New membership model gives Cuban news site financial, editorial independence

Readers of 14ymedio, a Cuban news outlet, can now play an active role protecting the future of the outlet’s fact-based, objective journalism through a new membership model. Reader memberships will give the news outlet greater financial independence, allowing it to answer primarily to its readers, says Alejandro González, development and innovation director. This aligns with the organization’s … Continued

Alejandro González: The story is your mothership

Alejandro González, 14ymedio Alejandro González leads development and innovation efforts at 14ymedio, Cuba’s first independent digital news platform founded by acclaimed independent journalist, Yoani Sánchez. In this capacity, he is responsible for expanding partnerships, growing audiences and creating innovative revenue streams for the news platform.   González works with a dynamic team willing to take … Continued

My internet, my right

My first computer was a Packard Bell with a 486DX2 processor that ran on Windows 98. I inherited it from my cousin when I started the third grade. I used the internet for the first time on that colossal machine. I would click the connection icon on the desktop, that infamous dial-up sound would echo … Continued

Nonresidential fellow jumpstarts his project with a visit to RJI

My fellowship project was transformed earlier this month during a three-day visit to Columbia, Missouri. The occasion was an informal convening of several of this year’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute fellows to discuss the varied projects we hope to bring to fruition over the coming months. Though it was a laid-back affair, the conversations … Continued

RJI Fellowship seeks to bolster independent mobile journalism in Cuba

With few Cuban residents having access to the internet on the island, independent news outlets like 14ymedio are forced to find creative ways to deliver online news to a disconnected country. The latest idea from the team at 14ymedio is to develop an app that will utilize offline sharing technology to further amplify news distribution … Continued