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The Young Turks Experiment With Exclusive Content for Members

In the wake of the Bill Maher and Ben Affleck debate on radical Islam on “Real Time With Bill Maher” a few weeks ago, The Young Turks streamed an interview between Cenk Uygur and Sam Harris last night, author of Project Reason and another at the desk during that “Real Time” discussion. It’s a talk show feedback loop: Uygur had Reza Aslan on the show, Aslan challenged Harris, Harris is invited.

More intriguing than the debate, though, is that the interview came about because fans pushed for it on social media. There are various “TYT Talk” and hashtags for the show’s weekday broadcast.TYT member benefits

The network  itself offered a live-stream of the interview exclusively for its paying members last night and Uygur and Harris were both welcoming questions from social media to guide the debate. The network streamed the interview as a way to expand upon current membership benefits and, according to a statement, “continue [to] push to build revenue and value off YouTube.”

The perks are more entertaining than most Kickstarter campaigns: for $10/month fans get the “Entire Main Show & Post Game Show ad free, podcast network shows,” but for a $100 or $1,000? Conference calls with the hosts or a one -on-one call with Cenk Uygur once a month. Talk about engagement. You can see the full interview with Harris below:

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

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.)