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by Josh Stearns

The Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign came to a close recently after raising more than $600,000 from nearly 22,000 fans. The success of a campaign like this is a complex alchemy of passion, mission, timing and tenacity. There are a million things you can’t control; good and bad surprises abound. And yet, over the last month the […] more »

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by A. Adam Glenn

The work of a unique gathering in New York last winter, aimed at helping media and communities find better ways to face climate risk, was captured in this four-and-a-half-minute video report by program organizer AdaptNY. Pipe cleaners, putty and plastic toys are not the usual newsroom paraphenalia. But on this particular day, in one ad-hoc […] more »

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by Ryan Thornburg

This post originally appeared on The Future of News. One of the most important attributes of data driven journalism is that it scales, and the primary goal of my OpenRural, Open N.C. and data dashboard projects has been to democratize data so that we start seeing the same types of reporting and presentation in small […] more »

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by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. The American Press Institute just published a terrific report with lessons from nearly 20 news organizations who are building their event strategy. If your newsroom is interested in face-to-face community engagement and exploring events as a new revenue stream, the report is a must read. The […] more »

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by Lara Ortiz-Luis

I joined Matter, the startup accelerator backed by the Knight Foundation, PRX and KQED, in January of this year. At the time, it was 13 weeks into the 20-week program for Matter’s second cohort of media-related startups, “Matter Two.” With only five weeks to Demo Day, I got my feet wet right away and started […] more »

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by Nicole Zhu

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. With code sometimes you have to run before you can walk. Tutorials and W3Schools are great for learning the basics, but at some point you just have to open a blank window in Sublime Text, focus on a project and start writing code from scratch. […] more »

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by Rodrigo Davies

At the Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this week some colleagues and I gave a panel titled Towards Government 2.0: Open Data and Innovation through Cross-Sector Collaboration. We talked about open data, building better and more open government services, and how to foster civic collaboration across sectors. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. When you see something working for one news organization, it is tempting to want to replicate that in your own newsroom. But if you duplicate a model wholesale you risk trying something that is not a fit for your organization or your community. There has been […] more »

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by Peter Koht

A blueprint for a community’s future, the zoning code is incredibly powerful. It will affect where people live, where they work, and how they get in between those two places. When zoning codes are revised, cities have to make huge decisions. Internal borders get redrawn, issues of setback and walkability are discussed. There is a […] more »

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