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Center for Cooperative Media announces Collaborative Journalism Summit May 4-5

Tuesday Jan 24, 2017  |  0 comments

I’m thrilled to announce a nationwide symposium on collaborative journalism that the Center for Cooperative Media is planning to host May 4-5 here at Montclair State University.

Dubbed the Collaborative Journalism Summit, this conference is being planned to share best practices, case studies and ideas about collaborative journalism and cooperative news networks.

The summit will be headlined by Martha Hamilton, an editor with The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who will give a keynote address about the groundbreaking Panama Papers project.

Other notable speakers and attendees so far include:

And there will be many more speakers added as the steering committee confirms the agenda and presenter line up! If you are interested in presenting or being on a panel, please let Center for Cooperative Media director Stefanie Murray know; email me at murrayst@montclair.edu.

Register today, as space is limited. Visit collaborativejournalism.org to register.

Why are we doing this now?
Collaborative journalism is nothing new. It has, however, become increasingly critical at a time when the media industry is shrinking . Yet at the same time, well-reported investigative journalism is more important than ever before – one look at what’s happened in the national debate over journalism’s effectiveness over the last six months should provide ample evidence.

As as people like Olivia Ma from Google News Labs said in a recent Nieman post, “Think about how much faster the industry would move if there was less focus on beating your competitor and more focus on learning from them.” (Speaking of Olivia, she and potentially other folks from Google News Lab will be at our Summit, as collaboration is a key part of their work.)

Or to quote Andre Natta from a recent Poynter post he wrote titled “We need collaboration in journalism now more than ever,” in which he said in a perfect world, “If the local and regional news ecosystems were healthier, national news organizations could rely on community newsrooms for boots-on-the-ground expertise. And smaller organizations could turn to their national counterparts for specialized help.”

Want to know more? Check out this list of collaborative journalism projects we’ve been compiling and tell us what we missed. You can also watch a 5-minute video below of an Ignite talk I gave at Newsgeist in December about collaborative journalism.

What are the goals of the conference? We have five goals, pretty simple. We want to:

1. Network, and especially highlight successes and bring awareness to collaborative journalism and cooperative news networks. We want to bring people together who are working on collaborative projects or working as part of a cooperative network so we can get to know one another, learn from each other and make connections.

2. Learn from case studies. We think an intensive couple days of case studies will help bring to light common threads that we’ve all struggled with or found success on.

3. Discuss best practices that can be documented, shared and replicated. Through the use of case studies, presentations, roundtable discussions, etc., we want to bring participants together to share best practices so we can begin documenting them and making them easily available and accessible on collaborativejournalism.org.

4. Release new research related to collaborative journalism.

5. Establish an ongoing conversation. We want the summit to be just the beginning – how do we facilitate discussions between this group going forward?

I really hope to see you at our Collaborative Journalism Summit! And if you’re interested in being involved or sponsoring, please don’t hesitate to reach out – email me at murrayst@mail.montclair.edu.

Stefanie Murray is the director of the Center for Cooperative Media. 

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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Facebook’s new journalism initiative puts spotlight on local news

Thursday Jan 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Facebook announced a new journalism initiative this week aimed at strengthening its ties with the news industry. The Facebook Journalism Project, as it’s called, will focus on better product collaboration and improved training, among other things.

The social media giant has long partnered with large news organizations, such as The New York Times, on such efforts. Now, as part of this new program, Facebook says it will give that same kind of attention to local journalists and smaller news outlets.

The Center for Cooperative Media will be one of the organizations working with Facebook and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to improve communication with local journalists, and to help give local newsrooms the kind of access to Facebook that they haven’t had before.

“We will help connect Facebook’s engineers, product developers and news partnerships team with our extensive network of local news leaders and organizations,” Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism at Knight, wrote in a blog post this week that details the foundation’s support for the project. “The goal is to help them use this extraordinarily powerful platform to inform and engage people in cities and towns, big and small.”

Other groups involved in this push to connect with local news organizations so far include the Institute for Nonprofit News, the Local Independent Online News Publishers association and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

There are many more details to come as we work out how we’ll help move this project forward. If you’re with a local news organization and want to be involved, let me know — we’ll do our best to help coordinate. Email me at murrayst@montclair.edu.

Stefanie Murray is director of the Center for Cooperative Media. 

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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New Jersey’s track record of local journalism innovation runs deep

Friday Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments

The New York Times published an article this week chronicling the changing landscape of media outlets –mostly print newspapers — in New Jersey, paying particular attention to downsizing at large organizations such as Gannett Co. (full disclosure — I used to work for Gannett.)

