Category Archives: Work

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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Three Profiles from the WeMedia Conference

Here are three profiles I knocked out for the WeMedia folks. The occasion was their annual conference in Miami — and a fine affair it was, full of great folks and interesting, inspiring dialogue. (Also loved the push to expand … 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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Knight Foundation Silicon Valley: Innovation vs. “the Future”

(Roundtable #3: Technology & Innovation) PART ONE: THE VIEW FROM TOMORROWLAND We’re blogging to you live from the future, and it’s very exciting here! I mean, we’re having this meeting at Google HQ, in the middle of Silicon Valley — … Continue reading

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Knight Silicon Valley: Communities & Fragmentation

The initial panel was broadly focused on the topic of “unmet community information needs,” and showcased a diverse set of speakers, from local union and community organizers to city strategists, academics and community foundation leaders. Chava Bustamante, a former SEIU … Continue reading

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The 36-Hour Work Week

The fact is, public-service journalism is undercapitalized, an endless dilemma for anyone trying to develop a nonprofit newsroom budget. Thus, in the process of pulling together another skin-and-bones budget proposal, it seemed opportune to cut costs by strategically reducing the … Continue reading

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“These guys don’t get it. I’ve got to get out. I’m just wasting my time.”

Newsosaur passes along this quote as part of a comment about the continued failure of commercial/mainstream/traditional media to make good on the promise of the Internet: As if the mainstream media didn’t have enough trouble navigating the uncharted realm of … Continue reading

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Sacred Cows and Chicken-Fried Steak (or, the Bonfire of Objectivity)

I have provided media and campaign advice to San Francisco mayoral candidate Chicken John Rinaldi, and as a journalist and editor, this raises a few questions. One the one hand, that means I cannot credibly provide “fair and balanced” coverage … Continue reading

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Show Me the Money

So, how does an idealistic journalist fed-up with the failings of for-profit media put food on the table in the post-consolidation, post-merger, post-layoff San Francisco Bay Area? Freelance, baby. And, sadly, it is not possible to pay a mortgage or … Continue reading

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New Radio Project Archives

As part of my work with Independent Arts & Media, I produce, edit and broadcast a half-hour radio programs based on Shaping San Francisco‘s marvelous Talks! series down at CounterPulse in SF. The show airs on KUSF-FM on Thursdays at … Continue reading

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