We had a great group of posts last month on the role universities can play in the future of journalism. Now, it’s time to delve into the second topic.
As you might remember the first four months of this Carnival of Journalism are leading up to an event co-sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Knight Foundation. More on that event soon (I promise!), but the Carnival remains open for anyone to participate.
Our next topic is a big one. I won’t tell you how to tackle it, but I will give this advice: Bite small, chew well. The topic is inspired by a general theme throughout the Knight Foundation’s 15 recommendations on the news and information needs of communities.
The question is: Considering your unique circumstances what steps can be taken to increase the number of news sources? We will collectively publish on our own blogs on February 17th, noon PST (if you are early or late 24hrs or so – that’s fine). Once you’ve published – leave the URL as a comment on this post, email david AT spot DOT us and/or share it via our Google Group.
This wording is not chosen lightly. The question is how to increase the sources of news. This does not necessarily mean how do we increase the number of news organizations, although that can be an answer. Being a source of news and being a news organization are distinct. An individual posting a twitpic of a car crash with the hashtag #yourcity is a source of news even though he/she is not a news organization.
Certainly the number of news sources is increasing due to the very nature of the Internet. Again, this is a BIG bite. So to help focus it – I tried to narrow it down and make it personal.
What can you, as an individual or employee, do to increase the number of news sources. Everyone has a different set of circumstances. Some work at universities (which we found out last month) others work for public media, for independent media or for-profit media entities large and small.
Take a moment to reflect on your unique skills and circumstances. Then answer: What specific things can you do to increase the number of news sources for a local community.
Extra Guide: Need more help refining and defining this topic (it is a big one) take a look at some of the recommendations from the Knight Commission report (see the 15 recommendations) that touch on this topic such as….
- 1) Direct media policy toward innovation, competition, and support for new business models.
- 4) Improved government transparency.
- 7) Fund and support public libraries.
- 15) Ensure one local news hub in every community.
Any one of these can be an entry point into how to increase the number of news sources, specifically in your area of expertise.
One could interpret all 15 of the recommendations as making a case to increase the number of news sources.
So your task is to pick one of the recommendations and then think of a concrete step you could take that would increase the number of news sources in a community.
The carnival is one big brainstorming session, and no ideas are off-limits. Get creative. No holds barred.
- Assignment: Considering your unique circumstances what steps can be taken to increase the # of news sources?
- Due Date: February 17th – Thursday noon PST.
Once you published – leave a link in the comment section here, email david AT spot DOT us and/or share it via our Google Group.