Citizen Journalism

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Monday, July 13, 2009 -- SMCLA: Citizen Journalism: Social Media's Effect on How News is Reported and Consumed. More and more people are turning to social media as the first place they look for breaking news. Pictures and videos from newsworthy events make it to the web via mobile phones and hand held devices and first hand accounts are micro blogged in 140 characters or less before any traditional news outlet is able to cover the story. What does this mean for: a.)

Elon Musk Drills In on Report in Business Journal.

L.A. Business Journal

Boring Co. founder Elon Musk acknowledged last week that his company would likely struggle to gain government approval for a tunnel extending from Los Angeles International Airport to Sherman Oaks, but said the endeavor was still worth a shot

SciVee Adds Elsevier Health Sciences Journal


San Diego-based Scivee , which develops software for hosting scientific videos on the web, said today that it has added The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), published by Elsevier, as a customer. Tags: scivee video hosting journal elsevier publishing software Scivee said that Elsevier has signed an agreement to deploy the firm's products and services, which enable posting of videos which synchronize with scientific abstracts and articles.

Stroome Scores $200K From Journalism Contest


Stroome was founded by Nonny de La Pena and Tom Grasty, both of whom are graduate students at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. Tags: stroome contest journalism video remix editing Los Angeles-based Stroome , which is developing an online community for collaborative video editing, announced today that it has just won $200,000 from the 2010 Knight News Challenge. The Knight News Challenge is a contest which helps to fund digital news experiments and technology.

With New Data, Amgen Promises Refund If Cholesterol Drug Doesn’t Work


Stung by slow sales of its next-generation anti-cholesterol drug, Amgen hopes new clinical data, released this morning, will spur doctors to boost prescriptions and—perhaps more important—drive insurers to loosen their restrictions. The data, from a massive study of more than 27,000 patients, come at a time when drug and healthcare prices are a top U.S. political issue, and pricey new cholesterol drugs have been a key battleground.

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Phoenix Shops Its Cancer Drug as Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment


San Antonio — George Perry, a scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has long proposed that drug developers and researchers need to look earlier into the roots of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bio Roundup: CMS Backs Cancer Tests, Right to Try Passes, AbbVie Sinks


We’ll start this week’s roundup with several stories from Washington, D.C. that could have a lasting effect on public health.

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Mindbody Raises $50M at $450M Valuation; IPO Likely in 2015

Ask the Angels

Lizette Chapman of the Wall Street Journal talks to Rick Stollmeyer, CEO of MindBody software, which was funded by the Pasadena Angels, about their recent $50M raise and likely IPO in 2015.

Snap’s Challenges to Gain Increased Focus in Public

L.A. Business Journal

Business Journal lays out five factors that could figure in to Snap’s first year as a public company

Bio Roundup: Hope for Lungs, Bradner’s Complaint, FDA Nods & More


The biggest news this week was in oncology, hands down. Merck showed that its immunotherapy pembrolizumab (Keytruda) might become a common option for many patients newly diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, but the bigger picture is that the field is moving fast. While pembrolizumab notched the headline-grabbing data, others are also working to develop options for various subsets of patients. Who will be able to afford all these options? We explored that question in our coverage.

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50 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To—and 5 New Ways to Find Them


If you’re not much of a podcast listener and you have a sense that you’re missing out on a lot of great content, you’re absolutely right. But now is a good time to fix that, thanks to a new profusion of listening options. And to get you started, I have a few shows to suggest. Fifty of them, in fact. I’ve always been a big fan of podcasts—and I mean always, back to the days of the very first podcasts around 2004.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table

media journalismBuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media.

Poshmark Picks Up $87.5M to Power the Social, Digital Wardrobe


Poshmark , a social media e-retail company, has raised $87.5 million in a Series D investment round led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek. That brings the total funding raised by the Redwood City, CA-based company to $160 million.

On ASCO’s Eve, Experts Fret Over Backlash to Cancer Combo Frenzy


When thousands of cancer researchers from around the world gather in Chicago this weekend for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting, drugs that fight tumors by boosting a patient’s immune system will take center stage, as they have in previous years. But the stage is more crowded, as researchers have begun in earnest combining these immunotherapies into experimental cocktails, hoping to push quickly past the limits of the drugs currently in use as single agents.

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Bio Roundup: Trials to Watch, Mega Deals, Video Game Therapy & More


With 2018 around the corner, this was a week to look ahead. At Xconomy, we zeroed in on several clinical trials that could become major stories in the life sciences. Other healthcare milestones are on the way, too. The FDA will consider for the first time whether a video game should be approved as medicine. The agency could also give its first nod for a gene therapy. We could see the first clinical trial by a U.S. company for a CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing treatment.

Bio Roundup: Trumpcare is Mean, SCOTUS Says Go, Merck’s Myeloma No


What exactly does the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace Obamacare, currently look like? Few people know, because the Senate version is being negotiated behind closed doors in Washington D.C. without any public hearings. We do know President Trump now thinks the version of the AHCA that squeaked through the House is “ mean.”

