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The Journalism That Matters Minnesota gathering June 4-6, 2008 Minnesota Journalism Center at the Univ. of Minnesota


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Join Margaret Duffy, acting dean for Research and Graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, for a discussion of findings by Missouri, Michigan State and Ohio researchers. The team has been surveying and analyzing the operations and challenges of more than 40 local online news/community sites nationwide and have provocative initial findings about gatekeeping, technology, and legacy news organizations. She discusses their development of a sophisticated social network that is connecting those with needs, resources and shared interests in citizen and community journalism. After the summary, Duffy answers questions and seek feedback regarding the findings and next steps.

Following Duffy's presentation,Matt Thompson, deputy web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Mary Turck, editor for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, discuss their experiences with citizen journalism.

To conclude, Jan Schaffer, of the American Univeristy J-Lab, speaks briefly about the J-Lab's New Voices program, which funds community media projects.

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