• Je Suis Charlie: Defending Freedom of Expression Depends on All of Us

    When I heard about the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo I was speechless. I have been writing about press freedom and violence against journalists for half a decade, but in the wake of these killings words failed me. Words did not fail others however. Within an hour of hearing about the attack IContinue… Read more

  • The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2014

    Each year I post a round-up of the best online journalism of the year. Below you will find links to more than 30 amazing, immersive journalism projects that caught my attention in 2014. But each year, my readers augment the list with their own favorites. In 2012, the list included a lot of stunning visuals andContinue… Read more

  • 10 Crowdfunding Lessons From The Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign

    The Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign comes to a close today after raising more than $600,000 from nearly 22,000 fans. The success of a campaign like this is a complex alchemy of passion, mission, timing and tenacity. There are a million things you can’t control, good and bad surprises abound. And yet, over the last month the RadiotopiaContinue… Read more

  • Five Kinds of Listening for Newsrooms and Communities

    In 2002 NPR’s vice president for diversity, then a faculty member at the Poynter Institute, described an idea he called “The Listening Post.” “Journalists interested in telling more of a community’s ‘truth’ need to establish listening posts in the places that fall outside the routine of journalism,” he wrote. “They have to leave the office, the neighborhood,Continue… Read more

  • How To Get Your News From Poems

    I came to journalism by way of poetry. For a long time, poems were my workshop. Through poetry I experimented with language, learned how to make meaning and build empathy. Poetry, like so much good journalism, helped me see the world in new ways. This week, the nation’s largest poetry festival kicks off in Newark, NewContinue… Read more

  • Why Journalists Need to Take Reader Privacy More Seriously

    (A version of this post originally appeared on Medium) Last week longtime local publisher Howard Owens, founder of the online news site the Batavian, launched a new publication covering Wyoming County in upstate New York. Buried in a parenthetical within his welcome message to readers was a fascinating promise: “We’ll also respect your privacy byContinue… Read more

  • What if Journalism Was Built for Inclusive Community Participation?

    Larenellen McCann recently gave a terrific talk about community, technology and how we can and should build for “inclusive community participation.” As I watched the video, she kept talking about “civic tech” and “civic hacking” but I kept hearing “journalism” and “reporting.” The failures she is describing and the challenges she sets forth are as relevantContinue… Read more

  • The Rise of Hands-On Journalism

    Digital journalism has made possible some incredible storytelling in recent years. Visually stunning reports on issues as diverse as gun violence, environmental disasters, and surveillance have brought stories to life on the screen. Increasingly, however, journalists are experimenting with innovations that move journalism off the screen and into people’s hands. This spring RadioLab did a storyContinue… Read more

  • Thirteen Questions About the Future of Participatory Journalism

    At this year’s Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications conference I moderated a panel on legal, educational and practical debates about participatory journalism and citizen reporting. I had the good fortune to be joined by a terrific group of scholars and activists: Amanda Hickman of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Lisa LynchContinue… Read more

  • Finding a Better Way to Track Journalist Arrests in the United States

    I spent a large part of 2011 and 2012 compiling a day by day detailed report of journalists who had been arrested at Occupy protests. In each case, I tried to track down multiple sources for confirmation, sought to detail the circumstances and capture a bit of the story of how the arrest happen, andContinue… Read more