Post-event wrapup page

Minnesota News Council

“Presented by The Media Giraffe Project,The Journalism That Matters collaborative,the Minnesota Journalism Centerand the Minnesota News Council, with support of the Blandin Foundation the Mott Foundation and the Park Foundation.

This is the post-event wrap-up, link and learning resource page for:


“New Pamphleteers/New Reporters:
Convening Entrepreneurs Who Combine Journalism, Democracy, Place and Blogs”

The Journalism That Matters Minnesota gathering
June 4-6, 2008 / Minnesota Journalism Center at the Univ. of Minnesota


More than 180 bloggers, journalists, editors, engaged citizens, researchers, educators and technologists gathered June 4-6, 2008 at the University of Minnesota for “New Pamphleteers/New Reporters.” Here’s how you can learn about what we accomplished:

WHAT OTHERS HAVE WRITTEN — Blogs and comments on the convening

FEEDBACK: Testimonials from participants


“New Pamphleteers/New Reporters” was one of the first national gatherings for local, online citizen journalists and entrepreneurs, sometimes called “placebloggers.” Designed for existing and prospective journalists and entrepreneurs, some 95 participants organized workshops on the legal, business, journalistic, marketing, advertising and social aspects of starting and running a local online news and commerce community. “New Pamphleteers” was timed and located to coincide with the National Conference on Media Reform.

The Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota, the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts, the Minnesota News Council, MinnPost.com, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minnesota Public/American Public Radio, Placeblogger.com, the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center of Harvard Law School and the Center for Citizen Media at Arizona State University helped organize this national “placebloggers” convention. Funding sponsors included The Blandin Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Park Foundation.

Key objectives:

  • Share best practices for community, business and social success of rural and neighborhood web civic/news initiatives
  • Learn about available tools, networks, software and partnerships
  • Understand and build relationships with legacy media
  • Consider forming national business/professional/advertising collaborative


Part pamphleteers, part reporters and part entrepreneurs, America’s new online citizen journalists are inventing a new business and a new passion — the business of building local, literate, digital domains on the web where community and commerce flourish. But there been only infrequent efforts — and little structure — to share best practices.

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