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Entrepreneurialism and the Bright, Slightly Terrifying Future of Journalism

I recently had the opportunity to speak with fellows at John S. Knight (JSK) Fellowship at Stanford University about different ways storytellers use crowdfunding to enable journalism. I got to exchange ideas with journalists from China, Columbia, Australia, and the United States about how to sustain journalism. I also learned a little about how crowdfunding […]

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Entrepreneurs, Google News Lab, and the Great Reimagining of News

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The thinking behind that news startup I made

It’s been about a year since I launched Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. We’ve grown from one person with a Tumblr blog to more than a dozen writers and editors in half a dozen countries around the world. Since the site was created I’ve done a lot of thinking about what we stand for, […]

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Ecological ‘Heart Attack’ Feared if IB Sand Closes the Tijuana River

Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Winner of 1st Place, San Diego Press Club Awards in General News, Daily Newspapers and Websites category.  Ponding water that seeps below Seacoast Drive homes and condos after a sand replenishment project has roused residents and beachgoers. But environmental workers are worried, too—that the sand could move south […]

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Video: Dynamite Downs Eyesore Power Plant, Sends Booms Across South Bay

South Bay Power Plant Implosion from Khari Johnson on Vimeo. Published Feb. 2, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. After 50 years in operation and 55 years on San Diego Bay, the South Bay Power Plant came down Saturday morning in an implosion that took less than two minutes. With noises like rolling thunder or the […]

Entrepreneurialism and the Bright, Slightly Terrifying Future of Journalism

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with fellows at John S. Knight (JSK) Fellowship at Stanford University about different ways storytellers use crowdfunding to enable journalism.

I got to exchange ideas with journalists from China, Columbia, Australia, and the United States about how to sustain journalism.

I also learned a little about how crowdfunding is treated in India where it has not spread as much as it has in North America and Europe. (more…)

Video: Crowdfunding Journalism Beyond Money

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I went to the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) recently and it was everything a news nerd like me could hope for.

In 15-20 minute intervals, news startup founders, intrapreneurs, executive leadership from major media outlets, and innovators of all kinds shared ideas and answered questions as part of the Collaborative Culture Symposium at RJI.

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A Humans of New York-Inspired Project in the Arctic

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Far north, where the borders of Norway, Finland and Russia begin to converge, is where a group of college journalists decided to build something sort of awesome – and temporary. It wasn’t built to last but it was built to have an impact.

Using traditional news, long reportage, short stories and a photographic style inspired by the popular Facebook page Humans of New York, UusiInari.fi published for five weeks in February and March.

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What the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for journalism have in common

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De Correspondent, Krautreporter and El Español.

In the past, we’ve called them The Big 3.

They hold the distinction of being, as far as we can discern, the only crowdfunding campaigns to raise more than a million euros in seed money for news startups in the history of journalism.

Editors of the Dutch, German and Spanish news startups spoke within a couple days of each other this spring to talk about what worked and led their campaigns to such a potent reaction.

For obvious reasons, we wrote about each of them.

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How to Spread Entrepreneurship Like a Virus

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Bootstrap entrepreneurship doesn’t create entrepreneurial ecosystems, says a new study from Bain Capital and startup accelerator Endeavor. But entrepreneurship can be contagious, and the best way to spread it is to give a handful of pioneer founders what they need to grow.

After a “Patient Zero” gets on her feet, she can mentor, inspire, and reinvest her time and money to infect others. In these groups, collaboration and tough love prevail, rather than a survival-of-the-fittest attitude.

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How 3D Printers + Communities = Solutions

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Sometimes beautiful design is a failure. It can be aesthetically pleasing but still fail to take into account a user’s practical needs. 3D printing lets an individual with a particular need work with a designer to fill that gap. The best-known example might be prosthetic hands created by the e-NABLE network that are shared, open source, online with the Thingiverse community. And this award-winning, motorized 3D printed hand is open source, too.

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