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  • LION Digital Media

    Seattle's Best: Conrad Jungmann

    Blog | March 27, 2015

    Nowhere has disruption in the news industry been more pronounced than in how we fund journalism. Our funding mechanisms have undergone profound changes. Brian Steffens spoke with Conrad Jungmann, founding partner of LION Digital Media, about what his group is doing to address this issue.

  • RJI links

    RJI links: Friday, March 27, 2015

    Blog | March 27, 2015

    RJI links, daily curation of the best stories from across the Web to help you navigate our fast-changing industry, RJI collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Mediatwits 153

    Mediatwits 153: The case for (and against) VC funding for digital news

    Blog | March 27, 2015

    What do BuzzFeed, Upworthy and Refinery29 have in common? Well, for one, they’ve raised millions in venture capital money, and they’re all getting deeper into the digital news business. But it’s not all rosy in the land of VC-funded digital publishers.

  • Crosscut Public Media

    Seattle's Best: Mary Bruno

    Blog | March 26, 2015

    Nonprofit digital news operations tend to be more mission driven than profit/commerce driven. But lacking traditional advertising/revenue streams, sustainability and growth is no less challenging than for legacy media. Brian Steffens visited with Mary Bruno, editor-in-chief of Crosscut Public Media.

  • Creative newsroom

    Seattle's Best: Cherylynne Crowther

    Blog | March 25, 2015

    The creative newsroom at Edelman Seattle is still under construction with only a handful of the team hired and in place. Brian Steffens spoke with Cherylynne Crowther, executive producer, on its future.

  • Futures Lab update #99: SXSW Interactive, renting the latest tech, and an app for democracy

    Blog | March 25, 2015

    A world where interconnected devices can sense and respond to our activity and emotions may be closer than you think.

  • Green plastic army men on dollar bills

    Chasing the agenda: The economics behind news

    Blog | March 25, 2015

    With more news published online, consumer behavior has radically changed. At the same time, it has never been easier to start a “news business,” spurring unprecedented competition among content providers.

  • Cheezburger

    Seattle's Best: Ben Huh

    Blog | March 24, 2015

    Don’t overlook the home of Microsoft, Amazon, Zillow and other innovative companies large and small when looking for voices in media thought leadership. Brian Steffens visited with Ben Huh, founder of Cheezburger and co-founder of Circa.

  • Dress wireframe

    Looking at a photographic image from another point of view: Yours

    Blog | March 24, 2015

    Good writers can conjure a vivid image in our minds with just words. But journalists also have long relied on illustrations, photographs and videos to enrich a story.

  • Newspaper audience

    It is the journalists’ job to select the news and set the agenda. Should we relinquish it to the audience?

    Blog | March 23, 2015

    Many newsrooms in an earlier era had several, seemingly good, reasons to pay little heed to real readers and viewers. So, what’s changed? Well, seemingly everything. The audience has almost always been a commodity; that’s just a lot harder for journalists to be indifferent about these days.

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