Teaching Examples

Non-profit journalism, serving communities
August 17, 2006, 11:39 am
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One of the ideas for “saving journalism” that pops up frequently involves an online hybrid of a community newspaper (with strong local content) and a fair amount of citizen- or user-generated content. A working example is the New Haven (Conn.) Independent, an online-only news site that never had a paper parent.

It’s also non-profit.

Paul Bass tells the story of how he started the New Haven Independent in a guest post at PressThink.

After ten breathless months of publishing the five-times-a-week, two- to three-times a day online New Haven Independent (www.newhavenindependent.org), I’ve concluded that, yes, most conventional journalists can make the leap into the future of community journalism. They’ll be excited to discover that they can return to the mission that brought them to the business in the first place, while finding new ways to work alongside readers to report the news and rebuild a civic dialogue.

Sounds like a good plan for saving journalism.

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i think community journalism is excellent, especially if qualified passionate people are able to get into communities, and create a highly participant driven paper.

–RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

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