The New England News Forum is seeking proposals from individuals to serve as blog moderators for each of the six New England states. This is a volunteer role. We're especially interested in proposals from secondary-school teachers, journalism educators, news-media professionals, active local-news bloggers/entrepreneurs or issue-oriented NGOs or entrepreneurs. For a sense of what is involved, view the blog moderator wiki page.
A wealth of reports, databases, studies and websites which now exist on the web but can be difficult to find. In a collaboration with the region's libraries and librarians, NENF proposes to create a helpful guide to resources in our key interest area of media and major public-policy issues:
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:
Effective democracy requires equipping with citizens with information, including news, sufficient to make informed decisions at the ballot box and in civic affairs.
The NENF proposes to study the state of "media literacy" curricula in New England middle- and high-schools, then develop new ways for the region's media to engage with schools and students. View a concept draft.
Develop a web-based consumer guide to using and contributing to the news -- in collaboration with regional newspaper, broadcast and journalism organizations and academic departments.