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February 11, 2010

Live Q&A on Knight Community Information Challenge, Feb 16 & 26

Join us for a live question-and-answer session on the Knight Community Information Challenge—a matching grant program that helps community and place-based foundations fund local news and information projects.

WHEN: Log in to the live chat beginning these at these dates and times. No registration required:

  • Feb 16, noon EDT
  • Feb 26, 3pm EDT

Submit your questions via instant message for immediate answers from Knight Foundation staff during one of two sessions.

The Challenge is accepting applications through March 8.

March 09, 2010

Apps for Inclusion: New Knight contest to build the digital public square

On Tuesday the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a new contest to develop online and mobile applications that will help people improve their lives through better access to government/community info and services.

The Apps for Inclusion Challenge “encourages technology innovators to review government and community services and develop tools that will improve lives by making it easier for citizens to receive these services through mobile and online applications.”

This announcement came during an event co-hosted by the Knight Foundation in which the FCC previewed its forthcoming National Broadband Plan. The FCC will be “in partnership” with the Knight Foundation on Apps for Inclusion.

Contest entry criteria and deadlines have not yet been announced. However, the Knight Foundation will commit a total of $100,000 in prize money. A panel of experts will review applications and pick winners. The public will have a vote through several “people’s choice awards.”

Stay tuned for further details.

May 11, 2010

Media Conferences: Big, Useful Calendar from Webbmedia

It seems like almost every week there’s some major conference happening about journalism, social media, Web 2.0, digital advertising, broadcasting, mobile, and other aspects of the media landscape. The trick is finding out what’s happening, when and where—early enough to register and get there, or to follow the action online.

Today Amy Webb of Webbmedia Group debuted a great free service: a public calendar of upcoming media conferences. Best of all, this is a Google Calendar, which offers lots of information for accessing and sharing this information…

Each calendar item includes information than the event date and name. There’s also location, web site, registration info, a short description, hashtags, and more. If you have additions, updates, or corrections for this calendar, e-mail Webbmedia Group. The “agenda” list-style view is especially useful for advance planning.

If you don’t think you’ll remember to visit the calendar page on the Webbmedia site, you can subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. (Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.) You also can subscribe to the calendar in iCal (for Mac), or in XML.

June 14, 2010

Knight to name 2010 News Challenge grantees this week

On June 16, the latest set of Knight News Challenge winners will be announced in a 2:30 pm ET event. This will kick off this year’s invitation-only Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT in Cambridge, MA, which runs through June 18. Watch live video of the announcement, plus lightning-round presentations online from the fourth annual set of winners…

The two-day gathering, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media, brings together about 200 attendees. This group includes past and present News Challenge winners, media innovators and community leaders. I’m a 2007 News Challenge winner, and so will be attending this gathering and reporting for KDMC from there.

The conference program will be dominated by free-form barcamp-style sessions and technology demos. One plenary will spotlight “crowdbuilding” as a next-level approach to “crowdsourcing.” Another will examine how to design data to help communities pursue their interests.

Follow the proceedings on Twitter via the hasthtag #fncm. Also, MediaShift‘s Mark Glaser will be liveblogging the conference on the IdeaLab blog.

August 31, 2010

Bay Area: Multimedia workshops for ethnic & community media, nonprofits

If you’re a member of the ethnic or community media or are with a nonprofit, mark your calendar for an Oct. 1-2 Bay Area multimedia training conference that features more than a half-dozen workshops, plus an all-day intensive boot camp…

The Renaissance Journalism Center’s LearningLab event offers sessions on video and audio storytelling for the web, training in WordPress and social media, plus an introduction to micro-volunteering and crowdsourcing.

The second day features two multimedia production bootcamps—including one in Spanish, facilitated by Oakland Local and Nuestra Voz.

The fee is $30 per day, with registration limited to 16 for each of the Day 2 bootcamps. Register now. For more info, see visit the Facebook event page.

November 30, 2010

Diversity and social media virtual summit, Dec. 4

Social media is where all kinds of voices can be heard—so could this yield a “democratization of storytelling?”

On Saturday Dec. 4, starting 11am CST, students from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas will host a free online summit exploring the theme: Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age...

Simran Sethi, a KU associate professor of journalism who teaches Diversity in Media, will start the summit by highlighting “the ways in which journalists and nonjournalists are participating in a broader range of storytelling through the use of Twitter, blogs, Facebook and other digital platforms like the iPad.”

