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Best Practices
by Michelle Holmes

After two decades of professional news partnerships, John S. Knight Fellowships-informed collaboration and random acts of inspiration with other journalists, I’ve compiled a list of what smart people have taught me — when I was smart enough to pay attention. Here are 15 tips, 13 of them learned the hard way. Before You Partner Understand the […] more »

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by Zhai Yun Tan

The startup process is a dramatic roller coaster ride. It’s thrilling when you discover new gold mines, but crushing when you realize that your ideas are not that novel. My team had to go through the ride four times. Looking back, the biggest lesson I learned in the past six months is having the courage […] more »

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by Rodrigo Davies

Recently I came across a fundraising campaign by a consortium of non-profits in the US earlier this year to raise money over a short period of time. Participating organizations were ranked in a public ranking, and competed for prizes based on the amount they raised and the number of donors they attracted. A running total […] more »

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by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. Recently the New York Times introduced their NYT Now mobile news app. In an effort to hook new subscribers they teamed up with Starbucks, offering Starbucks rewards members a 12-week free trial of NYT Now. The Times already offers Starbucks customers access to free articles when […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. Journalism has long brought us together through shared rituals — reading the morning paper, watching the evening news — but as people find the news on more platforms, on their own schedules, those rituals have diminished in importance. What hasn’t changed, however, is the potential role […] more »

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by Jake Batsell

SAN DIEGO –– Online banner ads only have so many pixels. On news sites, small digital squares and rectangles tend to work best for advertisers proclaiming a concise message, like “click here for an insurance quote” or “browse our summer clothes catalog.” In Southern California, non-profit organizations wanting to reach the Voice of San Diego’s […] more »

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by Rachael Meleney

I think that I can speak for all eight of Reese News Lab’s summer startup interns when I say that we were constantly confronted with truths in the first week of our summer project: the exhilarating/terrifying/sobering truths of being an entrepreneur. Our first week at Reese News Lab was a continuous exercise in brain-expansion as […] more »

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by Alexa Schirtzinger

When it comes to buying newspapers, Todd Vogt has doubled down on print media in San Francisco. As the co-owner, president, and publisher of the San Francisco Media Company, he’s responsible for three local newspapers: the daily San Francisco Examiner, and weeklies SFWeekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. “I love print. I am a […] more »

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by Christian Fahrenbach

At first it seems like a playful (and mildly insulting) term, but the cause is serious: German project “Krautreporter” aims to be the country’s biggest crowdfunding campaign in journalism ever. The funding phase has now been running for three weeks. The goal is to find 15,000 people who commit to paying 60 Euros ($80) a […] more »

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