"We believe the prime value of journalism is that it imposes transparency, and thus accountability, on those who wield the greatest governmental and corporate power. Our journalists will be not only permitted, but encouraged, to pursue stories without regard to whom they might alienate."
"Up to a few videos are published each day, making use of the short-video feature launched by the platform last year. The Instafax videos range from 'headline packages' – sharing a few clips of video for the big news stories that day, with text detailing the stories featured – to the entire 15-seconds being dedicated to a particular news story or more light-hearted feature. Examples of those can be found below.
"Earlier this week I took part in a panel event at City University in London. The discussion was around new ways of doing journalism chaired by Professor George Brock.
The other panelists were ex-Observer editor Andrew Jaspan, founder and CEO of The Conversation, a site publishing news and commentary by academic experts; Luke Lewis, editor of the UK edition of Buzzfeed.com and Anette Novak, ex-editor and CEO of Sweden’s Interactive Institute, which experiments with interaction design and data visualisation. The following is the talk I gave in the introduction for the event which finished with this video."
"The course is led by professor Richard Sambrook who explains more in the official press release and on the video below.
He says: “Over five weeks, the course will build on that expertise and experience to offer insight and practical skills for all those interested in community and hyper local journalism. The course combines practical skills in setting up a community website, identifying and building an audience, creating content, establishing a workflow to sustain a site, managing an online community, media law and ethics, with a broader understanding of this new sector, how it has developed and the experience of those operating community sites.”"
"'d like you to meet delve - it's a web video channel I'm building for people who want to take their learning seriously. It's not a course, or a qualification, and it's not for people who want to study something particular. It's for people who love learning for the sake of learning, who want to feed their mind the most beautiful and unexpected feasts. Right now I'm testing it out on Tumblr and Medium."
"Working alone means Brian has to be his own publisher — an area in which he says he sometimes gets “pushback from fellow journalists.” Brian manages sales and relationships with advertisers, almost all of which are involved in the topics he covers. The publisher side of the job means he sometimes has to explain to disappointed sponsors why their buys never guarantee coverage. He also says he discloses relationships when he needs to refer to an advertiser — as was the case in a story this week that quoted the co-founder of a threat intelligence firm. "
"Reaching the $50,000 threshold will trigger something else as well — the site’s first journalism project. Stites proposes asking the co-op’s members for ideas about a significant piece of enterprise reporting. Those ideas will be put up for a vote, and a freelance journalist will undertake the winning assignment, all the while soliciting the community for suggestions, documents, and the like."
"With the success of documentaries like “The Cove” and “Blackfish,” and with Rolling Stone’s much-talked-about report on factory farming, it seems like an auspicious time for serious animal-themed journalism – which is exactly what Lauerman promises."
"Those familiar with the work of Clayton Christensen will recognize what this means: among the group of challenging alternatives probably lies the future of the industry. While it may be to early to pick a winner, some contenders are taking their disruptive role in the business very seriously. "
"In addition to the funds contributed by members, McAlister said potential sources of revenue include allowing advertisers or media companies to sponsor a piece of journalism, or to contribute money towards the pool of financing — as well as potential licensing fees for finished pieces. The one thing Contributoria plans to avoid is advertising, since McAlister said that would make the site less appealing for members.
"The project has enormous potential to draw in writers and reporters who are exhausted writing for free and/or having their articles shredded by editors at news organizations. By combining crowdsourcing and writing, while simultaneously ensuring that writers are paid fees for the production of their content, Contributoria might just change the landscape of journalism away from an editor-driven model."
"To use a somewhat crude analogy, Contributoria is something like a cross between Kickstarter, Blottr, Medium and Wikipedia, with members able to back proposals prior to them being written – so essentially only the most popular ones progress to publication."
"There are stories that still need to be told. There is so much news that isn’t getting reported, or not reported well enough.
Here’s a handful of lesser-told stories I picked to fill just one slide:
Half of all under-5s that die, die in southern Africa.
Four-in-ten children globally don’t survive their first month; one-in-three children starve to death
WW2 didn’t stop wars: 51 wars and major conflicts in 1992; 21 in 2002; 38 in 2011… around 34 today.
More people have been killed in genocides since 1960 than died in WW2 concentration camps
17 countries have higher life expectancy than UK
Over 45k UK homes will be repossessed this year.
The journalism needs to be done. It doesn’t matter what’s happening in the news industry or to advertising profits. We need good journalism. "
"At Contributoria everyone can get involved in the entire process - by backing proposals from journalists and funding their projects, to commissioning new projects in areas of special interest which don’t necessarily make the pages of the mainstream media.
And then they can stay involved, making suggestions and edits in a collaborative process which will result in a fresh edition of original in-depth reporting every month."
What's going on? Traditional newspapers and broadcasters seem to believe that they can shrink their way to prosperity. Online, a viral-or-die mindset dominates a new generation of traffic-grubbing enterprises that seem, despite assurances to the contrary, indifferent to being right or wrong as long as the traffic is there.
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