Planet Money is a team of multimedia reporters who report on the global in what they hope is an accessible and enjoyable way. I’ve mostly heard them on Public Radio. In the Spring of 2013, the Planet Money team tried a crowdfunding approach for journalism by asking the public to support a Kickstarter campaign for a specific multimedia documentary project. Here’s their Kickstarter campaign video:


Was the fundraising campaign successful? It sure was! The documentary project’s goal was to raise $50,000. The total raised was $590,807 – over 11 times the goal! That should fund a lot of reporting by Planet Money. And give other journalists another possible way to raise funds for the reporting we need.

Take a look and a listen to the final Planet Money T-Shirt Report. Several audio reports were also broadcast and streamed on National Public Radio. Money well spent? A viable method of funding long-form Journalism? You be the judge.

Dr C

This advert for The Guardian’s open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper’s front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion:

How news can be covered today. How many news organizations are using this full approach?

Jim Coyle

News University LogoOn October 15, 2011, Poynter Institute’s News University presented “Video Storytelling with the Pros” – a series of 4 online sessions with leading video photojournalists and reporters. These journalists share practical approaches and solutions leading to effective Television Journalism.

Some of these and other News U sessions will be shared with Radio/TV News classes, and are available for student viewing from Dr. Coyle.

News U also did a brief Storify story with highlights of the Tweets shared during the workshop. Pick up a few good tips by checking it out.