"From Boston to Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, one thing has become crystal clear: To get real reporting—and to get it fast—you've got to switch off cable and go local. It's here you'll find the scoops, the sense of place, the authentic compassion; it's here you can avoid the predictable blather from a candidate, or pundit, or hack filling airtime. It's here you'll find out what's really happening to a particular group of Americans who have just been shoved into a tragic spotlight. Turn off the TV and Google the local paper on your phone. Find their Twitter feed. Follow their journalists."
"The BBC’s decision to promote external content fairly is one way of doing this. Another could be to adjust the UK’s inflexible charitable law regime. Charitable status brings with it obligations and restrictions that are not suitable for every type of media organisation. But such changes would have significant benefits for outlets that are geared towards producing content in the public interest, or tailored for local geographic or special interest communities.
Benefits would include tax relief (such as gift aid) and eligibility for certain kinds of philanthropic funding. This would be especially helpful for producers of democratically important content (such as investigative journalism), which is not easy to sell to advertisers or consumers. It would also offer some protection against the pressures of commercial advertising on journalistic content."
"Verifeye Media is a technology driven visual news agency, representing freelance journalists and accidental eyewitnesses. We have automated the verification, curation, distribution, licensing, and monetization of eyewitness media, in real time. We can deliver unique verified content from the centre of a breaking story, as it is still breaking."
Some good tips shared from experience
Delighted to see this feature in Time magazine! Engin was one of the participants in the MADE workshops we held in Istanbul a few years ago and his work with 140Journos is well worth wider attention.
Sure it will go from strength to strength. Congratulations!
"Suppose we were to aggregate all those newspaper videos into a daily news feed - license it to networks around the world - and then split the license feeds amongst the newspapers that contributed? A kind of video syndication.
"“It has been a really valuable resource,” Wilton says, “allowing me to dig deeper in my research and spend more time on the craft of writing. I hope to be using Contributoria for a long time to come, although I would like to see a stronger community develop, facilitated by improved functionality of the site. It is an innovative approach to journalism that is particularly helpful for those new to writing."
Despite its shortcomings and regardless of whether it’s a solution for the long-haul, it can be a very useful resource for journalists, especially freelancers who are reporting from outside their home countries and incurring extra costs. It may be particularly good for journalists who don’t intend to use it monthly or those who propose projects with less onerous reporting requirements and lower fees, and it’s an untapped resource for freelancers who live in non-English-speaking countries and produce work in other languages.
"In earthquake-ravaged Nepal, the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips
In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover. (Nieman Lab, 4/30)
"You probably skipped right over the most important word used by the five sources above. It’s everyone’s favorite word, and one you should add to any Twitter search that’s seeking personal experiences:
(And its close cousin “my.”)"
"By Mark O'Brien for Contributoria
An interview with an activist who spent 16 years in a radical left-wing organisation that he now views as a political cult"
"All members of the Investigative News Network (INN), the campaigns appear together on INN’s Spotlight page, a first for Beacon Reader, according to company cofounder Dan Fletcher.
Like Kickstarter’s curated pages, Beacon’s Spotlight pages will give organizations and advocacy groups the ability to showcase campaigns by members of their organization or projects they support."
"The reporting conducted by nonprofit news ventures has triggered meaningful actions and outcomes, though the manner in which most organizations discuss their impact is limited to simple Web metrics and occasional anecdotes. Nonprofits leading the way when it comes to capturing and communicating impact identify clear reporting objectives and ways they will measure those objectives from the outset."
"And now to you, journalists and editors – you didn’t think you were going to escape did you?
Please can you raise your game?
Politicians and business leaders are getting away with all this because you’re not asking the tricky questions.
No more about the price of milk – what about the price of broadband? I’ve hardly mentioned infrastructure but its vital – average speeds in the uk are too slow – the internet report of 2014 ranked us 13th globally behind the Czech republic, the US, Japan and the Netherlands.
"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?"
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