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Isn’t It Nice When Folks at Harvard Praise Your Idea?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University takes a look at our Locally Grown project in Northfield, Minnesota and likes what it sees. Here is a snippet of what Mathew Ingram writes:

This is a fascinating effort, I think. Since the idea is that these local news operations will be “crowdsourced” or community-financed, in many ways [...]

Obremski Video Helps Explain Representative Journalism

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

In the video below Bonnie Obremski talks about her role as resident Representative Journalist at the Locally Grown blog in Northfield, Minnesota. Bill Densmore, who has been an advisor to the Rep J project, also answers some of the questions asked at the recent Information Valet summit at the University of Missouri.
Mizzou “Lunchstorm” discussion [...]

WGBH Does Story, Analysis on Spot.us., Rep J Models

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The Representative Journalism and Spot.us crowdfunding models got the talking-head treatment at WGBH in Boston. It is interesting to be on the receiving end of one of these of discussions. In the end, I would say it was fair and balanced even though the moderator, who worried about the biases in crowdfunding, showed her [...]

How Representative Journalism Works in Northfield, MN

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

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 YouTube.com.

Rep J to Help Main Street Understand Fiscal Crisis

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

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 [...]

Great Reporting Fellowship in Minnesota; Start Now

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

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 [...]

Meet the Northfield Representative Journalism Team

Friday, March 14th, 2008

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 [...]

Reporter Wanted: Representative Journalism Trial Project

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Things are moving forward for our Representative Journalism trial project in Northfield, Minnesota. First big news is a job opening. As you will see, it is a temporary, part-time gig, but could grow into something more permanent — but we can’t make any promises. Here is the job description, spread the word:
Northfield, Minnesota has [...]

Representative Journalism Funded For $51,000

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Let the Representative Journalism begin, here is what I posted at the PJNet.org:
Hello Eric Von Hippel and thank you for convincing me that “free revealing” works.Several months ago, as regular readers of the PJNet.org know, I started freely revealing my idea of Representative Journalism to the world. Ruth Ann Harnisch, a former TV, print [...]

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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 PJNet.org.

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