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Archive for June, 2008

ProPublica Is Great, But Let’s Advocate for Much More

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

In a PBS NewsHour report focused on nonprofit funding of the news, especially ProPublica for investigative reporting,  Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, says:
I’ve been watching ProPublica. I think ProPublica is a great development in this area. But I am saddened by something [...]

Got a Foreign Correspondent, Scream it Out

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Look, I am no fan of Sam Zell and what he is doing at the LA Times and Chicago Tribune, however I was taken by an interview at with one of his minions, Lee Abrams, the chief innovation officer at the Tribune company.
Abrams was surprised that the company had a Iraq reporter and more [...]

Huffington Quote Worth Saving: Ferret Out Truth

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Arianna Huffington made plenty of news this past week when she told the world that she was about to take the Huffington Post local to places like Chicago.
Today I came across this quote she made that is worth noting:
“This is one the major problems of old media. The illusion of presenting two sides of a story [...]

Knight to Fund Community Foundations, Media Innovation

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Knight announces $24 million in challenge grants for community foundations aimed as spurring local media, technology and information needs. Get more background information from a previous video interview I conducted with Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation.
Here is today’s press release in full:
New Knight Initiative Seeks to Address Local Information Needs Engaging Community Foundations
$24 [...]

Dismal Outlook for Newspapers Gets Worse

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I started seriously blogging about the possible demise of newspapers back in 2005, after interviewing Phil Meyer, author of the The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age. Today the New York Times reports that things are worse than anyone imagined even six months ago.
Here is one of quote, which reflects the [...]