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Newsdesk.org is a shared platform for journalists who need baseline infrastructure for their public-interest reporting, including 501(c)(3) status, hosted technology services, personal-branding options and more. Our intent is to provide the DIY framework you need to fundraise, produce, publish and promote your reporting. Read our FAQ for details. If you're a journalism professional or student and would like to get involved or stay up to date, please fill out this short form. Background

Newsdesk had a previous incarnation as an active, general-interest news website. Continue Reading →

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Newsdesk hires veteran journalist George Shirk

With support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Newsdesk.org has hired print- and online-news veteran George Shirk as its first paid editor. Shirk will oversee content and network building for the site, and in particular for News You Might Have Missed (NYMHM)—Newsdesk's signature news service covering important but overlooked news and underserved communities. Continue Reading →

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Your Local Newsdesk presentation

Newsdesk.org has received $25K from Ethics & Excellence in Journalism to develop a revenue-earning syndicated service providing public-interest journalism to underbudgeted commercial newsrooms. Content would be developed by a national network of independent but affiliated YOUR LOCAL NEWSDESK bureaus and fellowships. The bureaus will focus on important but overlooked news; fund themselves through earned income as well as individual donors and philanthropy; and develop extremely cost-efficient, peer-run newsrooms that are linked in a cross-promotional affiliate network. Continue Reading →

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Newsdesk.org Receives Major Grant

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Newsdesk.org has been selected by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation to receive a $25,000 grant in support of the nonprofit, public-interest news service News You Might Have Missed (NYMHM). The Foundation's generous gift will be used to develop NYMHM as a daily service that can earn income through syndication; this will support the production and promotion of important but overlooked news, and help improve coverage of underserved communities. A Vision for New Public Media
Syndication is at the heart of the LOCAL.NEWSDESK.ORG proposal to create new public-media infrastructure for local/regional journalism, at a time of crisis for the news industry. Local.Newsdesk.Org is a 2009 finalist in the WeMedia/Changemakers "Pitch-It" contest. It envisions a network of independent but affiliated online news bureaus that put professional journalists to work, and connect them more effectively to their communities. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Vote for local.newsdesk.org in the WeMedia Pitch-It Finals!

Newdesk.org is one of nine nonprofit finalists out of more than 330 entries from 45 countries in WeMedia's Pitch-It '09 contest, developed in partnership with Ashoka's Changemakers program. Read and rate the local.newsdesk.org pitch on the Changemaker's Web site; your positive ratings will boost our chances. Learn more about WeMedia Pitch-It 2009
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The prize? $25,000, plus plenty of exposure and access to potential supporters -- provided Newsdesk prevails in a live pitching session before a panel of judges and a demanding audience. The main event is in Miami on Feb. Continue Reading →

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