Portland Media Lab is a nonprofit news center that seeks to promote excellence, innovation and the preservation of quality news reporting in the Portland Metro Area. Portland Media Lab will provide direct support for investigative journalism, establish training and support services to citizen reporters, freelance journalists and new media producers, and establish a laboratory for innovation in emergent news media technology and its many applications.
The Fourth Estate: The check on political power in a democracy that is created by the cumulative effect of all news media.
The News Media: Media that reports verifiable facts on current event that are relevant to the public interest.
The Reporter: (aka “an outside man”): someone who gathers and conveys information from the field to the newsrooms.
The Journalist: The investigative wing of the news media.
Participants in PML Salons
Organizer Digital Journalism Portland
Blogging on tech and journalism
Principal at Funnymonkey – Drupal developers
(winner of 2008 Knight Drupal Initiative grant)
Portland Sentinel Editorial Board
Technical and Creative Writer, Social Media
Publisher- Portland Sentinel
FOUNDATION BUILDING GOALS
Portland Media Lab is currently not a full-fledged 501(C)3. It has applied to be an incubator project under the fiscal sponsorship of North Portland Community Works. NPCW will formalize this arrangement in June. NPCW will act as the fiscal agent for PML until it is a fully incorporated 501(C)3. The following is a list of foundation projects that it must achieve to meet that goal:
Foundation building projects to complete by December 2009
- Select a working board pro tempore, seeking board members with backgrounds in one or more of the following: grant writing, bookkeeping/accounting CFO, managing editor, IT/Web development, print journalism, broadcast television and radio journalism, marketing
- Annual and Start-up Budget Creation, to include board insurance, $1,000 (annually); administrative expense, $3,000 (monthly); initial CMS website build $6-10,000 (one time); incorporation legal expense, $2,000 (one-time); staff expenses (master editor, executive director/development director), $100,000 (annually); project budgets and other operating expenses (pending)
- Partnership agreements/letters of intent with other publishing and broadcasting operations
- Grant and revenue source identification—business models
- Website development including: CMS platform, e-commerce capacity, crowd-sourcing mechanism.