Community Journalism Lecture Series

Virtual conversations with leading researchers, stakeholders and teachers once a month. 

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SCHEDULE

DEC 9, 2022: FACULTY FUNDRAISING BROWN BAG (Noon EST)

Many of the local media partnerships utilize some mix of faculty-led university fundraising.  In this virtual brown bag we focus on university/faculty fundraising, exploring some of the different approaches and sources. Our panel includes George Rutherford, a development director at Northeastern and a former senior gift officer at the University of Vermont;  Susan Paterno, chair of the journalism program at Chapman University and Laura Simoes, Executive Director of the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. The panel is moderated by Richard Watts, the Director of CNS. Each of the panelists has had extensive experience raising many thousands of dollars in university settings. Bring your own ideas and thoughts.

DEC 15, 2022: STUDENT STATEHOUSE REPORTING PROGRAMS (Noon EST)

As the number of fulltime statehouse reporters have decreased, student reporters in University/College led programs are stepping in to fill the gap and provide high-quality experiential learning for the students. Here we hear from four of those programs; Colleen Steffen with Indiana's Statehouse Files, Alex Bryan-Campos with VCUs Capitol News Service, Chris Drew with LSU's statehouse news bureau and Rafael Lorente with Maryland's Capitol News Service. For more details see the case studies here. The panel is moderated by Kathleen McElroy of UT's Moody School of Communication in Austin. 

JAN 20, 2023: WHAT ARE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES DOING ABOUT THE LOCAL NEWS CRISIS?

More than 100 colleges and universities are coordinating programs to provide local reporting. In this panel, Lara Salahi, of Endicott College, and Christina Smith, of Georgia College will discuss their research on these collaborations. Salahi, an award-winning journalist, started a partnership at Endicott College and Smith worked for 13 years as a community newspaper reporter and is now a weekly newspaper scholar. Also joining Salahi and Smith is Meg Heckman, from Northeastern University, the founder of a local media initative and a fellow scholar and Mark Berkey-Gerard, from Rowan University, who has identified more than a hundred news-academic collaborations partnerships in the U.S. and conducted surveys and interviews on key benefits and challenges. Christina Smith will moderate.

PAST TALKS

SEPT 16: HOW TO SUSTAIN LOCAL NEWS? (Noon)

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What are some of the innovative for-profit and public funding models? Moderated by Erica Beshears Perel, Director, Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Here we explore some private and public funding approaches. Mike Rispoli is the Senior Director of Journalism Policy at the Free Press/Free Press Action Fund that recently helped win $3 million in public funding for news outlets in New Jersey and Michael Shapiro, the founder of TAPinto, a for-profit franchise model for local news, that presently has a network of 86 local news sites in New Jersey (as well as sites in PA, Fl and NY).

OCT 21: WHAT IS COMMUNITY JOURNALISM? (Noon)

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A conversation with Andrea Wenzel, the author of “Community Centered Journalism” and Nikki Usher, the author of “News for the Rich, White and Blue.” A discussion of what we mean by community journalism, who it is for and who is involved in the production and dissemination of news.  This conversation is moderated by Traci Griffith, professor emeritus of Media Studies at St. Micheal’s College and the current racial justice director for ACLU Massachusetts.

NOV 18: FUNDING FOR LOCAL NEWS? (Noon EST)

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A lack of local news undercuts democracy, reduces citizen engagement and leads to greater polarization. One recent report finds we are losing two community newspapers a week. What is the role of philanthropy in addressing the crisis? What is the role of public funding? Moderated by Meg Little Reilly, the Communications Director at the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.  In this panel we hear from Karen Rundlet, a Director of the Journalism program at the Knight Foundation, Todd Franko, the director of local sustainability and development for Report for America and Michelle Srbinovich, the Vice-President for Portfolio Success at the American Journalism Project.

Sponsored by the Community Journalism Interest Group of AEJMC

March 17, 2023

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