BRANSON, Mo. -- Sandwiched by standing ovations before and after her 27-minute address, the editor of the tornado-ravaged Joplin [Mo.] Globe, offered a stirring endorsement of why newspapaers matter. “If people are saying newspapers are dead they don’t really know what stuff we are made of," Stark told members of the Newspaper Association Managers gathered at a hotel here. "This is a story that I hope people can take home with them because newspapers are very much alive because when it mattered . . ..people turn out us, our local newspaper and people should never forget that.” Start said her talk Aug. 4, was the first time she had left Joplin since a Category 5 tornado struck the southwest Missouri city. Listen to Stark's talk (first two couple of minutes were not recorded). Click on the carat to the left of the bar below to launch an audio stream, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.
Participants in Journalism That Matters: Create or Die 2 at Greensboro, N.Y., June 4, 2011, begin to shape their ideas fo the "Show Me Your ID," social networking service and related bus tour. Click on the carat to the left of the bar blow to launch an audio stream, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.
Today the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt “basic
rules of the road to preserve the open Internet.”
On the face of it, the FCC's intent is laudable. However, rules
matter only when enforced. Unfortunately, in approving these open
Internet rules, the FCC did little to ensure their enforcement.
Indeed, the FCC's action today puts the burden of proof largely on
citizens, small businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs who are
most likely to be victimized by violations of open Internet rules.
Moreover, even when violations of these rules are identified, any
enforcement action by the FCC will likely result in a legal
challenge to the agency's authority.
Last April's federal appeals court decision, “Comcast v. FCC,” found
that the FCC lacked the authority to enforce one of the most basic
open Internet rules: nondiscriminatory treatment of network traffic.
While the FCC today waved the battle flag for preserving an open
Internet, it did so while retreating from the battlefield.
Given the FCC's failure to approve meaningful open Internet rules,
the burden of continuing the struggle to preserve an open Internet
now shifts to citizens, communities, public-interest organizations,
and business interests who understand that preserving an open
Internet is the civil rights struggle of the 21st century.
Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN)
MAIN-FM 103.5 LP Asheville, N.C.
"I've been lurking on this list for a little more than a year now, but I thought I'd write and let you know why we here in Raleigh are celebrating this holiday season. The Raleigh Public Record, a nonprofit news site dedicated to public-service journalism in Raleigh, recently received a two-year, $70,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. To put this in perspective, our budget this year was about $2,400.
"I started the Record in fall 2008 and we decided a couple things very early on. First, we decided to serve Raleigh and only Raleigh. We're a McClatchy town and the seat of state government. As the News & Observer has cut back, they've put more resources toward state government coverage and now have only one person covering city government. Our mission is to pick up where they leave off, go to the council committee and planning commission meetings--where we are almost always the only reporters in the room--and focus our feature and enterprise reporting on the unreported and under-reported stories across the city.
"The other decision we made very early on, and has defined us for the past two years, is to grow the operation slowly and sustainably to create a news organization to serve Raleigh well into the future. From our first story published on Sept. 16, 2008 until January 2010 we were an all-volunteer operation. At the beginning on this year we started paying our freelancers between $30 and $100 for stories, but I remained unpaid. Starting next year, we will pay freelance reporters $50-200 per story and I will start paying myself a small monthly stipend. This is a big step for us, and a nice vote of confidence from one of the biggest foundations in North Carolina.
"Please check out the site and let me know what you think. We're winding down a bit for the next week, but we're getting ready to come out of the gates in the new year strong and ready for what we're calling "start-up phase 2."
Charles C. Duncan Pardo
Marc Fest, a PR person for the Knight Foundation, says he "would be grateful if you could forward the info below about the News Challenge to folks in your circle of influence."
Deadline is Dec 1 for Knight News Challenge media innovation contest
If you have an innovative media technology idea, you might be able to get funding from the Knight News Challenge contest.
Run by the Knight Foundation, the grant competition awards up to $5 million annually for innovative projects that use digital technology to transform the way communities send, receive and make use of news and information.
More info can be found here: http://newschallenge.org . The site includes application information, as well as details about past winners.
This year's application deadline is December 1. The News Challenge is looking for applications in four categories: mobile, authenticity, sustainability and community. All projects must make use of digital technology to distribute news in the public interest.
The contest is open to anyone in the world. A simple description of the project is all you need to apply. Submit a brief pitch to http://newschallenge.org . If the reviewers like it, you'll be asked to submit a full proposal later.