Because journalism is not like other media and it actually shouldn’t be

How can people pay for Netflix or Disney+ or Spotify or video games or any of the other media options outside of journalism but not journalism?

Because those things are not journalism and have an entirely different value proposition.

But hey, let’s entertain the question. Why them and not us?

I’ll tell you a secret. My household’s total yearly spending on streaming platforms and books is a fair bit more than what I spend on journalism subscriptions and donations. I would wager that I’m not alone in this.

Why? For many of the same reasons I suspect that a…


It’s not the public that doesn’t want to pay journalists to do journalism, it’s management

For the past week or so, Journalism Twitter has dug into the regularly occurring theme of how poorly people who work in journalism are paid. It is an extremely important conversation and they are entirely right. The deal for journalists, — and I’m including everyone who does the work, not just capital-R Reporters — is a bad deal. Low pay, horrible conditions, little power, career paths more built on social network than skill and employers with unreasonable expectations and in many, if not most cases, absolutely shit management. …


From News Catalyst and LION

Today we’re proud to announce a new effort to make the path to journalism entrepreneurship easier: The Tiny News Collective, a new partnership providing the tools, resources and commonwealth of knowledge to help people build sustainable news organizations that reflect and serve their communities.

The project is a collaboration between News Catalyst and LION Publishers, along with a group of industry leaders and partners. The Collective isn’t trying to “save” local journalism as we know it. …


Maybe it’s your first year in which nothing could feel good. Maybe you’ve had a run of bad years. Maybe your circumstances are such that nothing has ever truly, fully felt good, only less bad.

Time is an abrasive that shapes us all. The coarseness of this year has left deep marks.

I try to think of foods that have tasted amazing and nothing lives up to the memory.
I try to trick myself into different moods with music and it has no effect.
I try to pass time with movies and tv shows and nothing connects the way it used to.
I…


News Catalyst launches partnerships to help news organizations address product challenges

Circumstances for many news organizations have been difficult since long before the current crisis. Whether it’s a lack of capacity or support, newsrooms have been struggling with designing and managing effective product processes that can bolster their work and better serve their audiences.

News Catalyst was created to help news organizations through experimentation around tools, technology, collaboration and product development. To that end, we’re launching a new partnership program to provide assistance to organizations.

What we’re looking for are partner news organizations interested in collaborating to solve a challenge they are facing in their organization.

What we hope to accomplish…


It’s the same forward and backward. Today. 02022020.

I have to admit I’m usually annoyed when people carry on about unique dates.

This is the only time when it’s gonna look like that!

Well…yeah. That’s how time works.

Photo by Murray Campbell on Unsplash

We get really excited about the opportunity to observe something genuinely singular. A near impossible occurrence in a universe in which no event or process is truly unique. What occurs once can and does happen again.

Circumstances we think we’re free of can rebound in our lives across the distance between now and then. …


A look at ten of the most exemplary collaborations of the year.

There was a stunning array of collaborative journalism projects this year. Newsrooms dug into complicated stories, in-depth investigations, forward-thinking projects and some of the most difficult issues happening around the world. There’s no way we could properly recognize all the incredible work that was done this past year, but we want to highlight some of the influential work we saw from collaborating newsrooms.

This list isn’t in any specific order, but is instead grouped by the major themes we saw reflected in coverage.

Immigration

Detained: How the US built the world’s largest immigrant detention system

The stories and images from the…


Looking at journalism as a process rather than as institutions and an identity

Building relationships with communities that have not been historically prioritized by most of the journalism industry is not simply a decision on the part of newsrooms to begin to show up, but a process of reconciliation, repair, service and inclusion. Having a healthy relationship with any community is a never-ending process that is both work and privilege.

The work of inclusion isn’t just about acquiring new audiences, building a pool of members or expanding a subscriber base. Equitable inclusion is a moral imperative, an acknowledgement that the truest story of our world can only be written when we all participate…


Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Looking for story ideas that you can start working on today? Here are 102.

By the age of 60, nearly 70% of Americans will have experienced economic hardship. For most of us, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Newsrooms play a vital role in reporting on issues that have an outsized impact on those with limited means.

Covering hardship as a specific topic isn’t about finding “poor” people and doing stories about them. It’s about investigating the impact of systems and processes on people experiencing hardship, which systems and processes disproportionately affect people experiencing hardship and which problems we can help people experiencing hardship better navigate through quality reporting…


Everything beneath these clouds is complicated.

The middle is the part you’re not supposed to talk about while it’s happening. It’s more comforting to the audience and certainly more safe to wait until you know how the story concludes before talking about it. This is definitely not the part you’re supposed to talk about out loud while trying to start a company or find work because this is the part that is messy and not at all heroic. It doesn’t make a good segment on a resume or highlighted skill on LinkedIn. It’s terrifying to write about. …

Heather Bryant

Deputy Director of Product @NewsCatalyst. Founder of @ProjectFacet, supporting effective, meaningful collaboration. The future of journalism is collaborative.

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