A farewell to #content: Optimism, worries, and a belief in great work
The other day, someone called me at work and asked me, What's the future of journalism? As calmly and politely as I could, I replied, I don't know what the f...
In the “web vs. apps” debate for online publishers, apps are on a run
It's what qualifies as an age-old debate in the digital media business: Web or native apps? The question isn't really either/ or " for most news outlets, t...
Net neutrality represents an important win for democracy
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC. (Photo credit: ALA Washington Office/ Flickr) Today, over one year after the Court of Appeals for the District...
On convening a community: An excerpt from Jake Batsell’s new book on engaged journalism
Where was God in Aurora? It was a frank, arresting, and painful question to ask in the days following the macabre shooting spree that left 12 people dead and...
Sports And Money: The Story Behind Yoan Moncada's Big Payday
Senate launches bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Caucus
(Image credit: cool revolution/ Flickr) A bipartisan group of Senators came together yesterday to launch the Senate Whistl">...
Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Feb. 26
There's more to criminal justice data than you think: Delve into it with Sunlight's new inventory
At Sunlight, we’ve long been champions of the general idea that access to data makes things better. And we know that’s especially true in specific polic...
Congrats to Chicago for endorsing public financing ballot question
Here...
What Happens If You Don't Pay Your Taxes?
Millennials and Money: The Business Of Being A Yo-Yo Man
We're still looking for open data social impact stories!
(Image credit: geralt/ Pixabay) About a month ago, Sunlight asked the open government community to provide illustrative examples of how open dat...
Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Feb. 25
Entertaining Business: The Biggest Problems With the 2015 Oscars
How to quickly set up Travis CI for your Ruby application
Note: Sunlight is starting to publish more technical content in the blog's Technology channel! Drop us a line if you've got feedback. Without further ado, h...
Medium, known for going long, wants to go shorter
Medium announced some new updates to its publishing platform today. They include a tagging system (which means more structured data), a redesign of post pres...
Another Mandel aide runs Ohio-based dark money group
Dexter F. Vaughan, a 27-year-old former staffer for Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, led a political nonprofit that spent $1 million attacking gubernat...
Transportation And Money: Get Those Last-Minute Spring Break Travel Deals
Millennials and Money: The New Face Of Entrepreneurship
Must Read Money Stories for Tuesday, Feb. 24
'Fixed Fortunes' companies investing heavily on both sides of the aisle
With appropriations season looming, many of the powerful corporations on Sunlight's Fixed Fortunes 200 list are paying their dues to lawmakers on ei...
“I know what Guns and Ammo is. I know what Road and Track is…I don’t know what Fusion is.”
If you're a weekend denizen of Media Twitter, (a) my apologies and (b) you've already seen this Friday blog post from Fredrik deBoer, a doctoral student at P...
How To Cover Money, Series 1, Episode 1: Thinking Like A Business Reporter
Snapchat stories: Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app
When Sam Sheffer, The Verge’s social media editor, launched the site’s Snapchat account at the end of July last year, he meant it to be a small-scale exp...
The Week on Politwoops: Marijuana, mix-ups and messaging
A marijuana legalization poster hangs on a lamp post in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: DCMJ.org) On this week's roundup of notable deleted twee...
Play the News: Max Foxman's New Report
Tow Center to Workshop Algorithmic Transparency in the Media
Berman advocacy group to air ad targeting animal rights movement on Oscar night
The Oscars are synonymous with glitz, glamour, pleasant banter and a big red carpet. Viewers in Washington, D.C., who tune in to watch the star-studded occa...
Internet birthed the radio star: Local newspapers are hoping online radio can be a growth area
HARTFORD " On Feb. 4, the New Canaan Advertiser, a community paper in Connecticut, broke a big story about one of the town's most famous residents: Brian W...
Newsonomics: Texas, vast Texas, aims to set a new standard in statewide public media news
Texas Standard debuts with a snap, crackle, and pop. David Brown, its daily host, 'brings us the snap of Marketplace, which he used to anchor,' says KUT gene...
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Je Suis Charlie: Defending Freedom of Expression Depends on All of Us
The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2014
Ten years ago today, I launched this blog
It's hard for me to remember what my career was like before I launched this blog on a whim 10 years ago this very night. Certainly the world of traditional ...
There is no value in working for free for publicity
10 Crowdfunding Lessons From The Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign
Five Kinds of Listening for Newsrooms and Communities
How To Get Your News From Poems
Job: Help us learn how teaching works by visualizing millions of syllabi
Why Journalists Need to Take Reader Privacy More Seriously
What if Journalism Was Built for Inclusive Community Participation?
