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Financial
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 »

Business
by Khari Johnson

Spot.Us was a first in crowdfunded journalism in the United States. For the better part of a decade the project to pioneer community-powered reporting made storytelling and accountability reporting possible for communities in California and other parts of the United States. The end of the story for the storyteller-enabling platform was announced last month by […] more »

Best Practices
by Hannah Wang

I recently attended the second annual Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State University. The challenge: creating solutions for underserved communities. My team created Uproot: a real-world scavenger hunt that allowed travellers to discover African-American history. It was a noble project — and a familiar one. In my first project at the Reese News Lab, NewsLing, […] more »

Participation
by Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Journalists are a cynical bunch — we don’t like crap content. And social media is full of it. So why am I writing a guide for journalists on how to use social media more effectively in reporting? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot recently. Every time I come across a story about a […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Priya Kumar

An echocardiogram (ECG) — an ultrasound of the heart — cost nearly $11,600 at a hospital in Pennsylvania but only about $400 at a hospital in North Dakota. Medicare gave both hospitals about $400 to cover the cost. This held true around the country; data showed that hospitals charged vastly different amounts for ECGs while […] more »

Education
by Beatrice Motamedi

Video produced by GSS senior editor Veronica Vargo during the Global Student Square production day. Six-second videos. Listicles, not narratives. Crawls, feeds and pins. Photos we snap and share; then they vanish. Retweets and reblogs, not reading. Analytics, but no analysis. What do millennials want? All of the above, or something else? A recent NiemanLab […] more »

Education
by Jeremy Caplan

We recently welcomed our fifth cohort, our biggest ever, with 21 fellows from eight countries. In addition to developing their own startup projects and taking entrepreneurial journalism classes, our fellows will participate in weekly workshops, hear from more than 30 guest speakers and visit Twitter, Google, Mashable, Quartz, Kickstarter and other cool places. This new […] more »

Business
by Desiree Everts

Matter, a media startup accelerator launched two years ago by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, has named six tech companies that will participate in its newest class aimed at “changing media for good.” The entrepreneurs will take part in a five-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, design reviews, and an intensive boot […] more »

Business
by Jeremy Hay

I’m an outsider trying to work inside a community to launch its own local news organization, the success of which will depend largely on it being organic to the community. I tell people the news service will be here in East Palo Alto. At other times, I say it will be there. I stand in […] more »

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