News for Digital Journalists

May 30, 2012

Voice of San Diego launches print magazine

The nonprofit news venue Voice of San Diego is no longer digital-only. This month VSD launched a monthly print magazine, which it’s selling for $7.99…

The magazine, Voice of San Diego Monthly, repurposes content from the website and is generated by MagCloud, a fee-based print-on-demand service from Hewlett-Packard.

VSD Monthly is available both in print and iPad editions. The digital edition is free, and the magazine is also included as a perk of VSD’s membership program. This experiment is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In a recent KnightBlog post, VSD CEO Scott Lewis explained how it works:

“Say you have an idea for a magazine. All you have to do is come up with the content and design and then upload it. People can buy it if they want to hold the magazine in their hands, spill coffee on it without worrying or stuff it in their purse or briefcase. ...We design and upload the magazine. If you decide to buy it, either the digital or print version, MagCloud takes a cut and sends the difference to us.”

Any digital publication could try this strategy. According to HP’s MagCloud info, “There’s no cost to upload a publication, and once you do, you can make it available in print and in digital through the MagCloud online storefront for the cost of production plus any markup you want to add on. You can then direct your customers to the online store to place their orders, and we will take care of all transactions, printing, shipping and digital distribution for you. You can track your sales through the MagCloud website, and receive your earnings at the end of each month.”

See the MagCloud cost calculator to estimate printing and shipping costs.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

May 23, 2012

Knight News Challenge on data: applications open May 31

On May 31, this year’s second Knight News Challenge will begin accepting applications. This time the focus is on data—specifically “ideas that help unlock the power of data by collecting, processing, visualizing or otherwise making it available, understandable and actionable…”

Data about just about everything in our world is being generated at a breakneck pace, and we need better tools to make sense of it and put it to use to help individuals and communities.

Knight asks: “What are the implications—ethically, economically, socially—of having access to so much information? How can the flood of data best be channeled to make us better citizens? What stories can we tell? How will we act differently based on what we learn? What tools and products can we create out of this raw material? How do we consume data responsibly and healthily?”

This contest is open to anyone, anywhere. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding plus support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.

Deadline: June 20, 2012. Learn more

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

May 15, 2012

Mobile for community media workshop in NYC this weekend

On May 18-19, the Knight Digital Media Center-USC and the City University of New York are offering a special workshop on mobile opportunities for publishers of community and ethnic media outlets in the New York metro area.

This event is invitation-only, but the workshop resources are available to anyone online…

See the Community Mobile Tumblr blog.

Topics covered include:

  • Tools and services to jumpstart your new outlet’s mobile strategy
  • Engaging your community via mobile and social media
  • Mobile revenue opportunities
  • Recent research and statistics on mobile trends and user demographics
  • Examples of mobile projects relevant to ethnic and community media


Many resources on these and other topics are already listed there, and we’ll add more before, during, and after the workshop.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

April 24, 2012

MJ Bear ONA digital journalism fellowships: Applications open

This week the Online News Association began accepting applications for the 2012 MJ Bear Fellowships—which offer three young digital journalists mentoring and connections to support their efforts and vision…

Eligible for these fellowships are “up-and-coming early-career journalists inside or outside the newsroom who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry and working to expand the boundaries of digital news.”

Two fellowships are for North American journalists; one for a journalist from elsewhere around the globe. Open to any working digital journalist age 23-30 (as of Sept. 21, 2012), fluent in English, excluding full-time students.

The fellowship includes:

  • Assignment of a personal ONA mentor for six months.
  • Registration, travel and accommodations for the 2012 Online News Association Conference.
  • Recognition at the ONA12 conference
  • Membership in ONA, with three years’ dues paid in full.

Learn more and apply now
Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 11:59 pm ET

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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