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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 ...

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 The fate of community journalism in a time of cultural upheaval
    • “Thinking the Unthinkable” • Clay Shirky argues we’re in the midst of a post- Gutenberg disruption
    • “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
    • “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
    • The community as editor
    • Tracking the global blogosphere
    • “Bowling Alone”
    • Rebuilding community ties
    • The New Haven Independent
    • Technology for journalists
    • Why the Independent works • Hyperlocal focus on the city’s neighborhoods and quality of life
    • 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
    • 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
    • The Batavian
    • For-profit, online and independent
    • Why The Batavian works • Close attention to the quotidian details of small-town life
    • Why The Batavian works • Close attention to the quotidian details of small-town life • Good photography helps tell the story of the community
    • 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
    • The Haverhill experiment
    • Irrigating a “news desert” • Haverhill no longer has an independently owned local newspaper
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Credits (cc) 2014 by Dan Kennedy Some rights reserved Northeastern University Boston, MA 02115 For more information, please visit www.dankennedy.net