Category Archives: Newsdesk/Nonprofit News

Noted: The Executive Pay Question

From the Columbia Journalism Review, a comment on executive pay and the startup-funding issues that confront small, nonprofit-news projects (such as my own Newsdesk.org endeavor): “Newsosaur Alan Mutter [noted] that Paul Steiger, the editor in chief of the non-profit news … Continue reading

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Newsdesk.org Receives Major Grant

[Download a PDF of this press release] Newsdesk.org, a program of Independent Arts & Media, has been selected by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation to receive a $25,000 grant in support of the nonprofit, public-interest news service News … Continue reading

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Noted: “A Presidential Commission Won’t Save Newspapers”

Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz has an interesting item in the paper’s Aug. 17 edition (“The Press Loves a Hero, but … a Presidential Commission Won’t Save Newspapers”), in which he critiques Dan Rather’s call for Mr. Obama to do … Continue reading

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Noted: “Do CEOs Matter”?

The Atlantic delivers a fascinating item in its June 2009 issue on the Great Man Theory of History and how it plays out in the halls of corporate power. “Do CEOs Matter?” takes a look at the roller-coaster ride Apple’s … Continue reading

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The Future is NOW: The Networked News Nonprofit

Journalism’s true strength in the Internet era is decentralized. It’s all about reporters — and reporting teams — working solo, but linking up in parallel to coordinate on stories, cross-promote, and share resources. Parallel processing! Peer-to-peer networks. A network model … Continue reading

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Is it Finally Time for a Journalism Social Venture Fund?

This has been an idea that’s been percolating in my noggin for some time. Every time I hear about the latest journalism initiative or major donor, this idea returns: It’s time to pool the resources and create a “Journalism Social … Continue reading

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Suddenly it’s OK to say ‘Co-Op’

Last year I was advised (by wise and admired colleagues) that I shouldn’t use the phrase “producer’s co-op” to describe Independent Arts & Media and Newsdesk.org, because it sounded too, whaddyacall, commie. It was advice I took, and generally it … Continue reading

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The Return of “Public Media 2.0”

I got a whole lotta heck from my colleagues last year for attempting to coin, or at least advance, the phrase “Public Media 2.0,” as part of my Mesa Refuge writing residency. Basically, the “2.0” concept had/has been played out, … Continue reading

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Full Funding for SF Election Project

Newsdesk’s fundraising project with Spot.Us has succeeded. We raised $2,500 in small donations in approximately a month, and are now commencing with the San Francisco election-ad “truthiness” project. The first article launches on Monday, Sept. 8. Get the details here … Continue reading

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Newsdesk.org teams with Spot.Us

Newsdesk.org, The San Francisco Public Press and the Knight Foundation-supported SPOT.US “crowdfunding” project are teaming up to raise $2,500 to support investigative coverage and fact-checking of San Francisco-focused election advertisements. Your micro-donation will make a difference! Pledge for SF Election … Continue reading

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