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Posts Tagged ‘Laura Amico’

D.C. Start-up ‘Homicide Watch’ Could Die Without More Funding

D.C.-based Homicide Watch is one of the often pointed to examples of how a hyperlocal journalism start-up can plug coverage holes and make a difference, even in big cities with plenty of journalists already there. It covers murder in D.C. in a unique and ambitious way, from the ground up, which takes time to collect data and eyes to watch for mentions in social media.

But, the creators can’t sustain the project (founder Laura Amico is taking a one-year, out-of-area fellowship), and there’s no other local news partner that stepped up yet to take over. So they’re soliciting $40,000 in donations via Kickstarter to keep it alive. But right now, they’re just shy of $25,000, with only about a week to go.

Unless the public picks up the tick on donations — which will go to fund students who could do the work (and learn a lot) — the two-year-old start-up covering homicides in the U.S. Capital could itself die — or at the least go on a hiatus while Amico’s gone.


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Six Journalists Under 30 to Watch, aka ONA Announces MJ Bear Fellows

The Online News Association just announced its inaugural MJ Bear Fellows. The brand-new fellowship is granted to three up-and-coming journalists — all under the age of 30 — whose work represent the best in new media. (We covered the application process back in April.)

While the three winners will be receiving most of the spotlight, I wanted to call attention to the fact that ONA, an organization dedicated to journalism innovation online, gave honorable mention to three other applicants. All of these young journalists, as ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell said, are “not just growing within the industry, they’re leading the way.”

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