Laura Amico raised money on Kickstarter to keep her Homicide Watch website in Washington, D.C., running when she became a Nieman-Berkman fellow at Harvard University two years ago to research how the Web could be applied to criminal justice journalism. The website catalogs every homicide in the capital. “This thing that I'd built from nothing really had a place in the community,” Amico tells the Poynter Institute.
Now, Amico is becoming news editor in charge of multimedia and data projects at the Boston Globe. She is seeking someone to take over stewardship of Homicide Watch. Her husband, Chris, will assume her responsibilities for the short term. She and her husband are in conversation with two partners who would each be good hosts for the site. As she and her husband get ready to give up control of a project they started, she's confident that it doesn't need them anymore. And that makes her proud, she said. “I know that it can go on without me.” (Amico is a board member of Criminal Justice Journalists, which prepares this daily Crime and Justice News digest.)