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

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

NewsTools2008.org discussion -- future of journalism

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What sort of technology tools are needed to sustain civic journalism?  It's a key question we hope to answer at NewsTools2008.org April 30-May 3 in Silicon Valley. Listen to this inpromptu discussion among Paul Bass, founder of the local online newsblog, the New Haven Independent, Marc Oppenheimer, director of the Yale University Journalism Initiative, and Bill Densmore, director of the Media Giraffe Project/JTM at UMass Amherst.  The discuss occurred Jan. 18, 2008 at a New Haven restaurant. Then add your comments below.

Wally Bowen of Mountain Area Information Network

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It's hard for Wally Bowen to walk along the streets of downtown Asheville, N.C., without getting stopped by a listener, viewer, reader or political fellow traveler who has been touched by -- or volunteers for -- his Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN).

In the 1980s, Bowen left a job as a PR person for the University of North Carolina at Asheville and started a media-literacy advocacy group. In the 1990s he started one of the first-ever local online news services in MAIN. And now his not-profit operates a low-power FM station.

On April 2, 2008, Bowen talked with the Media Giraffe Project about his odyssey as a progressive media activist.  You can listen to streaming audio (60 minutes) by clicking on the carat on the bar below:

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Dave Mastio of BlogNetNews.com at Knight L.A. seminar

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Dave Mastio's BlogNetNews.com helps aggregate local news blog feeds for regions throughout the United States for presentation on news and other websites. In this excerpt, Masio talks about his motivation for starting BlogNetNews.

GulfCoastNews.com founder Keith Burton

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GulfCoastNews.com founder Keith Burton describes the Biloxi, Miss., website's emergence as an award-winning resource for post-Katrina victims and rebuilding an explains how he sustains the operation during a panel discussion in Los Angeles on March 2, 2008.

Burton was among panelists at a four-day seminar: "Best Practices: Editorial and Commentary in Cyberspace," presented by the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communication in partnership with the National Conference of Editorial Writers. Approximately 30 editorial writers attended.

News-X Roadmaps from experts

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This is audio of the panel, "News X Roadmaps," at the Georgia Tech Symposium on Computation and Journalism, Feb. 23, 2008. Panelists were Neil Budde, former editor in chief at Yahoo! News; Wally Dean, online/broadcast diretor of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Jacob Kaplan-Moss of the Lawrence Journal-World; and Ramesh Jain, computer-science professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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1 hour, 54 minutes, 58 seconds 27.59 MB)

Information mashups: Aggregation etc.

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Caorl DiSalvo, Georgia Tech language, literature and communication professor, moderates a panel on "Information Mashups: Aggregation, Syndication and Web Services," on Sat., Feb. 23, 2008 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Panelists were Jon Brothers, CTO of the Sunlight Foundation; and Nate Nichols, creator of NewsAtSeven.com.

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Journalism workflow -- automation, productivity

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Kristian Hammond, co-director of the Northwestern University computer-science deparment, moderates a panel on how to manage newsroom workflow. Panelists were Albert Hauptmann, systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University; Solana Larsen, co-managing editor of GlobalVoicesOnline.org; Carol Minton Moore, a one-time fourth-grade teacher and spokesman for the National Science Digital Library; and Rob Lamb, customer and partner development director at Clickability.com.

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