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Reynolds wrap-up

Source Columbia Journalism Review on April 22, 2011 0 Comments
David Cohn, Reynolds Journalism Institute

On Monday morning I found myself on a bus in Columbia, Missouri heading to the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Joining me on the ride were roughly thirty mostly young, and totally impressive journalists and community foundation folk.

RJInnovation Week 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011 - Friday, April 29, 2011 Events
RJInnovation Week

Monday: Center for the Digital Globe Conference

Tuesday: Digital Publishing Alliance Meeting/Symposium

Wednesday & Thursday: Opportunites and early lessons --  from the Reynolds Fellows

Thursday & Friday: Fellows Research and Reunion

Hardly Strictly Young roundtable: alternative Knight Commission recommendations

Source christopherwink.com on April 20, 2011 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, RJI

Data, context and engagement were the themes of the Hardly. Strictly. Young. event at the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute this week, says Michael Maness, the Knight Foundation Vice President of Journalism and Media Innovation.

Carnival of Fail – the next #Jcarn

By David Cohn on April 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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It’s time to put up a topic for the next Carnival of Journalism. And the topic is #fail.

The best explanation can be found in the video below which also has the instructions on how the Carnival of Journalism will continue as I pass the reigns to other hosts. For those that prefer text, keep on reading (but you’ll miss all the jokes I inserted into the video).

Consensus on journalist-library collaboration begins to emerge at “Beyond Books” event co-sponsored by RJI

By Bill Densmore on April 8, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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A draft consensus statement for journalist/librarian collaboration is circulating after garnering support at “Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries,” a two-day Journalism That Matters symposium in Cambridge April 6-7 co-sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Why the New York Times’ Pay Model is Similar to NPR and Spot.Us

By David Cohn on March 30, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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From the launch of Spot.Us, I’ve always said the following:

* Anyone can tackle the crowdfunded journalism model. In fact, NPR could do it tomorrow and blow me out of the water. It’s just about being transparent and giving up control over how donation money gets spent.
* This model would have more success at the national or international level.
* This model would have more success if a known brand took the lead. (Again, I always tend to cite NPR.)

Why the New York Times' pay model is similar to NPR and Spot.Us

David Cohn, DigiDave, RJI fellow

From the launch of Spot.Us, I've always said the following:
Anyone can tackle the crowdfunded journalism model. In fact, NPR could do it tomorrow and blow me out of the water. It's just about being transparent and giving up control over how donation money gets spent.

The New York Times Pay-Ramp

By David Cohn on March 18, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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Harvard’s Nieman Lab asked me what I thought about the NY Times pay wall and I was really excited to see the title of their post “Please stop calling it a paywall.”

As I noted in my thoughts to them: “it’s somewhat inaccurate to call it that. It feels more like a pay-ramp.”

Before I explain further my thoughts on this much opined topic, I want to consider some of what other folks said.

To start: Steve Brill is a major proponent of this. I’m not surprised and while I respect Steve, he has an obvious dog in this race with his Press + company. He NEEDS the Times to succeed in order to get the lower end customers.

Juicy Bits of Revenue without Paying for It

By David Cohn on March 17, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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The New York Times has finally released some information about their upcoming pay-ramp which begins March 28th. I’m excited to see what happens but another part of me feels like there is a missed opportunity to explore new ways to change advertising so newspapers doesn’t close off to the web but can still increase revenue.

At SXSW I had the opportunity to catch up with Kurt Huang, founder of ThankThis, and test the latest iteration of his startup called “Juicy Bits.” I should start with a disclosure: I’m an advisor to ThankThis. But this post will not be a “pitch.” Rather, it’s a call for participation with a startup that has cuffed its ears and is listening for advice.

How do J-schools measure success?

By David Cohn on March 14, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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As my last post insinuated – I find the private conversations in the hallways or over lunch to be the best part of SXSW. The panels are fantastic, but I greatly value the chance to meet folks from other industries, mindsets here at SXSW.

I ran into Clay Shirky as he was going to get something to eat and asked if I wanted to join. How could I pass up an opportunity like that? Before you accuse me of being a Shirky fanboy, let me proclaim it myself and move on.

