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Articles by Ricardo Bilton

Ricardo Bilton is a contributor at the Nieman Journalism Lab. He was previously a reporter at Digiday, where he covered the business of digital media. He’s also written for VentureBeat, ZDNet, The New York Observer and The Japan Times. When he’s not working, he’s probably at the movies.
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CityLab hopes to turn its focus on key urban decision makers into a compelling value proposition to advertisers.
“We’re always asking: How do I know that I’m not wasting my time on a platform by chasing vanity metrics? If we focus on traffic, we miss quality.”
The veterans-focused site, born out of a jobs board, is expanding beyond its original conception with original reporting, a growing staff of full-time writers, and its own revenue streams.
“It is a problem that is affecting fundamental human rights of all Mexicans — the right to freedom of expression, the rights to access information.”
“We want to do everything we can to hear more of those voices and amplify them.”
Built around a “venture philanthropy” model, the new programs will offer both significant funding and the test kitchen of its Philadelphia daily newspapers.