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Deca Journalism Co-op Caters to Global Audience

10463028_703699209689658_6014054535422016043_nCooperative journalism startups are all the rage these days, and Nov. 6, NYU’s journalism program will celebrate another one being added to the list. The concept behind global journalism cooperative Deca isn’t totally unique, but I like its chances of surviving mainly because it operates with a worldly point-of-view.

Writers for Deca are based in more than 90 countries and every continent. Their idea for entering the digital journalism sphere starts with solid, rich reporting, as it should, and they are selling Deca’s products to consumers via a $15 yearly subscription fee. At least ten times a year, Deca writers, which include National Magazine Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, will publish one piece of long narrative nonfiction. This is after a lengthy vetting process where the writer works with another Deca network member to edit the piece, respond to feedback and get the go-ahead from other Deca writers, too. The articles are longer than a magazine item but shorter than a book and will finally be available for purchase as e-singles.

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Get a Literary AgentWork with a publishing consultant to find the right agent for your book and write a query that will get the deal done! Starting December 3, learn the best methods for finding a literary agent, how to choose the right agent for your book, the etiquette of seeking literary representation, and how to stand out among the numerous queries agents receive daily. Register now!

Reynolds Business Journalism Center Offers Financial Fellowship Worth $1,500

Lily Wu, reporter for KAKE News in Kansas, was a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow.  Photo via businessjournalism.org

Lily Wu, reporter for KAKE News in Kansas, was a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow.
Photo via businessjournalism.org

Financial journalists take note, there is still time to apply for a Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism fellowship, worth $1,500 for a  three day course of intensive study in financials and corporate activities from Jan. 5 to 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The eighth annual Strictly Financials Seminar takes place during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The fellowship is limited to 12 professional U.S. journalists with at least two years of business journalism experience. Consideration will also be given to those recently assigned to beats covering financial topics. Read more

News Deeply Introduces Microsite Just For Ebola News

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.07.28 PMThink back on the last couple of weeks (or so), when the Ebola crisis really started to pervade all of our media sources. There has been sensationalism, misinformation and more sensationalism that has led to sheer ignorance, in some cases, plus unnecessary (if not illogical) panic. This is not to take away from the severity of the disease whatsoever, as it should be treated with delicacy; somehow, though, the virus and its victims have been so oversimplified because news organizations have not been careful in their approach.

For these reasons and more, Lara Setrakian of the news microsite network News Deeply has introduced Ebola Deeply, which Gigaom’s Mathew Ingram reports will cover both immediate impacts of the disease and longterm effects on society. Setrakian, whose Syria Deeply site has been quite effective in disseminating valuable information and reporting regarding the complicated situation in the Middle East, has a team of African freelancers contributing content and will aggregate wire stories on Ebola, too.

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Digital Pub OZY Receives $20 Million In Funding

ozyIf you’re into the next big thing in digital magazines (and why wouldn’t you be?), you’ve probably heard of OZY. If, however, you aren’t privy to the latest and greatest when it comes to online culture publications and enjoy Vice, BuzzFeed and Mic, OZY is for you.

The mag just became the recipient of a $20 million investment from a German publisher called Axel Springer, according to Fortune, and it’s ready to move ahead of the pack when it comes to offering a fresh take on daily news and interesting features.

OZY’s Presidential Daily Briefing is a NYT Now-ish type of roundup on the day’s most pertinent information, and its mix of unique headlines (interviews, personal narratives and reported pieces) along with short video make it an ideal destination for those looking for hard news then just a little bit extra. With the added bonus of OZY’s redesign for its one-year anniversary, the pub is a win all-around. I trust that its content and presentation will improve with the recent boost in funding — OZY is certainly a contender for a spot alongside the likes of BuzzFeed and its competitors, but only if the mag plays its cards right on monetization.

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Boston Globe Launches Catholic-Themed News Site

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 5.57.16 PMThe Globe is covering a new beat, and it’s not another Boston sports team. Nieman Lab’s Justin Ellis reported last week that the paper had launched a niche micro-site called “Crux,” focusing only on aspects of the Catholic faith, including lifestyle news and how the Pope and the Church handle political issues. Not only will the Globe Media-owned-and-run site feature Vatican news, it has also been designed to post quizzes and digestible chunks of content made for social sharing, Ellis found in his reporting.

It’s an interesting concept from a publication that has reported aggressively on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and an idea worth noting for newspapers that have long maintained a religion “beat” but never expanded the issues to a separate platform. The Globe‘s experiment begs the question of whether other big newsrooms should follow suit. With religion being just as much a part of many readers’ daily lives as sports, technology and food are, why shouldn’t the topic — or furthermore, a specific denomination — get its own vertical?

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