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The Center for Media & Social Impact is an innovation lab and research center that studies, designs and showcases media for social impact.

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Online Magazine Tries New Revenue Model

latterlyLatterly, a new online magazine launched Nov. 18, aims to revive narrative journalism without relying on advertising. The publication would be based solely on contributions and reader subscriptions.

Readers can subscribe for $3 a month or $8 for three months, as well as make a donation to Latterly’s crowdfunding campaign. The magazine promises to invest 100 percent of its revenue back into its journalism for its first months.

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Games for Civic Engagement—what do you really want?

Image via @angiechuangAt an American University Faculty Forum, new faculty member Benjamin Stokes explained what makes games for civic engagement actually work.

There are plenty of games for civic engagement, he noted, and we’re gradually learning about what works. There’s a “push” or broadcast model for games like Darfur Is Dying or Peter Packet. There are “pull” games like the many 311 apps that let citizens report problems to city agencies.

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Kudos for Waxman, ITVS and Indies

Top Row: Tracy Doz Tragos, Darius Clark Monroe, Byron Hurt, Dawn Porter, Pat Harrison; Front: Sally Jo Fifer and Rep. Henry Waxman"It is a treat seeing the product of legislation we wrote in the 80s," said Rep. Henry Waxman at an Independent Television Service award ceremony for him. "The rich and powerful often get their way in D.C., but the poor and marginalized don't get their story told."

Waxman, who is widely beloved for his pragmatic and conscientious struggle to leverage government for the good of many, whether in health care, the environment or the media, was remembering the 1988 legislation he shepherded, which created ITVS.

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Snowden on the Power of the (Encrypted) Press

CitizenfourEdward Snowden made a surprise appearance at the News Organizations & Digital Security convening. His message: Use encryption and be as safe as you can be, but don’t settle for playing defense. Demand policy that doesn’t turn journalism into a guerrilla activity, and that increases government accountability.

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