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2012 AEJMC Luncheon: The Rise of University Entrepreneurial News Startups

AEJMC 2012 Chicago logoAround the country, journalism programs are launching news websites to cover their communities, state capitals, or public issues on a day-to-day basis. These are genuine news initiatives that take many forms and they are quite different from the blogs or websites that house student assignments for a particular class.

During this event we examined different models and how they operate.

Date: Saturday Aug. 11, 2012

Time: 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Location: Marriot Chicago Downtown Hotel, Chicago, IL

Produced by J-Lab and co-sponsored by AEJMC’s Council of Affiliates and the Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group.


Moderator: Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab


Willa SeidenbergWilla Seidenberg, Director, Intersections SouthLA and Annenberg News Radio, USC-Annenberg


Dave PoulsonDavid Poulson, Editor, Great Lakes Echo, Associate Director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State  


workshops-Steven_ElliottSteven Elliott, Director Digital News, Cronkite News Service, Arizona State


workshops-Suzanne_McBrideSuzanne McBride, Founder,, Columbia College-Chicago


The luncheon is sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Registrations are open to the first 100 people. Contribution towards lunch is $10. Sign up via Eventbrite:

Great Lakes Echo publishes first student piece
10/5/12 – Great Lakes Echo published today its first piece by journalism students at the University of Minnesota.

The site is expecting to use more of the relevant environmental stories that are produced for Minnesota’s community news site while sending them pieces on Lake Superior. In addition, they are cultivating partnerships with students from Kent State, Ohio, and SUNY Oswego.

According to editor Dave Poulson, “These collaborations grew out of J-Lab’s AEJMC session on university news sites.”

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