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Putting feet on the street for American journalism -- is it time for Report for America, or News AmeriCorps?

Thousands of U.S. journalists have been laid off or have left mainstream media outlets over the last several years.  How do we put feet back on the street in the service of civic journalism? 

Reynolds Journalism fellow seeks information about local online news communities for profile work

Michele McLellan, a 2009-2010 fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has posted an extensive list of U.S. local online news community websites and is looking for additional examples. 

"We want to learn from them and see if RJI can help them flourish," says McLellan.  

In Scranton, Pa., a laid-off journalist tracks local online news communities; is it time for ASNCF?

When Jessica Durkin was laid off as a reporter from the Scranton, Pa., she lost no time taking on a new passion. A regional director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she is now tracking the emerging news ecology from her website

REPORT: Reimagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest -- 250 commit to ecosystem collaboration, "happiness" index

Commitments develop a collaborative news ecosystem for the Pacific Northwest and a "happiness index" to measure the performance of U.S.

Murdoch, Huffington among speakers at two-day FTC workshop on journalism crisis: "From Town Crier to Bloggers"

UPDATE: Coverage of this event at the Reynolds Journalism Institute wiki site.

The Federal Trade Commission linked to filed comments and announced the two-day schedule of panels and speakers for its Dec. 1-2 workshop in Washington, D.C., entitled:  "From Town Crier to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive in the Internet Age?" Among speakers: Rupert Murdoch and Arianna Huffington.

Starting a "LONC" get's easier -- as resources emerge for legal, software help

During Journalism That Matters gatherings organized with the help of the Media Giraffe Project, entrepreneurs starting local online news communities (LONCs) often cite three fears in getting started:

RUNNING NOTES: "How to Make Money on News" at Shorenstein Center

I took running notes of the discussion yesterday at the Harvard-Shorenstein event, "How to Make Money with News." You can read them

Also, there's a Twitter stream here:  and here:

Seattle LONC "Crosscut" goes nonprofit

Crosscut, the Seattle-based local online news community (LONC), has moved from for-profit to nonprofit. Announcing the news on their website, publisher David Brewster said that after years of trying to build a for-profit model, they now believed the best model for the future would be nonprofit:

VIDEO: Harvard Prof. Michael Sandel on why news reading is critical to citizenship -- not consumer-ship

Why is journalism important?  Listen to Michael Sandel, Professor of Government at Harvard University:

Says Sandel in this five-minute video: "The newspaper is perhaps the most important instrument of civic education, because that is the way citizens learn what's at stake."

What are the information needs of communities? Knight Commission to report

What are the news and information needs of communities?

A two-year inquiry by a joint Aspen Institute-Knight Foundation study commission will issue its findings on the subject on Friday — and you can watch their report live and follow the Twitter stream via the hashtag #knightcomm.

My Citizen Journalism Experience


Click here to read the full blog post about Jeff Engmann's experience with the website  Engmann is a student intern for the MGP.

I began writing for the website in May of 2008. Initially I approached the website timidly. After all, I was going to school to earn my right to write, while this website unrepentantly blurs the line between journalist and blogger. But somehow, some way, it’s become a notable display of controlled anarchy (well, in writing terms).

Localocracy: A new way to connect on community issues

A discussion from Aug. 12, 2009, between and among Bill Densmore and Norm Sims of the Media Giraffe Project, and Connor White-Sullivan, founder of the startup in Amherst, Mass.
Click on the carat to the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.  (23 mins., 41 secs. / 5.7MB)

Five More Giraffe Profiles Posted

More new giraffe profiles are up---these are from student researchers at the University of Massachusetts.  The new profiles are:  Lisa Williams, Brian Storm, Angie Bado, Liane Brandon, and Jim Van Nostrand.

See below for the new profiles from their counterpoint at the University of Missouri. 





New Giraffe Profiles Up

This past semester, students from the journalism school at the University of Missouri have been working on profiles for the Media Giraffe Project.  New profiles that went up this week are:  Andy Hall, Steve Dorsey, Brad Flora, Avi Adelman, Erik Sundelof, Jim Spencer, Rachel Sterne, Mike Fricano, Dan Ruiter, and updates on Jimmy Wales and Margaret Freivogel.


Sports and Journalism

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury made history last weekend as he became the embodiment of what critics of new media have foreshadowed for quite some time. The former NBA point guard created his own rendition of the Truman show, utilizing U-Stream to provide a live view of his life for 24 hours straight.

Go here to read the rest, or visit Jeffrey Engmann's blog.