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2009 AEJMC Luncheon: Civic News Networks

Panel Discussion Moderated by Jan Schaffer, J-Lab Executive Director 2009 AEJMC Conference August 7, 2009 Boston, Mass.

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Civic Journalism—Growing and Evolving

Civic journalism is growing and evolving rapidly because it makes a deliberate attempt to reach out to citizens. Civic journalism can take the form of town meetings–“real” or “electronic”–or watching CSPAN, going on-line or attending focus groups.

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Civic Journalism

In its first effort at inventing a new relationship between the newsroom and the Internet, New Hampshire Public Radio came up with an elegantly logical idea. It created an on-line Tax Calculator that last year helped state residents actually compute the cost of different tax reform measures to their own pocketbooks.

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Civic Journalism: How the Media Engages Citizens in Public Discourse

In Charlotte, N.C., more than 1,000 citizens have responded to lists of critical needs in nine of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. The newspaper collected the lists from neighborhood residents as part of what became its award-series, “Talking Back Our Neighborhoods.”

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