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A debate has been ignited over the issue of journalism grants and funding.

At the same time that The L.A Times and The Washington Post have received financial support from the Ford Foundation ($1 million and $500,000 respectively), the independently run journalism start-up Homicide Watch was forced to raise funds via a Kickstarter campaign.

The assistance offered to established, for-profit news organisations and the neglect of pioneering journalism projects has raised questions about the kind of support innovative entrepreneurs can expect from institutions interested in protecting the future of quality reporting.

Founded and edited by former crime reporter Laura Amico, Homicide Watch provides in-depth information and reporting on murders committed in the Washington D.C area. With the help of a database designed by Amico’s husband Chris, for the past two years the site has sought to abide by its promise to “Mark every death. Remember every victim. Follow every case.” In doing so, Homicide Watch has attracted a large following in the D.C community and beyond: since its debut in 2010 visits to the site have escalated, rising from 500 a month to reach 300,000 in July of this year.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-09-10 15:10

Following in the footsteps of recent long-form journalism start-ups, the PostDesk online platform launched today intent on reinvigorating discussion about long-form content among internet users, according to BetaKit.

PostDesk will cover in-depth news and analysis in the fields of tech, gaming, culture, politics and business, the article said. Only those with early invites can currently access the website, though the temporary PostDesk blog is available to all users. 

“PostDesk is a place to discuss, debate and read free, independent long form content such as in-depth news, reviews, investigative journalism, analysis, critique and controversial opinion pieces,” according to PostDesk’s CrunchBase profile.

A combination of in-house editors and outside contributors will be responsible for PostDesk’s content, BetaKit said. Readers will also have active roles in PostDesk, earning points and badges for thought-provoking comments and perhaps even being asked to contribute articles, BetaKit said.

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-03 12:06

All newspapers, television channels and radio stations owned by members of the Russian government will be put up for sale, according to presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich, Polit.ru reported today.

The announcement comes following a speech given by President Dmitry Medvedev at the Federal Assembly of Russia, during which he outlined that public figures as such should not be the owners of "factories, newspapers, steamships," Trud.ru wrote. He said official bodies should only be involved with fields that encourage quality performance of duties, suggesting that all other industries should be privatised.

Dvorovich: Image via Popnano

"Right now, it's a pointless waste of time. They are to be sold, but the date hasn't been established yet," Dvorkovich said, Interfax.ru informed.

Trud.ru pointed out that around 80 percent of regional press is currently owned by the corresponding local authorities. Dvorkovich said he believes it is necessary to focus on nurturing the concept of the Russian media as an independent source of information, News.Bcm notified.

Another possible reason for wanting to sell? Running media companies is an expensive undertaking.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-30 19:39

Content sharing platform Meebo is almost finished raising US$25 million in a fourth round of funding, AllThingsD reported Tuesday. Once the current round of funding is closed, the California-based company will have a total of $60 million.

Meebo places ad-supported toolbars on content sites (such as Mediaweek.com, Maxim.com and AllThingsD), which stay in position at the bottom of the screen as users scroll down the site's page, paidContent explained. Buttons on the toolbar can allow users to share content on the page through social media sites, like Twitter and Facebook. The firm also offers users different ways for users to access chats through a Web portal.

Image: Meebo.com The Meebo Bar has a 1 percent click-through rate, and the average Meebo user spends 60 seconds with an ad, according to AllThingsD.

Currently Meebo reaches 180 million unique users, double the amount it reached a year ago. CEO Seth Sternberg told AllThingsD that 87 percent of its advertisers last year came back in 2010, doubling their budgets, on average.

Users can login to meebo.com, where they can access their instant messenger account and multiple social platforms "to communicate and share with the friends that matter the most!" the site states.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-18 16:18

Alexander Lebedev is planning to set up a fund to support journalistic investigations into large-scale corruption, reported Press Gazette. Lebedev, owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, who also has media interests in his home country of Russia, was speaking at a Society of Editors conference in Glasgow.

Such a foundation would give grants and prizes to organisations worldwide to carry out investigative journalism projects, he said. The fund could be in partnership with Mikhail Gorbachev, Lebedev explained, launched as part of a series of events to celebrate the former Russian head of state's 80th birthday.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-15 16:35

Emphas.is is a new platform for photojournalism that hopes to find a business model to sustain the profession, by creating "a unique bond between photojournalists and their audience." Due to launch in early 2011, its website went live at the end of August.

It would work via crowd funding, "with a difference," the website says. The incentive to contribute would be "exclusive access to top photojournalists." This will work, says the site, because there are many photojournalism enthusiasts out there who would be interested in providing support, many amateur photographers who would be eager for contact with professionals, as well as many people who care about the different issues that photojournalists can address.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-07 15:29

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