Telling the Local Story

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The fate of community journalism in a time of cultural upheaval. My talk for TEDxLowell, to be given on April 27, 2014. Based on research for my book "The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age." (http://thewiredcity.org)

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Telling the Local Story

  1. Telling the local story The fate of community journalism in a time of cultural upheaval
  2. “Thinking the Unthinkable” • Clay Shirky argues we’re in the midst of a post- Gutenberg disruption
  3. “Thinking the Unthinkable” • Clay Shirky argues we’re in the midst of a post- Gutenberg disruption • No one thing will replace newspapers, but many things might
  4. “Thinking the Unthinkable” • Clay Shirky argues we’re in the midst of a post- Gutenberg disruption • No one thing will replace newspapers, but many things might • Three possibilities – Nonprofit – New forms of for-profit – Voluntary efforts
  5. The community as editor
  6. Tracking the global blogosphere
  7. “Bowling Alone”
  8. Rebuilding community ties
  9. The New Haven Independent
  10. Technology for journalists
  11. Why the Independent works • Hyperlocal focus on the city’s neighborhoods and quality of life
  12. Why the Independent works • Hyperlocal focus on the city’s neighborhoods and quality of life • Fundraising base is more like public radio than like a newpaper
  13. Why the Independent works • Hyperlocal focus on the city’s neighborhoods and quality of life • Fundraising base is more like public radio than like a newpaper • Tightly moderated comments build a sense of civic engagement
  14. The Batavian
  15. For-profit, online and independent
  16. Why The Batavian works • Close attention to the quotidian details of small-town life
  17. Why The Batavian works • Close attention to the quotidian details of small-town life • Good photography helps tell the story of the community
  18. Why The Batavian works • Close attention to the quotidian details of small-town life • Good photography helps tell the story of the community • “Ads are content”: Nearly 150 local ads with no national chains
  19. The Haverhill experiment
  20. Irrigating a “news desert” • Haverhill no longer has an independently owned local newspaper
  21. Irrigating a “news desert” • Haverhill no longer has an independently owned local newspaper • Tom Stites conceived of the Banyan Project to build news co-ops
  22. Irrigating a “news desert” • Haverhill no longer has an independently owned local newspaper • Tom Stites conceived of the Banyan Project to build news co-ops • Haverhill Matters will combine professional and citizen journalism
  23. Credits • Photo of Clay Shirky (cc) by Paloma Baytelman. Some rights reserved. • Photo of newsboy by Lewis Hine (National Archives). • Photo of citizen journalist (cc) by Morteza Bahmani. Some rights reserved. • Photo of community meeting (cc) by David Clow. Some rights reserved. • Photo of tree (cc) by Howard Owens. Some rights reserved. • Photo of Tom Stites by John S. Mercer.
  24. Credits (cc) 2014 by Dan Kennedy Some rights reserved Northeastern University Boston, MA 02115 For more information, please visit www.dankennedy.net

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