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.
The conference ran from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Boston University's College of Communication.
"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.
"Newsout: Options and strategies for New England communities when the newsroom lights dim," is 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 will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Boston University's College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, on Sat., March 21, 2009. A $45 registration fee includes a box lunch. A $45 registration fee includes a box lunch and one-year membership in the NENF.
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.
More than 100 teachers, journalists, local and political bloggers, community videographers and active citizens explored how changing media is changing civic engagement at the April 7 inaugural public gathering of the New England News Forum, "The New(s) England Revolution: From Politics to Courtroom to Classroom." The one-day interactive seminar was at the Wannalancit Mills in Lowell, Mass.