Should your newsroom act more like a startup?

The news that Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes decided to sell The New Republic got me thinking about all of the established news organizations I've worked with in the past few years, and what all of them have in common: Like The New Republic, they're trying to become something else. Some are trying to become "digital-first." Or "audience-focused." Or "platform neutral." … Read More

Michael Stoll persists in vision to create a public-radio-style newspaper despite lack of funds

This is the third of four profiles of journalists at nonprofit news startups. Michael Stoll Michael Stoll started his nonprofit, noncommercial investigative news venture from scratch in 2008. Stoll was an experienced reporter living in the Bay Area during the painful shrinking and transformations of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Examiner. He had reported for established newspapers and … Read More

Most online local news sites make less than $50,000 a year

Tow-Knight Center Two-thirds of new local online news sites make $100,000 or less a year, with more than half generating $50,000 or less, according to a survey released Monday of 94 sites nationwide. Eighty publishers representing 94 sites responded to a survey by Michele’s List, a database produced with the Tow-Knight Center of Entrepreneurial Journalism at the … Read More

How MATTER succeeded in spite of itself

This is the first of four profiles of journalists at nonprofit news startups - the dreams, the struggles, the lessons learned. An abundance of studies have tried to assess the revenue strategies that can make digital news startups sustainable, typically focusing on successes like The Texas Tribune and the range of possible revenue sources.  Freelancer Naomi Lubick approached the question … Read More

Homicide Watch faces uncertain future, established news beats as databases

Homicide Watch | Kickstarter | Nieman Lab Homicide Watch, the news startup that tracks homicide cases in Washington, D.C., through data and reporting, is taking a break. The wife-husband team that founded it, Laura and Chris Amico, are moving to Massachusetts next week for Laura's one-year Nieman fellowship at Harvard. The site may find some new life through a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that would pay interns to staff it. Either way, the project has made its mark. Read More