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Networked Journalism: What Works Three years ago, J-Lab funded nine pilot projects that invited eight newspapers and one public radio station to partner with news start-ups in their communities. Results are in! View them here. Engaging Audiences Most online news startups say they cannot lasso data to track whether they are turning users into supporters who will help their sites survive.


Local News in a Digital Age Whether in a tech-savvy metropolis or a city where the town square is still the communication hub, local news matters deeply to the lives of residents. Across three disparate metro areas in the U.S., nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely—and about half do so very closely, according to a new, in-depth Pew Research Center study, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. About two-thirds of the residents in each city discuss local news in person a few times a week or more.

Center for Citizen Media (This is the seventeenth in a series of postings about citizen media business issues. See the introduction here. All of these entries are considered to be in “beta” and will be revised and refined as they find a home on a more permanent area of the Center for Citizen Media web site. To that end, your comments, additional examples, and criticisms are welcome and will be invaluable contributions to this process.) In the previous Citizen Media Business Issues post, we took a look at Web statistics as a means to learn more about your site and the people who visit it.

New Guardian, Scoopshot efforts bring elements of automation to photo verification User-generated content is rife with risk and opportunity. The opportunity for it to deliver remarkable images is made clear on an almost-daily basis, be it in the midst of a crisis like the Boston Marathon bombings, Hurricane Sandy, or simply someone snapping a notable shot at a local event. The risk is that images are easily faked, scraped and manipulated. 20 free, awesome social media monitoring tools Take the pulse of the social Web by hitting these rich targets Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, brands, businesses, NGOs, educators, independent publishers, individuals. In this social media monitoring series: • Guide to monitoring social media conversations • 10 paid social media monitoring services for nonprofits • How to build & manage a monitoring dashboard Ready for a listening program? There are a wealth of free monitoring tools to choose from.

The Huffington Post Media Group Makes Key Announcements The Huffington Post Media Group Makes Key Announcements: Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Joins The Huffington Post Media Group And AOL as Strategic Adviser For Social Impact; Veteran Journalist John Montorio Joins as Culture and Entertainment Editor, About social enterprise / About Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Read it over a bar of Divine chocolate? Watched Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen? Visited the Eden Project? Shopped at the Co-op? Tools for citizen journalism Tools for citizen journalism enable people other than traditional mass media professionals to gather, edit and share information through internet and other low-cost publishing systems. Handbooks Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents, published by Reporters Without Borders, September 2005, offers advice on how to start a blog, and get it picked up by search engines, along with ethical guidelines and recommmendations for the best tool to use, as well as information on how to blog anonymously and technical ways to get around censorship.How to Blog is a weblog devoted to sharing blogging tips and tricks, theme and plugin info and blogging software reviews.Into the Blogosphere provides scholarly analysis of "discursive, visual, social, and other communicative features of weblogs." Blog hosting services

Top Ten Tools for Data Journalism ← Data journalism is ever-evolving and so are the tools of the trade. Aside from Microsoft Excel (which I’ve blogged about here and here), these are the tools which are, in my opinion, the most useful for data journalism at the moment. Google Fusion Tables The gateway drug for most data journalists, Google Fusion Tables is a user-friendly mapping tool which allows users to upload their data to the application, select the columns of data they would like to map and simply create the map. Journalism in the Age of WikiLeaks Invalid quantity. Please enter a quantity of 1 or more. The quantity you chose exceeds the quantity available. Please enter your name. Please enter an email address. Please enter a valid email address.

Blogger Jacqui Thompson loses £25k libel award appeal A blogger who was arrested for filming a council's meeting has lost her appeal against being told to pay its chief executive £25,000 in libel damages. Jacqui Thompson, from Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, was sued by Mark James over five posts she made on her blog. Mrs Thompson also faces a £230,000 legal bill after losing a bid to sue Mr James for libel. Mr James said he was pleased that the Appeal Court had "dismissed completely" Mrs Thompson's case. The legal spat developed in June 2011 after Mrs Thompson was removed from a council meeting and arrested after refusing to stop filming it.

What You Had to Say About ‘Citizen Journalism’ My recent article here on Poynter Online, “The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism,” generated a lot of e-mail back to me — comments, feedback, and tips about projects and trends I didn’t mention. In the spirit of the topic, I’m including the great information that people sent me on this webpage. The information significantly adds to the discussion already underway in the feedback area. Sarah Granger: Trump Autographed Copy Of Obama Birth Certificate For Auction Online Katie Jacobs Stanton didn't get a job at the White House by being shy. So when the opportunity to meet Donald Trump at Saturday's annual White House Correspondents Dinner came up, she hatched a plan: to find him and get his autograph on a copy of President Obama's long form birth certificate. Stanton, who now works at Twitter, tweeted her plans.

Blogs, online publications and defamation A local authority officer recently succeeded in a counter-claim for libel. Wesley O'Brien and Jonathan Moore look at the lessons to be learned. The recent High Court decision in Thompson v James and Carmarthenshire CC [2013] EWHC 515 (QB) considers an authority’s robust response to public criticism and accusations of corruption, and the circumstances in which a local authority employee can sue and succeed in a defamation claim.