February 28, 2009

Newsdesk.org: A Changemakers Finalist

Newsdesk.org was among nine finalists, out of 300+ applicants, in the WeMedia “pitch it” contest, which was staged at their annual event in Miami.

Our entry, LOCAL.NEWSDESK.ORG, is a core idea underlying the whole Newsdesk.org effort. It proposes to create a self-propagating network of cost-efficient, public-interest local news bureaus that use the News You Might Have Missed thesis of “important but overlooked news” as a key editorial principle. We do view this as a step forward for public media in general.

The Extraordinaries, an ingenious volunteer-through-your-cellphone app, ultimately took the prize, but it’s interesting to note that the local.newsdesk.org presentation was apparently something of a hit. There has been great feedback on all accounts, and some great new prospects.

Stay tuned for updates, and thanks for making so much possible.

NEWSDESK @ WEMEDIA:

– local.newsdesk.org is referenced in a Poynter column

– Read the details of the local.newsdesk.org proposal on Ashoka’s Changemakers Web site

View the Pitch It session presentations (advance to 49:48 to view the local.newsdesk.org pitch; video courtesy of Fractor.org and Mogulus)

4 thoughts on “Newsdesk.org: A Changemakers Finalist

  1. Hi. I am currently creating a tool which pulls together RSS feeds with environmental news. I would really like to use your Environment RSS Feed as it seems to include some great stories.

    I would like to stress I would in no way adapt or change any content, or links etc, all would remain the same. Is it ok for me to use your RSS feed?

    Many thanks in advance, Nick.

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