Listen to and view highlights of the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual convention Feb. 5-6, 2010 in Boston. New England News Forum director Bill Densmore audio recorded six sessions, all reached from a single URL for streaming or download. Densmore also moderated a sesson on Non Profit journalism and there’s archived video of session, plus a page which lists the participants and some of the key narrative comments.
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Putting journalism under non-profit ownership is no panacea for financing it, the six-person panel found during an 80-minute discussion. There are challenges to obtaining foundation funding. Local-news operations in New Haven, Conn., and Brattleboro, Vt., are testing the waters and in Boston the New England Center for Investigative Reporting is working with Pulitzer Prize-winner reporters. Meanwhile, Congress will be asked to endorse a new form of ownership called the Low Profit, Limited-Liability Corporation (L3C), a for-profit that puts a social mission ahead of profits.
Audio-recorded sessions cover topics such as tips and advice on media law with Rob Bertsche, tips on audio editing from Will Yurman, Borrell Associate’s Peter Conti on why newspapers must “get” mobile fast, Susan Karol of the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation with new research on news website user-generated content, Dan Kennedy on social media, blogging and journalism, Nashua Telegraph photo editor Don Himsel on digital and online photography and Tim Kane of Turley Publications, with Rob Bertsch, on retaining reporters and free-lancers.