The writer, David Chen, used to work in Trenton as The Times’ statehouse bureau chief. At the conclusion of the piece, he compared his experience in 2008 with what he sees at the state capital now: the visible press corps is much smaller.

He’s right – the number of journalists in our state has shrunk. But what isn’t reported in Chen’s article about New Jersey media is just as important – and far more encouraging – as what is.

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Center for Cooperative Media announces free Poynter Institute training for displaced New Jersey journalists

Monday Nov 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Being a successful journalist today requires an almost entirely different set of skills than it did even just five or 10 years ago. The needs of our audiences, the technology, the expectations of consumers – it’s all changing so quickly. Keeping up requires vigilant listening, it requires trying new things, it requires learning from your colleagues and it requires a lot of training.

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Center for Cooperative Media to host ‘Life After The Newsroom’ event to aid laid-off New Jersey journalists

Thursday Nov 10, 2016  |  0 comments

In mid-November, about 200 people who worked for the North Jersey Media Group left work for the last time, laid off following Gannett Co.’s restructuring of the organization that owns the newspaper The Record.

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Joe Amditis named Associate Director at Center for Cooperative Media

Monday Nov 07, 2016  |  0 comments

I’m pleased to announced that Joe Amditis has been promoted to Associate Director at the Center for Cooperative Media.

Joe has been with the Center since 2014 working in the role of coordinator. In that job, Joe has done a variety of things, from serving as the technical mastermind behind training seminars and events to overseeing the Center’s website and social media to working with news and information partners in our NJ News Commons network.

In his new role, Joe will be the point person overseeing partnerships and collaborations for the Center. He’ll manage the NJ News Commons — that’s our flagship project. We have 150 media partners now across the Garden State who have pledged to collaborate, network with each other and share content as part of the NJ News Commons network. We are confident Joe can help us grow this ecosystem, which has been an inspiration for similar work in other states.

Joe is currently pursuing a master’s in Social Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where the focus of his studies has been local digital publishers. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in political science and criminal justice.

Before he started at Montclair State, Joe cofounded and helped run an online hyperlocal investigative news site in New Brunswick called Muckgers.

And before that, Joe was deployed to Iraq with the New Jersey National Guard, where he was stationed at Camp Bucca. Joe was also activated in 2011 in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

Joe’s known among our partners as being quick to help, full of energy, a fountain of news ideas, and a fervent supporter of local media. He’s known to call our partners on his drive home from work at night, just to check in, see how they’re doing and offer his support. He’s driven across the state to help someone with a livestream, as he’s experienced in multimedia. He’ll even lend use of his pickup truck if you need help hauling equipment (true story!). In fact, this announcement about Joe’s new job is a little late because he’s been so busy helping us with our national conference, the launch of our NJ Mobile News Lab, and coordination of our annual election night open newsroom.

If you have a question, Joe’s easy to find: shoot him a note at amditisj@montclair.edu and he’ll get back to you.

Stefanie Murray is the director of the Center for Cooperative Media. Contact her at murrayst@montclair.edu.

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

 

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Sustain Local as a graphic recording: Here’s how one professor captured the conversation in drawings

Friday Oct 14, 2016  |  0 comments

Have you ever seen graphic recording being done during a meeting or group discussion? It’s a cool way of capturing a conversation that involves translating conversations into text and images drawn in real-time on large sheets of paper during meetings or events.

Montclair State University adjunct professor Phil Bakelaar regularly does graphic recording as part of his scholarship. We’ve hired him to do events for us at the Center for Cooperative Media a handful of times over the past couple years.

Watching Phil’s work is fascinating because it adds a great element of shared experience to an event.  Graphic recording works in much the same way that social media does, in how social channels provide a second-screen experience where attendees can watch what other attendees are saying about the program and possibly pick up on things they missed, or see things from different points of view. Seeing what someone else has to say about something you both just watched together can be illuminating.

In that regard, when conference attendees look at Phil’s graphic recording, they’ll see a third-party’s interpretation of the discussion that just took place, which helps reinforce major themes and ideas, and spurs conversation.

Take a look below at Phil’s drawings from Sustain Local. If you attended the conference, these images will be a good review of what you heard. If you didn’t attend the conference, these drawings will give you a sense of what was discussed.

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar

Drawing by Phil Bakelaar 

About Dr. Phil Bakelaar: He has been an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State since 1992, teaching a variety of courses in the communication studies department. Most recently his teaching has focused on organizational consulting and public relations theory and research. He is also a board member for the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, the professional association for graphic recorders and graphic facilitators. He is often called on to provide graphic services for nonprofits doing strategic planning, and for conferences seeking visual recording of their speakers. He tweets as @docbmsu.

