December 6th, 2013

What does civic tech look like? 

A new report from the Knight Foundation explores the emerging civic tech landscape, looking at themes, clusters and organizations in this space. 

According to Knight Foundation, the report “aims to help organizations and investors better understand civic tech funding, so that they can strengthen their work and help shape the field. The analysis applies a new approach to research and advances the use of data in the social sector; it showcases an interactive data visualization map that allows users to explore investments across multiple areas of civic tech.”

Explore the report

December 2nd, 2013

Apply for a micro-grant from the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

We have $1 million to support live news experiments.

The goal of the new Challenge Fund is to hack journalism curriculum in higher education using customized version of the teaching hospital model. We want to fund projects that encourage more collaborative local news coverage, bridge academic and professional gaps, better train students and provide lessons from digital-age news experiments.

Apply now.

November 27th, 2013
September 18th, 2013

Congratulations to all of the finalists for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards. There are a number of impressive projects that are being considered for this year’s awards. 

The winners will be announced on October 19 at the Online News Association Conference and Awards. There are still some spots left, so register now to join us in Atlanta. 

Photo by Heikki Pölönen

August 22nd, 2013
July 31st, 2013
Look, print is a wonderful technology. Print is a very good medium that has long battery life. If we had been getting all of our information on screens for the past 450 years or so, electronically, and some modern-day Gutenberg came along and said, ‘Hey, I can take all that information you get on your screens, and I can put it on paper for you, deliver it to your doorstep, you can take it to the bus, the backyard, the bathtub, whatever,’ we’d say, ‘Wow! Print, that’s a really good technology. It might start replacing the Internet.’

Former Time Magazine editor Walter Isaacson, during a panel discussion on journalism’s past and future at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference.


As the World Wide Web started to take off, Isaacson contemplated charging a small fee for readers to enjoy his publication’s content online. “Instead, young advertising executives from Madison Avenue came rushing across Fifth Avenue to the Time and Life Building with bags of money to dump on our desks to put banner ads on whatever we were putting online,” says Isaacson, now the CEO of the Aspen Institute. “We said, ‘Whoa, this is easy. We will never charge for content because we want eyeballs.’”

"And that was the beginning of the end of journalism."

Understanding the path the journalism industry has taken since is not exactly simple. But some are trying. John Huey, recently retired editor-in-chief of Time Inc. (TWX), Martin Nisenholtz, a special advisor to the New York Times, and Paul Sagan, former editor of new media at Time Inc. recently completed an elaborate project — a collection of 60-70 video interviews documenting how the journalism industry changed following the introduction of digital media. The project, called “Riptide,” is set to debut in September. A preview can be found in Fortune.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Reblogged from The FJP
July 30th, 2013
July 30th, 2013
[I]f you’re the editor of a traditional editorial or op-ed page, you want the digital space to light up with every opinion you publish. More specifically, you want the conversation about the merits of the idea to light up. But often, the conversation is instead about the validity of the voice. More transparency and more information would shift that conversation from the speaker to the idea.
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