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Event / Activity sponsors (PRINTABLE PDF)

Journalism That Matters research, this NewsTools2008 convening and the pre- and post-event collaborations result from a set of ongoing relationships forged at earlier JTM events. A growing list of foundations and enterprises see this activity as vital to the future of journalism and have made important contributions, financial or otherwise. Their names are listed below. Core sponsors of the NewsTools2008 convening include, in addition to the Scripps Howard Foundation :

Yahoo! Inc., for facilities and other logistics support

    Founded in 1994 by Stanford Ph.D. students David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo! began as a hobby and has evolved into a leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information. Yahoo! powers and delights our communities of users, advertisers, and publishers -- all of us united in creating indispensable experiences, and fueled by trust. Yahoo! is also committed to empowering its users and employees through programs, products, and services that inspire people to make a positive impact on their communities. Yahoo! for Good connects people with causes through our products and services, as well as through partnerships with nonprofits such as Global Green, Network for Good, and DonorsChoose. Yahoo! also channels the generosity of its employees through the Yahoo! Employee Foundation.

Topix, for the Thursday evening dinner discussions and "untalent show."

    • [ http://www.topix.com Topix] is a Top 20 online news destination (comScore, February 2008), Topix is the leading news community on the Web, connecting people to information and discussions that matter to them in every U.S. town and city. Topix also helps media companies to engage their online audiences through syndicated forums, hyper-local platforms, RSS feeds, and more.

Dailyme.com, for Thursday luncheon and discussions

    • DailyMe (http://DailyMe.com) is a robust news destination that empowers users to choose the mix of news and information they wish to read and the schedule and format by which they want to receive it.  Users select content by choosing from topics, sources, keywords, personality profiles or a combination of these methods. DailyMe aggregates its news content from top-tier publishers around the world. Additional benefits of DailyMe include an automated printing feature for delivery and the ability to read full-length articles in their entirety within the DailyMe domain.  By building a bridge between news media/journalism and technology, DailyMe has created a powerful platform and a highly personalized experience for news readers globally. DailyMe is a free service.

VillageSoup.com, for Thursday reception

    • VillageSoup (http://www.villagesoup.com/about/index.cfm) is an extraordinary experiment bringing immediate information and interactions to weekly newspaper markets via the web -- and print. It exemplifies a new business model going beyond the Community News business to the Community Hosting business. Begun in mid-coast Maine in 1996, TheSoup is building open-source tools to facilitate VillageSoup Common, a for-profit member organization providing brand and brand-marketing, deployment, hosting, support, education and enhancement services to independent local media companies serving traditional weekly newspaper markets across the United States. theSoup™ hosts postings from journalist, individual, business and organization community members who together create a place to learn the news that affects their community, share the events and ideas that unite their community and shop the goods and services that sustain their community. theSoup™ reaches beyond print and online news to create a place for community based discourse, debate and commerce. It becomes the community newsstand, the community grange hall and the community main street with neighbors growing together. theSoup™ is distinguished by its focus on creating an online community place where advertisers participate as members.

The Knight Foundation, for "Drupal Day" Friday breakouts

    • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided special support for "Drupal Day" breakout activities on Friday. The foundation is seeking worthy Drupal development projects through its Knight News Challenge program, with the idea that the open-source content-management platform can help build online news resources for of real communities. Knight was a supporter of DrupalCon in Boston.

BeTheMedia.com for Fellows sponsorship

    • Be The Media is the title of the new book by David Mathison, former VP-syndication for Reuters and chairman/CEO of Kinecta, a syndication platform used by some of the world's most respected publishers. The book and related multimedia resources extend Mathison's award-winning work in eliminating inefficiencies in publishing, providing all participants with more egalitarian, democratic and open systems. The book is the result of a decentralized, collaborative effort by some of today's leading media activists, educators and experts. BE THE MEDIA offers solid, practical and proven techniques that show artists how to inexpensively create and widely distribute their content. Mathison holds a B.A. from the State University of New York, and a Masters degree in International Business with a focus in East Asian studies from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Center'd for Friday reception

    • Center'daims to make planning everyday community activities easier - from

    basic local activities like figuring out what to do this weekend to more complex plans like organizing a school event that needs volunteers, Center'd provides the tools to get it done. Center'd helps people connect to others they know, discover new places to go and things to do, and plan any event or activity. Center'd, formerly known as FatDoor, is currently available on an invitation basis.

Other ongoing sponsors or partners Journalism That Matters initiatives have included: