Ryan Sholin

by Ryan Sholin

In 2008, I was awarded a Knight News Challenge grant to build ReportingOn, a back channel for beat reporters to share ideas, information, and sources. The goal of the project was to provide journalists of all stripes with a place to talk about content — not craft, or process, or skillset. I taught myself enough […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

It’s an increasingly common story in the news business: Young journalist roars out of graduate school at Berkeley, gets a great job at a magazine in New York, works like mad, gets laid off when the economy tanks, turns to his blog and Twitter to brand himself a rock star in his field, publishes a […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Since ReportingOn launched with a new Question & Answer format in July 2009, a few new entries in what I’ll call the Q&A 2.0 space have popped up and grown their base of users. Here’s a look at three Q&A 2.0 applications with wide appeal. Aardvark Aardvark allows users to ask questions via instant message, […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Networks are funny. As soon as they get big enough to have a lot of value, it gets harder to separate the signal from the noise. That’s obvious enough — just ask anyone using AT&T in an area densely populated with bandwidth-hogging iPhone users like me. Or ask any Twitter user. But with the launch […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

A few weeks ago, I spotted a link to something called deathpanels.org getting passed around Twitter, and quickly traced its origin to Matt Thompson, Knight Foundation interim online community manager and general champion of contextual journalism. (Note: deathpanels.org is an independent project of Matt’s, and not affiliated with the Knight Foundation.) Remembering a conversation that […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

I’m not one for semantic arguments. There’s little-to-no practical value in deciding the names of things. (“User-generated content,” anyone?) But if you spend your days and side projects talking to journalists about interacting with their readers, you tend to look for the right words to get your message across. Or at least I do. Because […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Those of you who have been keeping score surely noticed that I’ve saddled the iteration of ReportingOn that launched late on July 1 with a “2.0” label when I talk about it. Many of you might remember what the backchannel for beat reporters looked like before the clock struck “late” on July 1: Home_logged_in_400 That’s […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

ReportingOn 2.0 is live and ready for your questions. And answers. It’s still the backchannel for your beat, but it’s an absolute re-imagining of the network. For those of you who haven’t been keeping score, ReportingOn is a project funded by the Knight News Challenge, and it’s a place for journalists of all stripes to […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

I’ve been following Brian Conley’s work at Alive in Baghdad since October 2007, when I met him at the Networked Journalism summit at CUNY. Conley — somewhat more commonly known as Baghdad Brian — is one of the few supporters of citizen journalism with several trips to wartime Iraq under his belt. In this interview, […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Here’s an eight-minute tour of ReportingOn 2.0, as it stood on our development server on Tuesday June 17, 2009. I’m extremely psyched to report that we’re on track for a July 1 launch of the second phase of this Knight News Challenge funded project. As a quick refresher, ReportingOn 1.0 launched back in October 2008, […] more »