August 16, 2014

COMJIG minutes 2014

Here are the draft minutes from our meeting in Montreal. They will not become final until next year's meeting in San Francisco. Please let me know of any corrections.
- Doug

Minutes, Community Journalism Interest Group
Aug. 8, 2014
Montreal


Convened 7 p.m.
Dianne Garyantes, vice head/programming called the meeting to order in place of IG head Eileen Gilligan, who could not attend because of health issues. A total of 13 people, including officers and guests, attended.

Minutes 2013
These were discussed. A suggestion was made to ask Barbara Selvin to do a post on the COMJIG blog about her experience at the ISWNE meeting.

A correction was suggested: page 2, "future sites," line 3 change to "in Santiago, Chile."

Moved and seconded the minutes be approved as corrected. Passed unanimously on show of hands.

Financials
Garyantes asked whether we should consider raising yearly dues from the current $10. Apparently AEJMC was asking groups to pose the question. After some discussion there was no motion to change the current levels.

As of July 31, 2014, COMJIG had a credit of $1,664.67 in AEJMC's accounting.

Membership
Garyantes reported membership at 86, a slight increase from last year. There should be better numbers by Sept. 30 once AEJMC goes through conference registrations.

Research/convention
Research chair Hans Meyer reported we received 15 papers and eight were accepted, for just over a 50% rate. He says there were nine really good papers, but it was decided to accept only eight to keep the acceptance rate near 50%. There were 17 reviewers, and each paper got at least two reviews.

Awards were presented for the top faculty and student papers. Checks and plaques were not immediately available but will be forwarded to the recipients, Patrick Ferrucci of Bradley for the top faculty paper and Joseph Kasko of South Carolina for top student paper. Each received a certificate at the meeting.

Community Journalism journal
Garyantes reported Vol. 3 of the journal came out today. Note the special call (also posted on our blog) for papers on international perspectives on community journalism. Sept. 2 deadline and March 15 publication. Will be published both in Community Journalism and Grassroots Editor.

Next year
Garyantes said the theme of the meeting in San Francisco, Aug. 5-9, will be "Global Bridges." So think in those terms for panels and papers.

Need to think about panels early – we'll put out a call with a Sept. 30 deadline because AEJMC will want our thoughts by mid-October. Look for panels that can be attractive to other divisions or IGs.

A discussion ensued about several panel possibilities. Those include tools for community journalism, community journalism internships and their challenges both in getting students interested and then getting them ready, and a PF&R panel on homeless/street papers since San Francisco is home to the oldest such paper (noted by audience member). Individuals will hopefully pursue such initiatives in time for the call.

Southeast Colloquium
Garyantes and Meyer noted it will be in in late March with an early December submission. We were unable to participate last year. A discussion ensued and it was the general consensus that we want to participate in 2015 because it is a fertile ground for getting graduate students interested in our IG. The colloquium will be at Tennessee-Knoxville, and several people volunteered to represent COMJIG, as it is within easy driving distance.

The new research chair will need to pursue.

ISWNE
David Gordon said it would be June 24-28 at Missouri-Columbia. He said he expects a scholarship to be available. There was discussion. We will put it on the blog and listserv seeking someone to attend. Will need to know by February or March.

Update from Council of Divisions
Garyantes said the council reminded everyone of the regional conference planned for Santiago, Chile, Oct. 15-17, 2015, and National News Engagement Day this coming Oct. 7. The COD hopes everyone will be involved.

Other discussions
Meyer suggested that when possible we consider using #communityjournalism in tweets. He said it is used more widely than just #comjig and by other groups, so it may widen our brand.

Garyantes called on Doug Fisher to discuss some suggestions he had circulated among the officers. Fisher noted there are many times to promote COMJIG as a home for research, especially among grad students. For instance, while doing Job Hub interviews, he has noticed several candidates with work fitting nicely into our research agenda. Many did not know of COMJIG. Their eyes lit up when he noted the number of papers we get compared with, say, Mass Comm and Society. He asked all COMJIG members to be alert to these opportunities because "community" is showing in a lot more research and solid research submission numbers make our renewal efforts easier.

