Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Online News Assn. organizing social network

The Online News Association is pursuing a couple of initiatives that civic/citizen journalism educators might be interested in knowing about.

One of them is an online network, akin to LinkedIn, that ONA has set up using an interim site on Ning, the free social-networking site.

It can be accessed at:

According to Jody Brannon of ONA, here’s how the educators can use it.

"From the main page, under GROUPS, you’ll find various categories, especially Teaching Online Journalism. This will be our online clubhouse, so to speak, where we’ll be able to contribute and organize our efforts. To start, I’ve created four discussions, related to syllabi, research, experts and student groups. Each of those arenas has two leaders so far, but we can certainly tap into the expertise around the academic and professional communities. Maybe that’s you?"

Jody also notes that a conference call to update everyone on efforts is planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 27. I didn't want to post the phone number and access code here in public, but anyone from CCJIG who wants to take part may e-mail me and I'll forward Jody's e-mail with the information.

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