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Caroline O’Donovan is a staff writer at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she covers media, technology and the future of the news business. As a Lab staffer, she’s been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS Radio. Previously, she was a fellow at Chicago Public Media, where she reported and produced stories in the Chicago area, as well as for American Public Media’s Marketplace.
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The Bay Area local news site has a dedicated audience and significant ad revenue, but to continue growing they’ll need additional sources of income.
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The site, promised as a “satirical approach to American politics and culture,” was set to launch this month, but now it’s unclear when or if it’ll get off the ground.
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New media and legacy media came together at the second weekend-long “hackathon” hosted by the Society for News Design.
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Stacy-Marie Ishmael, coming from the FT, will join Noah Chestnut on the new, newsroom-integrated team.
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Across the state, 400,000 demographically appealing readers have been selected to receive a magazine trying to find a new model for sustainable, high-quality regional journalism.
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What does a hyper-successful public radio franchise incubating its first spinoff tell us about the state of podcasting?
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The new Schoolbook will have targeted emails, major content partnerships, three languages, and more — and building it took just seven days.
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Circa has a lot of good ideas, but whether the app can appeal to a large audience remains to be seen.
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