Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability
This report from the Knight Foundation looks at the business models of startup news organizations like MinnPost, Texas Tribune and Voice of San Diego:
…high-quality reporting alone will not create an organization that can sustain its ability to produce news in the public interest.
Instead, successful news organizations – even the nonprofit ones - have to act like digital businesses, making revenue experimentation, entrepreneurship and community engagement important pieces of the mix. Understanding how to create social and economic value and how to adapt and innovate are just as important as good content.
Poynter: Investigative journalism’s future depends on partnerships, public data
Collaborations such as Piton’s new data and storytelling projects, the Colorado Data Commons and the CitizenAtlas, are essential for sustaining investigative and watchdog journalism, according to an article at Poynter.
[The] Data Commons and CitizenAtlas both address the reality that there are many people who would like to access public information but don’t know how. “People want to dig up information themselves, and they want to know if it’s true or not,” Frank said by phone, noting that some government entities make it especially hard for people to find public data. “We can help them access information that actually gives them the answers to the questions they have.”
NY Times Magainze: What if the secret to success is failure?
Metro Vancouver Mapped
Paul Tough writes about grit and character education at two New York schools.
Chad Skelton of the Vancouver Sun created a series of tract-level maps using Google Fusion Tables and Canada census data from 2006.
"We live in a data-soaked sci-fi future. It’s awesome. And in this future, every journalist must be a data journalist. But to get there, we need a better kit."
Brian Boyer describes Knight News Challenge project PANDA at MediaShift Idea Lab - View the whole post
The New York Times: School Book
This forthcoming site from the Times (scheduled to launch September 7) has a focus on education news, data and information for parents:
"How can I find the best school for my child? Is my child’s school meeting my personal standards? And how can I hear from the experts, officials, principals, teachers and parents to understand the issues that affect my family?
SchoolBook, built on the highest journalistic standards of The New York Times and WNYC, will bring you:
- News, information and insider tips about schools in the five boroughs.
- Carefully chosen data and the tools to search and compare schools.
- Opportunities to hear from fellow parents, teachers and school principals.”
[via Nieman Journalism Lab]
Texas Tribune: Visualizing Days of Lege Debate: Education
MediaStorm is kind of a big deal in the world of digital and multimedia storytelling.
They just welcomed Bruce Strong as a professional in residence.
Journalism is the Age of Data
"A video report on data visualization as a storytelling medium produced during a 2009-2010 Knight Journalism Fellowship."
The Inverted Pyramid of Data Journalism
Paul Bradshaw visually (and alliteratively!) simplifies the workflow of data journalism nicely at Online Journalism Blog:
The Opportunity Gap: Is your state providing equal access to education?
ProPublica just released a project analyzing educational opportunities - advanced math classes, AP courses, gifted and talented programs - for public schools across the country based on income level. In the accompanying story, they take a closer look at states with equal access across income levels, like Florida, and states with disparities, like Kansas.
An interactive tool lets you search for schools by geography and visually compare education opportunities. Here’s the Colorado explorer.
Twitter for Newsrooms.
A very useful set of guides for working with Twitter
Welcome to #TfN. Inside, you’ll find resources to help you and your organization at every step of the reporting and publishing process.