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by Jake Batsell

The byproducts of journalism rarely have value to anyone besides the reporters who gather and assemble the information. (Exhibit A: The troves of spiral notebooks, manila folders and microcassettes left over from my newspaper days, still gathering dust in my garage.) But more news organizations are discovering that cleaned-up, searchable databases have extra value beyond [...] more »

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by Desiree Everts

The Knight Foundation has announced the winners of a new round of its News Challenge, which focused on strengthening the Internet. Nineteen innovators will receive a portion of the total award of about $3.46 million. As online censorship continues to grow, the tools and platforms to help people continue to access the Internet freely and [...] 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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by Rodrigo Davies

I’m capping two years of studying the emergence of civic crowdfunding by submitting my master’s thesis to the MIT archives. Great thanks are due to the wonderful collaborators I’ve had the privilege of working with. I won’t name everyone here, but all of you folks will find your names in the Acknowledgments section. You can [...] more »

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by Samantha Harrington

It can be easy to say, “I’m a reporter. I’m just going to interview and write. YOU better figure out how to make sure we have enough money so I always have a job.” But there comes a time when you have to take responsibility for all that. Embrace the math Reese News Lab Associate [...] more »

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by Jake Batsell

MINNEAPOLIS — The downtown State Theatre boomed with laughter, applause and satire-drenched showtunes on the last Friday in April during MinnRoast, the annual revue where the state’s politicians and journalists “gently skewer” one another to raise money for the non-profit news site MinnPost. When your biggest fundraiser of the year is a comedic romp, it [...] more »

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by Desiree Everts

Seventeen media innovators will have a chance to push their projects from idea to actual demos, thanks to grants of $35,000 each from the Knight Prototype Fund. The Knight Foundation on Tuesday announced the most recent winners of the fund, which accepts applications on a quarterly basis and is one of several moves by Knight [...] more »

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by Corinne Jurney

Qualified prospects, CRM and invoices — all are words I’ve been surprised to find myself uttering this semester as I delve into the world of sales for the first time, with the launch of Capitol Hound. Capitol Hound is a service that will offer searchable transcripts and alerts for the North Carolina General Assembly. Both [...] more »

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by Concha Catalan

It was bound to happen in an organization such as the Open Knowledge Foundation. People who have never met face to face have been working to adapt the successful project spendingstories.org to Spanish. The API collects and compares episodes of public expenditure which are often surprising for the general public. Members of okfn.es, openkratio.org, and [...] more »

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