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Evolving technologies and revenue challenges are encouraging journalists, publishers and information providers alike to experiment like never before. In their successes and failures, news innovators are creating novel opportunities and expanding the definition of what journalism can be: what success looks like, how impact is measured, and how journalists are designing metrics to engage customers an emerging area of social science news producers are collectively redefining.

Niche News Startups: How do you make it work financially?

What does it take for niche news publishers to make money in the digital world? Whether for or non-profit, what are realistic ways for startup news sites to bring in real revenue? Foundation support isn’t forever. Who or what will support in-depth journalism? And how? Join right in or for background check out the stories...

Local News Publishers: How do you make it work financially?

How do startup news publishers make an impact – and make money? Among the many local news businesses there are successes to mimic and struggles to overcome. Who or what will support the continued creation of news and sustain its quality? And how? Jump in to the conversation below! Looking for background? Feel free to...

What kind of election coverage do you want to bring to your community in 2012?

The 2012 elections are already underway. For many publishers, elections present an opportunity to cement community ties – to go beyond horserace coverage, to tap into local knowledge and to root out information people are hungry to have before voting. How can news sites best respond to community needs around the election? What tools, resources, and collaborations are worth trying? What financial and ethical questions around elections do publishers want answered? This question has a lot of answers—to view by way of RSS, click here.

Which Seattle sites are re-defining digital news?

The 2011 State of the News Media report from Pew Research includes an essay I wrote about the vibrancy of Seattle’s emerging news landscape. I included a list of noteworthy sites that are redefining digital news in the Puget Sound region. My list was intended as just a start, which would grow as other people identify sites to include. What should we add and why? Useful additions will be gathered and republished in the Seattle Journalism Commons.

What are some of the innovative ways journalists are using Web scraping to access and organize data?

Accessing information for reporting is easier than ever, but very little information comes in a structured form that lends itself to easy analysis. Reporters often are faced with lists or tables that aren’t so easily manipulated, which is where Web scraping comes in handy.
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