Category Archives: Newsdesk/Nonprofit News

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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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: “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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Net Architecture and the Future of Journalism

Our best hope for journalism is that it adapts to the Internet as a medium, by adopting a decentralized organizational structure, in sync with the Internet’s basic/essential architecture as a network. In the network, power and access are distributed, everyone’s … Continue reading

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Noted: NPR’s Vivian Schiller at the IRE conference

The speech by NPR CEO Vivian Schiller at the recent Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas indicates that the wise teachings of the small, independent news nonprofit are going mainstream: Partnerships=good. Competition’s in the blood, but teaming up … Continue reading

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Newsdesk wins SPJ’s national Excellence in Journalism Award

I’m a bit dazzled to announce that Newsdesk.org won the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Excellence in Journalism for our multimedia series, “The Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland.” This is a national award given by the SPJ’s Sigma … Continue reading

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Vote for Tom Stites, a True Game Changer

Tom Stites changed the world for me back in 2006, when he gave the keynote speech at the first Media Giraffe conference at U Mass-Amherst — a lively event addressing issues of innovation and public participation in media. At a … Continue reading

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Crosspost: “Infrastructure vs. Institutions” via Free Press

The good folks at Free Press gave me a li’l soapbox on their SaveTheNews.org blog. I took the opportunity to mouth off about journalism institutions vs infrastructure, a familiar topic to readers of Illuminated Media. Here’s a teaser — read … Continue reading

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New News Co-ops: Evolution Happens

Once shunned for its suspiciously reddish tinge, the word “cooperative” may have regained utility, and credibility, in the vocabulary of journalism business models. As the newly formed Chicago News Cooperative appears to demonstrate, it’s not just a way of organizing … Continue reading

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