"The full-ish Contributoria backend stack "
"The sad truth, we discovered, is that respondents are reaching into their own pockets to do this work: nearly one-third (30%) reported putting up more than $5,000 a year, and some much more. Cumulatively in the past five years, respondents have spent a minimum of almost half a million dollars, and as much as nearly $1 million, to finance their public-interest reporting. "
"if visual socially-shareable content drives hits… if analytics shape our decisions, then how does the local council budget report compete for and hold attention?"
"NGOs, media outlets and commercial companies can now set briefs for independent journalists using the collaborative publishing platform
"The past month has also been a hive of activity for the Contributoria team. Under the bonnet there’s some big changes which open up new funding pathways for our writers - read about those in detail here. There’s also some smaller changes which you might have missed including a system of notifications to help writers keep track on the progress and comments on their articles as well as giving writer’s profiles more prominence by including them onto the proposal and articles directly."
"This citizen reporting experiment builds on the work of skyCAM, which for the past year has been experimenting with drones in Kenya as part of “Africa’s first newsroom-based eye in the sky”. skyCAM uses drones and camera-equipped balloons to help media that cannot afford news helicopters to cover breaking news in dangerous situations or difficult-to-reach locations"
d animation to PR, publishing, video and media sales.
The event itself brings together the most significant and influential gathering of media and creative folk in the North, this year. Taking place on Thursday 30th April, 2015 at The Point, at Lancashire County Cricket Club, last year more than 700 people attended. A review of the night can be found here.
Full details about the event, tickets and how to enter can be found on our dedicated Prolific North Awards website.
"The online survey polled more than 250 freelancers around the world, the vast majority of them identifying as former newsroom staffers. It’s an unscientific study, one whose results may suffer from self-selection bias. But the relatively small sample size suggests that potentially more stories are falling through the cracks. A smaller, parallel survey of staff editors confirmed many of the institutional challenges of publishing freelance investigations, including dwindling budgets and an editorial push toward bite-sized content tailored for the social Web."
Surprised that Contributoria doesn't get a mention anywhere here but.....some of the planning elements detailed are worth a look whatever crowdfunding platform you decide to use, changing the timeframes as appropriate.
"Projects like Guardian Witness are the kinds of things that all media companies should be doing more of, Pilhofer said, because reader engagement is “a huge resource we are largely ignoring” as an industry. That’s the bottom line: not so much whether a newspaper or news site has comments or not, but whether it is trying to reach out to its readers in any real way and make them part of its journalism. Or do they just see the audience as a giant click factory?"
"thematic stories and engagement opportunities that tackle big issues in sticky ways.
We track South African journalists' tweets and rank them by retweets and favourites. This list shows the top ten SA journos' tweets by retweets for original tweets in the past 24 hours, and top journos by followers, favourites and lists.
The list of journos is based on Ray Joseph's SA Journos Who Tweet list.
"Ratter will not be the place for reports on local council proceedings, recipes of the week, or prep football highlights. The directive he gives his local editors is simple: “The specific goal I told them was to alienate the local readership as much as possible,” Daulerio said. “Their version of L.A., or San Francisco, and hopefully New York, is supposed to be one that is inclusive with a national audience, and completely ignore the people that live there.”"
"This site is administered by Digital Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham City Council. Open Data is as much part of the economic agenda as it is of being transparent about an organisations business.
We believe that Open Data can generate many benefits such as: - Giving you direct access to data to build your own opinion - Allows datasets to be combined to create new insights - Enables sharing of data - Allows application developers to use real data"
And so we often grapple with the problems such a perspective creates for us and our readers—and from a distance, it’s easy to forget the dots are people. If I lose sight of that while I am making the map, how can I expect my readers to see it in the final product?
"Trainee journalists worldwide face low wages, unreasonably stretched job descriptions and self-censorship pressures, while tutors at local journalism schools are forced to double as campaigners for press rights. Early-career journalists and journalism professors in Macedonia, Burma and Turkey talk about what it’s like to break into the industry in their country.