Curation, editing and an experiment in co-operative local journalism

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Media Giraffe alum Tom Stites has been hard at work on the Banyan Project since we first featured him in 2006.  He describes the effort to pursue co-operative local journalism in this short essay, prompted by a discussion about the difference between "curation" and "editing."  His contact information is at the bottom

MGP alum part of Chinese government innovation in high-school education; seeks four teachers

 WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Media Giraffe Project conference alum Stephen Wilmarth is seeking to hire four U.S.

Patterson to back collaboration platform, training to help local online news communities reach sustainability

This post has been updated with a correction (see end of item).

A collaboration platform help local online news communities, characterized by one researcher as entering their business "adolescence," will receive support from the Patterson Foundation and possibly the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California, news entrepreneurs have been told. 


Slovak firm PianoMedia will launch content-sharing subscription network based on unique valuation method -- time

Marcel Vass, CEO, eTarget

A Slovakian-based Internet advertising firm is seeking to gather Eastern European publishers and launch early next year a multi-site news service which will pool subscription revenues, then disburse and share them based on a unique parameter – time.

LONCs -- local online news community entrepreneurs, move closer to formal collaboration after Chicago confab

Operators of the national's local online news communities (LONCs), gathered in Chicago Sept. 23-24 for a day and a half of informal discussions, are moving toward increasing collaboration to help with advertising, training and audience building.  "Block by Block: The Community News Summit," was organized by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, with other collaborators.

Czech hyperlocal experiment with coffee, community consulting said to be shuttered

PPF Media, a.s., a unit of the Czech Republic-based insurance and banking conglomerate, was pioneering a new form of "hyperlocal" journalism based on websites in small cities and large towns, supported by regional weeklies, and a national desk in Prague called Futuroom -- and coffee shops.  But is the idea being shuttered?

AUDIO: Community Media and The Future of News

As the decline of newspapers is felt throughout the country, could community media & technology centers be the new model for local news? Could Citizen Journalism be an opportunity for community media centers like PEGs to earn income, create trained citizen reporters, build partnerships, and serve up local content?

DC progressive think-tank strategist warns PEG-access TV operators of “uber” radio spectrum policy battles

Posted by Bill Densmore

PITTSBURGH, Penn. -- Cable public-access station operators were given a strong dose of media policy on Thursday at their annual convention as a Washington, D.C. think-tank leader urged them to join an "urber" political battle playing out among telecommunications companies, regulators and public advocates.

On the Internet, is it OK to have anonymous pamphleteers?

Here's a good example of direct-to-consumer political messaging that is
potentially untrustworthy because it is unsourced.  It raises the question: Is it OK for political speech to be anonymous? 

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.  

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