What role for grassroots, ethnic, community and neighborhood media in the news ecology

Submitted by jhatcher on Mon, 03/02/2009 – 11:10am

Session Convenor: Jeremy Iggers

Session Reporter: John HatcherDiscussion

Participants: We forgot to do this. Roughly seven people attended.

We discussed the work done at the Daily Planet in Minneapolis, http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/, and learned how this web site has a unique combination of content from various grassroots, ethnc and community media in the Minneapolis area.

The project runs articles with the permission of these publications and its founder said that the publications are pleased to have more people read their news articles.

The discussion also included talk of the challenge of making money or even sustaining such endeavors. We explored the adverstising model, the non-profit model and other options.

The Web site receives about 76,000 unique visitors a month. Part of the mission of the site is to train and work with citizen journalists. The Web site also works in partnership with community education.

About Peggy Holman

Peggy Holman supports organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges using innovative engagement processes. The Change Handbook, co-authored with Tom Devane and Steven Cady, documents many such processes. The book is the considered the definitive resource for leaders and consultants working to increase resilience, agility, and collaboration in organizations and other social systems. Peggy co-founded Journalism that Matters in 2001 with three journalists to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecology. Peggy’s latest book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, supports people facing disruptions to invite others to join them in realizing new possibilities.
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