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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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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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Shield Law Wouldn’t Apply to Non-Journalist Journalists

While I’ve previously rhapsodized about open-media platforms such as WikiLeaks as an idealized, power-balancing mechanism for democracy, all that is only possible assuming that the expectations and practices of a free society remaining intact. That is far from a safe … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks has changed everything.

The WikiLeaks/Afghanistan story is a watershed moment for journalism in the online era. It didn’t just recalibrate the official Afghan war narrative. It also exposed a raw nerve about the leadership role of legacy news media in serving democracy’s vital … 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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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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