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.
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, 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. (http://www.rebootingthenews.org)
About 50 journalists, journalism educators and researchers gatherered with high-school students at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the start of a drive to get American newspapers interested in promoting "news literacy." READ MORE.
Three fellowships worth $45,000 a year will be awarded annually by the University of California Berkeley journalism school to encourage investigative reporting at a time when main-stream media is cutting back on newsrooms, according to the school.
K. Paul Mallasch at MuncieFreePress.com has taken note of a tremendous resource for budding citizen journalists. The staff of the Hartsville [S.C.]Today CitiJ website in Hartsville, S.C., have authored -- in PDF format -- a guide to setting up a citizen journalism site. (PDF DOWNLOAD) Mallasch also references a 2005 participatory-media study by Hypergene's Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis. For hot links to these, click on the headline above.
J-Lab, a project at the University of Maryland-College Park funded by the Knight Foundation, has developed a comprehensive site for community groups and citizens who want to launch online journalism/news projects. It's called J-Learning.