Tag: community journalism

by Mike Rispoli

Journalism needs community support, and communities need the support of local journalists. That idea is at the heart of News Voices: New Jersey, Free Press’ community-engagement project. Last night in New Brunswick, more than 120 people demonstrated what’s possible when neighbors, church leaders, students, educators and journalists sit together at the same table. Journalism can: […] more »

by Molly de Aguiar

This piece was co-written by Josh Stearns. There are more than just newsroom walls that stand between journalists and their communities. While community engagement in journalism is expanding, there are still volumes that journalists don’t know about how to work with communities. Similarly, as the public is brought more deeply into the journalism process, residents […] more »

by Babatunde Akpeji

What options are available to backwater communities that want to attract government attention or media interest? In Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, some members of such communities were eager to tell their stories about health challenges, environmental degradation and poor infrastructure. But they lacked the skills to do so. Their break came when the International Center […] more »

by Alex Stonehill

When we started the Seattle Globalist three years ago, it was easy to see success as the simple act of creating a new publication from scratch. Every new post that we published and every new contributor we brought in felt like a small step toward our mission of elevating diverse voices and highlighting international connections […] more »

by Emily Harris

In late October in Los Angeles, more than 30 community and investigative publishers came together for a weekend of intensive, hands-on business training. The Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program, funded by the Knight Foundation, The Patterson Foundation and the McCormick Foundation, hosted by the Knight Digital Media Center, and organized by the Investigative News […] more »

by Ryan Jones

With new smartphone apps making headlines daily, it’s too easy to overlook the innovative potential of more basic technology like SMS on low-end phones. At FrontlineSMS, we’re leaders in helping organizations around the world realize that potential, and we build tools to help turn SMS into an effective and ubiquitous channel for communication and data […] more »

by Jon Vidar

In 2006, the phrase “community journalism“ was exploding as a possible savior for the journalism industry (similar to the much-hyped hyper-local journalism today). Somewhere along the way, however, the concept got washed over by a sea of organizations simply distributing Flip Video cameras and expecting amazing content. Who needed a journalism degree? Promoting local voices […] more »

by David Cohn

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy made 15 recommendations on how America can have a bright info-future. One of those recommendations was for increased support for public media predicated on public media efforts to “step up,” for lack of a better term. Public media has been on the minds […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

The TED talk of Ethan Zuckerman, the founder of the international blogging site Global Voices, provides amazing insight into the challenges of telling international stories online. It’s told in the great TED way of painting lots of pictures and using a ton of anecdotes. Zuckerman said it’s a big myth that the web is bringing […] more »

by Todd Wolfson

Media Mobilizing Project recently started a new initiative: Community Journalism in Times of Economic Crisis. The initiative is a response to both the economic crisis, which is hitting Philadelphians hard, and the growing problems with the for-profit journalism model, which is making it difficult for local newspapers to cover stories about the struggles of everyday […] more »