Archive for 'Not-For-Profit'

Video Volunteers Brings Citizen Media to Disadvantaged Communities

Posted on 04. Aug, 2009 by .

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Imagine if citizens in low-income neighborhoods around the U.S. were given the necessary cameras, software and training to make short videos about important issues in their communities. Say, cultural, socioeconomic and political issues not covered by their local newspapers or television networks. That is what Jessica Mayberry, co-founder of the global social media network Video […]

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Not-for-Profit News Deep in the Heart of Texas

Posted on 27. Jul, 2009 by .

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The wave of not-for-profit start-ups looking to cover local and statewide news continued to grow last week with the announcement that the Texas Tribune acquired the Texas Weekly, a subscription newsletter devoted to Texas politics and government. As newspapers continue to struggle and advertising revenues fall, it seems like new news organizations are finding it […]

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News Innovators on the Frontline: Voice of San Diego

Posted on 24. Jul, 2009 by .

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As metro newspapers have faced an ugly year of decline and collapse, media observers have pointed to a number of not-for-profit efforts around the country that might fill the void. The Voice of San Diego is a notable example of a new breed of news organizations already taking up the slack, which is more than […]

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Chi-Town Daily Discloses Costs for Donations

Posted on 23. Jul, 2009 by .

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The Chicago-based Chi-Town Daily News, a nonprofit metro news site that launched in December 2005, has set up a new kind of tip jar this month. As a way to pull in more funding, the site now tells readers the value of every article they read before requesting donations to support its ongoing coverage. “Reader […]

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News Innovators on the Frontline: Texas Watchdog

Posted on 17. Jul, 2009 by .

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Two and half years ago, Trent Seibert, of Texas Watchdog, saw the potential for a local online investigative news outlet. Having worked in both journalism — at The Tennessean and The Denver Post – as well government accountability — at the Tennessee Center for Policy Research — Trent had all the right credentials. Fortunately, a […]

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A Budding Investigative News Network

Posted on 14. Jul, 2009 by .

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Watchdog journalism has a viable future. Twenty-five nonprofit news organizations recently came together to form the beginnings of an investigative news network to fill in the growing void left by newspapers. Some of the budding network’s members include Bill Buzenberg, executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, and Leonard Downie, Jr., former executive editor […]

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MinnPost Tweets Local Ads

Posted on 26. Jun, 2009 by .

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MinnPost.com launched an innovative micro-blogging advertising service yesterday that they’re calling Real-Time Ads. The Minnesota-based not-for-profit created a new sidebar widget that will publish messages from an advertiser’s Twitter account or blog RSS feed, as long as it has been updated within the last 72 hours. In a post announcing the launch yesterday, MinnPost founder […]

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State Coverage as a Worthy Charity

Posted on 22. Jun, 2009 by .

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There’s nothing unsexier in journalism than covering state government. “Trenton bureau” just doesn’t have the same ring as “Paris bureau,” does it? Do you know the names of your statehouse reps? I’ll confess I don’t. And so my biggest fear in the death of metro papers is the vacuum that will be left in coverage […]

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About the New Business Models for News Project

Posted on 12. Jun, 2009 by .

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We at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism believe that the discussion about the future of journalism — as newspapers and other news organizations find their business rapidly eroding around them — needs to be informed by facts, figures, and business specifics. That is why we created the New Business Models […]

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Non-Profits Seek a Donor Collaborative

Posted on 11. Jun, 2009 by .

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Newspapers aren’t the only ones looking to pool resources. Some of the non-profit news organizations that have been springing up around the country hope to create a network aimed at gathering donations. Last month, at a conference on non-profit media hosted by Duke University, Joel Kramer of MinnPost.com and Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center, […]

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