Showpiece productions like the recent NSA Files from The Guardian and last year’s Snowfall from the New York Times offer hope for the future of news. They are part of a micro-burst of experimentation that hints at what the next generation of digital news products could look and feel like every day.
Adjustments to U.S. tax policy should make it easier for social entrepreneurs and philanthropies to launch and finance non-profit journalism startups. Good luck to them. Raising capital and sustaining news startups, regardless of tax status, will still be difficult.
Unlike typical tech reporting, which dutifully regurgitates the scripted “news” provided by tech companies, The Verge arranged a digital canvas with photos and tweets to show how one of the world’s most influential tech companies views itself and tells its story. An utterly trivial event, staged by a corporate titan in celebration of itself, becomes an instant cultural artifact.
We’re seeking a small group of online publishers to try a new online conversation tool with some novel and intriguing capabilities – including the ability to embed and network conversations (and audiences) across different sites and on Facebook.