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Archive for September, 2009

Witt at Bogota Peace, Communication Conference

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I spent last week at the 2nd International Congress of Communication for Peace sponsored by Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogota, Colombia. I presented a paper entitled: Journalism, Public Deliberation and Democracy: Advancing High Ideals in Challenging Times. It is in the process of being translated into Spanish for publication.

The conference was impressive with a nice [...]

Crowdfunding Could Support Civil Rights Reporting

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I have an essay in the fall 2009 Nieman Reports that is best summed up by my question which reads:
Will those marginalized by race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, age discrimination, or economic circumstance decide it is in their interest to become part of a community-supported journalism cooperative devoted to covering social justice issues?
The [...]

First Hint: Public Is Ready to Save Journalism

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

On Sunday night at 5 p.m. I was a member of the last of three concurrent panels at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Ga. The topic of the panel: The Future of Newspapers.
I anticipated that maybe a couple of dozen people might show up. So I was a bit nonplussed when I came [...]

Pew Study Filled with Civic Engagement Facts

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The Pew Internet & American Life Project just released a report entitled The Internet and Civic Engagement and it is filled with interesting information. Who would have guessed that 10 percent of the American public in the last year sent a letter via snail mail or email to a newspaper or magazine, while just 8 [...]