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Polly Kreisman

Revenue Streams for Journalists

As many more journalists seek to create their own newsrooms, whether online or cross-platform, the keep-you-up-at-night question remains the same. Who is going to pay us? How do we sustain these ventures? (I have written here at LR about my own Journalism start-ups, including InvestigateNY.)

Over the weekend, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston, a not for profit journalism center that started a small movement of start-up centers nationwide, leveraged one of their successful revenue streams: training. About a dozen reporters and civilians gathered to learn interviewing techniques, computer assisted reporting and how to mine the internet for stories.

NECIR is one of about 40 regional reporting centers that are members of the Investigative News Network whose mission is to support non-profit investigative start-ups with the goal of making them sustainable.

Most of these Centers are affiliated with a University and run by legacy journalists from TV and print. The New England Center (at Boston University) is directed by Joe Bergantino (formerly a reporter for ABC News and WBZ-TV) and Maggie Mulvihill, (formerly of the Boston Herald.)

A summary of the Block by Block summit

The Block by Block Conference in Chicago attracted over 100 local site owners, foundations, academics and others whose livelihoods and/or obsessions revolve around on-line local news operations and how to sustain them. Because this conference is organized as more of an on-going conversation groups than of podium lectures, I thought it might be useful to put some of those threads and insights into bite sized pieces (click through below for full coverage):

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Speed dating for site owners at Block by Block

The Block by Block Conference in Chicago attracted over 100 local site owners, foundations, academics and others whose livelihoods and/or obsessions revolve around on-line local news operations and how to sustain them. Because this conference is organized as more of an on-going conversation groups than of podium lectures, I thought it might be useful to put some of those threads and insights into bite sized pieces (click through below for full coverage):

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Skip-ipedia, pt. 2

The Block by Block Conference in Chicago attracted over 100 local site owners, foundations, academics and others whose livelihoods and/or obsessions revolve around on-line local news operations and how to sustain them. Because this conference is organized as more of an on-going conversation groups than of podium lectures, I thought it might be useful to put some of those threads and insights into bite sized pieces (click through below for full coverage):

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Skip-ipedia

The Block by Block Conference in Chicago attracted over 100 local site owners, foundations, academics and others whose livelihoods and/or obsessions revolve around on-line local news operations and how to sustain them. Because this conference is organized as more of an on-going conversation groups than of podium lectures, I thought it might be useful to put some of those threads and insights into bite sized pieces (click through below for full coverage):

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Patch Dispatch

Today they are standing on every corner in one town outside New York City. They are blonde, female and clearly under 25. They wear bright green T-shirts and visors that say "Patch," and they hand out pens and stickers and leaflets by the gross. They do not live here. "Have you read Patch?" they croon to the commuters and shoppers and mommies with strollers, many of whom stare straight ahead without stopping. These are the new Journalists. At least they say they are. Patch, or "Poach," as someone here at Lost Remote once called it, is the network of identical hyperlocal sites that AOL is rolling out at a reported cost of well over $50 million this year. In fact, the sites are parachuting down so fast they can't even keep up with the list of "coming" sites on the Patch homepage; the town where we spotted the lovelies today isn't even on the list yet, but they are advertising for writers on Craigslist.

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