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January 13, 2012

Follow the political money: New tool links organizations to bills they seek to influence

Always finding fun new ways to slice and dice campaign contribution data, this week MapLight (a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics) debuted company pages. This tool can help reporters and others tie contributions made by specific organizations to the bills they seek to influence…

So far this service covers contributions made to members of the U.S. Congress, as well as the state legislatures of California and Wisconsin.

Regarding money given to Congress, Maplight’s company pages profile the top 200 companies (including companies, trade associations, unions, and their employees), selected in terms of total contributions given to candidate campaign committees for members of Congress serving since Jan. 1, 2007.

Assessments of bill positions are based on Maplight’s research on bills introduced since the beginning of the 110th Congress

Maplight company pages also show total contributions from related companies and industries, as well as MapLight’s latest related research findings. Company page data is also published via RSS feed.

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

March 14, 2012

Federal court backs fair use, punishes copyright troll

The principle of fair use just got a significant legal boost. Last week a federal judge ordered the controversial firm Righthaven to forfeit all of the copyrights it had been enforcing on behalf of publishers…

In their detailed analysis of the decision, the Electronic Frontier Foundation noted: “The judgment—part of the nuisance lawsuit avalanche started by copyright troll RighthavenDemocratic Underground did not infringe the copyright in a Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper article when a user of the online political forum posted a five-sentence excerpt, with a link back to the newspaper’s website.

“Judge Roger Hunt’s judgment confirms that an online forum is not liable for its users’ posts, even if it was not protected by the safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s notice and takedown provisions. The decision also clarifies that a common practice on the Internet—excerpting a few sentences and linking to interesting articles elsewhere—is a fair use, not an infringement of copyright.”

Previously, MediaNews Group entered into a deal with Righthaven that allowed Righthaven to sue infringers of content from the Denver Post and other MNG papers, and the two organizations would share the proceeds. Last summer, when Digital First took over management of MNG papers, CEO John Paton severed ties with Righthaven—calling it a “dumb idea.”

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

June 26, 2012

Community Journalism Executive Training: October at KDMC

This October 40 community and investigative news publishers will receive expert guidance on business and market challenges through an executive training program offered at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)...


The Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program is being created by the Investigative News Network and [email protected], with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Patterson Foundation. It will be held October 18-20 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles.

The program will train 40 executives (20 from investigative sites and 20 from community news sites) in the practicalities of building sustainable community journalism organizations. Topics will include fundraising, business operations,  technology, community engagement and more.

Participants will work in small groups with expert coaches. The goal: to develop a 100-day tactical plan for building their businesses.

This training is offered to community news organizations affiliated with INN and the Block-by-Block initiative. Watch the News for Digital Journalists blog for updates for the application process.

“Our work during the last six months with 12 independent Super Camp publishers, supported by the Patterson Foundation, has shown that high-touch mentoring and coaching by business and revenue experts produces results,” said Vikki Porter, director of the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). “We think the executive training program will show how focused business skills and strategic planning can result in sustaining revenue streams for startup news organizations.”

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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