Meritocracy and Monetizing the New News Model [Update]

<ed.note>Thinking About Citizen Journalism Content Aggregation Combined with Author (vs. Content) Recommendation Model: If you can only see author recommendation status with a paid online subscription then you can monetize the new news model (along with targeted ads, of course) — assuming, as does the old news model, that folks actually value (i.e., are willing to pay for) an author’s background and experience. Of course, tip jars would go directly to the authors. An alternative tip jar could be split between the platform provider and advertisers to directly acknowledge their contributions.</ed.note>


Knight Foundation Scholarships

Coders Wanted – Journalism scholarships available for programmers/developers

Scholarship winners can enroll at Medill in January 2009, June 2009, September 2009 or January 2010. Applications are being accepted now.

Are you a skilled programmer or Web developer? Are you interested in applying your talents to the challenge of creating a better-informed society? Do you think technology can improve journalism — or, maybe, believe that journalism is behind the curve technologically?

If your answers are “yes,” consider applying to Medill for a master’s degree in journalism. You can earn your degree in just a year. You’ll open doors to new career opportunities that might help build a better democracy. And a new program at Medill offers you a chance to win a fully funded scholarship.

<ed.note>Ok, I’m game – if you’re a news gathering/dispersing organization and you TRULY VALUE these skills (that is, you’ll pay a salary while you let someone complete an MA in New Journalism) I’d like to hear about it. FWIW, I’ve been enabling info to approximately 180 countries (here, here, and here) for nearly a decade. Also, there was this, while now I blog for the Medical Banking Project here, used to admin the MBP mediawiki, started @mbproject, still admin the International Journal of Medical Banking and the Point and Click Expedition Blog; and I admin the Open Journalism Group (promoting distributed and open news – invite here. You can monitor @ed_dodds and eddodds.</ed.note>


Cell Journalist

Christian Chronicle

C-SPAN Campaign Politics and the Internet

Edison Carter

IndyMedia (CNN)


Nashville Post



Project Syndicate


The Uptake

The Printed Blog



Secrets To Starting A Citizen Journalism Organization

The YouTube Reporters’ Center

Related event:

OnMedia NYC (February 2nd-4th, 2009, Ritz Carlton – Battery Park, New York City) is where cutting-edge technology CEOs from the back streets of Silicon Valley meet the global advertising and media establishment. This two-and-a-half-day executive event features CEO presentations and high-level debates on which forces are disrupting user behavior and creating new opportunities in the marketing, branding, advertising, and public relations industries. At OnMedia, our editors will also honor the OnMedia 100 Top Private Companies. Fifty of the top CEOs from the OnMedia 100 will pitch their market strategies to a panel of industry experts in our “CEO Showcase.”

Who Attends: Seven hundred technology, media and advertising CEOs, business development officers, media buyers, venture-capital and private-equity investors, and leading members of the press and blogging community will attend OnMedia. Over 20,000 webcast viewers from over 100 countries will also tune in and interact with the program. Executives attend OnMedia to identify and debate emerging trends, build high-level relationships and create new business opportunities.

The Bottom Line for Nonprofit News [Updated]

<ed.note>Miller-McCune has launched a print magazine which had an interesting article concerning shifts in journalism. Since CNN has begun soliciting viewer contributions as part of their news gathering model, it seems the distributed reporting paradigm (a la IndyMedia, OhMyNews, Wikipedia) is growing.</ed.note>

Ryan Blitstein is a freelance journalist based in Chicago and a Miller-McCune contributing editor. As a staff writer at the San Jose Mercury News, SF Weekly and Red Herring, he covered everything from spray-can artists…

Across America, nonprofit Web sites are trying to keep public interest journalism alive at the local level. But to provide what print newspapers increasingly do not, these digitized nonprofits must overcome the challenge facing every startup: Eventually, they have to break even.

<ed.note>BTW, if you’re a follower of this meme you may be interested in the Open Journalism networking group I’ve just set up on promoting distributed and open news.</ed.note>