Journalism Futures

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Putting feet on the street for American journalism -- is it time for Report for America, or News AmeriCorps?

Thousands of U.S. journalists have been laid off or have left mainstream media outlets over the last several years.  How do we put feet back on the street in the service of civic journalism? 

Joplin paper editor finds tornado affirms mission of journalism and offers challenge of balancing stories of life and death

BRANSON, Mo. -- Sandwiched between standing ovations before and after her 27-minute address, the daily editor from  tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, offered a stirring endorsement of why newspapers matter.

Retired journalists put $40K of own money into documenting the real changing story of America's best newspapers

Sara Brown & Paul SteinleWhen former UPI CEO Paul Steinle finished up a second career as an associate provost and journalism professor he wasn't ready to flat-out retire, and he was fascinated to understand hand the story of how America's best daily newspapers are changing.  So he and his wife -- a one-time human-resources officer for the Los Angeles Times -- left their home near Southern Oregon University, took $40,000 of thei

Curation, editing and an experiment in co-operative local journalism

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Media Giraffe alum Tom Stites has been hard at work on the Banyan Project since we first featured him in 2006.  He describes the effort to pursue co-operative local journalism in this short essay, prompted by a discussion about the difference between "curation" and "editing."  His contact information is at the bottom

Engagement in the 21st century -- The Four phase of editorial voice


Sustaining democracy, sustaining journalism: A discussion

The Seattle Times: Newspapers, family ownership and public policy

In this 2006 interview, Frank Blethen and Mike Fancher discuss the Seattle Times on its 110th Anniversary, talking about the joys and challenges of running a locally owned family newspaper. They touch upon the uniqueness of this business model in the modern newspaper industry and the familys commitment to journalistic values and community service.

CBS news exec chronicles end of "era of omniscience" for mainstream media

When CBS News executive Andrew Heyward appeared at the We Media conference at The Associated Press in New York City in October, he offered important comments about the end of mainstream media's "omniscience." Subsequently, New York University professor and press critic Jay Rosen persuaded Heyward to document his remarks. Got to Rosen's site to read what Heyward wrote.

FUTURE: Spokane daily's editor details creation of "transparent newsroom" in Rosen blog post

On the weblog of New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen, there's a guest piece by the editor of the Spokane Statesman-Review, a 107,000-circulation daily, about their extensive efforts at creating a "transparent newsroom." It's a detailed look at one newspaper's effort to change.

What will journalism be in 10 years: Please post your thoughts

At the Online News Association convention in New York in the last week of October, reporter Christen DeProto asked a sampling of attendees: "What will journalism be like in 10 years." Please visit MGP blog to read what respondents said, and to add your prediction.
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