Officers 2014-15T
he following slate of officers was proposed:
Dianne Garyantes, Rowan, head
Hans Meyer, Ohio, vice head/programming
David Schreindl, Dickinson State, research chair
Clay Carey, Samford, professional freedom & responsibility (PF&R) chair
Al Cross, Kentucky, teaching standards chair
Doug Fisher, South Carolina, secretary/membership/communications
Joseph Kasko, South Carolina, graduate student liaison

There were no further nominations from the floor. The slate of officers was moved and seconded, and it was approved unanimously on a show of hands.

Talk by Penny Abernathy
Abernathy, author of Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability and the website savingcommunityjournalism.com, presented a summation of her research and book and some of the ways community news outlets must change to be successful in the digital age.

She said the website has a special section with teaching tools for professors and that a case study from her work has been made available for free on Columbia University's journalism case studies site.

Adjourned 8:40 p.m. and members retired to COMJIG's off-site social.

Respectfully submitted,

Douglas J. Fisher
Aug. 8, 2014


August 09, 2014

New COMJIG officers

Your COMJIG officers for 2014-15:

Dianne Garyantes, Rowan, head
Hans Meyer, Ohio, vice head/programming
David Schreindl, Dickinson State, research chair
Clay Carey, Samford, professional freedom & responsibility (PF&R) chair
Al Cross, Kentucky, teaching standards chair
Doug Fisher, South Carolina, secretary/membership/communications
Joseph Kasko, South Carolina, graduate student liaison

July 29, 2014

COMJIG Activities in Montreal

I hope you’re all looking forward to our conference next week in Montreal.  The Community Journalism Interest Group has put together a great program for the conference. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

First, our business meeting will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We need nominees for two positions:
- Research Chair
- Graduate Student Liaison
Please consider putting your name forward to be part of the Interest Group. We’ll vote on a new slate of officers, learn about Interest Group’s activities for the past year and its plans for the coming year. 
The official business meeting will be followed by a talk by Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics, UNC-Chapel Hill, and author of the book, “Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability.” Here’s a link to the book’s website: savingcommunityjournalism.com.
The night’s not over yet! Professor Abernathy’s talk will be followed by a COMJIG social starting at 8:45 p.m. at Universel Déjeuners et Grillades, 2055 Peel, Montreal http://peel.resto-universel.com/en/. The place serves crepes and is just a few minutes walk from our hotel.
In addition, COMJIG is co-sponsoring a pre-conference workshop, “The Journalism Educator’s Role in the Future of Education,” on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 2 pm to 7 pm. Please note there is a $40.00 U.S. charge for the workshop. The workshop will be moderated by Geanne Perlman Rosenberg, Baruch-CUNY, and will explore the following topics: 
- Thinking Outside the Box: The Journalism Educator’s Potential Role Beyond Majors
- News Literacy and Journalism Education for Non-Majors from Grade School on Up:
- Expanding Impact:  Challenges and Opportunities
The Community Journalism Interest Group also is sponsoring and/or co-sponsoring several interesting panels during the conference, including:
• COMJIG Celebrates Its 10th Year with AEJMC: What Will the Next 10 Years Look Like for Community Journalism? Refereed Research Session, Saturday, August 9, 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.    
• First Nation Media in North America, Sat., Aug. 9, 11 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.
• Defining Emergent Journalistic Behaviors, Wed., Aug. 6, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
• Ethnic Media in North America: Political Rights and Community Participation, Thurs., Aug. 7, 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
• Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Research Session, Thurs., Aug. 2, 1:30 pm - 3 pm
• Hyperlocal Journalism on Both Sides of the Border: A Canada-U.S. Perspective, Friday, Aug. 8, 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 
• Preparing Journalism Students for a Globalized World, Friday, Aug. 8, 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Some of our members also will be presenting on a panel sponsored by the Internships & Careers Interest Group, “Preparing Students for Community Journalism,” Thurs., Aug. 7, 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 

We hope to see you at all of these events. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments about the events or the group’s activities. I can be reached at garyantes@rowan.edu. Thanks and I look forward to meeting you in Montreal!

