David Cohn

David Cohn has written for Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times among other publications. While working toward his master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cohn worked with Jay Rosen as editor of the groundbreaking Newassignment.net in 2006. Cohn also worked with Jeff Jarvis from Buzzmachine.com to organize the first Networked Journalism Summits. Most recently he is the founding editor of Circa. He was the founder and director of Spot.Us, a nonprofit that is pioneering “community funded reporting.” In academics he has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s journalism school and was a fellow at the University of Missouri’s Journalism school at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He has been a contributing editor at NewsTrust.net, a founding editor of Broowaha and an advisor to many new media projects from OffTheBus.net and Beatblogging.org to The Public Press. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to new media and beyond.

by David Cohn

One of the biggest complaints about online advertising is that we’ve exchanged print dollars for digital dimes. One response has been: Well you better start stacking dimes. The dollar-to-dime problem is at the heart of journalism’s existential woes. I suspect if money were rolling in like it used to, the question of “who IS a [...] more »

by David Cohn

Last September, Gideon Lichfield wrote a post on a new phenomenology of news he wanted to try with Quartz. The thrust of it: No more beats — Quartz would have “obsessions” that it would cover…obsessively. The reason: “Beats aren’t so much an objective taxonomy as a convenient management tool devised for an old technology…So instead [...] more »

by David Cohn

Circa is not my first tango with a startup. Even before Spot.Us, the startup I am perhaps still best known for, I have been part and parcel to various projects that were “starting up” even if their aim wasn’t to build a company (i.e., conference organizing or experiments that had sunset dates like Assignment Zero). [...] more »

by David Cohn

I had the opportunity to discuss Circa today with PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser, Skift founder Rafat Ali, and PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy on the Mediatwits podcast. It’s an honor to be able to discuss a project you are working on and passionate about with folks who I consider friends, colleagues or both. Circa is a new [...] more »

by David Cohn

I couldn’t be more excited to join Circa, a new media startup, as “founding editor.” Part of the excitement is because, as the title suggests, it’s not your average editorial job. There are elements to the editorial process of Circa that will be unique. They will be defined and perhaps redefined as we go. That’s the nature [...] more »

by David Cohn

Yesterday I announced the next project I’m going to work on which will focus on mobile news consumption (Circa). As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about screens. In the future, consumers will not make a distinction between their television, phone or computer screens. The only difference will be the size of each screen, its [...] more »

by David Cohn

This came across my social media feed Thursday morning: “Google Unveils New Revenue Option for Web Publishers.” In short: It’s a simple technology where readers who come across a pay wall can opt into taking a survey instead of having to reach for their wallet. The survey then creates some funds for the publisher and [...] more »

by David Cohn

For this month’s Carnival of Journalism I am going to invoke the rule of “no apologies” and change the question a bit. Host Steve Outing asks: “What emerging technology or digital trend do you think will have a significant impact on journalism in the year or two ahead?” I don’t think it will be a [...] more »

by David Cohn

A version of this post first appeared here. It is yet another Carnival of Journalism (our one-year anniversary). The Carnival is a network of bloggers I reinvigorated who all write a response to a different question every month. This month’s question comes from Michael Rosenblum: “Can a good journalist also be a good capitalist?“ A [...] more »

by David Cohn

For those who don’t know — the Carnival of Journalism is something I restarted in January (coming up on a year!) where a bunch of journalism-bloggers get together and write about the same topic once a month. The question is posed by the host — who rotates. This month’s host is the Guardian’s developer blog, [...] more »