The Rise of Hands-On Journalism
Thirteen Questions About the Future of Participatory Journalism
Finding a Better Way to Track Journalist Arrests in the United States
How can I help?
What I learned at Build Peace, the first conference for technology and conflict resolution
Questions about the NYPD I cannot answer
Carnival of Journalism: Modernizing college media organizations
Dear Huffington Post, you get the commenters you deserve and real names won’t change that
Why I am so happy that I chose Flickr over Instagram for my photo of the day project
Where are my photos of the day? On social media
The Rhino Daily News
The newfound power of the social media editor
The New York Times is 'retiring' the traditional practice of pitching stories for the newspaper's front page, reports Poynter's MediaWire: 'Under the new sys...
Geeks Bearing Gifts: Efficiency … The Final Cut
How a politician’s Instagram photos were matched with flight data and expenses to identify potential rulebreaking
Using metadata and expense records, @SB16 and I dig into Aaron Schock's travels on donors' priavate planes http:/ / t.co/ TlASMPsCYF " Jack Gillum (@jackgi...
Sunday sampler
Narrative Bias and Superstition
This article in The Atlantic calls it magical thinking or superstition. I call it narrative bias. If Bohr couldn’t resist magical thinking, can anyone? One...
Klondike weather? Timely 100-year-old poetry
With the thermometer hitting record single digits here in Southwest Virginia, the weatherman threatening negative double-digits overnight, and a Facebook con...
Geeks Bearing Gifts: Digital First — What Then?
February and Facebook
A confession: I've developed a Facebook habit and, with three other more-or-less active blogs, have neglected this one for months. Facebook is especially goo...
Ceci N'est Pas Un Chien
Sunday sampler
Snowpocalypse Now
On David Carr
David Carr
NBC’s opportunity
How to: learn about CSS by creating a ‘tweetable quote’
This is the fourth in a series of posts introducing HTML. The first part tackled making a 'Tweet this' link in a blog post, and the second introduced Twitter...
The Chapel Hill shootings and the news ecosystem
How to: embed images in ‘tweet this’ links
This is the third in a series of posts introducing HTML. The first part tackled making a 'Tweet this' link in a blog post, and the second introduced Twitter'...
Geeks Bearing Gifts: The Story So Far
Newsquest charging students for a byline? They could at least sell it properly
Newsquest are charging students £120 for a byline. The NUJ is appalled. Universities are angry. Journalists are outraged. And no one is surprised. Shitty st...
How-to: learn about APIs while making tweetable quotes
This is the second in a series of tutorials introducing HTML, CSS and APIs. You should probably start with the first one, here. You can also get all four tut...
Dean Smith remembered on North Carolina front pages
How-to: learn HTML and CSS by making tweetable quotes
Sharelines “If you know how to create a link then you already know how to create a tweetable quote. Optimise your journalism for search by making quotes ...
The 'conflation' that Brian Williams confessed to began in 2003
Other NBC people were involved from the beginning. In his weekly column David Carr of the New York Times wrote this about NBC's Brian Williams troubled tale ...
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Brian Williams has not led. What's an anchor for?
Why wasn't Williams the one interviewing the military veterans who could help him correct his faulty account? That’s what a leader of a news division would...
Christie Agonistes
Sunday sampler
David Brooks Auditions For Graham Greene
Geeks Bearing Gifts: Untapped Technologies
Why scientists often hate records requests
The shadow side of sunlight laws
James Hamblin: A fresh perspective for health journalism
The Atlantic editor has accumulated a loyal following with his video series "If Our Bodies Could Talk"
Is national media ignoring local science fraud?
Instances are being covered as local stories rather than as data points in a national narrative
The end of Modern Farmer?
An award-winning magazine struggles to connect with readers
Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors
Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians
The Texas school board isn't as powerful as you think
Its textbook clout has waned but reporters are still writing as though it hasn't
Will radio save science journalism?
WNYC will soon have a new health unit
Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia
Conservative news outlets News Corp and Fairfax Media tend to control the message
A digital transformation for Science
In transitioning to a new magazine model, the publication's challenges are familiar
BP's aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts
The company's flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission
Why media probably shouldn't name Ebola victims
Ebola's made its American sufferers famous--but what do we gain with personal details?
Here's how to produce strong Ebola stories
The most effective coverage of the first American case has stemmed from the steady hands of experienced--and highly credible--federal medical leaders as well...
Has climate change become a business story?
The cost of brushing science aside
The media's growing interest in how animals think
The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online
A long-time science reporter wrote a questionable book on genetics. Can we trust his other work?
The case of Nicholas Wade and reporting on a lively field with a dishonorable past