The Future of Civic Media

For the past year, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a group of folks who were awarded grants from the Knight Foundation through a program known as News Challenge. My project involved researching and designing the ideal newsroom for the student newspaper at Duke University. We called it the Next Newsroom Project.

One of the terrific things about the program was getting to meet the other grantees who are truly doing some of the most advanced thinking about where journalism and technology and community are headed. This past week, many of them gathered for a conference sponsored by the MIT Center for Future Civic Media. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend. But I’ve been following the tweets and blog posts here.

There’s a ton of blog posts floating around about the event. But a good place to start is at the IdeaLab Blog where there was some liveblogging going on during the event.

My time in the program is drawing to a close. But a lot of these folks are doing some essential work and their projects and ideas are worth following and supporting by anyone interested in how digital media can affect and enhance local communities.

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