Tag: transparency

by Julie Keck

1. The government shutdown is terrible for transparency (Matt Berman & Patrick Reis / National Journal) 2. How Twitter’s ad business went from zero to $500 million in less than four years (Peter Kafka / AllThingsD) 3. Circa wants to be a mobile wire service for breaking news – one that learns from what you […] more »

by Melanie Sill

I’m not a middle-of-the-roader and wasn’t aiming for a compromise position with my discussion paper, “The Case for Open Journalism Now: A new framework for informing communities,” published early this month by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab. Instead, I sought to identify and propel a culture shift that might build a healthier […] more »

by Mark Tapscott

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner It is reprinted here with permission. An Op-Ed appeared earlier this month on PBS MediaShift that seemed to describe a civic-minded endeavor aimed at increasing awareness of who on the nation’s editorial commentary pages was trying to influence public opinion. “Every day, Americans read the opinion and […] more »

by Gabe Elsner

The following is a guest opinion from Gabe Elsner of The Checks and Balances Project, which recently launched a new project aimed at increasing transparency at news outlets. Every day, Americans read the opinion and commentary of seemingly impartial “experts” from think tanks on critical subjects in the pages of the nation’s newspapers. What these […] more »

by Mark Hannah

In my first post on MediaShift, I laid out how the digital media revolution was compelling organizations to become more transparent in their communication with the public. While vigorous in my promotion of radical transparency, I acknowledged “practical limits,” such as the revelation of competitive secrets or legally sensitive information. In the two years since […] more »

by Dorian Benkoil

Michael Arrington’s recent TechCrunch post about old media “guys” who don’t get it made me realize how far things have come — and how much better they’ve gotten — in the world of journalism. I worked for more than 15 years in what’s now called “legacy media” as a reporter, news editor and business person. […] more »

by Steven Davy

If a present-day version of whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was looking for a way to easily release important confidential information, he might find himself drawn to Posterous or its micro-blogging/lifestreaming competitor, Tumblr. These services have the potential to offer a new level of simplicity for releasing government information, and help open up the closed doors of […] more »

by Katie Donnelly

With the 2010 U.S. elections coming into view, many people are looking for more information about the people running for office — and the individuals and organizations funding these candidates. Fortunately, there are dozens of initiatives that mine and share the data that influence policy and policy-makers. Many are funded by The Sunlight Foundation, which […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the new FTC rules for blogger disclosure, when they are reviewing a product or service. They are now required to disclose if they are being paid by the company or if they get a freebie. And what’s up with all […] more »

by Simon Owens

When The Cluetrain Manifesto appeared on the web in 1999, neither its supporters nor its authors believed it was trying to say anything particularly new. Rather, the 95 theses and the following chapters — written in almost a stream of consciousness, psychoanalytic style befitting of something labeled a “manifesto” — were thought to merely point […] more »