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LIVE from the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Building off the advance series collection of articles written by delegates and speakers of this year's Skoll World Forum, this section will feature live blogs and pieces from the event in Oxford. We will be covering a wide variety of sessions, panels and discussions on-site. View the live-stream on the homepage, and watch here for real-time articles all week!

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Each year at the Skoll World Forum, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.

Learn more about the 2014 Skoll World Forum, sign up to our newsletter to be notified of the live stream, view the 2014 delegate roster and discover what themes and ideas we'll be covering this year at the event. Also, read about the seven recipients of this year's Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

 
 

Recap: The ambitious power of AND

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

Recap: Building Movement Through Digital Storytelling

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

Recap: Leading with Authenticity

Sonal Bains

Co-Founder/Partner, Lux Digital

 

My Modest Proposal...Why Not?

Jenny Bowen

Founder and CEO, Half the Sky Foundation

Recap: Big Business, Bigger Impact: The Pursuit, Peril, and Power of Partnership

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

 

Taking an Open-Source Approach to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

Jason Saul

Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement

Nolan Gasser

Architect of Music Genome Project, Chief Musicologist Emeritus, Pandora

 

We Are All Malala

Carl Pope

Principal, Inside Straight Strategies

 

Is the Traditional Role of the Teacher Outdated?

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

Inspirations from the Skoll World Forum

Catherine Brown

CEO, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

 

Cracking the Code on Social Impact

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

Are Intrapreneurs the New Rock-Stars?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram

Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides

 

Skoll World Forum Review: Corporate Intrapreneurs

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

 
 
 
 

Skoll World Forum Review: Measuring Impact by Cost-per-Outcome

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

Is developing the gift economy the key to transformative scale?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

Skoll World Forum Review: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

 

Recap: Empty Newsrooms, Echo Chambers

Recap: Empty Newsrooms, Echo Chambers

Esha Chhabra

Editor/ Journalist, Dowser

April 11, 2014 | 625 views

 

The budgets for investigative reporting have dropped across newsrooms in the United States, leading to lay-offs of reporters and fewer in-depth long-format pieces.   While that may be true, the need and passion for such reporting hasn’t declined.

“It’s like mercury, it slips through the cracks and finds its way,” Paul Steiger of Pro Republica jokes.

And a few organizations are working to keep it alive – in not-so traditional ways.  Al Jazeera’s Head of Investigative Programs Diarmuid Jeffreys says that investigative reporting is in every story that the Qatar-based news outlet produces.  “Our motto is ‘to give a voice to the voiceless’.”  And given that many of their stories look at abuse, corruption, or injustices in areas with little track record of reporting, they need to do the research and investigative work themselves.

Irina Borogona of Agentura.ru is a gutsy example of a truth-seeking journalist in Russia’s oppressive media culture. She’s had to change publications 6 times in the last 10 years after writing hard-hitting exposés, often questioning practices of the Kremlin.  She says she still takes on the risk because she “loves to find the truth that other people want to hide.”

Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters Media Group has given reporting a new take, by relying on decoyed “journalists” to hunt down corrupt Nigerian politicians — that too, from New York, not Lagos.

Not only has the format changed, but with it has the funding.  Paul Steiger of the non-profit ProPublica says that there is no shame in turning journalism into a philanthropic-funded venture.  If the markets for it have dissipated, then why not turn to foundations and philanthropic dollars?  Museums, universities, cultural sites all do the same.

That may be true.  But how many journalistic outlets can be funded by in-kind donations?  After all, journalism is expensive work.  Frontline’s Deputy Executive Producer is keenly aware of costs, given that they just produced a three-hour documentary on the Snowden case with 10 staffers devoted to the project for over 9 months of research.

So, the questions still remain the same: has the business model for high-quality journalism eroded?  Will more journalists be relying on foundation support going forward?  And will viewers turn to different outlets for investigative reporting now, bypassing the mainstream media outlets that no longer have the scope for it?

The simple answer seems to be “yes.”  The solution to our media woes lies somewhere in between: the future model of media will be more complex and varied than before; more hybrid models will emerge; the consumer will have to turn to more niche publications to find long-format and investigative reporting; and the big media houses will have a choice to participate (if they can let go of some commercial gains for civic gain).  After all, journalism is a key facet of democracy.

 
 
 

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