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Knight Silicon Valley: Information Quality & Access

By reader / September 8, 2008 / 0 Comments

The other major theme in panel #1 was the problematic access to, and inconsistent quality and relevance of, information sources in the community. Muhammad Chaudhry noted the “Lack of quality content for local information needs” as well as an opportunity for new “partnerships to disseminate info at a local level” He also identified emerging social […]

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Knight Foundation Silicon Valley: Set & Setting

By reader / September 8, 2008 / 0 Comments

It’s an overcast Monday morning in the Bay Area, even down here in one of the most economically upbeat corners of America — Google HQ, in Mountain View, Calif., not far from the Shoreline Amphitheater. The famed Googleplex is like walking around a giant college quadrant. It hearkens back to visiting a pal at MIT […]

Read More teams with Spot.Us

By reader / August 7, 2008 / 0 Comments, The San Francisco Public Press and the Knight Foundation-supported SPOT.US “crowdfunding” project are teaming up to raise $2,500 to support investigative coverage and fact-checking of San Francisco-focused election advertisements. Your micro-donation will make a difference! Pledge for SF Election Ad Fact-Checking * THE NEED Help shine a light on the murky world of election […]

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Trust and Journalism’s Social Contract

By reader / June 3, 2008 / 0 Comments

A great irony of media reform is that people decry profit-driven corporations for subverting the Fourth Estate, but also don’t trust the journalists themselves to cover their issues in a meaningful way. This issue of trust remains a serious hurdle, but change is in the wind. Bloggers have effectively established a new accountability dynamic between […]

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Critical Mass & the SF Press

By reader / June 17, 2007 / 1 Comment

[Guest commentary,, April 16, 2007] “The Critical Press / Inflamatory coverage of mishap at a bicycle protest boosts paper’s readership” By Josh Wilson, the Web site of the San Francisco Chronicle, last week provided a fascinating look at how both initial newspaper coverage and Web 2.0 technologies can help shape perception of a […]

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