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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 »

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 »

Participation
by Neil Holt

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series highlighting research and possible new directions for Knight Lab’s Twitter search tool, twXplorer. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are bursting with information thanks to people and organizations the world over ready and [...] more »

Financial
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 »

Best Practices
by Talia Stroud

Editor’s Note: Last week, The Texas Tribune unveiled TribTalk, described by Tribune editor Emily Ramshaw as “an op-ed page for the 21st century.” The Tribune intends to use its sister op-ed site as a mini-laboratory to experiment with new digital initiatives. In that spirit, the Tribune partnered with the Engaging News Project at the University [...] more »

Business
by Mariana Marcaletti

One of the characteristics of entrepreneurship in Latin America is that people usually open their own businesses out of necessity — when they run out of other options (like getting a full-time job, for instance). The case of media entrepreneurs in the region is a particular one: Although most preserve their day jobs to make [...] more »

Education
by Desiree Everts

RJI, or the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, the largest number that it’s handed out yet. But what may be even bigger news is that six of those fellows will take part in so-called “institutional fellowships,” under which they’ll work directly with media organizations, such as [...] more »

Participation
by Alexa Schirtzinger

Recently, several Knight fellows visited the offices of Palo Alto, Calif., startup Jaunt, which produces virtual-reality software that is, in a word, pretty awesome. Jaunt founder Jens Christensen treated fellows to a demo consisting of several virtual reality scenarios, each of which placed the user at the center of dynamic environments (a skate park, a [...] more »

Diversity
by J. Nathan Matias

A few years ago, a close friend (not at MIT) asked for my advice. Work colleagues had been sexually harassed, and this friend didn’t know what to do: The offender was prominent, respected, and considered indispensable by his organization. This friend took the courageous move of reporting the issue, starting a process that was emotionally [...] more »

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