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NENF ramps up web service with hiring of deputy online editor; focuses on media issues, discussion

Submitted by Bill Densmore on Fri, 2007-11-09 12:08.
Michael Deehan

AMHERST, Mass., Nov. 9, 2007 -  Michael  W.  Deehan has joined the New England News Forum as deputy online editor.  Hiring of Deehan, who is based in the Boston area, signals the next phase of development of the year-old citizen-media community. 

Deehan, 22, who is just wrapping up a journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the NENF is based,  will be establishing features and services at www.newenglandnews.org, and building connections throughout the six-state region.  

“Mike will be working the phones and email a lot over the next six months as we build newenglandnews.org into a unique meeting place for journalists, bloggers and engaged citizens,” said Bill Densmore, NENF director. “He’ll be building resource links, lining up state coordinators and bloggers, reaching out to journalism faculty and students regionwide and beginning our watch of ethics, access, privacy, coverage and accountability issues.”  

Deehan's part-time role with NENF complements his other part-time role at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, Densmore said.

NewEnglandNews.org includes a calendar, will establish topical media blogs, and seeks to serve as a form for discussion on critical regional telecom, demographic/diversity, education/culture, energy, growth/planning/environment, governance/taxation, health, transportation and tourism/economic issues.   Deehan has written for a variety of local and national publications, including  The Daily Hampshire Gazette, in Northampton, Mass., and National Journal’s CongressDaily in Washington, D.C.  Deehan was previously a volunteer for the Media Giraffe Project and helped organize the group’s 2006 conference on the future of journalism.

 

About the New England News Forum
 The New England News Forum is a conversation among news professionals, citizen journalists, educators, public officials and the public to promote mutual trust in vigorous, independent, accountable journalism – and accountable government.   The News Forum organizes meetings, panels and workshops. It undertakes research, study and reporting on issues affecting the practice, integrity and accountability of journalism. The newenglandnews.org site offers a free blog and profile to users who register with real names and follow its policies for respectful engagement.

 

The News Forum began in October, 2006, with a two-year seed grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. To continue its work, it is dependent upon foundation, media and citizen support through gifts, grants and memberships.  -- END --   More info: Bill Densmore, 413-577-4370, bdensmore@newenglandnews.org Deehan photo for publication:  http://www.newenglandnews.org/?deehan


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