Tag: kickstarter

by Yael Grauer

Award-winning investigative journalist, author and anthropologist Scott Carney thinks that writers are getting paid too little. Way too little. His solution? To make publications compete against one another — and after raising $9,307 from 246 backers (full disclosure: I was one of them) through Kickstarter in May, he’s now launched a two-tiered project to do just that. […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Obama turns to crowdfunding to aid fleeing Syrians (Michael Shear / New York Times) 2. MacArthur spins off digital media & learning work with $25 million seed investment (via MacArthur Foundation) 3. The tech that got Obama elected will now fire ads at you (Issie Lapowsky / Wired) 4. New ‘Nameless Coalition’ challenges Facebook’s […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. NYT makes 50 of its best pieces of journalism free to read online (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 2. Streaming titans Amazon and Netflix win big at 2015 Emmys (Rae Votta / Daily Dot) 3. Web companies are fighting in court for the FCC’s net neutrality rules (Brian Fung / Washington Post) 4. Apple’s new […] more »

by Dillon Baker

“Brooklyn is like a goldmine. We can find so many people. Writers are actually very affordable in New York, which is very nice.” That’s Sean Beckner, CEO of media company Viral Nova, in a New York Magazine piece about his wildly successful (and recently purchased) content farm. He’s responding to a question about how Viral Nova finds […] more »

by Jillian Richardson

A 2014 study conducted by Vida, a research-driven organization that helps bring attention to women’s literature, found that female writers were shockingly underrepresented in general interest magazines. Last year, only 30 percent of articles in the New Yorker were written by women. The New Republic was even worse at 27 percent. And believe it or not, […] more »

by Holly Wise

So maybe you want to start your own media company. I liken it to taking the leap and raising a kid — terrifying, exhilarating, exhausting. Since its inception, my startup, VoiceBox Media — a news non-profit dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of social issues and the people solving them — has stood in the intersection of transformational […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we look at three crowdfunding platforms to help you decide which to use; then we see how an app called Shuffle gives users stories the people around them are reading. PART 1: Picking a crowdfunding platform Several online tools have made it easy to ask for money to support any endeavor. We evaluate […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them — but good luck getting them to pay for it (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 2. A digital long-form experiment in Slovakia (Aleszu Bajak / Storybench) 3. Women need to be as tenacious with raises and promotions as they are with their reporting […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Scientific proof that no one pays attention to banner ads (Alice Truong / Quartz) 2. New York Times showcases short documentaries funded through Kickstarter (Natalie Jarvey / The Hollywood Reporter) 3. ONA, Poynter announce first class of 25 for Women’s Leadership Academy (Jane McDonnell / Online News Association) 4. Retailers told to adapt or […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote […] more »