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The program has sought to expand its digital presence by producing blogs and shorter, quick-turnaround stories on the web. Journalists manage multiple Twitter accounts covering different “beats,” including national security, global economics, and the media. In 2011, Frontline hired new-media journalists to manage the program’s transition to a “post-broadcast future.” It began to move into interactive online video during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Frontline is funded primarily by nonprofit foundations and individual donors, including the MacArthur Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and membership dues from local PBS stations. In 2014, it received a $5 million grant from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler and an $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to establish a cross-platform Enterprise Journalism Group. Unlike NewsHour, its cousin in public television, Frontline does not receive corporate support.
OpenFile was a user-driven local news site based in Toronto, with affiliates in five other Canadian cities, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Vancouver, and Halifax. OpenFile was founded by Canadian journalist Wilf Dinnick in May 2010. The site relied on users to direct its news coverage, inviting them to start a “file” (the site’s founders chose the term to…