Thought Leader Q&A

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Business
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

When we think of journalists who have built individual brands, national names are the first to pop — Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, Kara Swisher, Andrew Sullivan. But the factors that have opened doors for these journalists to build names and strike out on their own aren’t exclusive to national media. Better access to audiences, the […] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Julie Posetti

Janine Gibson was editor of the Guardian US and she led the paper’s New York coverage of the Edward Snowden story to industry acclaim. Now, she’s headed back to London as editor in chief of theguardian.com. Gibson recently spoke to me (a research fellow with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) for the World Editors Forum’s upcoming Trends In […] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

Veteran journalist Andy Carvin gained fame by using Twitter for blanket real-time coverage of the Arab Spring revolutions. Based in NPR’s newsroom at the time, Carvin led one of the most memorable examples of crowdsourced reporting efforts ever seen in the industry, collaborating with sources knowledgeable about the Middle East conflict and Arabic dialects, while […] more »

Online Video
by Denise Lu

The process of making an average T-shirt involves a trip around the world and more than a dozen steps from seed to shirt. How do you capture this entire process on video within a multimedia narrative? In April, NPR’s Planet Money launched a Kickstarter campaign to do exactly this. Six and a half months after […] more »

Education
by Margaret Looney

What started as an idea for creating tools for local media in Chicago three years ago has evolved into an innovation hub for the global journalism and technology community. The Knight Lab at Northwestern University brings together journalists and technologists interested in building tools to benefit the news industry. The Lab’s corps of professional staffers, […] more »

Free Speech
by Denise Lu

With the NSA constantly popping up in headlines this year, it’s important to look into how to protect journalists who need to communicate with confidential sources. The Freedom of the Press Foundation aims to support and defend transparency journalism in an era when it is especially scrutinized. The foundation recently announced a crowdfunded campaign to […] more »

NewspaperShift
by Mark Glaser

Now is a good time to be both a pessimist and optimist about journalism. Old ways and institutions are struggling, while new platforms and business models offer hope for change. George Brock, a writer and editor at the Times of London for 20+ years who now leads the journalism program at City University of London, […] more »

AdvertisingShift
by Mark Glaser

When B.C. Forbes first launched the bi-weekly Forbes magazine back in September 1917, he likely couldn’t have imagined what would become of his scrappy business publication. Nowadays, Forbes Media remains a private company, but has reinvented itself with: an online platform at Forbes.com with 1,300+ contributors; a native ad platform with BrandVoice; brand extensions including […] more »

Online Video
by Jenny Xie

Typically, web content flows from a website into social media and mobile apps. NowThis News, founded last September by veterans of Huffington Post, anchors its content in its mobile apps. Original videos, in digestible lengths and narrated by young voices, stem from iOS and Android apps and flow to a minimal website and the network’s […] more »


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