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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?

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? 

VIDEO: Archived video from the June, 2006 Media Giraffe Conference

AMHERST, Mass. -- A rich archive of video from panels on the future and sustainability of journalism taped at the 2006 first Media Giraffe Project conference, are now available on Archive.org.

To launch individual videos, use the search term "mgp2006" on Archive.org: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=Media%20Giraffe%20Project%20AND%20subject%3A%22mgp2006%22

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:

http://www.songofacitizen.com/songofacitizen.com/1.html

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."

Why Journalism Matters

We've added a new MGP video to our archive (watch it above, or click here to see it full-sized). When some 100 journalists, technologists, academics and citizens gathered March 1-4, 2009 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg,

Margie Freivogel on Journalism's Transition to the Internet

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Margie Freivogel discusses her new online enterprise, the St. Louis Beacon, and her transition from print to online journalism. She expresses her enthusiasm for influencing the future of journalism and says, "I have never been happier in my work than I am now."  See Freivogel's Media Giraffe profile for more.

Margie Freivogel on Journalism's Transition to the Internet - Full Length Interview

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Margie Freivogel discusses her new online enterprise, the St. Louis Beacon, and her transition from print to online journalism. She expresses her enthusiasm for influencing the future of journalism and says, "I have never been happier in my work than I am now."  See Freivogel's Media Giraffe profile for more.

Chris Busby of the Portland, ME Bollard on local online journalism

We've added another video to the MGP archives.  Here, Chris Busby, Publisher and Editor of the Portland Bollard, talks about his online venture, The Bollard---its role in filling in gaps left by mainstream media, in providing a different perspective to local issues, and some of its challenges.

Busby was interviewed in 2006 by Bill Densmore, the director of the Media Giraffe Project.  You can read Densmore's article on Busby here.

Paul Bass - The community embedded journalist - 9 minute video

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Paul Bass, editor of The New Haven Independent, talks about his passion for local journalism, the role of journalism in a democracy, and the logistics of running a hyper-local journalism site. Bill Densmore, director of the Media Giraffe Project, interviewed Bass in January 2008.

To view the full one-hour interview, see this page.  See his "giraffe" profile here.

Mena Trott on blogging, journalism, and Six Apart

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Mena Trott talks about the founding of the company, Six Apart (behind Movable Type and TypePad), her observations throughout this process, and some aspects of the business. She also discusses the role of blogging in journalism, people’s lives and in the 2004 elections.

This interview was conducted in 2005 by Bill Densmore, Director of the Media Giraffe Project.

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