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Enterprising Collaborations Will Unite Diverse Philly Groups in Journalistic Endeavors, Thanks to Awards

November 16, 2010
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As barriers that once defined the field of journalism―between writer and audience, community and editor―continue to morph, one of the great challenges facing the field is how to navigate these new intersections. And while it’s no secret that all kinds of media players―from large, established, mainstream media outlets to much smaller, community-based groups―could use additional funding given the transitional state of the industry, a recent announcement may signal a brighter future for some: A number of previously unheralded media players received Philadelphia Enterprise Reporting Awards to perform some particularly innovative journalism. The awards of $5,000, announced by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and funded by the William Penn Foundation, will help get 14 collaborative, public affairs-oriented journalism projects off the ground in the city of brotherly love. 

Where’s MPI?: Media Policy Initiative Week in Review

November 1, 2010

The past week has been an eventful one for those working in media policy and the media more generally in Washington. Those of us who were looking ahead to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on Saturday couldn’t help but find ourselves wondering about the role of the media today, especially after Jon Stewart declared, “The press is our immune system.” How blurred the lines between news, politics, and entertainment continue to be.


  • By
  • Jessica Durkin,
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • Kara Hadge,
  • New America Foundation
September 23, 2010

Seattle, Wash., could be considered a city singularly suited to develop a healthy democracy in the digital age. The city government, citizens and business have created a productive environment for the next generation of information-sharing and community engagement.

Robots and Magicians: Yahoo! Pipes

August 5, 2010
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In one of Carl Sagan's writings he mentions that in the 1800's the average reader could read every book in something like 60 years.  At the time of the writing, he said it would take the average reader something like 1,000 years to do it.  With all of the information available, there seems to be no excuse for not staying up-to-date on the latest information on technology, telecommunications, the evolving media landscape, and all the other factors relevant to my professional life. Except for one small detail: There are only 24 hours in the day.

Washington, D.C.

  • By
  • Kristine Gloria,
  • Kara Hadge,
  • New America Foundation
August 5, 2010

The District of Columbia, containing a wealth of intellectual capital, national political institutions, and expansive support for innovative industries is well positioned to develop a healthy information ecology in the digital age. Washington’s high concentration of leading political actors, paired with a high volume of influential information hubs, maintains a supply of and demand for information. Within its 61 square mile area, the District of Columbia hosts hundreds of media outlets transmitting news to the rest of the world.

Long-form Journalism for the Short Attention Span

July 20, 2010
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It’s no secret that we live in a time when the news most likely to be consumed is that which is served bite-sized to readers, ideally in 140 characters or, if necessary, 140 words. Even when readers have the inclination and attention span to read long-form journalism, they might not want to curl up with their screen of choice and delve into an unending single-page view. Nicholas Carr’s recently published book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, has only increased the buzz around the argument that the Internet is hurting human intelligence. So when big stories come out--investigative reports with both reportorial heft and wide-ranging policy implications--it helps to know that people will read them and give them the attention they merit.

With this in mind, the form and delivery of this week’s Washington Post investigation, “Top Secret America,” has piqued my interest even more than the content of the story itself

Studying Seattle: Take Two

July 9, 2010
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As promised when we first published our information community case study on Seattle, we've revisited our research with fresh eyes and new feedback since issuing version 1.0 back in May. Thank you to all who graciously offered input on the paper--in its multiple iterations--and took time to speak with us about trends on the ground in Seattle; the research process was certainly a collaborative effort.

Cell Phone Scoops: Revisiting the Camera Phone's Role in Citizen Journalism

July 8, 2010
Photo credit: Alexander Chadwick

In the face of danger, human nature may dictate a fight-or-flight response, but mobile technology has created a new reflex: point and shoot. This week marks the 5-year-anniversary of the 7/7 bombings that shook London’s mass transit system, a tragedy that, in addition to its cultural and geopolitical consequences, helped formulate a new understanding of what it means for the world to witness the immediate aftermath of catastrophe. Cell phone photos taken by survivors—average citizens—have had consequences that few could have predicted: July 7, 2005, was one of the pivotal moments in the development of citizen journalism as a legitimate, continually evolving part of the modern media landscape. 

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