September 14, 2008

Newspapers and Community Building Symposium

This is the program for the 2008 Newspapers and Community Building Symposium to be held Sept. 26-27 in conjunction with the National Newspaper Association Convention in St. Paul, MN. Several COMJIG members are presenting papers at the symposium.

Community Building Symposium – Local voices
Score one for the home team: The return of independent journalism to
Madera, CA
Gary Rice, California State University, Fresno, CA
Lessons in community (re)building from the post-Hurricane Katrina created
Gazebo Gazette

Lawrence Strout, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Keeping quiet or taking the lead: A study of editorial pages, local editorial
material and political endorsements in one state’s newsp
Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues,
Lexington , KY, and Elizabeth Hansen, Eastern Kentucky University,
Richmond , KY
Friday, Sept. 26, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Community Building Symposium – Local Business
Free ads increase revenue: Three counterintuitive solutions to problems at a
small-market daily

Mark Furman, School of Journalism and Communications, Eugene, OR
The twain has met: Advertising and the newsroom should take responsibility
for a better (and more ethical) product

Joe Marren, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
What community newspapers can learn from the fast-growing free U.S.
daily newspaper industry

Peter Gade, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Friday, Sept. 26, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Community Building Symposium – Local Web
New media/new challenges: A tale of three newspapers
Timothy Boudreau, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Building community online: A twice-weekly’s experience extending its
reach with a citizen-based news site
Douglas J. Fisher, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Seeking the essence: Community journalism meets the digital age
Jacquelyn A. Lowman, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Friday, Sept. 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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