July 14, 2014

Call for papers: International perspectives on community journalism


INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON COMMUNITY JOURNALISM
Special, joint issue call for papers: Community Journalism and Grassroots Editor
Submission deadline: September 2, 2014 (extended abstracts);
December 15, 2014 (full manuscript); March 2015 (publication)
Guest editor:
John Hatcher of the University of Minnesota Duluth
Overview: This special, joint issue, titled “International Perspectives on Community Journalism,” will attempt to unite top scholars in the field of community journalism in an exploration of this growing and exciting area of research. This issue also will solicit articles from leading community journalists from across the globe who will offer their own analyses of the state of community journalism.
·      Grassroots Editor, the journal of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, was first published in January of 1960.
·      Community Journalism, first published in 2012, is the online, peer-reviewed journal based at Texas Christian University that is the official journal of the Community Journalism Interest Group (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication).
Peer-reviewed articles: This special issue will explore the nature of community journalism on a global scale. We seek mostly empirical work, though we welcome methodologies of all types (including well-reasoned theoretical pieces). We invite manuscripts that discuss community journalism at both the country level and in comparative, multi-country analyses.
Essays from the field: Community journalists who are members of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors are encouraged to submit pieces that offer a perspective on community journalism in their country. Ideally, these pieces will include some original reporting and look beyond the case of one newspaper or news organization.
For both peer-reviewed articles and essays from professionals, articles that broach the following kinds of topics are encouraged:
·      Does the concept of community journalism have the same meaning regardless of the cultural setting?
·      What role does community journalism play in providing a voice to communities historically overlooked by larger publications?
·      Does print journalism remain a vital medium in some countries and for some communities? Why/why not?
·      What is the historical context that defines community journalism in a given country?

Submission instructions/deadlines: Peer-reviewed articles should be no more than 8,000 words in length, excluding references etc. Please submit an extended abstract (750 words or less) and 2-3 suggested reviewers no later than September 2, 2014, to jhatcher@d.umn.edu. Abstracts should outline the proposed research and give a sense of the theoretical approach, method and timeline for completion. Full manuscripts are due December 15, 2014 (also to jhatcher@d.umn.edu), when they will be peer-reviewed and considered for acceptance by members of the editorial board of Community Journalism. The scheduled date of publication is March 2015. The journal will be available online and will be printed thanks to the support of ISWNE. Please contact John Hatcher at jhatcher@d.umn.edu with questions. Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for Community Journalism (http://journal.community-journalism.net/content/call-papers).

July 11, 2014

RIP: John Seigenthaler, who appreciated courageous community journalists

John Seigenthaler
John Seigenthaler, who died today at his home in Nashville, was not a community journalist, at least in the traditional sense. But he was an exemplary and inspiring journalist, and he appreciated the contributions and sacrifices of rural and community journalists to the profession he loved and to the cause of open government, for which he crusaded.

In helping present the Tom and Pat Gish Award to the Ezzell family of The Canadian (Tex.) Record in 2007, Seigenthaler said, "I have never been among friends, among journalists, when I have felt more deeply touched by the emotion of being in the presence of people who have . . . committed their lives to tenacity, courage and integrity," the criteria for the award, given by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

"Weekly journalism is what this country was about at the beginning. Weekly publishers were people of courage, of integrity, and tenacity stood against authority, stood against community evils, against national evils, international problems, took strong positions, and that’s our legacy. That’s MY legacy, and I never worked for a weekly. . . . One place young journalists should be looking for employment, for jobs where there is confidence about a future, is in rural America, where I find less concern about the future than in daily journalism. . . .


 "It’s much easier for me, as a daily editor in a major city. There is much less danger of threat, much more chance that I have lawyers to protect me. There is much less likelihood that somebody will explode a bomb beneath my window of shoot into my plate-glass window or burn down our building, than for those who are in rural communities. And when I say I hope I have shown tenacity and courage and integrity, I can’t think of anything in my career that matches what must be those lonely days and nights when a lawsuit is threatened or danger is threatened, when life is threatened, in a rural community."

