Election '08: Cyber-Watchdogs

April 24, 2008

How do we make money?

Will the sort of work that is being done by nonprofits in this area be taken over by profit-making companies? Should it?

Folks:

As I was thinking about coming to this seminar, I kept coming back to a question that I don’t normally ask myself in this sort of setting: How are we going to make money doing what we are talking about at this event? It is striking that so much of the good work is being done by nonprofits. Certainly, I don’t care who does the work, as long as it gets done. But in the longterm, I think for this work to be sustained it needs to be profitable. Am I wrong? I was telling another fellow that I wonder whether the role of nonprofits is simply a transitional phase. Thoughts?

Bill Theobald

April 18, 2008

Using Internet Tools to Cover Elections

This blog reflects the way a group of USC Annenberg graduate students interpret what they hear during the three-day workshop: Election ‘08: Unleashing the Cyber-Watchdogs.

The 2008 election has seen the internet and online campaigns change the face of political engagement forever. And the need for aggressive reporting and monitoring of campaigns and candidates has never been greater. The Knight Digital Media Center is hosting a seminar for 24 professional journalists focused on how they can use the internet and digital tools to better engage their audiences and expand the impact of their coverage of candidates. We invite you to join the discussion as our fellows, experts and students from Annenberg School of Journalism blog the seminar events.

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