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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:

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.

"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.

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: 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.

JTM-MN: Geoff Dougherty "skypes" with new pamphleteers


Geoff Dougherty left a reporting job with the Chicago Tribune to launch, a "hyperlocal" news site for the nation's second-largest city's neighborhoods with support from the Knight Foundation. He talks via "Skype" at the "New Pampleteers/New Reporters" conference on June 5, 2008 at the University of Minnesota organized by the Journalism That Matters collaborative.

Click on the carat on the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio. Or DOWNLOAD MP3 PODCAST.

JTM-MN: Christine Stuart of CTNewsJunkie at New Pampleteers


Christine Stuart left a small daily newspaper in 2006 to take over CTNewsJunkie and has built it into a respected source of state government news for the Nutmeg state. In this audio portion of a Skype videoconference, Stuart trades notes with Wisconsin placebloggers assembled at "The New Pamphleteers," conference June 5, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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

JTM-MN: Andrew Donohue of Voice of San Diego


Top editor Andrew Donohue of Voice of San Diego, a pioneering local online news community organized as a non-profit, speaks via Skype connection on June 5, 2008 with fellow local news bloggers at "The New Pamphleteers," conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Donohue is a native of Wisconsin who earned a journalism degree at the University of Minnesota, he said. Click on the carat to the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio of the session. Or download an MP3 audio.

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