VIDEO: "JTM-DC: The State of Citizen Journalism," DVD available for $12.95

A thought-provoking, town-meeting-style discussion on "The State of Citizen Journalism," featuring seven experts and a 150-person participating audience is now available on DVD for researchers, citizen journalists, and for classroom use from the Media Giraffe Project. The 90-minute DVD is an edited, two-camera shoot of the opening event at "Journalism That Matters: The DC Sessions," held Aug. 7-8, 2007 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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"Strip away the platforms, the jobs, the institutions, and what will sustain participatory democracy?" says Bill Densmore, director of the Media Giraffe Project at UMass Amherst and co-convenor of the JTM-The DC Sessions. "Are we advancing to a news ecosystem more like English coffeehouses and pamphleteering than mass media? What happens when the "press" becomes a digital "pipe"? Who controls the press then?"

Interacting with audience members, seven commentators reflect on the rapid evolution of citizen media, including its impact on the public, politics and on journalism teaching and practice, during a 90-minute public forum.

"The State of Citizen Journalism," took place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Jack Morton Auditorium of the School of Media and Public Affairs at GWU. "We were fortunate to have seven people well qualified to speak on Internet-driven changes sweeping the news industry," says Densmore. The forum kicks of a two-day gathering of more than 150 scholars, researchers, journalists and citizen entrepreneurs.

Among experts leading the discussion will be Dan Gillmor, author of "We the People," and founder of the Center for Citizen Media; New York University Prof. Jay Rosen, founder of AssignmentZero.net, a pioneering experiment at using hundreds of amateurs on news research; and Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park. Also included will be Peggy Kuhr and Cody Howard, who help run a Citizen Journalism Academy in Lawrence, Kansas; Merrill Brown, former MSNBC.com”>editor-in-chief and head of a five-school initiative to improve and broaden the reach of journalism education; and Faye Anderson, a prominent political blogger. Host was Chris Peck, editor of The Commercial Appeal, of Memphis, Tenn.

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For special orders or telephone service, email densmore@mediagiraffe.org or phone 800-330-6202 (413-458-8001).

Also available in DVD: "The New Pamphleteers"

Are you considering starting up a web-based, local online news resource for your community? Are you teaching students who would like to understand the motivations, operations and challenges faced by citizen journalists?

"The New Pamphleteers: Entrepreneurs, watchdogs and citizens in the digital age," is an informal video view of the motivations, operations and challenges faced by citizen journalist entrepreneurs — in the words of more than 44 participants and experts. It consists of key segments of the June-July 2006 first Media Giraffe Project (MGP) summit at UMass Amherst, as well as excerpts from dozens of MGP interviews since 2005.

To order the 78-minute DVD for $9.50 to cover production, duplication, mailing and transaction costs, click on the link below.