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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. 


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?

Localocracy: A new way to connect on community issues

A discussion from Aug. 12, 2009, between and among Bill Densmore and Norm Sims of the Media Giraffe Project, and Connor White-Sullivan, founder of the startup in Amherst, Mass.
Click on the carat to the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.  (23 mins., 41 secs. / 5.7MB)

David Mastio interviewed about BlogNetNews, June 2009

Here, David Mastio talks about BlogNetNews, the blog aggregator that he founded.  This fifteen-minute interview was conducted by MGP's Sara Majka.  Talk focuses on his efforts to get newspapers to have a section for local blogs.  He feels it's a natural partnership---and he's invested retirement money in trying to get it off the ground---but he's had trouble getting newspapers to warm to the idea.  A few weeks ago his partnership with the Miami Herald got off the ground, and he hopes interest will increase.

Tracy Van Slyke interviewed about The Media Consortium, May 11, 2009

In this ten minute interview, MGP's Sara Majka talks to Tracy Van Slyke from The Media Consortium, a network for progressive news organizations. She's the program director and first full-time paid employee. Here, she talks about how the group started in 2005, when a few magazines, including Mother Jones and The American Prospect, started talking, and how it coalesced into an active, dues-paying organization.

Paul Steiger interviewed about ProPublica, May 1, 2009

In this 16-minute interview, ProPublica's editor-in-chief, Paul Steiger, is interviewed by MGP's Sara Majka. You can learn more about Steiger and ProPublica, including a piece written about the interview and list of follow-up links, by going to his MGP profile.


Michael Tippett interviewed about NowPublic

MGP's Sara Majka interviews Michael Tippett from the "crowd-powered" website NowPublic in 2008. In this thirty minute interview, Tippett gives a behind the scenes look at the early stages of citizen journalism.

David Cohn interviewed about

MGP's Sara Majka interviews David Cohn on December 8, 2008, a few months after the start up of his San Francisco-based, micro-funded website,

Joel Kramer from MinnPost

MGP's Sara Majka interviews Joel Kramer in February 2008, two months after the site he founded,, was launched.

JTM-ASNCF phone discussion July 24, 2008


This is audio of a teleconference which occurred at noon EDT on Thurs., July 24, 2008 to discuss the notion of the American Society of News & Community Forums.

Moderator is Patrick Phillips of the Vineyard Voices.

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