The Texas Tribune shows why non-profit online journalism matters

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The Texas Tribune showed late Tuesday night and very early Wednesday morning how an online non-profit news organization can drive coverage of a story and leave legacy media to talk, literally, about muffins.

During one of the most climatic moments in Texas political history, The Texas Tribune owned the story, buoyed by its live YouTube stream of the Texas Senate in a tense countdown to the midnight end of a special session that included a 10-hour filibuster by new social media darling Sen. Wendy Davis and the debate about a controversial abortion bill.

More than 180,000 people were watching the live stream, taken from the Senate feed, when raucous pro-choice supporters verbally overcame senators as the session came to a close and Tuesday turned to Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the measure passed. What was clear, and made apparent in many congratulatory tweets, was that The Texas Tribune won by producing compelling public-interest journalism.

The coverage was riveting and a lot of people were watching. [Read more…]

How Mi Voz mobilized 30,000 correspondents across Chile and created a sustainable business model

Photo: Courtesy of Mi Voz

Photo: Courtesy of Mi Voz

A Chilean community news network is succeeding on two fronts where countless online media projects fail: mobilizing “citizen journalists” and actually making the venture profitable. [Read more…]

The New Storytellers: For-profit news startups look to harness latest tech, starting with mobile

A screenshot from the intro to a NowThis News mobile video report.

A screenshot from the intro to a NowThis News mobile video report.

This is the second of a two-part series looking at the growing variety of journalism startups and the business models that are powering them. The first, which you can read here, examined several news startups employing nonprofit, hybrid and cooperative business models. [Read more…]