Seigenthaler concluded, "I think the tradition, the legacy, is best reflected today in rural journalism." For more of his remarks, click here. For his obituary, tributes and funeral information from The Tennessean, go here.

June 12, 2014

Saving Community Journalism at UNC

A good look at the University of North Carolina's program to help community news orgs move into the digital age:

http://endeavors.unc.edu/saving_community_journalism

May 16, 2014

Feeding the goat: Why smaller newsrooms aren't using digital tools

This is an important report from Duke's newsroom project (with a catchy title).

The report confirms what I have found: Too often smaller newsrooms are ignoring digital tools that are free or low cost and could help them do a better job.

We ride the hamster wheel because we want to, not because we have to.

Related: NY Times report raises alarms about newsroom's digital future.

May 08, 2014

Readers more loyal to large digital news sites. Implications?

This piece from Poynter caught my eye -- Report: readers more loyal to large news sites.

The latest report by analytics firm Parse.ly indicates large news sites see a greater percentage of visitors return within 30 days than small news sites do.

That finding runs counter to the company’s internal hypothesis that niche sites would have higher return rates, the company said in an email.
(Note, this is one of those reports that to get you have to give out an email to get on a mailing list, so it's good to have a garbage email account handy.)

Although this is talking about mostly pure digital sites, it makes me wonder if there are implications for smaller community publishers as well. I've been pondering the potential squeeze on local media - it doesn't scale in an era when there is a race to the bottom in online ad rates and so scale is almost mandatory, and then when people get online I've often suspected just from observation that they gravitate to the larger national and international sites.

This makes for some very interesting thinking on the business model for local media, especially that midrange of small dailies, as mobile makes its relentless penetration.

March 27, 2014

Paul Fahri on the decline of local news

From the Washington Post following up on Pew's State of the News Media 2014 report:

The demise of the News & Messenger tells a small story about a larger movement within the news business. Even in prosperous, well-educated Prince William County, local news has become a tough sell, especially online. It’s not that people aren’t interested in their communities — local news usually ranks as the top priority in surveys — it’s that the economics of the digital age work strongly against reporting about schools, cops and the folks down the street.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/charting-the-years-long-decline-of-local-news-reporting/2014/03/26/977bf088-b457-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html

March 09, 2014

COMJIG Call for Papers

The Community Journalism Interest Group (COMJIG) is seeking original, non published research papers to be considered for presentation at the 2014 AEJMC national conference in Montreal, Canada. The deadline for paper submissions is April 1, 2014.

This theme for this year’s submissions will be “The Next 10 Years of Community Journalism.” 2014 represents the 10 year anniversary for the community journalism interest group. COMJIG’S goal is to identify and present original, meaningful research that advances the understanding of the role of journalists and news organizations as members of communities, geographic or digital. We emphasize that community need not just be defined as within traditional geographical or social boundaries, but that given technological advances it may also be applied to journalism and its relationship to communities of interest online. Papers could address issues such as how “community’” is defined or how its meaning changes in an increasingly digital media environment. In addition, while the interest group will seek to offer a diverse program, we hope to receive some submissions that address the theme “The Next 10 Years of Community Journalism.” To mark the 10-year anniversary, we will offer a special referred research panel on the future of community. The top submissions relating to the theme will have the opportunity to be considered for submission to the peer reviewed journal Community Journalism, COMJIG’S official publication.

Paper submissions should include a 100 to 150 word abstract and not exceed 8,000 words, including references, tables and notes. All papers should conform to APA style, Sixth Edition. Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers.

All research papers must be uploaded to the group via a link on the AEJMC website. Please see AEJMC’s Paper Competition Uniform Call for more information.

Additional questions should be directed to COMJIG Research Committee Chair Hans K. Meyer (meyerh@ohio.edu).

March 03, 2014

Nominations Needed


AEJMC is seeking nominations (applications and self-nominations are welcome) for the 2014 AEJMC Equity & Diversity Award, which recognizes academic units that are working toward, and have attained demonstrable success in increasing equity and diversity.


The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time, March 18, 2014.

