The journalist as entrepreneur

On Friday we will hear a presentation from our final guest speaker of the semester, Maria Balinska, the founder and editor of Latitude News. She has asked that we read the following materials in advance of her talk:


Baristanet, Latitude News and more

Here are some links to accompany our class discussion today:

  • Baristanet, a community website that covers Montclair, N.J., and several surrounding communities.
  • Latitude News, the international-news site founded and edited by Maria Balinska, who will be our guest speaker this Friday.
  • GlobalPost, a Boston-based for-profit international-news site founded by media entrepreneur Phil Balboni and edited by former Boston Globe foreign correspondent Charles Sennott.
  • Global Voices Online, a nonprofit website that tracks citizen media around the world. Founded at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

A close-up look at the Globe Lab


a375ebba9bed11e285e022000a9e51fb_7Many thanks to Boston Globe creative technologist Chris Marstall (back row center and at left) and crew for giving us a tour and demo in the Globe Lab on Tuesday evening. We got a look at how the Globe and use Instagram and Vine, got some insight into how to track online censorship in China and learned about some projects that are still on the drawing board.

Our visit to the Globe Lab

At this point, you should all have received an email giving you directions to the Boston Globe. We will meet in the lobby at a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Tuesday for a presentation in the Globe Lab. We will not have class on Tuesday morning.

The Nieman Journalism Lab published a good story on the Globe Lab a year and a half ago that is still worth reading. You can follow the Globe Lab on Twitter here. The lab also has a Tumblr that isn’t updated all that often but is worth scanning through.