Ready to read the report?!? Despite decades of digital decay, The Washington Post’s 1998 copy of the Starr Report is still alive

Want to read the big report? No, not the Mueller Report, the document many have thirsted after for months as the special counsel investigated Russia’s influence on the 2016 elections. (You can find that one here, FYI. An unsearchable PDF!) I’m talking about the Starr Report — the Referral From Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr…

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Covering 2020: Taking on Twitter, Panera parking lots instead of diner tropes, and more ways newsroom leaders are planning ahead

The business model is still a problem. Misinformation is still a problem. Media manipulation is still a problem. But 250 reporters gathered (at Google’s Chicago office, no less) to talk about how to improve the journalism that they’re doing on a regular basis on the campaign trail — what they can control, as Marty Baron…

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Courting future business models: Are public media and scrappy startups the next trend for mergers?

In these potential pre-recession days, everyone is watching consolidations and combinations (and private equity purchases). But what about mergers — between public media and spry startups that keep the teams intact and the mission of impactful journalism alive? Colorado Public Radio’s scooping up Denverite from the promising Spirited Media flashed extra bright on much of…

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Experience experiments: What Whereby.Us’s membership model looks like after adding a Spirited Media site

After Spirited Media announced it was throwing in the towel on content and pivoting to consulting, some eyes shifted to the other startup network of lit-to-be-local sites. But instead of sticking to its plan, Whereby.Us, founded around the same time as Spirited and existing in four cities, ended up taking in one of Spirited’s almost-orphaned…

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Gizmodo Media Group is sold to a private equity firm, and Univision is out of the English-language website business

It seems depressingly predestined, or at least depressingly 2019: One of the web’s original publishing upstarts — a controversial but highly influential company that brought bloggy energy to digital media, valued not long ago at a quarter-billion dollars — is now in the hands of a private equity firm that bought it for the spare…

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Why did Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund offer up to €50,000 to a mouthpiece of Hungary’s authoritarian government?

Google — because of some admixture of political pressure, guilt, antitrust fears, and civic-mindedness — is increasingly giving money to news organizations around the world. But as press freedom tightens in many countries, what steps are Google taking to evaluate the news organizations it sends checks to? That’s a question some in Central Europe were…

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50,000 first-time donors? Here’s how four nonprofit organizations used NewsMatch to the fullest

$14 million. That’s how much money might not have otherwise made its way into nonprofit news outlets’ bank accounts without NewsMatch, the three-year-old, foundation-funded, end-of-year donation matching campaign. 93 percent of NewsMatch participants said the campaign helped them raise more money than they otherwise would have. The campaign caught the budding nonprofit news sector at…

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