Archives for June, 2010
Last week when I found about the Poynter Institute event at the Newseum, “Fact or Friction: Building the Bridge Between the Fourth and Fifth Estates,” my first thought was “We have a Fifth Estate?”
Today, news leaders (from both the Fourth and Fifth estates) gathered to talk about the evolution of news: how it’s consumed, how it’s produced and how it’s disseminated.
The goal of serving the public good ...
For the past day and a half I've been in Phoenix at the Covering the Green Economy conference at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. The conference, organized and hosted by the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, was organized to give local reporters insight into covering the green economy.
It's a great topic. With the challenges we face as a nation economically and environmentally, green business is only going to become a bigger and bigger part of our world. But it's also a topic area that involves a heavy dose of science and a lot of ...
Since 2000, news has become "pervasive, portable, personalized, participarty — and a social experience."
This was among the findings by the Pew Internet Project's latest study on "How Media Consumption Has Changed Since 2000."
Project Director Lee Rainie spoke at the "Monetizing Online Business" conference last week in New York.
The study found that 62 percent of Americans use the Internet on an average day, while 56 percent say they go online to have fun or kill time.
The number of people going online to find their news (61 percent) is catching up to the number of people who turn ...
Choma is on the program for 21 business and environmental journalists from around the country and Canada attending the seminar at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The three-day reporting institute, funded by a grant from the McCormick Foundation, is designed to teach attendees "to recognize 'greenwashing,' track federal stimulus dollars designed to create green jobs, and answer consumers' most frequently asked questions about leading environmentally sustainable lives."
"Greenwashing" describes the practice of businesses falsely claiming ...
This is probably one of the most challenging and exciting times in the recent history of journalism.
While news organizations continue to struggle to find a sustainable business model, new investigative journalism organizations are popping up all over the country, creating some of the most interesting and groundbreaking journalism.
Our parnterhsip with PBS Frontline produced the documentary "Flying Cheap," which premiered in February and was recently re-broadcast. The investigation looks at a growing trend in the airline industry: major airlines using regional airlines to help keep fares low, but failing to oversee regional airlines' safety, maintenance and training.
The video ...
Several staffers at the Workshop attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas last week, and as always, it was highly instructive.
I'm going to take a look at the free online tools I learned about, some of which will help me do things I've been trying to do for months.
Free, online file conversion - Chase Davis of California Watch shared two sites. First is Zamzar.com, which can take PDFs to Excel (or many of them, at least), and converts my nemesis, docx, into plain old doc. If that doesn't work, you can try ...
From July 2007 to June 2008 the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation awarded nearly $4.5 million in grants to non-profit journalism organizations.
In the past three years, the Okalahoma-based foundation has handed out grants to more than 100 journalism groups.
With that kind of track record, people listen when they talk about the right way to ask for money. This week at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas, Sue Hale, a media consultant for the foundation, passed out "The do’s and don’ts of fundraising.”
Here they are:
• Research the rules listed ...
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The dream of publishing the best investigative journalism by hundreds of reporters at scores of nonprofit news organizations in the United States and around the world just took a giant step forward today. The Investigative News Network, consisting of 32 nonprofit news publishers producing public service journalism and likely to double or triple in size in the months ahead, has announced the hiring of digital publishing executive Kevin L.J. Davis as its first CEO.
Kevin is a dynamic, proven leader who has 16 years of experience in the online cutthroat commercial realm, with entrepreneurial, management media expertise at such ...
Chalk up another former member of Congress to Comcast Corp.’s lobbying team. Ron Klink, now president of Klink and Associates, is registered to lobby for the cable company, according to records.
Klink, a Democrat, was a member of Congress from the state of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 2000 and a former television broadcaster. He lobbied for the cable company in the first quarter of 2010.
In a piece published jointly with Politico, the Investigative Reporting Workshop reported last month that 78 former government employees registered as Comcast lobbyists in the final quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of ...