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New website and comments via Watershed Media Project

Check out the new website and research blog for the Watershed Media Project, with a focus on democratization and equity in journalism funding and practice. It’s on the baseline Word Press 2015 theme — nice minimalist design with big fonts, … Continue reading

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Print clips now online

Built out my CV a bit with a bulked-up portfolio of my editing and writing clips. It’s mostly online material, but I just scanned and uploaded a bunch of newspaper print clips that aren’t available digitally — articles from the … Continue reading

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“Future of Journalism” got ya down? New Watershed post

New post over at the Watershed Media Project explores “the Future of Journalism” as a techno-industrial metaphor that perpetuates the crisis of journalism by deepening the funding drought for news production in neglected communities. Check it out: “The crisis of … Continue reading

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Introducing: The Watershed Media Project

The Watershed Media Project is a new initiative to research and develop grassroots funding, production and promotional models for independent, public-interest journalism and media. Watershed is a nonprofit, fiscally sponsored project of Independent Arts & Media; it is also a … Continue reading

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Noted: “A third kind of freedom inherent in open-source systems”

The freedom to audit. In addition to being free and forkable, open-source systems also have to be accountable: “The open-source movement champions an approach to product development in which there is universal access to a blueprint, as well as universal … Continue reading

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Do Knight’s regrets inspire charity?

News of the Knight Foundation’s $20K speaker fee to exposed plagiarist Jonah Lehrer moved quickly through the media web, provoking negative press and, ultimately, an expression of regret by the foundation itself. This alone, however, has not inspired critics of … Continue reading

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Noted: “Taking Stock of the State of Web Journalism”

Tom Stites, an accomplished and indeed storied news hound (and a mentor and great inspiration to me), has produced this important article about the continuing decline in civic investment and recognized value of journalism, and original reporting in particular. Read … Continue reading

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Delivery matters.

So you produce some top-shelf coverage, but the target population — the people who need to see it — are not connecting. Why not? More to the point: How do you solve that? Enter California Watch, a project of the … Continue reading

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KUSF is dead. Long live KUSF!

The public outcry following the University of San Francisco’s secretive and unilateral shutdown of the legendary KUSF-FM was enormous. A planned public meeting staged by USF on January 20 changed location three times to accommodate the anticipated crowds. Ultimately, the … Continue reading

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Noted: “New F.D.A.: Transparence and Flexibility”

A NYTimes article about the changing culture of the FDA illustrates the power of quality public information and an engaged citizenry: During the Bush administration, the Food and Drug Administration was mostly a place of black-and-white decisions. Drugs were approved … Continue reading

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