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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Sustain Local 2016 speaker lineup includes NPR, USA TODAY Network, Hearst, ProPublica, Street Fight, BIA/Kelsey, Borrell Associates and more

Tuesday Sep 20, 2016  |  0 comments

We’ve got an amazing lineup of speakers set for Sustain Local 2016. Reserve your spot — click here to register now ; space is limited.

Who will you hear from at Sustain Local? Media leaders and executives representing companies ranging from NPR, Gannett and Hearst to ProPublica, Street Fight, BIA/Kelsey and Borrell Associates are among a prestigious group of speakers presenting at our third annual conference, set for Oct. 6-7 at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.

About 200 industry leaders from around the country are expected to attend the conference, which will feature multiple keynote discussions and nine panels and workshops focused on major business and organizational challenges facing local news publishers across the country.

Presenters will discuss how to generate the kind of revenue needed to support local journalism, with a special emphasis on creative business models, consumer revenue strategies, innovation and more.

Gordon Borrell
Gordon Borrell

Keynote speakers include:

Panelists and presenters include:

  • Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press.
  • Rob Barrett, president of digital media for Hearst Newspapers.
  • David Card, research director at Street Fight Magazine.
  • Eleanor Cippel, chief marketing officer and business coach/consultant at Coats2Coats.
  • Sue Cross, executive director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News.
    Chris Daggett
    Chris Daggett
  • Chris Daggett, president and CEO of the Dodge Foundation.
  • Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY’s graduate school of journalism.
  • Chris Krewson, editor of Billy Penn.
  • Celeste LeCompte, head of business and partnerships at ProPublica.
  • John Mooney, CEO of NJ Spotlight.
  • Liz Kelly Nelson, senior director of audience engagement strategy for the USA TODAY Network.
  • Maribeth Papuga, executive-in-residence and local market expert at BIA/Kelsey.
  • Terry Parris Jr., engagement editor for ProPublica.
  • Rebecca Ross, chief operating officer at Chalkbeat.
  • Chris Satullo, media and civic engagement consultant at Keystone Civic Ventures.
  • Andaiye Taylor, founder of Brick City Live.
  • Mary Walter-Brown, publisher and COO, Voice of San Diego.

And we’re adding new presenters every day; check our conference website at SustainLocal2016.org for the most updated list of speakers and schedule.

Panel topics at Sustain Local will include growing consumer revenue through memberships, creating a business model based on editorial-driven events, how local publications can better attract national marketing dollars, the changing model supporting nonprofit journalism organizations, the importance of civic engagement, and more. The full schedule is posted at SustainLocal2016.org.

Sustain Local 2016 is made possible by the generous support of Democracy Fund, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, American Press Institute, LION Publishers, the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Montclair State University.

For more information, or to register, visit SustainLocal2016.org. Questions, contact lead conference planner Sarah Stonbely at stonbelys@montclair.edu.

We hope to see you on Oct. 6-7!

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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Tim Griggs to lead local/national news partnership project for Center for Cooperative Media

Wednesday Sep 07, 2016  |  0 comments

We are thrilled to announce that Tim Griggs is joining the Center for Cooperative Media to lead our new Local/National News Partnerships project.

The one-year pilot program, funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Democracy Fund, will seek to find ways to build lasting and meaningful partnerships between national news organizations and local news publishers, using New Jersey as a primary testing ground. Tim will manage the project on behalf of the Center.

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Local Beat: Collingswood schools, prosecutor ‘take ownership’ in controversy, refine discipline roles

Thursday Jul 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.

COLLINGSWOOD SCHOOLS, PROSECUTOR ‘TAKE OWNERSHIP’ IN CONTROVERSY, REFINE DISCIPLINE ROLES
The uproar appears to be calming down in Collingswood over a so-called directive from the prosecutor’s office to refer the discipline of schoolchildren to local police, now that all parties involved have met, NJ Pen reports. A joint letter issued by local law enforcement, local government, the school district and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office clarifies that school officials will internally handle discipline issues except for criminal matters. The entire affair has been dubbed a “miscommunication.”

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Save the date: National conference on local journalism sustainability Oct. 6-7 at Montclair State University

Tuesday Jul 05, 2016  |  0 comments

As the news industry changes, how can local news and information survive and thrive? What does real sustainability look like — and how can we help each other get there?

We will explore those questions and much more at Sustain Local, the third annual national conference convened by the Center for Cooperative Media, to be held Oct. 6-7 at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.

Don’t miss out! Click here to add the Sustain Local national conference to your Google calendar.

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