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jcstearns:


We have two openings at Free Press - http://www.freepress.net/job-openings


Office Manager - Position Summary: Free Press is seeking an office manager who will ensure that the office environment supports the productivity of all staff in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. This job requires the ability to move capably and confidently among a wide range of responsibilities, including facilities management, vendor coordination, IT and administrative support, light financial tasks, data management, public relations and special events support.
Campaign Communications Manager - Position Summary: Free Press is seeking a campaign communications manager who will innovate for lasting change on media, technology and democracy issues. Working in a fast-paced environment, the campaign communications manager will write email alerts, help develop campaign and outreach materials and create Web graphics and content aimed at promoting Free Press’ work among activists, allies and the general public. S/he will work in a team approach across the organization to develop engaging messaging that advances our campaign and organizational goals.


And here are two other great jobs in public interest policy:

Alliance for Health Reform — Program Assistant. The Program Assistant is a fulltime position that serves both in a research and a supporting role, providing programing and administrative assistance to the executive vice president, director of operations, and health policy team.  More information is available on their website at http://www.allhealth.org/aboutus_jobopps.asp.
Prometheus Radio Project is Hiring a Policy Director - The Policy Director leads the organization’s policy agenda.  Coordinating with attorneys, engineers, stations, and other allies, the Policy Director is responsible for proposing and winning policies that allow community radio to thrive. The Policy Director shares the vision of community controlled media with policymakers, press, allies, and the general public, communicating the policy changes needed to achieve that vision. http://prometheusradio.org/content/prometheus-radio-project-hiring-policy-director

jcstearns:

We have two openings at Free Press - http://www.freepress.net/job-openings
  • Office Manager - Position Summary: Free Press is seeking an office manager who will ensure that the office environment supports the productivity of all staff in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. This job requires the ability to move capably and confidently among a wide range of responsibilities, including facilities management, vendor coordination, IT and administrative support, light financial tasks, data management, public relations and special events support.
  • Campaign Communications Manager - Position Summary: Free Press is seeking a campaign communications manager who will innovate for lasting change on media, technology and democracy issues. Working in a fast-paced environment, the campaign communications manager will write email alerts, help develop campaign and outreach materials and create Web graphics and content aimed at promoting Free Press’ work among activists, allies and the general public. S/he will work in a team approach across the organization to develop engaging messaging that advances our campaign and organizational goals.
And here are two other great jobs in public interest policy:
  • Alliance for Health Reform — Program Assistant. The Program Assistant is a fulltime position that serves both in a research and a supporting role, providing programing and administrative assistance to the executive vice president, director of operations, and health policy team.  More information is available on their website at http://www.allhealth.org/aboutus_jobopps.asp.
  • Prometheus Radio Project is Hiring a Policy Director - The Policy Director leads the organization’s policy agenda.  Coordinating with attorneys, engineers, stations, and other allies, the Policy Director is responsible for proposing and winning policies that allow community radio to thrive. The Policy Director shares the vision of community controlled media with policymakers, press, allies, and the general public, communicating the policy changes needed to achieve that vision. http://prometheusradio.org/content/prometheus-radio-project-hiring-policy-director

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Blog | The Noun Project: Investigative Journalism Icons now Available

thenounproject:

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Superpacks. Drones. Gerrymandering. Dark Money. How do you quickly illustrate these concepts in a way that is meaningful and impactful to an audience of different education levels and cultural backgrounds? That was the challenge set out before a group of 60 volunteers at an Iconathon

(Source: thenounproject)

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"More than half the Ph.D.’s in the state are fake."

John Bear, the author of “Degree Mills”, at a hearing in Sacramento yesterday. California has more diploma mills than any other state in the nation, but it is not doing enough to protect students from the unaccredited colleges and vocational schools that issue worthless degrees, state lawmakers said.

California has more diploma mills than any other state in the nation, but it is not doing enough to protect students from the unaccredited colleges and vocational schools that issue worthless degrees, state lawmakers said at hearing yesterday.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/1blJc)

(Source: californiawatch)

Report: Audience Development & Distribution Strategies

Our white paper outlines critical strategies for building a sustainable nonprofit news organization.

