Rebooting Investigative Journalism

Rebooting Investigative Journalism

This post is long and not every section is relevant to every reader. Please feel encouraged to skip to those sections that are most relevant. Opening Up Philanthropic Strategizing The Long View of Media Development A Survey of the Media Donor Landscape Media for...
[Poetry] Work for all in Cyberland by Christine Eber

[Poetry] Work for all in Cyberland by Christine Eber

Frontera List is not the most merry of mailing lists. It is administered by New Mexico State University reference librarian Molly Molloy, and aims to facilitate discussion around the violence in Ciudad Juarez that goes beyond the usual daily death count. Still, the...
Non-Profit Journalism in Central America

Non-Profit Journalism in Central America

I’m in Central America for the next two weeks to try to better understand a new phenomenon — the rise of small, online, non-profit, investigative journalism projects. They tend to be led by the giants of Latin American journalism who over the decades have...
Social Translation and the News Industry

Social Translation and the News Industry

This week I’m in Perugia, a central Italian, pre-Roman village that sits on a high bluff overlooking a sea of impossibly green pasture that is tucked in each evening by a thin blanket of sunset-tinted fog. The surrounding National Geographic-like views are a...

Photojournalism Workshop in Liberia

I’m back in Liberia with Kathleen Flynn and Ken Harper to help out with some media workshops around town. Today Kathleen and Ken led a workshop at the American embassy library here on photojournalism. (Speaking of photography, what a difference a portrait can...

[Panel] The Future of Newsrooms

You’ve got a staff of about 200. Your task: to create a newsroom for the 21st century. Where do you put your staff? Where do you invest your resources? How many reporters do you need? What about editors, copy-editors, photographers, programmers, web producers,...

Rehman Rashid, Idealist and Elitist

Here is the email I was going to send to Rehman Rashid, author of what I’m tempted to describe as the best book I’ve read this year, A Malaysian Journey. Dear Rehman, A few weeks ago I was invited to come speak in Kuala Lumpur on how governments around the...

Perdido en el Siglo … Mundial, Part II

This post is the follow up to this one. If I had more time I would start a new blog. It would be called Osso. Why osso? Because that’s how you used to spell and say bear in spanish. There was a marked difference in the pronunciation between “osso”...

Pitching Outside the Strike Zone Part IV

This post is the fourth part in a series and continues from here. A favorite pastime of both friends and family is career counseling with oso. It always starts with a emptyish complement: “you have such a natural talent for …” and then gets right to...