Please address any questions to: Deb Aikat <da@unc.edu>, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

February 17, 2014

Should city pay postage to distribute community weekly?

The Madison, Wis., suburb of Fitchburg has entered a deal with a community-newspaper publisher to cover at least $30,000 in postage to revive the print edition of the town's paper, which stopped printing the paper in 2009. An article in the Wisconsin State Journal broaches the conflict-of-interest topic (would the deal curb editorial independence, despite assurances from both the publisher and the mayor that it would not?). It also briefly touches on the "value of community newspapers," though it does not expand on that point.

February 12, 2014

Journalism Practice: Special Community Journalism Issue

J-Practice's special community journalism issue is out:

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjop20/8/2#.UvvLtTzZVTg

Lots of good stuff.

February 03, 2014

COMJIG Panelists Needed


Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is getting excited about our conference in Montreal in August. As you know, the Community Journalism Interest Group is sponsoring and/or co-sponsoring several interesting panels during the conference, including:

- First Nation Media in North America (Sat., Aug. 9, 12:45 p.m.)
- Hyperlocal Journalism on Both Sides of the Border: A Canada-U.S. Perspective (Friday, Aug. 8, 1:45 p.m.)
- Preparing Journalism Students for a Globalized World (Friday, Aug. 8, 5:15 p.m.)
- Defining emergent journalistic behaviors (Wed., Aug. 6, 3:15 p.m.) 

We are participating in two additional panels for which we still need panelists. Please email me by Feb. 17 if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the panel. You can email me at garyantes@rowan.edu.

The panels are:

1. Panel: Ethnic Media in North America: Political Rights and Community Participation (Thurs., Aug. 7, 8:15 a.m.)
(Research Panel)
Co-sponsored by MAC and COMJIG

The roles of ethnic media in the U.S. and Canada in the intersection of two realities -- political and gender issues that matter most to ethnic minority groups in question. Because of the growth in ethnic minority populations and the migration of foreign-born populations with different cultural identities, ethnic media industry is growing in both the U.S. and Canada. In multi-ethnic societies, mainstream media outlets struggle to ensure inclusive coverage. Therefore, ethnic and community media outlets are supposed to fill in the gap in a media environment by carrying out the community-oriented coverage of social and political issues. Consequentially, ethnic media can contribute community-oriented perspectives to policymaking processes and policy discourses.

In this context, panelists comprised of media diversity scholars and Montreal-based ethnic media publisher will share their investigations on how effectively the U.S. and Canadian ethnic media have performed their political roles. Along with the political roles of ethnic media, this panel will explore to what extent ethnic media included the perspectives of women/minority women in the discussion/coverage of politically important issues and also examine publications focused on gender.

Prospective Panelists (listed in alphabetical order):
Tracy Everbach, University of North Texas
George Guzmas, the-news.ca
Ralph Izard, Louisiana State University and Media Diversity Forum
Federico Subervi, Kent State University
COMJIG panelist TBA

2. Preparing Students for Community Journalism  (Thurs. Aug. 7, 8:15 a.m.)
(Teaching Panel)
Sponsored by ICIG
Two panelists needed

Community Journalism seems to fit very well in the new hyper-local and community driven journalism industry, both online and in print/broadcast formats. How can instructors better shape their class instruction and guide students into internships that help develop these skills?
A panel discussion focusing on:
a.     What “Best Practices” classroom instruction and experience motivates students’ interest in Community Journalism?
b.     What types of internship opportunities fit best into a Community Journalism experience?
Prospective Panelists (listed in alphabetical order):
Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky
Sue Porter, vice president/programs for the Scripps Howard Foundation

Also looking for academics from co-sponsoring Interest Groups who have taught courses and administered internships focused on Community Journalism.
Thanks,
Dianne Garyantes
Vice Chair/ Program Head, COMJIG

January 17, 2014

Community papers' coverage of drug violations discourages abuse, study finds


Areas with a community newspaper typically have fewer drug-related arrests, according to a study published in the winter issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

"Community newspapers function to foster a perception of close-knit cohesive communities," and the greater their penetration into a market, the more civic engagement a community has, the researchers write. Civic engagement leads to a sense of belonging, which results in fewer drug-related arrests, they found.

