GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Paul Rapp introduces Amy Goodman, host of the Pacifica Foundation's "Democracy Now!" five-day-a-week news and commentary video broadcast, speaks to about 200 people on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mass. Goodman's talk was a fund-raiser for low-power, community, non-profit radio station WBCR-LP in Great Barrington. Click on the carat on the left of the bar below to listen to streaming audio (1 hour, 24 minutes) or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening (20.1MB).
Denise Lockwood is like thousands of U.S. daily newspaper reporters -- she fell victim to staff reductions. But she's not giving up reporting -- she's pursuing her passion onlline.
Lockwood, an award-winning education reporter, is looking for advice on how to start a non-profit online news and community site for southeastern Wisconsin. She wants to focus on providing the context and background that dailies are being forced by economics to abandon.
To learn more about her plans, listen to a 16-minute interview with Bill Densmore of the Media Giraffe Project and Matt Thompson, a 2008-2009 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow. You can listen to the audio stream by clicking on the carat to the right of the bar below, or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening. (15:26 mins., 3.7MB)
This is audio of a teleconference which occurred at noon EDT on Thurs., July 24, 2008 to discuss the notion of the American Society of News & Community Forums. Moderator is Patrick Phillips of the Vineyard Voices. You can either download the MP3 podcast (11.85MB/ 49 minutes, 23 seconds) for later listening or click on the carat to the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio.
John Nichols rode his bicycle down to the weekly newspaper when he was age 11 in his hometown of Union Grove, Wis. (pop. 970) and presented himself to the editor as ready for duty as a journalist. "I never wanted to be anything but a newspaperman." But earlier this year, The Columbia University School of Journalism graduate presided as the No. 2 editor as The Capital Times of Madison, Wis., a paper he's served for decades, ceased daily print publication and went all-web plus twice weekly. In a 25-minute talk to the New Pampleteers/New Reporters convening in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 5, 2008, Nichols offers advice about the survival of journalism without print -- be virtual, but be real and be influential. To listen, to an audio stream, click on the carat to the right of the bar below. Or download an MP3 audio podcast for offline listening.
A key challenge facing local online news entrepreneurs is basic -- survival. Beyond advertising, very few have found a way to be paid well enough to envision long-term operation. Join this session at "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters," in which a group of entrepreneurs post the question: "Will citizen communities support high quality journalism? Ideas, models wanted." Among participants: Leonard Witt of the Representative Journalism project in Northfield, Minn., Marjorie Freivogel, founder of the St. Louis Beacon; and Jim Shaffer, former newspaper executive and business-school dean. One idea: Sell interests in a non-profit entity -- perhaps a co-operative that would be viewed as a sort of "civic infrastructure." Shaffer discusses his effort to raise funds to acquire the Portland, Maine, daily. A discussion ensues about how much money is needed, with Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog, offering thoughts. Also participating: Mark Fuerst of Public Media Management, and Jeremy Iggers, of the Twin Cities Media Alliance.
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Jonathan Hart is counsel to the Online News Association and an expert on emerging aspects of Internet law, including libel. In a Skype teleconference, he meets with participants in New Pamphleteers/New Reporters on June 5, 2008, in Minneapolis. Among those joining the session are Jane Kirtley, attorney, professor and First Amendment scholar at the Univ. of Minnesota, and Robert Cox, of the Media Bloggers Association. Cox discusses his group's intention to sponsor the first libel policy for bloggers. To listen to a stream of the session, click on the carat on the left of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.
What motivates people to launch a local online news community -- a "placeblog" and what are their challenges, their successes, the opportunities, vision and passion which accompany this work? Twelve citizen-journalists -- "placebloggers" -- gathered on Friday, June 6, 2008, for a one-hour conversation at Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to the audio stream of their conversation by clicking on the carat of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening. Moderated by Bill Densmore, director of the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
What's Next for the Journalism That Matters collaborative? On June 5, 2008, in a wide-ranging, 52-minute discussion, participants at "New Pamphleteers/New Reporters," in Minneapolis, Minn., discuss options. Should JTM -- which convenes meetings on the future of journalism and journalists -- become a formal organization? What services would it offer? Stream audio of the session by clicking on the carat of the bar below. Or download an MP3 podcast for offline listening.
Geoff Dougherty left a reporting job with the Chicago Tribune to launch ChiTownDailyNews.org, a "hyperlocal" news site for the nation's second-largest city's neighborhoods with support from the Knight Foundation. He talks via "Skype" at the "New Pampleteers/New Reporters" conference on June 5, 2008 at the University of Minnesota organized by the Journalism That Matters collaborative. Click on the carat on the left of the bar below to launch streaming audio. Or DOWNLOAD MP3 PODCAST.