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A few weeks ago I met with Charlie Beckett in London and we had a great talk about journalism in the new-media landscape in which he described some of the research initiatives and projects he is involved in as Director of Polis, a journalism think tank at LSE. Back in the States now, I just finished his recently published book SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save the World, which I found an impressively thorough and clear-minded assessment of the often pained contemporary evolution of journalism. You can check out several chapters here.
SuperMedia is packed with examples of recent experiments undertaken by journalists and news media organizations, but it’s more than merely descriptive of the current state of affairs. As the title makes clear, SuperMedia is marked by lofty insider ambitions: it’s a manifesto, basically, that plots to save what’s best about journalism. It’s a call to recognize what Beckett hopes will be an enduring connection between public good, human rights and the news.
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Denver Open Media Wins Knight News Challenge

(Published first on The Huffington Post’s Off the Bus)
The Knight Foundation announced its News Challenge Award winners last week at the Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas. Sixteen projects will share various portions of this year’s $5.5 million prize. With the News Challenge, Knight aims to fund new-media innovations that “transform community life.” This year’s winners include digital culture all-star Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, and ten “young creators” or applicants who are less than 25 years old.
Also among the winners was Denver Open Media, a two-year-old independent public access broadcast project. (disclosure: I am a recent addition to the DOM board.) The organization won a two-year $380,000 grant to help share its open-platform business model with stations nationwide, connecting public access stations across the country to create a new-style broadcast network. The small DOM staff trains people to film and edit their programs and upload them to the Web. The programs then play on three local TV stations and on the internet. Viewers can text in ratings and comments on each show. The rating and comments appear onscreen in realtime. Programs that garner the most votes move into the best time slots. Program quality, styles and purposes vary wildly.
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The new publics of the new news

I. Why apologize for letting the public in? I was recently speaking with the Editor in Chief of Bondy Blog—a blog that was established during the 2005 riots that in France that features reports by Bondy youth about life in … Continue reading

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diversity online

Untold Stories: Truth and Consequences Workshop 1A: YouTube & Do it Yourself Media: Challenges to Traditional Media from Outside the Mainstream Featuring Stories from Diverse Communities Welcome to this session on challenges to traditional media. Before I introduce the panel … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized and New-Media Professional Journalism Culture and New-Media Professional Journalism Culture by Adrienne Russell For publication in Elizabeth Bird (ed), The Anthropology of News and Journalism: Global Perspectives, forthcoming Indiana University Press. Introduction: The Challenge to Traditional Journalism The emergence of participatory journalism, journalism that … Continue reading

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Open source TV

On Wednesday Deb Lastowka and Tony Shawcross of Denver’s public access television station Denver Open Media gave my students and I a tour of their facilities and talked with us about the work they do. Their bold vision of the … Continue reading

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P+P mini-festo

Pop and Politics, a USC youth-culture politics site that I also am a happy contributor to, recently published a manifesto that not only explains the relationship between popular culture and politics as they (we) see it but also articulates a … Continue reading

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Introduction to International Blogging

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Here is a revised version of the introduction to a forthcoming book I’m editing with Nabil Echchaibi on international blogging. Comments still welcome. *Draft* International Blogging: Introduction Introduction Adrienne Russell I. This book is … Continue reading

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Registration is open for 24/7: DIY Video Summit

24/7: A DIY VIDEO SUMMIT February 8-10, 2008 School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California Conference web site: Blog: Spaces are limited for attendance at the academic panels and the workshops. The video screenings are free and … Continue reading

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Laptopping the world

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit global education project head-birthed by MIT Media Lab Founder Nicholas Negroponte, is set to release its third-generation $100 laptop next month. The computer, called the XO-1, is the centerpiece of the organization’s plan … Continue reading

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