Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Community Funded Reporting

An interesting twist on the nonprofit media idea: let citizens directly fund reporting on issues they want to see covered.

Monday, February 2, 2009

National Journalism Fund

This Boston Globe columnist calls for a national journalism fund, an intriguing idea. But why does the author include only on-line efforts? Paper and ink are still extremely relevant in low-income communities where Internet access is sparse at best.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

After the Jump: What Those Former Journalists Are Up to Now

AJR takes a look at what all those former journalists have been doing and how they feel about it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Internet as a Right?

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting post here about the concept of Internet as a right.

My initial thought on this is that it would be more precise to talk about information as a right. Saying the Internet is a right is sort of like saying that hospitals or medical offices are a right, rather than the health care provided within them.

And what kind of information should we have the right to? I would suggest we start with the information most useful to people on a daily basis -- what schools are available to send your children to; details of community meetings; where crime is prevalent and what police are doing to protect the community; the list goes on ....

Of course, providing this hyper-local level of information requires a different economic model. I think it has to be a nonprofit model fueled by hybrid sources of revenue -- mainly advertising supplemented by philanthropy.

We're doing that here in the Bronx.