"The New(s) England Revolution: From Politics to Courtroom to Classroom," a one day gathering, Saturday, April 7, 2007 -- Univ. of Mass. at Lowell. A kickoff event for the New England News Forum which aism to assist journalists and the public in broadening civic engagement and studying media change. Designed for teachers, journalists, local and political bloggers, community videographers and active citizens. Keynote speaker: Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas. For details go to the conference home page. Topics include blog coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary; bloggers in courts and jail; shield laws; how news can advance civic education in schools; and the changing press-public relationship.
After a 2006 meeting in Madison, Wis., which drew hundreds of people, the national Grassroots Radio Conference reconvenes for 2007 on June 21-24 (Thurs.-Sun.) at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Works on news and public affairs, technology, music, legal issues, working with community, college radio. Registration of $85 includes continental breakfast each day; optional additional meal plan, $50 for weekend or $20 a day, also available; dormitory rooms $50/night single or $34/night shared double. More info and to register: www.grassrootsradioxii.org.
The Radio-Television News Directors Foundation (RTNDF) offers high schools teachers and their students a broad spectrum of media support through their outreach program, The High School Journalism Project. Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, RTNDF’s High School Journalism Project seeks to identify, inspire, train and challenge the next generation of diverse electronic journalists and First Amendment advocates.
Greater adoption of broadband Internet access is raising the possibility that the region's public-radio services could collaborate with citizen journalists to create an New England "soundshare" of audio podcasts. NENF is exploring a role as facilitator.
Increasing penetration of broadband Internet is making it easy for users to create and use video and audio resources, including YouTube-style video and audio "podcasts" in MP3 and other formats. NENF proposes to: