March 20-22, Nieman Conference in Boston

Here is some information on the upcoming Nieman Conference (click on "read more" to read the entire release):

Graduate students, midcareer journalists, writers and academics are invited to join more than 50 award-winning broadcasters, filmmakers and online experts at the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. The March 20-22 event is at the Sheraton Boston hotel.

An interview with Frank Blethen from the Seattle Times

We just added a new video to the archives. In this 2006 interview, Frank Blethen and Mike Fancher discuss the Seattle Times' 110th anniversary, and the challenges of running a locally owned family newspaper. It addresses media and newspaper consolidation and Blethen's role speaking out on these issues.  (A summary interview is below, click here for the full interview.)

Summary interview (9:19)

Upcoming: Journalism That Matters Conference

The Poynter Institute and Journalism That Matters are joining together to host a three-day conference: "Adapting Journalism to the New News Ecology."  The conference will run from March 1-4, and will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Apply before February 1, 2009 to get a reduced rate.  You can click here to learn more about Journalism That Matters, and to read about past conferences.

David Cohn talks about

Last month, I interviewed David Cohn about his micro-funded news website  He was candid throughout the interview, admitting that he wasn't sure if the model was working.  You can listen to the audio of the interview (it's a little under twenty minutes) by clicking below, or you can go to his MGP profile for the story and other resources.


Library journal features overview of news-literacy movement and "Reboot" event

Former Media Giraffe Project writer Lena Consolini, who attended "Rebooting the News," in Philadelphia, has authored a roundup on the news-literacy movement for "School Library Journal." The piece mentions Rene Hobbs' Media Education Lab at Temple, Alan Lewis' News Literacy Project (which will begin trials in three schools this spring) and Howie Schneider's work at Stony Brook University.

Media Giraffe Project looking for ideas

Help us spotlight media innovation which fosters participatory democracy and community . . . send ideas for profiles to  . . . . / . . . . also: Internship opportunity for UMass students

Four online-news "giraffes" receive Knight grants

Four "giraffes" recently recieved Knight Foundation grants.  The total amount given was $390,000, and the money was awarded to the community news websites to increase local coverage and staff.  In their press release, the Knight Foundation said they wanted "to help find new, sustainable models for delivering news and information in the digital age."

Here are the four recipitants (click to go to their MGP profiles):

Visit to Camden, Maine and Richard Anderson

Last week, Norm Sims and I were in Camden, Maine (the photo is from outside a local restaurant) to interview Richard Anderson from the Village Soup (see his Village Soup bio here, and his MGP profile here).  During the two hour interview, Anderson talked about their search for a sustainability model.  During one moment, he said they were creating a form of a community expo:

Berkman research completes exhaustive study on state of media ecosystem

A year in the making, a researcher at the Berkman Center for the Internet & Society has completed an exhaustive study on the future of American news and social media. Persephone Miel talked to hundreds of people, and criss-crossed the nation to prepare what may be the most comprehensive look to date on the impact of digital technologies on how we get our news and civic information. publishes their first articles

I spoke with David Cohn from last week, and will be putting up the interview and profile soon, but wanted to write a quick message, as is hiring, and they've also put up their first articles.  David Cohn is young--26--and won the Knight News Challenge Grant last year to set up  It's a micro-funded news website based in San Francisco.  You can go to the site, browse the pitches, and give a small amount of money to an article you would like to see written.  The first two completed articles went up yesterday, and you can read them here.  More soon.

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