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Environmental Journalists Meet Representative Journalism

October 17th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

I am at the Society of Environmental Journalists 18th Annual Conference in Roanoke to spread the Representative Journalism gospel. Amy Gahran extended the invite and I will be on two panels and one dinner table discussion. The topic headings include:

Emerging Career Options: Digital Media and Your Future
Whither Journalism: Emerging Directions
Not-So-Idle Chatter: How Blogging and [...]

How Representative Journalism Works in Northfield, MN

October 9th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

I am about to make a my presentation at the Convergence and Society: The Participatory Web about Representative Journalism and how it works at Locally Grown in Northfield, MN. Here is a YouTube rendition of the talk, but it is not great on the

Rep J to Help Main Street Understand Fiscal Crisis

September 30th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

Our Representative Journalism project in Northfield, Minnesota is taking on a big challenge that has always faced news organizations. How can a big international story like the International Economic Meltdown be translated to hyperlocal reporting? We are giving it a try. First some background.
I am the person behind the Representative Journalism project that is taking [...]

Hello RepJ Followers, Meet Bonnie Obremski

July 10th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

At just about the time as I am writing this, Bonnie Obremski, our first Representative Journalism fellow, is arriving in Northfield, Minnesota. Once she settles in, she will be filing in-depth stories for the Locally Grown blog run by Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Griff Wigley.
Of course, Bill Densmore, who is giving logistics support, Chris [...]

Video Explains Representative Journalism — And Is Critiqued

July 2nd, 2008 by Leonard Witt

Last week at the New England News Forum I made a 25-minute presentation explaining my Representative Journalism concept. You can see it below, it is very YouTube in quality. Here is Dan Kennedy, a Northeastern University journalism professor who writes the Media Nation blog, reacting to my presentation.
Free .TV show from Ustream
Also the forum [...]

Making PBS a National News Powerhouse

June 20th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

 Today I just finished hanging around at the WETA News Academy 2008 in Washington, D.C. I was there as a presenter and observer because I fully believe that PBS is the place for my Representative Journalism concept to take hold. So like Johnny Appleseed, I am going everywhere planting the seeds.
In addition, we are now [...]

Meet Representative Journalism’s Advisory Board

April 2nd, 2008 by Leonard Witt

Now that we have our Northfield, Minnesota Community Reporting Fellowship posted at, I am sure more people will be interested in knowing more about us. There are really three five parts to us now. The three of us who are overseeing the daily workings of the trial, our national advisory board, andour funding partner, [...]

Great Reporting Fellowship in Minnesota; Start Now

March 25th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

Want the freedom to do high quality, ethically sound journalism in an inviting atmosphere; then this one-year fellowship might be perfect for you. Please spread the word, this will be a dream assignment for the right person.
Help chart the future of local news and community. Apply for a Representative Journalism Fellowship. Leonard [...]

Why We Need Representative Journalism Now

March 18th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

 This from the State of the News Media 2008 report produced by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Important issues get little attention as reporting resouces shrink:
…consider the list of the domestic issues that each filled less than a single percent of the newshole: education, race, religion, transportation, the legal system, housing, drug trafficking, gun control, [...]

Meet the Northfield Representative Journalism Team

March 14th, 2008 by Leonard Witt

Chris Densmore, Chris Peck and I spent a big part of yesterday with our Northfield, Minnesota collaborators at Locally Grown, where the first Representative Journalismexperiment will take place. What a great group of people they are: Griff Wigley, Tracy Davis and Ross Currier. You can see and hear us on a podcast from the [...]


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    Leonard Witt

    Leonard Witt is the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University and the chief blogger at

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