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News Chops: Beefing up the Journalism in Local Public Broadcasting

Local public broadcasters are find new ways to engage in more local news - especially more investigative journalism – than ever before. In this report, J-Lab examines various efforts through nine case studies.

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Google's Tools for Journalists.
A write-up of the Google's newest resource, from MediaBistro's 10,000 Words.

How journalists can improve online security.
A collection of resources on safer communication for journalists.

Mobile Journalism Tips
Four tips to help journalists create more videos

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Leverage Your Social Media
Learn to engage with your community, monitor the conversation and plan outreach around events, real-world meetups and breaking stories with this module.

Outside-the-Box Community Engagement
Created by Dave Poulson, editor of Great Lakes Echo.

The Freebies List
A list of 73 free or inexpensive resources for reporting, multimedia storytelling and managing websites.

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News Chops: Beefing up the Journalism in Local Public Broadcasting

News Chops coverJ-Lab examines the efforts of public broadcasters to expand news coverage through partnerships in this report.

J-Lab on PBS MediaShift

J-Lab's Jan Schaffer shares her thoughts on a recent Pew study on nonprofit journalism, saying that nonprofit j-sites need diversified revenues.

Activist Journalism

Activist Journalism - Urban MilwaukeeIn the future of journalism, advocacy may not always be a dirty word - check out this article in Nieman Lab by J-Lab's Jan Schaffer.

DC Startup Forum

CEO of Webbmedia Group Amy Webb spoke at American University on April 18 for the DC Startup Forum. Get great insights from past discussions in this exciting speaker series for media entrepreneurs.

Erin Polgreen:
Guerrilla Marketing

Symbolia founder and new NMWE advisory board member Erin Polgreen discusses successful marketing techniques for her comics journalism project.

Engaging Audiences

This June 2012 survey, funded by the McCormick Foundation, reports on how "digital-first" news sites are engaging their audiences.

New Media Women

Four women have been awarded $14,000 each for the 2013 New Media Women Entrepreneurs awards.

ONA 2012

Read about J-Lab's session, "Entrepreneuring 4.0," at the 2012 ONA conference.

imageLaunching a Nonprofit News Site

Want to launch a nonprofit news site? Here's a step-by-step guide to jump start your efforts.

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