Amanda Hirsch

Amanda Hirsch is the editor of Collaboration Central. She is also a writer, performer and social media strategist who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. The former editorial director of PBS.org, she blogs at "amandahirsch.com":http://amandahirsch.com and spends way too much time on "Twitter":https://twitter.com/amanda_hirsch.

by Amanda Hirsch

I recently self-published an e-book based on my blog, and I want to share what I learned. This post focuses on the editorial process; in subsequent posts, I’ll share tips on coming up with a design for your e-book cover, choosing a publishing platform (I went with Kindle, for now) and marketing your e-book. A [...] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

J-Lab recently released the results of its Networked Journalism pilot project, a three-year initiative that “called for eight newspapers and one public radio station to network with local blogs,” resulting in “nine different models of collaboration,” J-Lab reports. In a detailed report called Networked Journalism: What Works, J-Lab’s executive director, Jan Schaffer, outlines the problem [...] more »

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Approximately two-thirds of Frontline programming is produced through some form of editorial collaboration, said Raney Aronson-Rath, the series’ deputy executive producer, when we spoke last week by phone. Recent examples include Concussion Watch, a joint investigation with ESPN into brain injuries among NFL players, and Big Sky, Big Money, a look at the Supreme Court’s [...] more »

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“Over the coming months, I am inviting you — the citizens of Toronto — to collaborate with me to compose a new symphony which will be premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra … Some of the music will be by you, some by me, and some shaped by us together. My hope is that we [...] more »

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This Thanksgiving, while others are stuffing turkeys and dotting casserole dishes of sweet potatoes with mini-marshmallows, we at Collaboration Central are serving up something completely different: a survival strategy. Let’s face it: Many people dread this holiday, with its requisite bringing together of family members who vastly prefer being apart. In this way, Thanksgiving is [...] more »

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“WisconsinVote.org is a great example of a collaboration between a public television and radio station to create a service for the community,” said Ann Alquist, director of Radio Engagement at the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME), via email. The site, which offers comprehensive election coverage and resources for Wisconsin voters, is a joint project [...] more »

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John Bracken, director of Journalism and Media Innovation at the Knight Foundation, wants to know what I mean by “collaboration.” We’re chatting by phone about how collaboration fits into Bracken’s vision for news innovation. John Bracken I throw out a modest definition. “Working together,” I say. “Playing nice.” (It’s not a sophisticated characterization, to be [...] more »

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Correction: The Twitter hashtag for Beyond November is #beyondnov, not #beyondnovember as a previous version of this post stated. In St. Louis, three non-profit news organizations — St. Louis Public Radio (SLPR), the Nine Network of Public Media and the St. Louis Beacon — have joined forces to produce election coverage through a project called [...] more »

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The following is an opinion piece by Amanda Hirsch; an earlier version of this post appeared on her blog. Every time someone threatens to cut PBS funding (as Mitt Romney recently did), its supporters play the Big Bird card. “Surely, Mr. Grinch, you won’t rob the children of their Big Bird?” I’d like to call [...] more »

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“Have you heard about this ‘Half the Sky’ thing?” my friend Karen wrote to me on Facebook, referring to the film/book/multi-platform phenomenon that has gotten tremendous media attention as of late. Later that same day, several other friends posted about the project, and I saw references on Twitter as well. This ubiquity is no accident [...] more »