Diaspora and How We Will Make Money

What’s interesting is that this underlines the commonality between writing songs and writing code, and how the same approach to financing can be used for both (something I've written about before.) I think that’s important, because it offers a new way of getting free software projects off to a good start. Rather than just hacking and hoping, projects that serve a real need can follow Diaspora's example and seek funding from the start, offering a range of rewards. via Diaspora: The Future of Free Software Funding? – Community – ComputerworldUK. The writer discusses Diaspora (note: I am one of the investors in Diaspora) which aims to be a privacy-safe Facebook-like site, once it is up and running.

Local online news sources forming networks

This is what we are looking to do in Chicago. Contact me if you have a Chicago-centric publication and want to meet to talk about forming a network. With a little help from training at Knight Digital Media Center, The Sacramento Bee launches a lively network of sites and blogs that connects its users to other news sources and to each other

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, few established news organizations were thinking about befriending local news start ups and many probably wished they’d go away. My own January 2009 post encouraging news organizations to make friends with local start ups and link to their content got lost the a fierce debate about whether aggregators were driving traffic to established sites or taking it away.

J-Lab’s Jan Schaffer on the Future of News

In this future, both professional and amateur journalists will need to engage in more than just journalism, however. They must engage in new kinds of “news work” to serve their audiences. News work? Fact entrepreneurs? Credit goes to Columbia University doctoral student Chris Anderson for these new terms. They help us understand that journalism in the future must involve more than just gathering, validating and writing news stories.

Non-Profit Launching Coverage of Illinois State Government

ISN is a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that on its Web site emphasizes its support of “free markets.” “Cash-strapped news organizations are cutting back in many areas including state government coverage, leaving voters less informed,” ISN said in its launch announcement. “ISN is committed to helping fill this void with objective, non-partisan news reports.” via Non-Profit Launching Coverage of Illinois State Government.