] more »

by Amy Gahran

A recent major Pew study of mobile news users offers context that could help community news publishers hone their mobile strategy. In “The Future of Mobile News,” published earlier this month, the Pew Research Center’s Project on Excellence in Journalism offers evidence that news publishers should focus their mobile strategy on the mobile web, rather […] more »

by Michele McLellan

Local foundations are becoming key players in the emerging local news ecosystem by funding news and information projects or creating their own. Knowing that, the Knight Foundation has distributed more than $16 million to 85 challenge winners to develop projects that inform and engage local communities. The Community Information Challenge focuses on community or place-based […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s special edition, I look at the report that came out today from the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The Commission called for strengthening public media, bringing broadcast access to all Americans, and having at least one strong online […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Problem: Where can people find the local information they need, whether it’s about a school board meeting, a new construction project or a nearby robbery? Solution: A community hub, with all the information aggregated in one online source and pushed out via libraries, in-person meetings, community radio, small run print publications and cable access TV. […] more »

by Mark Glaser

From time to time, I’ll give an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips. The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action. I’ve already covered blogging, citizen journalism, widgets and other topics. This week I’ll look at hyper-local news. What Is […] more »