Other speakers will cover several topics, including:

  • Social media and the notion of a post-racial America
  • Women in new media
  • Global social media: Giving us a voice, or limiting whose voice is heard?
  • Different voices, same technology

For the complete schedule of events, see the Summit Facebook page. This event is co-presented with UNITY: Journalists of Color.

Video will be live-streamed from the home pages of UNITY and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

January 10, 2011

IRE computer-assisted reporting conference: Raleigh, Feb. 24-27

It may sound quaint to refer to any act of journalism as “computer assisted” in this age of pervasive digital media—but this year’s CAR conference from Investigative Reporters and Editors offers a wealth of useful digital resources for beginners as well as advanced practitioners…

According to IRE, the Feb. 24-27 conference in Raleigh, NC will cover everything “from the latest technological advances to the basics on using spreadsheets, databases, and online mapping. Learn from the best in the business in panel discussions and during hands-on training sessions. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking classes in free software. Or get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online.”

Register now. Early bird registration ends Feb. 14.

The conference includes a special daylong NewsCamp workshop on Feb. 24 that involves several small-group, hands-on training sessions.

And before the CAR conference (on Feb 23 in Raleigh) the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering a one-day workshop on investigating private companies and nonprofits.

January 11, 2011

WeMedia PitchIt Challenge for news entrepreneurs: Apply by Feb 4

Today, WeMedia started accepting applications for its PitchIt Challenge—a competition for news entrepreneurs. Two winning pitches each will receive up to $25,000 to invest in their big ideas…

“We want to find the best startups and help launch them with advice from funders, investors, corporations, fellow entrepreneurs, attendees and media,” writes WeMedia.

Apply now! Deadline for entries: Feb. 4

Learn more about this contest.

This contest is open to for-profit and nonprofit projects. Finalists will pitch their ideas live before a panel of expert judges and a live audience at WeMedia NYC (Apr. 6).

January 11, 2011

Mobile lessons for independent media from The Media Consortium

2010 was a busy digital-media year for The Media Consortium (a network of the country’s leading progressive, independent media outlets). TMC’s year-end roundup report details the results of several digital media initiatives. On the mobile front, TMC’s work produced some especially valuable lessons…

One part of TMC’s Digital Innovation Studio (a program of small-group phone conference meetings) focused on mobile media strategy. Participants arrived at several key conclusions:

  • Mobile web before apps. “For most small to mid-sized organizations, building a mobile site was more of a priority than building an expensive application.”
  • Go with the flow of mobile devices and environments. “Future mobile applications will be successful in proportion to the degree by which they incorporate community interaction and gaming mechanics that take advantage of mobile device features. Shovelware that replicates what’s on the news organization’s web or mobile site will not have the same level of impact.”
  • Apps are a lot of work. “Mobile apps require constant innovation, updates and management.”
  • Don’t delay. “Now is the time to start investing in long-term infrastructure, such as APIs, that will allow content to be readily accessed and used by many applications on many different devices.
  • More connections with mobile developers needed. “One of the biggest barriers for independent media in developing mobile strategies is the lack of a connection with programmers in the mobile space. This led to TMC’s successful Mobile Hackathon, held in Chicago last October.

Read TMC’s 2010 report for more insight into community-building, revenue models, and more for independent progressive media outlets. Much of this information applies equally well to mainstream news organizations.

February 14, 2011

Sunshine Week shows how to call for open government

Journalists usually shy away from direct activism, but many are willing to advocate proudly for greater government transparency. The American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which organizes the annual Sunshine Week awareness campaign, recently published a tool that news organizations can use to get government agencies and officials to commit to specific types of openness…

On Feb. 11, ASNE published a model open government proclamation which can be used to push for greater transparency in government. This document goes beyond encouraging broad statements of support, and calls for specific pledges and plans of action to enhance the public’s right to know.

How to use this document: Customize it, publish it, and during Sunshine Week (March 13-19) challenge specific government officials or agencies to adopt to it. Then hold them accountable for progress.

Perhaps a coalition of national news organizations might challenge the US Senate to adopt to this proclamation—especially since the Federal Whistleblower Protection Act was killed by a secret Senate hold in December.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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