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theatlantic:

Injured Western Journalists Reportedly Make it Out of Syria

Though there are multiple reports that journalists Paul Conroy and Elizabeth Bouvier have been safely removed from Syria, we’re all just waiting for confirming YouTube documentation. Conroy, a photographer for the Sunday Times, and Bouvier, a reporter for Le Figaro, were injured in the shellings that killed Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Syria last week. The Guardian is reporting that Conroy made it to Lebanon even though his escape envoy came under heavy fire from Syrian forces that may have killed several activists helping Conroy. They also report that his employers at the Times and his wife are confirming that he is safe. The Australian reports that Conroy’s father is also confirming his son’s escape, pinpointing his location to Beirut. 
The Guardian notes that the multiple accounts of Bouvier’s escape or non-escape are making it difficult to tell where she is: Reuters says she’s in Lebanon; The Washington Post says her whereabouts are still unknown. Bouvier drew international attention by posting a video on YouTube detailing her desperate situation last week.
[Image: Associated Press]

theatlantic:

Injured Western Journalists Reportedly Make it Out of Syria

Though there are multiple reports that journalists Paul Conroy and Elizabeth Bouvier have been safely removed from Syria, we’re all just waiting for confirming YouTube documentation. Conroy, a photographer for the Sunday Times, and Bouvier, a reporter for Le Figaro, were injured in the shellings that killed Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in Syria last week. The Guardian is reporting that Conroy made it to Lebanon even though his escape envoy came under heavy fire from Syrian forces that may have killed several activists helping Conroy. They also report that his employers at the Times and his wife are confirming that he is safe. The Australian reports that Conroy’s father is also confirming his son’s escape, pinpointing his location to Beirut. 

The Guardian notes that the multiple accounts of Bouvier’s escape or non-escape are making it difficult to tell where she is: Reuters says she’s in Lebanon; The Washington Post says her whereabouts are still unknown. Bouvier drew international attention by posting a video on YouTube detailing her desperate situation last week.

[Image: Associated Press]

Knight News Challenge: Knight News Challenge on Networks opens: Your shot at a share of $5 million

newschallenge:

Today, and for the following 19 days, the Knight News Challenge is open for business. The theme of the challenge is Networks.

The most common question I’ve been asked since we announced the challenge is exactly what we mean by Networks. We’re trying not to define the term too…

(Source: newschallenge1)

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source2012:

Some GOP Candidates Leaned Heavily on Super PACs in January
The GOP presidential candidates and the super PACs supporting them accelerated their fundraising — and especially their spending — in January as the first primary and caucus voters went to the polls. Mitt Romney spent nearly three times the amount he raised that month, tapping into the stockpile he built in 2011 to unload $18.8 million in 31 days — nearly as much as the campaign spent during the entire fourth quarter in 2011. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul also spent more than they raised in January. 
Luckily, they all have super PACs to help keep up the pace. The graph above shows the boost super PACs (who for the first time in January out-raised the candidates themselves) gave to the GOP field as early voting contests got underway.
Read the report on OpenSecrets Blog: http://bit.ly/wxPP8e 

source2012:

Some GOP Candidates Leaned Heavily on Super PACs in January

The GOP presidential candidates and the super PACs supporting them accelerated their fundraising — and especially their spending — in January as the first primary and caucus voters went to the polls. Mitt Romney spent nearly three times the amount he raised that month, tapping into the stockpile he built in 2011 to unload $18.8 million in 31 days — nearly as much as the campaign spent during the entire fourth quarter in 2011. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul also spent more than they raised in January. 

Luckily, they all have super PACs to help keep up the pace. The graph above shows the boost super PACs (who for the first time in January out-raised the candidates themselves) gave to the GOP field as early voting contests got underway.

Read the report on OpenSecrets Blog: http://bit.ly/wxPP8e 

(via opensecretsdc)

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californiawatch:

Photo: Donna Lazzini embraces her son,  Timothy Lazzini, a resident of the Sonoma Developmental Center who died  in 2005, in a family photo collage celebrating his life.
California has assembled a unique police force to protect about 1,800 of its most vulnerable patients – men and women with cerebral palsy,  severe autism and other mental disabilities who live in state  institutions and require round-the-clock monitoring and protection from  abuse.
But our new investigation has found that detectives  and patrol officers at the state’s five board-and-care institutions  routinely fail to conduct basic police work even when patients die under  mysterious circumstances.

californiawatch:

Photo: Donna Lazzini embraces her son, Timothy Lazzini, a resident of the Sonoma Developmental Center who died in 2005, in a family photo collage celebrating his life.

California has assembled a unique police force to protect about 1,800 of its most vulnerable patients – men and women with cerebral palsy, severe autism and other mental disabilities who live in state institutions and require round-the-clock monitoring and protection from abuse.

But our new investigation has found that detectives and patrol officers at the state’s five board-and-care institutions routinely fail to conduct basic police work even when patients die under mysterious circumstances.