Stories from the Field

How the Telecom Lobby Is Killing Municipal Broadband

[Source: The Atlantic, by Emily Badger, November 4, 2011]
The city of Longmont, Colo., built its own 17-mile, million dollar fiber-optic loop in the mid-1990s. The infrastructure was paid for by the local city-owned electric utility, though it offered ...

Crossing the Digital Divide: Bridges and Barriers to Digital Inclusion

[Source: Edutopia, by Sara Bernard, August 8, 2011]
Now that we’ve reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?   The term digital divide was coined in the mid-1990s as ...

Shaping 21st-Century Journalism

[Source: New America Foundation, by Jason Smith, C. W. Anderson, Tom Glaisyer, New America Foundation and Marika Rothfeld, October 27, 2011]
Leveraging a “Teaching Hospital Model” in Journalism Education   As the media industry evolves to meet the challenges of the emerging digitally-networked era, so too are journalism schools. ...

Rebuilding the Internet in a War Zone

[Source: Fast Company, by Neal Ungerleider, October 31, 2011]
Sirte, Libya, was destroyed by three separate militaries. Nearly the entire population fled. Now a small group of NGOs are swooping in to quickly rebuild ... the Internet. Here's why it comes ...

Half the Sky Transmedia Project Update 10/2011

[Source: Games for Change, October 29, 2011]
Nick Kristof with Eva Mendes in Sierra Leone   In 2009, the bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky, sparked a global movement to address what they dubbed “the ...

The Case of the Disappearing Local TV Journalist

[Source: In These Times, by Kari Lydersen, October 24, 2011]
Free Press ties station layoffs to 'covert consolidation'

Panel Tackles Innovation in Public Media

[Source:, by Josh Stearns, October 19, 2011]
"News is just too important to leave to those who shout the loudest…or have the biggest purse.”Caroline Thomson, chief operating officer of the BBC, made these remarks at this week’s Washington, ...

Cutting the Cost of Logging In to Learn

[Source: Chicago News Cooperative, by Tanveer Ali, October 17, 2011]
As public schools in Chicago have shifted their focus to online learning, the benefits have been blunted by the fact that home access to the Internet costs too much for some students, leading ...

Infographic: How the Top 50 Nonprofits Do Social Media

[Source: craigconnects, October 13, 2011]
I get asked a lot if nonprofits are using social media effectively. After taking a look at the Nonprofit Times list of 100 top nonprofits based on income, the craigconnects team decided to look at ...

Cinereach Grants $350,000 to Deserving Doc, Narrative and Hybrid Projects

[Source: indieWIRE, by Bryce J. Renninger, October 13, 2011]
Cinereach, the film funding organization that supports “vital stories, artfully told,” has announced that it has granted 17 film projects a total of $350,000 in their second grant cycle of the ...