Ryan Sholin

by Ryan Sholin

On June 1, Paul Bradshaw of the Online Journalism Blog and Birmingham City University in the U.K. announced that a project he’s been working on for 18 months called Help Me Investigate won funding to build a platform for crowdsourcing investigative journalism. I spoke with Paul via Skype about the goals of the project, the [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

It’s been a busy few weeks for ReportingOn, with development of Phase 2 continuing behind the scenes, and a lot of public conversation about the network’s start and continuation as I’ve traveled to San Jose and Philadelphia in recent days. In San Jose, I gave a short talk on ReportingOn as part of my requirements [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

When I last wrote here to report on ReportingOn progress, I talked about the work I was doing with my development and design team to define the terms of the RO pitch. A dozen or so whiteboards later, the Lion Burger team is actively putting together mockups and the beginnings of the database for what [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Bit of a busy couple weeks for those watching the newspaper business. The presses stopped at the Rocky and the P-I, Clay Shirky and Steven B. Johnson took turns penning big think pieces about the Future of News(papers), and — good news — the San Diego Union-Tribune looks like it will sell to a private [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

This Sunday, February 22, at 8 p.m. EST, it’s “Bring a Professor Night” at CollegeJourn, a weekly live online chat about student media and journalism education. I spoke with Suzanne Yada today about the chat, why it’s so important to bring the faculty to the table, and what she thinks they can learn from their [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

[I’m going back to the proverbial drawing board for ReportingOn, working with the development and design team at Lion Burger to build the next iteration of the backchannel for your beat from scratch, more or less. Here’s some of what we’re talking about in front of the whiteboard…] I’ve been pitching ReportingOn using the same [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

DIY development, design, community management, and marketing isn’t for me (this year). This is an update about what’s going on with ReportingOn, which is to say, there’s not much going on with ReportingOn. For now. My Knight News Challenge-funded project to connect journalists on the same topical beat with their peers launched on October 1. [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

So here’s The Pitch: Put together some of the smartest, most engaged, passionate thinkers about the changing media landscape in a room, buy them a few drinks, and let the conversation flow. That’s the premise behind a series of meet-ups in Seattle, put together by Jason Preston, a social media consultant with the Parnassus Group. [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Here’s a poorly-kept secret: I hang out with Web developers all day. And by their nature, Web developers tend to be Web savvy, and Web natives. Which means they are already using and hacking and rebuilding the next big thing online before most of us have ever laid our eyes on it. Like this one: [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

I thought about ReportingOn for more than a year before the public beta launched on October 1; I turned the idea over in my head, scrawled back-of-a-napkin sketches, and built several HTML prototypes before I ever got close to building something with dynamic code. While I was going through that process of refining the idea [...] more »