Gail Robinson

by Gail Robinson

It’s clear that social networks have become a new kind of Holy Grail in the quest to build web traffic. What seems less clear is what all the tweeting, Tumblr-ing and Facebook posting is designed to do — and how to gauge its effectiveness. Gotham Gazette (GG), a small site that cannot afford consultants and […] more »

by Gail Robinson

It’s been a month since Gotham Gazette launched its Councilpedia project to monitor city elected officials and track money in local politics. (To read our earlier entry on Councilpedia, go here.) In those weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what people like and don’t like about the service. This information will help us improve what […] more »

by Gail Robinson

More than two years since the idea first began buzzing in our collective brains, Gotham Gazette finally launched its Councilpedia site last week. Councilpedia, funded in part with a News Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation, is a unique new tool that will let people track the influence of money in New York City politics […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Back in the early days of websites — way back, a decade ago — there were far fewer publications on the web than there are today, of course, and many people read them as they had read print newspapers and magazines. A reader would go to a favorite site and check in perhaps once a […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Barely two decades into the digital age, we take online media for granted. So much is so easy and convenient — at our fingertips — that we can forget technology can only do so much. Then we come up with a great idea that leaves us with the challenge of how to successfully push the […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Over the last several months, Gotham Gazette has made major strides on its Councilpedia project, which will help New Yorkers keep tabs on their local officials and share their knowledge with others. Over the last year, the project has evolved and — we think — improved from our original plan. Currently we have a pilot […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Most of us have become so used to being able to do so much online that is comes as a surprise when we want to do something and can’t find the tools to do it. That’s the situation confronting the Gotham Gazette staff as we move forward with our Councilpedia project that will use crowdsourcing […] more »

by Gail Robinson

As Gotham Gazette gears up to launch a pilot version of its Knight-funded Councilpedia project, we are confronting a number of interesting issues. To step back first, though, Councilpedia will provide information about New York’s 51 City Council members and two citywide elected officials, including their campaign finance information, the bills they introduced, and the […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Gotham Gazette, our website about New York City policy and politics, unveiled its redesign recently. (Please take a look and let me know what you think by emailing grobinson at gothamgazette.com). For our readers, we hope the redesign will create a more useful publication by making it easier for visitors to find information about New […] more »

by Gail Robinson

A rare bit of good financial news for journalism points once again to the difficulty of financing online media. PaidContent reported this week that Politico raked in more than $20 million last year, finishing with operating profits of about $1 million. That’s the good news. But as Molly Fischer wrote in the New York Observer, […] more »