Work & writing by Josh Wilson

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Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

Noted: The Executive Pay Question

By reader / October 9, 2009 / 0 Comments

From the Columbia Journalism Review, a comment on executive pay and the startup-funding issues that confront small, nonprofit-news projects (such as my own Newsdesk.org endeavor): “Newsosaur Alan Mutter [noted] that Paul Steiger, the editor in chief of the non-profit news startup Pro Publica, earned a $570,00 salary in 2008. Mutter compared that situation to the […]

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Guest Post: “The Argument for Network Neutrality (a.k.a. ‘The Commons’)”

By reader / August 20, 2009 / 2 Comments

By Jeff Gerhardt, Ronin Geek [EDITOR’S NOTE: Gerhardt, whose early career found him helping midwife the Internet in its ARPA days, says that attempts to portray Net Neutrality as “socialist” are distortions of history. In fact, he writes: The Internet is by nature and intent open-source, peer-driven, fundamentally entrepreneurial, and thus Net Neutrality is as […]

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Social Entrepreneurship: A False Promise?

By reader / August 3, 2009 / 0 Comments

Here’s an interesting parallel to the struggle to advance a new journalism practice: Energy research. The status quo of both energy and journalism are recognized worldwide as desperately in need of innovation. Much, in both fields, is said of the power of the entrepreneur in advancing that innovation. Yet support for such innovation remains, it […]

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The Future is NOW: The Networked News Nonprofit

By reader / July 2, 2009 / 4 Comments

Journalism’s true strength in the Internet era is decentralized. It’s all about reporters — and reporting teams — working solo, but linking up in parallel to coordinate on stories, cross-promote, and share resources. Parallel processing! Peer-to-peer networks. A network model harnesses the inherent strength of the Web as a medium, by providing a shared back […]

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Astonishment: The Tehran Rooftop

By reader / June 20, 2009 / 0 Comments

The ongoing flow citizen media coming out of Iran amidst the turmoil has staggered me. I am astonished and weeping at the incredible bravery that is being revealed, at the greed and cruelty of the state, at the power of media as an expression of will and desire. Here is a video that overpowers me. […]

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Is it Finally Time for a Journalism Social Venture Fund?

By reader / March 23, 2009 / 0 Comments

This has been an idea that’s been percolating in my noggin for some time. Every time I hear about the latest journalism initiative or major donor, this idea returns: It’s time to pool the resources and create a “Journalism Social Venture Fund” that can provide for the basic needs of the many new/emerging nonprofit journalism […]

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