The Hallway Chatter on NPR

By David Cohn on March 12, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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I often find at conferences the size of SXSW the more interesting conversations happen in the hallway.

This year one that keeps coming up is the recent kerfuffle at NPR, the ousting of their CEO and the ongoing political and public relations battle that the organization faces post Juan Williams and now with the James O’Keefe video making the rounds.

Why Spot.us user says it ‘is one of the best advertising experiences I’ve ever had’

Source Poynter on February 25, 2011 0 Comments
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Tuesday afternoon, Cohn issued what he termed a “state of the Spot” report summarizing the site’s experience with 160 projects funded by 5,000 contributors. Along the way, Spot.us has partnered with 95 organizations, sometimes involving quite imaginative alliances, and has picked up seven journalism awards.

Help Spot.Us Find a Path to Financial Sustainability

Source David Cohn for MediaShift Idea Lab on February 22, 2011 0 Comments
Citizen journalism, David Cohn, Digidave

Spot.Us recently launched a new design, so this is an opportune time to write a "State of the Spot" post -- something we haven't done since the website was six months old. I hope to lay out how far we've come and what's on our plate and make a call to arms to the Spot.Us community and anyone else interested in the future of journalism.

State of the Spot: Moving forward with your help

By David Cohn on February 22, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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Spot.Us recently launched a new design, so this is an opportune time to write a “state of the spot” post — something we haven’t done since the website was six months old. I hope to lay out how far we’ve come and what’s on our plate and make a call to arms to the Spot.Us community and anyone else interested in the future of journalism.

Carnival Roundup No. 2: Increasing news sources #JCarn

By David Cohn on February 18, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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We have 36+ responses to the broad question: “What can I do to increase the number of news sources?” Many of your sentiments overlapped, but each person brought a unique perspective to the mix. Several agreed that increasing news sources is a bad idea, and others championed it. That’s what this carnival is for — to dialogue and engage one another and the community at large. Thanks to everyone who contributed and a big thanks to Courtney Shove who helped sift through all the responses to produce the round-up below (making her officially the smartest person in the world on this topic). We are continuing the tradition of adding descriptors to as many names as possible, just trying to create a friendly atmosphere among friends. If you missed the Carnival, that’s okay – there is always next month and we’ll be in touch soon about it!

Hardly Strictly Young

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Events
Hardly Strictly Young

Alternative Recommendations to Implement the Knight Commission Report

We’re back at it – Carnival of Journalism – #jcarn

By David Cohn on February 8, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

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We had a great group of posts last month on the role universities can play in the future of journalism. Now, it’s time to delve into the second topic.

Project Managers – For the Win!

By David Cohn on February 2, 2011 0 Comments Blogs

 

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This post was written for Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill magazine.

I have learned a lot in my experience running Web projects including Spot.Us, a non-profit startup organization that fundraises for independent journalists. Building anything from the ground up requires myriad skills. One skill in particular played a pivotal role and enabled me to avoid many pitfalls that entrepreneurial journalists face as we tread into the unknown future of our craft. The fundamentals of journalism are still required. An organization must know how to produce engaging content. But it also needs at least one person who can do project management.

This Week in Review: The Comcast-NBC marriage, j-school 2.0, and questions about paywall data

Source Nieman Journalism Lab on January 21, 2011 0 Comments
Community-funded Journalism, David Cohn

The Carnival of Journalism, an old collaborative blogging project, was revived this month by Spot.Us founder (and fellow at Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute) David Cohn, who directed participants to blog about the Knight Foundation’s call for j-schools to increase their role as “hubs of journalistic activity” and integrate further integrate media literacy into all levels of education.

Rethinking the role of journalism education

Source Reportr.net on January 20, 2011 0 Comments
Community funded journalism, David Cohn, RJI

One of the key roles of the university has to foster critical thinking, graduating students who have the ability to ask the right questions and think through solutions to problems.

For the revival of the Carnival of Journalism, David Cohn has asked the journalist/scholar bloggers taking part to consider the place of the university in the information ecosystem.