Plan B for local news: How B Corporations present an opportunity for media

B Corporation

A B Corp is a for-profit entity; the B stands for benefit. The idea is to build businesses that benefit not just their shareholders, but any stakeholder that may interact with the business and its products or services.

Collaborate, or your competitors will

Paradise Papers

Here are some pills to cure people who think collaboration in journalism ‘is nice’, but don’t realize its true power

Text processing highlights from NICAR 2018

Shredded Documents

Takeaways of interest for journalists working with textual sources

Lessons from improv

Improv Notes

On the first day of improv class, instructor Dan Klein tried to disabuse us of the idea that being an improviser is about being clever. Be present; be available, he advised. Don’t try to be funny.

Let’s examine, own, and apologize for our racist coverage


A call to action for public radio

Covering an epidemic is like covering conflict: why science reporters should be trained like war correspondents


my interviews with reporters from all over the world leads me to worry about the state of science journalists.

Journalism has a huge management problem

NICAR session

One way we can better manage and support journalists with technical skills is to help their managers.

The thing about FOMO, FUD, and FOJI is YOLO

Being at Stanford, a buzz of activity, I’ve realized that everyone is doing something all the time. It’s also a place with a lot of acronyms and shorthand lingo.

Local news needs to slow down its pace

Paw Patrol

It took a children’s video game to help me to figure this out.

20 (more) things I learned at Stanford the year I set out to change my life

Lisa Rossi in ContentCube video

This fellowship provides world-class professional growth opportunities. But personal growth is a huge part of the experience too.

Dreaming of making a documentary? Ten challenges to deal with before mortgaging your house


Some basic advice, particularly focusing on the current affairs and investigative documentary categories drawing on journalism..

Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you.

The Adventure Begins

The business models for journalism startups are not all that complicated after all: Here’s why dozens of reporters got started on their own enterprise.

A customer-service journalism experiment


In an era where news organizations need all the repeat customers they can get, we decided we’d channel André’s experience as a concierge and create an in-person local news experience.

Independent media in Russia: what is the impact?

Chernobyl Rubble

Why have even large philanthropic organizations operating in Eastern Europe — like the Open Society or the Omidyar Network — completely excluded Russia from their funding decisions?

Eight lessons from building card decks for diversity and inclusivity

Card prototypes

“What do the Table of Elements, the first IBM computer, and the novel ‘Lolita’ have in common?” It turns out, they all started as card decks.

6 lessons journalists can learn from improv

Improv Class

I want to inspire teams to see the process of innovation as a chance to be creative, influence the future, and connect with colleagues in new ways.

Dealing with the media: Here’s the advice I gave future CEOs at Stanford’s business school

Don Day's GSB Presentation

I’ve spoken to many groups over the years  —  but never one that took such copious notes. Here’s the advice I doled out in my allotted few minutes.

The gift of repair

Stanford Bike Rack

My first class assignment at Stanford was simple: Find a nice, quiet place to yell — at the top of my lungs — and journal the experience.

Facebook broke news. Now it’s time to follow the Pottery Barn rule

Broken News

The debate over intent and process and impact on elections rages on, but we’ve arrived at the parking lot at the end of a long road.

How might we kickstart the journalism ecosystem of tomorrow?

Hacks/Hackers Connect

If you’re a journalist, and you’ve considered starting your own business, I have five questions for you.

It is impossible to hold the powerful accountable alone


Brazilian journalists have not yet discovered the benefits of collaboration. We have trouble collaborating within our newsrooms, and with colleagues from other news organizations across the country and around the world