• If you are hungry for news you can trust, journalism that helps you make decisions about your community, reporting that holds power to account, then this is for you. This is my personal advice for people who want to support journalism that matters. It is just a starting point, it is not comprehensive, and it’llContinue… Read more

  • My Next Adventure: Journalism’s Wicked Problems and Democracy’s Complex Systems

    After two amazing years working with local journalists across New Jersey and New York City on creative experiments in revenue models and community engagement this is my last week at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. For the past two years I’ve had the good fortune to work with Molly de Aguiar and Chris Daggett atContinue… Read more

  • Lessons from The New York Times Super Tuesday hoax: Five ways to spot fake news

    Fake articles mostly go under the radar, but have the potential to cause lasting damage. Here are some red flags to help spot them (This article was originally published by the First Draft News Coalition. Check out their site for guides, tips and tools for debunking misinformation online.) On the eve of Super Tuesday, a New York TimesContinue… Read more

  • From Chat Apps to Town Halls: Why More Newsrooms are Designing Journalism for Conversation

    “A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” — Arthur Miller At a panel on “The Hunt for News Products of the Future” hosted by CUNY and the New School last week, Aron Pilhofer, the Interim Chief Digital Officer of The Guardian, said he is fascinated with the intersection of messaging, bots and artificial intelligence inContinue… Read more

  • The Best Online Journalism and Storytelling of 2015

    40 Amazing Reporting Projects You Might Have Missed by Josh Stearns and Luis Gomez Every year storytelling and journalism on the web gets better. For the past three years I have rounded up the most compelling examples of reporting online (here is 2014, 2013, and 2012). This year I had the good fortune to collaborate with Luis Gomez on this project. This isContinue… Read more

  • Scale vs. Love: The Secret Balancing Act

    Two of the biggest trends in journalism seem at first glance to run counter to each other. Can we foster community engagement and participatory journalism and still chase scale and growth? One is messy, complex, and time intensive while the other demands speed and replicability. On a recent Nieman Lab podcast Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor of theContinue… Read more

  • “Parenting is full of negotiations and contradictions. For me, no tension is greater than that between wanting to develop a spirit of wild adventure and self-reliance in my kids and the deep yearning to keep them safe.” Check out my new article at BuzzFeed Parents about risky play and keeping our kids safe (maybe too safe!?!). Continue… Read more

  • What Could You Do With An Actual Crowd?

    A List of 32 Creative Crowd-Driven Journalism and Civic Projects At Newsgeist — a gathering a journalists, technologists and community organizers — a group of us gathered in a small classroom at Arizona State University to talk about how journalists could mobilize large groups of people to do amazing things together. We brainstormed a huge list of models andContinue… Read more

  • Beyond the Numbers: Media Diversity and Local News

    Creating more diverse journalism can’t just be about slotting people of color into the newsrooms we have, it has to be about transforming our institutions, our culture, and our storytelling. I’ve written before about the need for newsrooms to better reflect the diversity of their communities. This work isn’t tangential to creating more sustainable, impactfulContinue… Read more

  • Can Old School Low-Power Radio Help Digital Newsrooms Thrive?

    August 20, WAs National Radio Day. In this post I explore why radio remains relevant and how local newsrooms are partnering with community radio stations to reach new audiences. Across the country new Low Power FM community radio stations are taking to the airwaves. This new burgeoning of local media was made possible by ten yearsContinue… Read more