Low-income people, mulitracial neighborhoods, and others are losing access to the news they need to improve their communities. By Josh Wilson, Chronicle of Philanthropy, November 2017 (read the PDF) For more than a decade, with the news industry under deepening financial strain, grant makers have invested millions in technology, innovation and business model experiment, eager […]
By Jo Ellen Kaiser, The Media Consortium Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms. The concern—and a very real one–is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election. Fighting […]
The Medium Is The Metaphor: Lookit all these neat horticultural metaphors for managing information and trust in a digital economy! (Active Voice) Church & State, Together Again: At the New York Times, business “realities” are eating away at the editorial firewall. (CJR) Hatred & Ignorance On Demand: Is it just too easy to link this […]
Conspicuously absent from the booming grassroots-sharing economy is the professional journalism sector. For some insight into this conundrum, I spoke to Neal Gorenflo, the executive director and co-founder of Shareable.net — a nonprofit solutions-news outlet covering innovations in resource sharing, new economies, and cities. Neal’s work also gets him in circulation as an adviser to […]
Climate: Florid, feverish, rife with allegations, and simmering with partisan resentment, all of which adds up to lots of clicks and brisk business for outrage-chasing mass media. Health advisory: Incitement and intolerance flourish in this hot, humid environment like malarial mosquitoes in swampy lagoons of oft-willful ignorance — at both ends of the political spectrum. […]
When it comes to civic media, the attention economy is not adequate to the task of serving the unmet information needs of neglected communities. An intention economy can address this shortcoming.