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New News Labs: Exploring University News Start-ups

June 1-2 workshop in Washington, D.C. explores different models.

New News Labs: Exploring University News Start-ups

U.S. journalism programs are launching year-round University news sites that both fill the gaps in coverage and train students to be multimedia and entrepreneurial journalists. More than classroom exercises, these sites engage in watchdog journalism, report on geographic communities and focus on niche topics. This workshop is particularly targeted at those who are operating, or seek to operate, year-round University news sites. 

  • View the list of participants (pdf)
  • View the list of presenters (pdf)
  • See agenda below
  • Signups open to first 25 participants. J-Lab covers meals and one night of hotel.  Registration is now closed.

    Missed it? See more at the J-Lab luncheoun on Aug. 11, 2012 in Chicago. Sign up via Eventbrite.

Sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

New News Labs

Exploring University News Start-ups

A workshop for those editing or aspiring to edit
year-round news sites

Funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation

June 1-2, Washington, D.C.

Friday, June 1

2:30 p.m.   Welcome Introductions

3:00 p.m. Investigative Reporting Sites

  • Investigative Reporting Workshop Lynne Perri, American University
  • New England Center for Investigative ReportingMaggie Mulvihill, Boston University
  • Andy Hall, U-Wisconsin-Madison

4:30    Covering Underserved Communities

  • CU-Citizen Access – Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Journalism, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana
  • Intersections: South LA – Willa Seidenberg, Director Annenberg Radio News, USC Annenberg

6 p.m. Dinner Keynote: Marc Cooper, Founder, Neon Tommy

Neon Tommy is a Los Angeles-based web-only student publication, covering local, national and international stories. With more than 270,000 unique visitors and 360,000 page views a month, the site is regularly linked to by the LA Times, Huffington Post, Gawker, YahooX!, CNN and others.

Saturday, June 2

8-9 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Covering Local Communities

  •, Suzanne McBride, Columbia College-Chicago
  • Mission Local – Helene Goupil, Editor, UC-Berkeley
  •, Chris Harper, Temple University

10:15-10:45 a.m. Niche News Sites

  • – Dave Poulson, Associate Director of the Knight Center of Environmental Journalism, Michigan State

10:45-11 a.m. BREAK

11-11:30 a.m. Covering Legal Issues

  • J-School – Geanne Rosenberg, Project Director, Baruch College of the City University of New York

11:30-12 p.m. The Rebuild: New Purpose, New Partners

  •, Lew Friedland, U-Wisconsin

Noon to 1 p.m.  LUNCH

1-2 p.m. Local, State, National Sites

  • Cronkite News Service – Steve Crane, Washington Bureau Chief, Arizona State
  • Medill News Service – Ellen Shearer, Northwestern University

2-2:30 p.m. Affiliating with Traditional News Organizations

  • The Local Fort Greene-Clinton Hill, a New York Times website, Gersh Kuntzman, Editor

2:30 – 3:30 Open Mic

  • Discussion: sustaining content and operations year round

3:30 pm. Adjourn

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