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Leonard Witt explains "Representative Journalism" -- a Q&A


Leonard Witt has worked at a small New Hampshire weekly, at the Allentown, Pa., daily, and as an editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. Now, as a Kennesaw [Ga.] State University professor, he's leading the Representative Journalism Project. The goal: Using Northfield, Minn., as a test site, see whether the public can be convinced to support civic-oriented, web-based journalism with their pocketbooks. Witt describes the project in a discuss at the "Sharing the News" symposium, June 28, 2008, at Lowell, Mass., organized by the New England News Forum. Bill Densmore, NENF director, introduces. Click on the carat on the left of the bar below to listen to streaming audio, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening. There is also video available at:

"News literacy" -- the pilot curriculum at Stonybrook University


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Jim Klurfeld and the Stony Brook curriculum


Former Newsday editorial-page editor Jim Klurfeld, is now teaching at Stony Brook University and developing the schools news literacy curriculum. Listen as he describes the prototype course offered in the fall 2007.

The audio is best heard as a supplement to Klurfield's PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint can be downloaded from HERE.

An MP3 podcast of the audio is HERE.

Demand-side plea for 'news literacy' in classrooms


Jim Klurfeld and Howard Schneider wrote sports stories together at the Syracuse University Daily Orange as undergraduates. They started a weekly paper on Cape Cod. And they rose close to the top of the mainstream media world as editorial-page editor, and executive editor,respectively, of Newsday, the big Long Island daily. Now they have teamed up together at the Stony Brook University to start their next career -- tending to the "demand side" of journalism.

New tools for civic journalism


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JTM-MN: Finding the passion of place -- the new pamphleteers


Jtmpassionmpr060608_2 What motivates people to launch a local online news community -- a "placeblog" and what are their challenges, their successes, the opportunities, vision and passion which accompany this work? Twelve citizen-journalists -- "placebloggers" -- gathered on Friday, June 6, 2008, for a one-hour conversation at Minnesota Public Radio. Watch the VIDEO, or listen to the audio stream of their conversation by clicking on the carat of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening. Moderated by Bill Densmore, director of the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

JTM-MN: John Nichols on the survival of journalism: Be virtual, be real, be influential


Johnnichols John Nichols rode his bicycle down to the weekly newspaper when he was age 11 in his hometown of Union Grove, Wis. (pop. 970) and presented himself to the editor as ready for duty as a journalist. "I never wanted to be anything but a newspaperman." But earlier this year, The Columbia University School of Journalism graduate presided as the No. 2 editor as The Capital Times of Madison, Wis., a paper he's served for decades, ceased daily print publication and went all-web plus twice weekly.

In a 25-minute talk to the New Pampleteers/New Reporters convening in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 5, 2008, Nichols offers advice about the survival of journalism without print -- be virtual, but be real and be influential. 

To listen, to an audio stream, click on the carat to the right of the bar below. Or download an MP3 audio podcast for offline listening.

JTM-MN: What will sustain civic journalism -- a roundtable


A key challenge facing local online news entrepreneurs is basic -- survival. Beyond advertising, very few have found a way to be paid well enough to envision long-term operation. Join this session at "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters," in which a group of entrepreneurs post the question: "Will citizen communities support high quality journalism? Ideas, models wanted." Among participants: Leonard Witt of the Representative Journalism project in Northfield, Minn., Marjorie Freivogel, founder of the St. Louis Beacon; and Jim Shaffer, former newspaper executive and business-school dean. One idea: Sell interests in a non-profit entity -- perhaps a co-operative that would be viewed as a sort of "civic infrastructure." Shaffer discusses his effort to raise funds to acquire the Portland, Maine, daily.  A discussion ensues about how much money is needed, with Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog, offering thoughts. Also participating: Mark Fuerst of Public Media Management, and Jeremy Iggers, of the Twin Cities Media Alliance.

Click on the carat on the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio of the session, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.

JTM-MN: Libel, law and insurance

Jonathan Hart is counsel to the Online News Association and an expert on emerging aspects of Internet law, including libel. In a Skype teleconference, he meets with participants in New Pamphleteers/New Reporters on June 5, 2008, in Minneapolis. Among those joining the session are Jane Kirtley, attorney, professor and First Amendment scholar at the Univ. of Minnesota, and Robert Cox, of the Media Bloggers Association. Cox discusses his group's intention to sponsor the first libel policy for bloggers. To listen to a stream of the session, click on the carat on the left of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.

JTM-MN: What's next for Journalism That Matters


What's Next for the Journalism That Matters collaborative? On June 5, 2008, in a wide-ranging, 52-minute discussion, participants at "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters," in Minneapolis, Minn., discuss options. Should JTM -- which convenes meetings on the future of journalism and journalists -- become a formal organization? What services would it offer? 

Stream audio of the session by clicking on the carat of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.

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