Tag: community media

by Angela Washeck

In a news landscape of fragmented ad dollars, declining print revenues and segmented audiences, it’s no secret that local journalism is one of the media industry’s toughest nuts to crack. That’s why an initiative called the Local News Lab (LNL) started about a month ago with the hopes of finally getting to the bottom of [...] more »

by Rick Rockwell

On a first trip to Africa, a hand shot up in the back of the classroom. A young radio journalist began his commentary this way: “I have respect for the professor from the United States, but he is revealing how little he truly knows about Liberia.” Looking back, that moment crystallized just when I realized [...] more »

by Michele McLellan

Local foundations are becoming key players in the emerging local news ecosystem by funding news and information projects or creating their own. Knowing that, the Knight Foundation has distributed more than $16 million to 85 challenge winners to develop projects that inform and engage local communities. The Community Information Challenge focuses on community or place-based [...] more »

by Katie Donnelly

Fresh from their ambitious multi-city Facing the Mortgage Crisis project, KETC/Channel 9 in St. Louis has launched a new community-based news project on another hot topic: immigration. Homeland aims to “apply public media sensibilities, expertise and capacity to address a complicated and polarizing issue,” said Amy Shaw, KETC’s vice president of education and community engagement. [...] more »

by Katie Donnelly

Last month, KQED News in San Francisco dramatically expanded the scope of its news coverage with a new website, an increase from six to 16 local radio newscasts and the addition of eight news staffers, including six producers/reporters, a developer and a social media specialist. Its expansion will continue over the next several months (look [...] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

I’ve written for MediaShift several times about journalistic collaboration between news organizations, such as the Climate Desk project, for example, or Public Media’s EconomyStory. But there’s another kind of collaboration that’s critical to the future of journalism: Collaboration between a news organization and the community it serves. This kind of collaboration is critical for a [...] more »

by Andria Krewson

Click image to read more in this series It’s difficult for media people to search any job site these days without running into an ad for AOL’s Patch. It seems equally difficult to read media news sites without finding a feature story about Connecticut’s MainStreetConnect. MainStreetConnect has appeared in recent days in both Columbia Journalism [...] more »

by Jessica Clark

Back in 2008, I co-organized a conference called Beyond Broadcast. That year’s theme was “mapping public media,” and was designed to both call out the rising importance of maps as a platform for sharing digital media, and to “map” the fragmented universe of public service media projects. The maps I found at the time underscored [...] more »