"Community newspapers promote civic engagement by highlighting the characters and activities of local residents and institutions, fostering affective attachment to community, presenting information that helps participate in community events and activities, and cultivating common values in pursuit of social goods," the researchers write. "Communities with such information resources tend to develop voluntary participation."

The study examined a nationally representative sample of 389 counties in 24 states, chosen at random to represent the nation's four main regions. It used information from the federal Uniform Crime Reporting Program and defined "community newspaper" as one with a circulation of less than 50,000. The authors are Masahiro Yamamoto of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Weina Ran of Washington State University. To read their full report, click here. A subscription may be required.

January 09, 2014

Weekly writer tells amazing story of two successful expats who died in same week


By Al Cross
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

Some of the best stories to be told in rural news media are those of successful expatriates, those who found success elsewhere but built it on the values, experiences and knowledge they gained growing up in small towns. All too often, their inspiring stories are condensed or even ignored in standard obituaries. But when two remarkable expats from a poor Appalachian foothills county of 10,000 people die in the same week, that's a news peg not to be missed, even if it takes a "citizen journalist" to do it.

William Russell Miller
This week's Clinton County News, in my hometown of Albany, Ky., has a 1,500-word tribute written by my brother, attorney David Cross, to William Russell Miller, who was the first African American vice president of a major rubber company, and John G. Woodrum, who became one of the best-known casino and hotel operators in Las Vegas and first ran electricity to the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, across from his business at the end of the Strip.

John G. Woodrum (Las Vegas Sun photo)
They didn't forget their hometown. Woodrum sponsored three reunions of his high-school class; Miller tried to start a small Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Albany, and after his retirement from the company, established a small factory in the town. "That didn’t work out either, but he tried," my brother writes. "The man who wasn’t allowed to go to high school here [because of segregation] still tried to help his home town, and its people."

He concludes, "Both J.G. Woodrum and Russell Miller used their rural raising in Kentucky as an advantage, not as an escape. They learned how to deal with people, and to appreciate people, big and small, but with a love for the little people. . . . Their success stories, as well as the stories of those who have chosen to return home, should help motivate our young people to see what they too can achieve when they put their mind to it.

"J.G. Woodrum and Russell Miller both came from similar origins: large, poor families that lived at the end of their roads in rural Clinton County. Ironically, both of those roads now bear their family names of Miller Road and Woodrum Road, but those roads were not dead-ends for them. It was the beginning of their separate journeys. They both used it to help them achieve success, and to help others along the way. These are two stories of The American Dream, fulfilled and achieved, by two country boys from Clinton County who never forgot where they came from." (Read more)

November 26, 2013

Weekly owns a national story


For the last week, The Recorder, a weekly newspaper serving Virginia's Bath and Highland counties, has been on top of a national story -- the attempted murder of state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the 2009 Democratic nominee for governor, by his mentally ill son, for whom a mental-health bed was not available in the area. The paper is still on top of it today, with an interview in which Deeds says he will fight for better mental-health services for rural Virginia.
I am alive for a reason, and I will work for change,” Deeds told Editor-Publisher Anne Adams. “I owe that to my precious son,” who killed himself with a rifle after repeatedly stabbing his father Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Deeds said he thinks the Rockbridge Community Services Board, the regional mental-health agency, is responsible for the incident because it said there were no mental-health beds available in western Virginia after Bath Community Hospital evaluated Gus Deeds, 24, and "recommended he be admitted to a mental-health facility," Adams and reporter Margo Oxendine write.

“I hope we can make a positive change as a result of this tragedy,” Deeds told Adams. “My life’s work now is to make sure other families don’t have to go through what we are living. . . . I hope the justice we can get for my son is to force change in the delivery system for mental health services. Bath and Highland are the end of the line. . . . It seems inconvenient for those people to provide services here. I have heard from people in Rockbridge [County] about lack of services, too, so I think there may be a bigger problem here.”

