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From NCMR: Ideas for a media advocacy group for Boston


BOSTON -- About 30 people gathered at the National Conference for Media Reform to consider forming a media-reform group focused on the Boston area. The breakout session was co-convened by Jason Pramas of Open Media Boston and Libby Reinish of FreePress.net. One agreement -- a next meeting will be Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at a location in Boston to be determined. The breakout session was entitled "Building a Media Reform Network in Boston: A Roundtable Discussion." 

 Here are rough notes from the discussion;


Moderating blog comments: Best practices from the Journalism That Matters community

 The following comments were sent to the Journalism That Matters list as the result of a query April 8, 2010 by Bill Densmore, who wrote:  "Can I ask for you please to contribute a little crowdsourced wisdom for to share tomorrow? I'm going to be participating in a one-day event at the Berkman Institute at Harvard Law School on cyberlaw topics. See:  http://www.omln.org/conference/agenda "  The are edited and used by permission.

TWO CASES TO CONSIDER:  The first involving the Cleveland Plain Dealer is elevating once again the challenge of managing anonymous comments:
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/04/cuyahoga_county_judge_shirley.html

 ALSO: KY. NEWSPAPER COMMENTER TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS FOR NOWHowever, Madison Circuit Judge Jean Logue adopts multipart test that allows for Web poster to be identified if certain criteria are met.http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=22822   


New Englanders value open records, want tougher open-access laws, news-organization study finds

Source: New England Society of Newspaper Editors

Full poll results are available on the NEFAC/Northeastern website:
www.northeastern.edu/firstamendment

The vast majority of New Englanders believe that having open access to the workings of government is important to citizenship and most favor toughening the laws that protect access, according to a poll of attitudes toward the First Amendment. Moreover, nearly nine out of ten New Englanders believe government agencies that wrongly withhold public records should pay the legal bills necessary to open them.


Video - "NEWSOUT: What happens when the newsroom lights dim"

The New England News Forum has made video available from the “Newsout: Options and strategies for New England communities when the newsroom lights dim” event which took place on March 21, 2009 at Boston University. Click here to view videos.


NEWSOUT: What happens when newsroom lights dim -- NENF symposium March 21 at Boston Univ.

BOSTON, Mass. - Dramatic declines in the quantity or quality of local news, and the impact on participatory democracy in New England communities were topics at a daylong collaboration among some 45 public officials, journalists and concerned citizens Sat., March 21.


READ POST-EVENT REPORTS or SEE VIDEO
"Newsout: Options and strategies for New England communities when the newsroom lights dim," was a one-day participatory conference co-sponsored by the New England News Forum (NENF) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Boston University College of Communication and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The conference ran from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Boston University's College of Communication.


"Sharing the News" symposium draws 45 to UMass-Lowell, Alumni Library

Listening during "Sharing the News"
WATCH ARCHIVED VIDEO
VIEW PROGRAM AND WRAPUP REPORTS.
Some 45 New England college journalism educators, high-school newspaper advisors, editors, news directors, citizen journalists, bloggers


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