If you are a journalist, a student or an educator, the news industry's business-model problem looms over your work and aspirations. It's a challenge and an opportunity, but wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to deal with it at all? In this crowd-sourced era, journalists may not need a business model so much as a platform to build community around. Similar to, for example, the Wu Tang Clan. Be like a band
Please consider Newsdesk available to you for free as an open, shared platform for your own work, and as a vehicle for your community-building efforts.
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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.
Newsdesk.org's latest collaboration with Spot.Us is "Prisons & Public Health," a news blog by reporter Bernice Yeung tracking the public-health impacts of California's prison system. Help crowdfund this project!
For best results, click the Mogulus player's "on demand" option, below. Newsdesk.org starts at approx. 49:48; click on the playback bar to advance to that time code. NOTE! The video track is frozen and the audio skips a few times before finally kicking in around 52:00.
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.
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.