Bio Roundup: Migraine Data, Cancer Drug Combos, Azar Hearing & More


A pair of migraine drugs made a splash in biotech news this week with published data suggesting that they can reduce the frequency of headaches. These drugs still await an FDA decision, and their impact on patients over the long term are being watched closely. As many as 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Migraine sufferers and their physicians and patients are looking for new treatment options. In other pharma news this week, U.S.

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MediaPass Powers Weekly World News Paywall


In the quest to re-make the business of publishing and journalism, there's been a lot of hand wringing and debate over the merits and complexities of online paywalls. The firm is looking to make it easier for any publisher--without the deep pockets of such publications as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times--to implement their own paywall. mediapass weekly world news publication content publisher paywall journalism subscription

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Biotech Roundup: Opioid News, ASH Preview, Boston Bio IPOs & More


The rising death toll from opioids has prompted policymakers to try various ways to take on the problem. President Trump’s opioid commission released its final report this week, calling for expansion of drug courts, better physician training, and penalties for insurers that don’t cover treatment. But the commission did not say how much its recommendations would cost , nor did it offer a way to pay for them. The absence of those details highlight the difficulties in addressing the crisis.

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County Looks to Lead on Amazon Headquarters Proposal

L.A. Business Journal

s second headquarters, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by the Business Journal The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. and L.A. County Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas want the county to spearhead regional efforts to attract Seattle-based Amazon Inc.’s

Tech and Entertainment Have a Home in Silicon Beach

Tech Zulu Event

The Los Angeles Business Journal recently reported data compiled by showing that “L.A. According to the Wall Street Journal , these included Ooma founder Andrew Frame purchasing in Bel Air, and Facebook head of market development Matt Jacobson buying in Manhattan Beach.

GLAZED | Wearable Tech Conference [Live]

Tech Zulu Event

Amir Efrati, Writer, Wallstreet Journal. TechZulu is happy to announce that we will be bringing you all the action live from the GLAZED Conference Monday, September 30th starting at 9AM.

USC Launches Media Lab


The University of Southern California is looking to tie together technology and media, saying Thursday that it has launched a new Annenberg Innovation Lab as part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

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Bio Roundup: Trump’s Rx Silence, PCSK9 News, Amgen’s Migraines & More


Theranos Third Rock Ventures transition transplants Tyler uniQure Walgreens Wall Street Journal World Hemophilia Federation World CongressSpeculation swirled this week around the incoming U.S. president’s intent to make good on his angry campaign rhetoric on drug prices, while the Associated Press reported that naming-and-shaming—that is, Congress hauling executives into hearings and penning angry letters—certainly hasn’t done the trick.

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SoCal's Next Big Online Publisher:


breitbart andrew journalism online publishingSouthern California is already establishing a reputation as the home of one of the biggest online publishers, Demand Media. However, what will Southern California's next big, online publishing empire be? Based on events in recent days, it might be Los Angeles-based , the controversial online publishing venture of Andrew Brietbart. runs the site Big Government , which broke the story of U.S.

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Interview with Tom Grasty, Stroome


We saw that we had traction in the journalism and news organization marketplace, so we concentrated on that area. We've been in discussions with news organizations to use the platform, including with large organizations and journalism sites.

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Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More


newspaper journalism content publishing funding capital venture market perfectPasadena-based Perfect Market , which provides tools for publishers to better create value from their content, is announcing today that it has raised $9M in a new funding round. The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also included Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures.

Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort


freelance writer journalism writing livestrong ehow content publisher publishing editorial media demandSanta Monica-based Demand Media , the online publisher which runs such sites as,, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. The firm said it is looking to engage feature writers to write long articles--"north of 850 words"--for its sites.

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Demand Media Creates Editorial Advisory Board


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RebelMouse Raises $10.25 Million In Series A Funding For Growth

Tech Zulu Event

Some of the top brands include Wall Street Journal, Times, Forbes, GE, Mashable, Fox TV, SyFY, Bravo, AOL, USA Networks and ProSieben and many others. Social media aggregator RebelMouse recently raised $10.25

LA Times Vets Launch Ebyline, Gain Angel Funding


Tags: publish market journalism content publishing marketplace capital venture ebyline

Startups In The Sky: The Future of News

SoCal Tech Calendar

Journalism, Media, and the Future Where does reporting go next? Thursday, June 29, 2017 -- The Future of News. Startups In The Sky. Can Fake News be stopped? How does tech help create the next golden age? See [link] (more

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MySpace, WSJ Look To Send Users To Davos


The site said the effort--run in partnership with the Wall Street Journal--will allow the user to join the Davos press corps and report on news and interview world leaders at the forum for MySpace users. The competition is an interesting one for MySpace, which has been better known for its promotions with entertainment and music firms than publications such as the Wall Street Journal.