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by Khari Johnson

The American government lies. The Russian government lies. Whichever statement you believe more, wherever you fall on that spectrum, three crowdfunding campaigns by Russian media ventures are fueled by these convictions and quickly gaining ground with their supporters this week. 1. Stop Russian propaganda Journalist Vladimir Yakovlev, founder of Kommersant.ru, has raised more than $9,000 […] more »

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by Desiree Everts

Just a little over a week after announcing the winners of its News Challenge on libraries, the Knight Foundation has revealed the latest recipients of its Prototype Fund. Ten media projects will receive $35,000 in funding to help push them from early stage ideas to a formal launch. Knight launched the Prototype Fund in 2012 […] more »

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by Desiree Everts

J-Lab has announced four winners of its Masters Mediapreneurs Initiative, a grant program that aims to help fund media startups developed by Baby Boomers, aged 50-plus. The winning projects range from an online magazine on Medium.com that covers Boomers to a Spanish-language initiative to document border-crossing deaths involving law enforcement. Each startup will receive $12,000 […] more »

Best Practices
by Kevin Davis

This story first appeared on Journo.biz, the trade publication of the Investigative News Network. This week marks the opening of the third round of the INNovation Fund, a micro-grant program managed by the Investigative News Network to help with business experimentation in non-profit and public-media newsrooms across the country. The program is made possible by […] more »

Education
by Desiree Everts

It may be time to stop thinking about your local library as a musty repository of books with a stereotypical librarian whispering, “Shhhh!” More and more libraries are becoming bustling centers for community engagement — bringing locals not just books, but also “maker spaces,” computer access, digital movies, games and more. As libraries look to […] more »

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by Rodrigo Davies

For the past couple of years I’ve been thinking about how to bring the energy, potential and ambition of donation/reward crowdfunding to community development and civic engagement. I was lucky to be an early employee of Spacehive, one of the first movers in the space; I put together the first study of the field (with […] more »

Business
by Desiree Everts

The rise of the data journalist and computational journalism is an unstoppable trend — and one that we’ve written about before on PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. (See our special series about teaching data journalism and how to help journalism programs explore computational thinking.)  Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism has been on the […] more »

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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 Desiree Everts

Company downsizing or early retirement doesn’t have to mean the end of a journalism career for Baby Boomers in the media industry. Many are looking to entrepreneurship or other innovative ways to participate in media as their next step. In fact, a study from the MetLife Foundation found that adults in the 55-64 age group […] more »

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