A host of MGP2006/JTM alumni are coming together to host "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters: Convening entrepreneurs who combine journalism, democracy, place and blogs," on June 4-5, 2008 in the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. DETAILS:
"We're presenting a how-to program for people who are passionate about place," says Bill Densmore, Media Giraffe Project director and a member of the Journalism That Matters collaborative. "We're pulling together experts for discussions on the business, marketing, legal, advertising, journalistic, technical and fund-raising skills needed for local oneline news and community-building websites to approach success." Densmore says the event may also be the launching pad for the American Society of News and Community Forums (ASNCF), a professional/trade group for "placebloggers" -- part pamphleteers, part reporters and part entrepreneurs. "America's new online citizen journalists are inventing a new business and a new passion -- the business of building local, literate, digital domains on the web where community and commerce flourish," says Densmore. "But efforts -- and structure -- to share best practices are only just emerging."
The event is timed to occur immediately before the fourth National Conference on Media Reform, also in Minneapolis on June 6-8 and discounted registration to NCMR is an option for those attending "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters." "We'll serve as an incubator / think-and-do tank for those who are considering starting their own civic engagement / citizen journalism projects in urban/rural Minnesota and nationally," says Densmore.
TO REGISTER: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=tzfmb