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A New England briefing. Summaries and links to stories, blogs, essays, reports, RSS feeds and discussions about the region's media and key issues.


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.


One-day news/media literacy confab at MIT on Saturday Oct. 24

Are you concerned about a generation of youth who aren't paying attention to the news? Find out about at least a half-dozen initiatives in American classrooms to do something about it -- at a one-day Media/News Literacy symposium at MIT, in Cambridge, on Saturday, Oct. 24. For details of a key breakout session on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., go to: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Mit-media-literacy-jouranalism


Video - “Newsout: Options and strategies for New England communities 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.

Stephen Clift, director, eDemocracy/Democracies Online, Minneapolis, Minn.

Tracy Record, founder of The West Seattle Blog.


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.


Death of Conn. newspapers -- what are the options?

The news last week that Journal Register Co. might shutter two Connecticut newspapers is generating some interesting discussions.

MGP2006 alum Aldon Hynes, who lives on the Connecticut coast. He's posted some thoughts on his blog, Orient Lodge, entitled "The Future of the Newspaper." In reply, JTM-Silicon Valley alumn David Cohn talks about the premise behind Spot.us -- a site he launched Nov. 10 which allows the public to support journalism by direct contribution.


New England political news, notes and independent blogs


Excerpts and links from New England poltical news and independent weblogs.


"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


Governor's Councilor Supoenas Watertown TAB & Press Reporter in Curling Iron Case


The defense attorney for Watertown Town Council and Governor's Council member Marilyn Devaney has issued a subpoena to a local reporter covering Devaney's ongoing assault case. Watertown TAB & Press reporter Jillian Fennimore did not witness the alleged April 2007 assault, but is being subpoenaed, according to Devaney's defense attorney, "to give evidence of what [she] know[s] relating to said action." A TAB lawyer sought to "quash" the order last week.


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