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“The Stories Not Told,” on the panel, “Understanding and Meeting Community Information Needs”
Future of Online Journalism Symposium, Ohio State University
With: Patrick Barry, Mayur Patel, Paul Allen Beck

“A Penny Press for the Digital Age,” panel organizer
SXSW Interactive 2012, Austin
Description: In the 19th century, the “penny press” revolutionized journalism by covering news that appealed to the broadest possible public. Today, as media organizations struggle to monetize online coverage and chase tech trends, they have all but abandoned less-than-affluent readers — and with them, the commitment to public service journalism. According to Pew, fewer than half of Americans who make under $75K a year go online for news. This panel will reconsider the digital divide in terms of information as well as technology. We’ll explore how low-income and working-class people – the majority of Americans – can be included in the future of online news. We’ll discuss new models for participatory, data-driven local journalism. We’re not trying to save newspapers or kill them off. Our aim is to help bring journalism back to those who punch a clock.
With: Jessamyn West, Norberto Santana Jr., Ryan Thornburg, Tom Stites
See my Storify record of our panel discussion.

“Gaps and Opportunities in Accountability Journalism,” panelist
UNC Center for Media Law and Policy day-long convening to discuss the FCC report on The Information Needs of Communities
Jan. 20, 2012
With: Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Ferrel Guillory, professor of the practice, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Sarah Cohen, Knight Professor of the Practice, Duke University
Alan Mason, vice president and general manager, News 14
Rick Thames, editor, Charlotte Observer

“Tools for Change: Mapping Media in Your Community,” panelist
Free Press’s National Conference for Media Reform 2011, Boston
Description: “The number of outlets attempting to meet the information needs of communities exploded in 2010. How should scholars, policy makers, politically engaged citizens, journalists and media reformers understand the shape, functioning, diversity and connections in these local “media ecosystems”? The session will focus on some of the innovative geo-mapping of media outlets and the material they produce, with the objective of sharing tools and ideas so that those interested can understand their information geography. Panelists will have a dialogue with the audience, which will be geared toward providing simple tools and helping media reformers understand how they can map their own media environments and contribute to a greater understanding of our brave new journalistic world.”
With: C.W. Anderson, Jessica Durkin, Tom Glaisyer, Rob McCausland, Michelle McLellan

“Offline America: Why We Have a Digital Divide,” panelist
SXSW Interactive 2011, Austin
Slides available at Jessamyn’s site
Description: Some people carry the internet in their pocket and can’t imagine a life without network. Some people have no internet at all and can’t imagine a life with email. There is a complex combination of emotional, political and logistical reasons why 35% of Americans have no broadband at home and why 22% do not use the internet at all. We can’t start solving the problem until we understand it. We’ll untangle and explore those reasons from a variety of urban and rural perspectives, with an eye towards finding solutions and demythologizing the process. We’ll give examples and we’ll name names.
With: Jessamyn West and Justin Grimes

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