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Archive for June, 2010

Charlie Firestone talks of democracy’s need for information

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

“Information is just as important to the health of the community as safe streets, good health, and clean air.” That is the basis of the Knight Commission Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age report, according to Charles M. Firestone, director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. “Oddly enough,” Firestone told [...]

Juvenile Justice Journalism Project Explained in Spanish

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The folks at Periodismo Ciudadano, which is Spanish for public or citizen journalism, have posted an overview in Spanish of our Center for Sustainable Journalism’s Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. A big thanks to Periodismo Ciudadano for the work it does.

Follow city meetings with video plus transcripts

Friday, June 11th, 2010

One simple way to monitor your local governing bodies is to demand that they follow the lead of the City of Keene, New Hampshire. Their council meetings are videoed with a running annotated list pinpointing what was said throughout the video.
Anyone who wants to see how an item was addressed can click [...]

A 10-point checklist for well informed communities

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

On Friday afternoon I am on a panel at the League of Women Voters National Convention that reacts to the Knight Commission report  Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age. In doing my homework I came across this in the report, which makes a great checklist  for communities which want to be truly [...]

Pew Neighbors Online Report: Internet Gains on Face to Face

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I live in an ungated, city neighborhood, where people actually speak to each other on a regular basis, and we have been having outdoor and indoor family friendly parties once every couple of months. It is a pleasure. But we still get our regular email alerts which are helpful.
So my neighborhood fits in nicely with [...]