Republik set crowdfunding records. Then reality hit.

By Alison Langley January 28, 2019 View original story here Republik, a Swiss news startup, raised $2.4 million in less than two weeks in 2017, when a crowdfunding campaign that promised a new kind of journalism took off and set records.A year after its launch, its de facto publisher, Christof Moser, looks slightly more gaunt […]

The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger: putting fossil-fuel divestment on the agenda

  By Alison Langley AFTER ALAN RUSBRIDGER ANNOUNCED last December that he would step down as editor of The Guardian, he looked back on his 20 years at the helm of one of the UK’s best known papers and asked himself, “Do I have anything to regret?” One thing stood out: his paper hadn’t done […]

European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

    This article first appeared in Reporters are taking continent-wide investigations one step further By Alison Langley November 12, 2014 920 words When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she covered were only relevant to her Danish audience. Her sources came […]

A different take on Syria

    This article first appeared in Jihad Yazigi discusses why The Syria Report sticks to covering the economy By Alison Langley October 22, 2014 781 words In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers: The country will begin importing beef from […]

Meet Ukraine’s Media Moguls

    This article first appeared on Russia’s advance into Crimea has transformed Ukrainian television news coverage By Alison Langley Ukrainian media mogul Dmitry Firtash walked out of pre-trial detention in Vienna last week, where he was arrested on bribery and suspicion of forming a criminal organization after paying a record-breaking 125 million euros […]

Topless women endure in the UK press

    Women have been organizing against the tabloid mainstay, but some editors maintain that it’s a good way to sell papers October 14, 2013 By Alison Langley   UK author and actress Lucy Ann Holmes bought a copy of The Sun one day last August to read its sports page— the previous day, six British women […]

Go West – In the quest for digital-age prosperity, legacy newsrooms are making pilgrimages to Silicon Valley

This article first appeared the Columbia Journalism Review Magazine.   November 1, 2013 by Alison Langley In March 2012, the nation’s public broadcasters gathered in Austin, TX, for the annual meeting of the Integrated Media Association, a public-service broadcaster group dedicated to smoothing the transition to the digital age. At the front of the room, Jake […]