Beginning criteria

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savingsWhat are the criteria to be considered independent media for On the Table 2016? 

 

 

Adapted from Michele McLellan’s work with the BlockbyBlock News Network and with Michele’s List, these criteria provide a starting point and will evolve as this project does.

Content
The journalism maker is devoted primarily to original news although the outlet may provide commentary on content from other outlets.  In addition, we are interested in Chicago focused-journalism reporting on a beat, a neighborhood or serving an audience in a media desert.

Practices
The content demonstrates a desire and an effort to practice accuracy, transparency and fair play.

Engagement
The site demonstrates a desire and an effort to promote civic engagement or an ethic of participation.

Frequency
The news is updated weekly – preferably three times per week – unless it is investigative, broadcast or beat. Investigative, broadcast and beat reporters and sites often distribute news and information less frequently, and through commercial partners.

Sustainability
Independent media who are non-commercial as well as commercial are developing a variety of revenue streams as they seek sustainability, including advertising, foundation funding, memberships, crowdfunding and events.

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