Deeds' remarks are already circulating nationally, but The Recorder's coverage is now behind a pay wall, and you can hardly fault Adams for that. She owns the story, as she should, and has allowed free access to the paper's earlier stories. The Richmond Times-Dispatch's story today is based largely on The Recorder's interview with Deeds.

Adams told us in an email that the paper reported the incident online no more than 90 minutes after the news broke, and confirmed the involvement of Gus Deeds for its readers and other news media after they picked up the story. She said the paper posted several stories and also used Facebook, then had a full story in its Thursday print edition, all of which was online Wednesday night.

Adams said she reached out to Deeds Monday morning, and "I gather from the volume of calls I'm getting he has not chosen to respond to other reporters yet, but I'm sure he will when he's ready. Lots of healing ahead of him."

November 04, 2013

Sacramento Press sold

"Sacramento Press, the struggling online community newspaper, has been sold to David Terry, a local Internet marketing company owner."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/01/5873033/sacramento-press-communitys-online.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/01/5873033/sacramento-press-communitys-online.html

The SacPress was one of the more progressive hyperlocals out there, including its use of navigation around the site.

Ben Ilfeld, the Press' founder, was a speaker at the COMJIG meeting at AEJMC in Boston.

September 11, 2013

Call for Panels for 2014 AEJMC Conference


The Community Journalism Interest Group (COMJIG) is seeking panel proposals for the AEJMC 2014 national conference Aug. 6-9 in Montreal, Canada. The panel proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2013. 
COMJIG’S goal is to identify and present original, meaningful research that advances the understanding of the role of journalists and news organizations as members of communities, geographic or digital. We emphasize that community need not just be defined as within traditional geographical or social boundaries, but that given technological advances it may also be applied to journalism and its relationship to communities of interest online. Potential panel proposals could address issues such as how “community'” is defined or how its meaning changes in an online world. International themes also are welcomed.

Panel proposals should include the following information:

• Summary of the panel session topic
• 100- to 150-word abstract from each panel participant
• Name and contact information for the panel chair

Please email proposals to COMJIG vice chair Dianne Garyantes. Special consideration will be given to panel proposals with suggested co-sponsoring divisions/interest groups. (A listing of other AEJMC groups can be found here.)

September 02, 2013

Wanted: Panel Proposals for the 2014 Conference


Hello COMJIG members!

We hope you had a wonderful conference in D.C. this year. It’s not too late to think about next year, is it?? Of course not! We need to start thinking about panels that we will sponsor or co-sponsor for the 2014 AEJMC conference in Montreal, Canada.

COMJIG is able to sponsor and/or co-sponsor six panels during a conference. We also have one refereed research paper slot and one scholar-to-scholar (poster session) slot. The paper and poster sessions will not be decided until next spring, but the panel proposals are due by Oct. 14. 

We need your ideas! Here are the criteria:
- Think about community journalism-focused panels that we can co-sponsor with other divisions, interest groups or commissions
- Keep in mind that we will be in Canada next year so international themes will be important
- Please recommend potential panelists when you propose a panel
- Contact me with your ideas by September 30

Because the Council of Divisions wants to encourage divisions and interest groups to collaborate on panels, it sponsors a meeting where programming folks from all of the groups discuss potential panels ideas face-to-face. There was such a meeting in D.C., so I have a list of possible panels to co-sponsor with other groups but these are not set in stone. We want your ideas for panels.

Here is the list of potential panel ideas for 2014 AEJMC conference, Montreal, Canada: 

- Panel focusing on virtual communities and their impact on journalism
Panel on open-access journals, since the Council of Divisions just approved the open-access journal “Community Journalism” as the official journal of COMJIG
- Panel on First Nation affairs journalists in Montreal 
Panel on the monetization of journalism and its effects on community newspapers/journalism
Panel on international communication and the development of community journalism across the globe
Panel idea on hyperlocal journalism in the U.S. and Canada
We also agreed to co-sponsor JLab Innovation luncheon for the 2014 conference

Again, please contact me with your ideas at garyantes@rowan.edu by September 30. 

All the best with the start of your fall semester.