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JTM Poynter: Journalism in the New News Ecology

Submitted by ssilha on Sun, 03/15/2009 – 4:35pm

Over 85 people from a variety of disciplines gathered at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida March 1-4 to examine the role of journalism in the new news ecology. The Poynter session was extraordinarily successful on many fronts. We brought together many perspectives of the emerging media ecosystem that don’t usually talk. And we began to see some patterns.
Two insights from the group that rose to the top as what we now know about working in the new news ecology:
* If it serves the public good, it’s good; and
* Journalism is now entrepreneurial.

You can find session reports and complete information on the conference at .
One of the exciting outcomes is that it is highly likely that Poynter will move more towards supporting the needs of more diverse journalism entrepreneurs. See Ellyn Angelotti’s blog report at .

And you can hear a song by Jeff Vander Klute inspired by the session at .

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Indymedia and News Challenge Kerfuffle

Submitted by Steve Hanson on Mon, 12/01/2008 – 1:16pm

I ran across this interesting article today, which outlines some of the tension that naturally exists between some new media outlets and funding from more traditional-media-related benefactors.

Indymedia refuses to be co-opted by the Knight Foundation

A $200,000 grant proposal, submitted by a group of Indymedia volunteers
to the Knight News Challenge contest, has been blocked by other IMCs
and subsequently dropped due to the abiding ethos that Indymedia is a
counter to corporate, money-fiaxted media entities. The grant
application to the Knight Foundation was to fund technical development
work for Independent Media Centres (IMCs), also known as Indymedia, and
has caused much controversy within the global network. The debate has
also encapsulated, once again, the thorny issue of how to sustain
radical projects without compromising that radicalism by accepting
tainted money.