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Archive for August, 2006

A Mission Statement for NewAssignment.Net

Monday, August 28th, 2006

I just submitted this idea for a mission statement for Jay Rosen’s project, it reads:
NewAssignment.Net is a not-for-profit enterprise where professionals and lay people cooperatively produce high quality journalism aimed at improving life on planet Earth.
The reasoning behind it:
I wanted it to be big with a mission that everyone can grasp and be part of. [...]

Jay Rosen Wants Your Story Ideas Now

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Jay Rosen continues to move forward with, his cooperative professional/amateur nonprofit news gathering enterprise. He has even set up a site for it. But first over at PressThink he has offered a challenge which I am copying below and at the end of which is the idea I am sending him, where are your [...]

A Guide to Small-Town Citizen Journalism

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Douglas J. Fisher, instructor at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Graham Osteen, editor and publisher of the The Hartsville Messenger, have put together this 75-page report entitled:

Hartsville Today
The first year of a small-town citizen-journalism site
A guide especially for small daily and non-daily newspapers

Fisher writes at his blog:

For almost [...]

Journalists Must Become Better Listeners

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Here is good advice, in a good advice packed column, from Ventura County Star editor Joe R. Howry:

From my own unscientific observations, the anger index has intensified in direct proportion to the increasing polarization over issues such as the war in Iraq, immigration and, of course, politics. Most of the time, the anger is directed [...]

Kansas University Starting Citizen Journalism Academy

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The Lawrence Journal World reports:

The World Company and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University are creating a Citizen Journalism Academy.
The first CJA class will learn from educators and practicing journalists about the processes and standards that help translate community activities and events into “news.”

Ann Brill, dean of the [...]