Assessing community information needs -- a toolkit and research

How do you assess the quality or health of a community information ecosystem? New research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, conducted in support of a Knight Foundation initiative, begins to provide an answer.

New report makes four suggestions for foster global "citzen journalism"

The Center for International Media Assistance released on Thurs., Dec. 16 the report: "By the People: The Rise of Citizen Journalism," by Eugene Meyer, a veteran journalist and former Washington Post reporter. The 34-page report takes a global perspective and makes four recommendations:

Citizen journalism and cable community-access: What's the fit?

Thousands of public-access, government and educational television services in cities and towns around the United States telecast on cable systems. Typically the receive the majority of their funding via the franchise contracts municipalities negotiate with cable companies like Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision and the like. How are these "PEG Access" operations adapting the the new broadband environment, where video is increasingly viewed and created by consumers on Internet devices, including mobile phones and tablets?

Governors, educators include "media" in voluntary U.S. core-curriculum standards; but do they go far enough?

By Bill Densmore

"Media literacy" concepts are generally part of a major effort to push adoption of voluntary "Common Core State Standards" for English and literacy in history, social, studies, science and technical subjects, an initial line-by-line comparison of drafts shows. But do the standards go far enough?

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? 

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

Proposal unveiled to hire 50 laid-off journalists to teach "news literacy" to non-journalism college majors

Stony Brook University unveiled on Friday a proposal to hire 50 laid-off journalists to undergo training this summer and join dozens of U.S. university campuses in the fall to teach "news literacy" to non-journalism majors.

Journalists, educators adopt statement on need for 'news literacy' in schools

Journalists, educators, reformers and citizens gathere last week at Temple University and the National Constitution Center adopted a statement on the need for news literacy in America's schools.    (

Joplin paper editor finds tornado affirms mission of journalism and offers challenge of balancing stories of life and death

BRANSON, Mo. -- Sandwiched between standing ovations before and after her 27-minute address, the daily editor from  tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, offered a stirring endorsement of why newspapers matter.

Retired journalists put $40K of own money into documenting the real changing story of America's best newspapers

Sara Brown & Paul SteinleWhen former UPI CEO Paul Steinle finished up a second career as an associate provost and journalism professor he wasn't ready to flat-out retire, and he was fascinated to understand hand the story of how America's best daily newspapers are changing.  So he and his wife -- a one-time human-resources officer for the Los Angeles Times -- left their home near Southern Oregon University, took $40,000 of thei

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