Civic News Library Listening Series May 17 in Boston

May 1, 2007


BOSTON — Sweeping changes in the technology and economics of news that create new opportunities for building community are the topic when the New England News Forum holds its first “Civic News Library Listening Series” event Thurs., May 17 at the Boston Public Library.

The 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. event is free and public and will include a Q&A session during which the audience can share ideas and initiatives at local community building. The session is entitled: “Restoring Media Trust: The News Revolution — What It Means to Your Community?”
Among expert speakers will be John Wilpers, editor of BostonNOW, the new free daily newspaper;  Ellen Hume, director of the Center on Media & Society at UMass-Boston and founder of the New England Ethnic News Wire, Callie Crossley, of WGBH’s “Beat the Press” and NPR’s “News & Notes,” and Lisa Williams, originator of, a citizens-news website for the city of Watertown and an acknowledged expert on so-called “placeblogs” — a term she’s coined and will explain.

WHO’S COMING: boston-roster


Citizen Journalism “Unconference” August 7, 2006

July 28, 2006

Center for Citizen Media “Unconference”

August 7, 2006
9 am – 4pm
Harvard Law School, Pound Hall

On August 7, Berkman Center fellow and Center for Citizen Media director Dan Gillmor will host a day of discussion on citizen media at Harvard Law School. The purpose is to brainstorm some key aspects of citizen journalism, including principles, techniques, tools, business models and more. The conference will be in the “unconference” format, where the audience are the experts and there are no formal panels, but rather skilled moderators and session leaders drawing out what we collectively know so we can learn from each other.

Moderators include Steve Garfield, Andrew Lih, Phil Malone, Tom Stites, Lisa Williams, and Ethan Zuckerman.

The gathering will take place at Harvard Law School’s Pound Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing at around 4 p.m. We’ll also plan to have birds-of-a-feather dinners in Cambridge, most likely hosted by several speakers, for those who want to stick around. The cost of the day is $20 at the door, to cover food costs (we’ll provide morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack). Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today!

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Watch the MGP2006 Live Video Webstream

June 29, 2006

MGP2006, Democracy & Independence: Sharing News and Politics in a Connected World, is underway today through Saturday at UMass Amherst. Watch the live webstream here:

Visit the MGP2006 blog to access the conference schedule and join the conversation online.

If you’re blogging the conference, make sure to tag your posts with “MGP2006“, to see what others are saying about the event.

Democracy and the Press: The Role of Journals of Opinion

April 18, 2006

(via Boston Mobilization Events Listings)

Cambridge Forum

A panel of editors and publishers discusses the role of "journals of opinion "as alternative news sources in the era of Internet news and individual blogs. Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation; Jack Beatty, senior editor of The Atlantic; and Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect, examine the prospects for small journals committed to in-depth reporting and analysis and thought-provoking partisanship. In the rapidly changing media landscape, will there continue to be a place for the non-mainstream press?

Co-sponsored by Brookline Adult and Continuing Education and the Friends of Fairsted.

Date and Time: 04/26/2006, 6:30 PM
Location: Boston Public Library, Cambridge Forum at 3 Church Street.
Contact: call 617-495-2727 or email to

CJR Daily on Fake News Reports in the MSM

April 8, 2006

Following up from Nicole's post on Thursday, I just found an article by Paul McLeary on CJR Daily about the troubling state of TNC's (transnational corporations) as MSM (mainstream media).

April 7, 2006
Fake News Takes Over Airwaves, Reporters Fall Asleep

"This week, lost in the unhealthy obsession with what Katie Couric's daughters and green grocer think about her move to the CBS News anchor chair, was an actual news story that both business and media reporters should be all over.

As CJR Daily noted yesterday, the New York Times reported that an alarming number of local television news stations across the country are still airing manufactured reports as news without disclosing that the segments are actually produced by corporations pitching new products…"

Leary ends by saying, "We were hoping we'd see some follow-up pieces today; it's hard to understand why so many business and media writers seem to think that this is a non-story.

But then, we guess they need to keep those phone lines open, just in case Katie Couric's hairdresser has a bit of gossip to share."

Read the article here.

Democracy Now! exposé featuring Center for Media & Democracy

April 6, 2006

If you get a chance, check out today's Democracy Now! where they devote the whole show to the issue of Video News Releases.

A new report by the Center for Media and Democracy reveals the continued widespread use of "VNR'S" in television news broadcasts.

Democracy Now! interviews the authors of the report as well as FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and an "expert" featured in several paid Video News Releases.

Check out the show here

Read the full report here

ACT here

State Of The News Media 2006

March 13, 2006

An excellent yearly report on current trends across media from A must read!

"The State of the News Media 2006 is the third in our annual effort to provide a comprehensive look each year at the state of American journalism.

Our goal is to put in one place as much original and aggregated data as possible about each of the major journalism sectors.

For each area, we have produced original research and aggregated existing data into a comprehensive look at many of the pressing issues facing the news media. The statistical data also exists in an interactive area called Charts & Tables where users can customize their own charts. This year we took a new approach to the original content study by examining “A Day in the Life of the News,” a comprehensive look at how one day, May 11, 2005, was covered by the news culture nationally and in three cities locally. That look includes audio, video and photo links to offer users specific examples of the news reports that day.

The study is the work of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, an institute affiliated with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The study is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and was produced with a number of partners, including Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institute, Michigan State University, the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and Andrew Tyndall of ADT Research.

The full report is comprehensive, totaling more than 178,000 words. Click here for info about printing pages from the report." –