Journalism and Community Media

Readings

Allan, S., & Thorsen, E. (2009). Citizen journalism: Global perspectives. New York: Peter Lang. This was an optional / supplementary text for the course.

Federal Communications Commission. (2011). Information needs of communities. Retrieved from http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities. Just-released FCC report on the same issues that the Knight Foundation report covers. I haven’t had a chance to look at it much yet, but it was not well-received by activists around these issues. – Jared Dunn

Gillmor, D. (2010). Mediactive: A user’s guide to finding, following, and creating the news. Farnham: O’Reilly. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

Gillmor, D. (2006). We the media: grassroots journalism by the people, for the people. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates. This was an optional / supplementary text for the course.

Houston, B., & Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (2009). The investigative reporter’s handbook: A guide to documents, databases, and techniques. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

Howley, K. (2005). Community media: People, places, and communication technologies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

J-Lab Institute for Interactive Journalism. (2009). New voices: what works. Retrieved from http://www.kcnn.org/nv_whatworks/pdf/. Course reading from the first week of class. Case studies and best practices from 30 community journalism pilot projects that received grant funding from the J-Lab Institute.

Jankowski, N. & Prehn, O. (Eds.) (2002). Community media in the information age: perspectives and prospects. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press.

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. (2011). Five strategies to revive civic communication. Retrieved from http://www.knightcomm.org/five-strategies-to-revive-civic-communication/. A just-released followup report to the Knight report that was an assigned text for the class.- Jared Dunn

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. (2009) Informing communities: sustaining democracy in the digital age. Retrieved from http://www.knightcomm.org/read-the-report-and-comment/. This report was an assigned text for the course, and its ideas about information ecosystems were very influential in the framing of our projects. – Jared Dunn

Lundby, K. (2009). Digital storytelling, mediatized stories: Self-representations in new media. New York: P. Lang. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

McLellan, Michelle. (2011). Emerging economics of community news. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://stateofthemedia.org/2011/mobile-survey. This article covers Will’s questions about markets, funding, and sustainability really thoroughly and well, and offers a good general overview of the current state of things when it comes to funded experiments in community media. – Jared Dunn

New America Foundation. (2011, Feb 9). Full spectrum community media: expanding public access to communication infrastructure. Retrieved from http://newamerica.net/publications/policy/full_spectrum_community_media

Rennie, E. (2006). Community media: A global introduction. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.

Rosen, J. (2011). From “write us a post” to “fill out this form:” Progress in pro-am journalism. Retrieved from http://pressthink.org/2011/06/from-write-us-a-post-to-fill-out-this-form-progress-in-pro-am-journalism/. Useful in 2 areas. #1, design, and especially how interface design can help lower barriers to entry and increase the quality of your product in community media. #2, he offers ad-hoc “grades” on how collaborations between professional and amateur journalists are working in variety of areas. The grades themselves are somewhat interesting, but the categories are probably more useful as a framework for our purposes. – Jared Dunn

Shirky, C. (2011). Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic. Retrieved from http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2011/07/we-need-the-new-news-environment-to-be-chaotic/. This article is immediately important to our class because it addresses the current situation of news papers (News-Gazette), corporate dominance of news culture, and tacitly it makes an argument for rethinking the processes surrounding news (enter community journalism). – Will Kent

Examples

http://newspapermap.com/
http://vozmob.net/
http://blip.tv/ A site for posting online video series.  Recommended for episodic clips and shows.
http://www.scoop.it/t/mobile-journalism-apps
http://www.vericorder.com/
http://www.placeblogger.com/
http://outside.in/
http://storify.com/
http://globalvoicesonline.org/ A citizen journalism site offering articles submitted by authors from all around the world.  The premier resource for international community journalism.
http://www.propublica.org/
http://www.indymedia.org/
http://boston.com/yourtown/ A partnership effort from the Boston Globe and Cambridge Community Television.
http://openmissouri.org/
http://www.opendata.ge/?lang=en
http://newamericamedia.org/
http://www.cctvcambridge.org/
http://www.comminit.com/community-radio-africa/category/sites/africa/community-radio-africa
http://www.minorityvoices.org/ Minority Voices Newsroom is an interesting looking project for empowering minority voices funded by the European Union.  This brief article in Soul Beat Africa introduces the project.
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/126262/washington-post-redesign-features-report-an-error-form-making-it-easier-to-report-mistakes-and-respond/

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