Participation

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Reese News Lab students vote on ideas for media products to pursue.
Education
by Pooja Kodavanti

The pitch — it is where everything begins and ends. It is where the rubber meets the road. From a distance, the pitch seems like an elusive, magical message. This message manifests itself in the form of a miraculous epiphany that is regurgitated to a crowd of investors. Well, that’s actually not the case. The […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. Recently, Laurenellen McCann gave a terrific talk about community, technology and how we can and should build for “inclusive community participation.” As I watched the video, she kept talking about “civic tech” and “civic hacking,” but I kept hearing “journalism” and “reporting.” The failures she is […] more »

Business
by John Clark

As our student startup teams embark on building a first prototype of a product idea, a common issue emerges: prioritizing what should go into the prototype. Something must go. Actually, almost everything should go. So in the Lab, we ask students to answer this question: What’s the one thing you need to know right now? […] more »

Business
by Heather Martino

New York City is home to a more than 1,000 new tech companies that host daily events, workshops, classes and conferences. Thanks to the Bloomberg administration’s Made in NY initiative, there’s never been a better time for a journalist to cover Silicon Alley and get involved in the burgeoning startup scene. Recognizing the strong connection […] more »

Best Practices
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 »

Participation
by J. Nathan Matias

How do you party with a group of people across four continents? As a trustee of Awesome Knowledge, I’m looking for great ways to celebrate our community and congratulate our grantees. Every month or two, we give $1,000 to an awesome project that spreads knowledge (learn more), and unlike most Awesome Foundations, we’re a distributed […] more »

Education
by John Clark

Uncertainty. Some people thrive on it while others others run from it. Our goal in the first two weeks of the Reese News Lab program is to get students to accept it. Associate Director Sara Peach and I spend most of our pre-semester planning time setting up the first week to help students face uncertainty. […] more »

Participation
by Nate Herzog

What’s the purpose of the library? It’s an interesting question when you consider it. In a day and age when information is not only prevalent but personalized, making even the once-common encyclopedia collection irrelevant, what role do libraries play in their communities today? It’s a question many librarians are tackling aggressively. IT’S ABOUT BOOKS, RIGHT? […] more »

Business
by Aaron Mendelson

This story originally appeared on the Knight Foundation’s Knight Blog. Matter Three Demo Day from Matter Ventures. Journalists, media makers and tech investors gathered under the high ceilings of a former brass foundry on Thursday for the third demo day from Matter, the San Francisco-based media accelerator. Six startups received five months of financial support, […] more »

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