Friday, July 25, 2008

Convention Programming Set (repost of earlier entry)

The Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group has a strong lineup of research presentations, panels and other activities scheduled for the annual AEJMC convention, to be held in Chicago from Wednesday Aug. 6 through Saturday Aug. 9.

CCJIG programming actually will start the day before the formal convention, with a special half-day program exploring "The Past, Present and Future of Civic/Citizen Journalism" taking place at Columbia College of Chicago from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 5. There is no charge to attend, although registration would be appreciated because refreshments will be provided. For information or to RSVP, contact CCJIG Co-Vice-Chair Nikhil Moro at

Two other highlights during the convention are CCJIG's co-sponsorship of a mini-plenary session on "The Transformation of Print Journalism" planned for Wednesday afternoon and sponsorship of the always popular and informative J-Lab Luncheon on Friday. The topic of discussion at the luncheon by a panel of media industry professionals will be "Networked Journalism: The Changing Face of News." CCJIG also will sponsor two panel sessions on teaching practices and two on industry practices.

For information about all of these programs see details below. For more information about the convention in general, including registration and travel details, visit AEJMC's site at

Hope to see you there!

CCJIG Program Schedule for Chicago Convention

Tuesday Aug. 5 (Pre-Conference)

"The Past, Present and Future of Civic/Citizen Journalism."
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This pre-conference event marks 20 years of the Civic/Public Journalism movement with three 75-minute panel sessions and a short tour of the Department of Journalism's Convergence Newsroom at Columbia College Chicago, which will serve as the venue. Some issues to be addressed include: How should the modern press re-engage with its communities? How do principles and practices from the public journalism movement address that need? How could representative journalism work? What are some newer media formats being used by hyperlocal journalists?

Part 1:
Title: Civic/Public Journalism 2.0
Description: 1988 marks 20 years since the Civic/Public Journalism movement started
in the U.S, advancing the need for the modern press to re-engage with its communities. Where do principles and practices from the public journalism movement now inform the press? How does the past inform us about where Civic/Public Journalism may influence future avenues toward press re-engagement with citizens?
Presiding/moderating: Jack Rosenberry
Jay Rosen, New York University; Ed Lambeth, University of Missouri; Mark Deuze, Indiana University; and Burton St. John, Old Dominion University

Part 2:
Title: Meet the Press: Hyperlocal, Community and Citizen Media in Chicago
Description: This panel will deliver insights into how the ecospheres of citizen and hyperlocal journalism coincide in Chicago, the storied "City of Neighborhoods." The panelists represent a variety of media, from print to video to Internet and include journalists who are experimenting with new media forms and community members who are creating media.
Presiding/Moderating: Barbara Iverson, Columbia College Chicago
Nikhil Moro, Central Michigan University; Suzanne McBride, Columbia College Chicago; Adrian Holovaty,; and Steve Rhodes,

Part 3:
Title: They Blog for Journalism Change - And It Pays Off
Description: Jay Rosen turns from the guru of public journalism to the guru of citizen journalism by starting innovative projects like Off the Bus and on his blog. Jeff Jarvis, former journalist, starts blogging about journalism change and then gets appointed to associate professor of journalism and director of the new-media program at The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Leonard Witt introduces a new idea called Representative Journalism at his blog Out of the blue, the head of a family foundation emails him and starts to underwrite Representative Journalism projects. Mindy McAdams, author of Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages, uses her blog to catalog and critique the latest developments in digital storytelling, from Flash to databases to video.
Presiding/moderating: Kim Pearson, The College of New Jersey
Leonard Witt, Kennesaw State University; Jay Rosen, New York University; and Mindy McAdams, University of Florida

Directions to Columbia College: From the conference hotel (the Downtown Marriott on Michigan Avenue), go about a mile south on N. Michigan and turn left on E. Congress Pkwy. The Convergence Newsroom is located in the Journalism Department suite on the second floor of the building at 33 E. Congress.

Wednesday Aug. 6: (General Conference)

3:15 p.m.: Mini-plenary session "The Transformation of Print Journalism"
Description: This program will feature industry and academic experts from the Newspaper Division, Media Management and Economic Division, Community Journalism Interest Group and Civic and Citizen Journalism Interest Group examining the future of the genre known as print journalism -- which is rapidly transitioning to print/online hybrids, greater diversification and niche approaches in audience/content strategy and business operations.

5 p.m.: Panel session: Sustaining Innovation in Journalism
Description: Turning a great idea into long-term community change, anticipating the sustainability question for civic and community journalism training program proposals and creating a culture of constant innovation in the newsroom will be explored in a program sponsored by CCJIG and co-sponsored by the Newspaper Division

Thursday Aug. 6:

8:15 a.m.: Refereed research session on theme "The Transparency of News in the Digital Age"
Paper titles and authors:
  • Writer Information and Perceived Credibility of Stories on a Citizen Journalism Web Site; Kirsten Johnson, Elizabethtown College
  • Participatory Journalism and the Transformation of News; David Ryfe and Donica Mensing, University of Nevada, Reno
  • A Study of Journalistic and Source Transparency in U.S. Online Newspaper and Online Citizen Journalism Articles; Serena Carpenter, Arizona State University

1:30 p.m.: "Scholar-to-Scholar" Refereed research poster session
CCJIG will have five entries in this popular research venue. Paper titles and authors are:
  • Is there an Elite Hold? Mass Media to Social Media Influence in Blog Networks; Sharon Meraz; University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Developing a Citizen Journalism Site at a Small College: Lessons Learned as We Launch; Tamara Gillis, Heather Tillberg-Webb and Kirsten Johnson, Elizabethtown College
  • Madison Commons in Wisconsin: Experimenting with a citizen-journalism model; Sue Robinson, Cathy DeShano, Nakho Kim and Lewis Friedland, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • Journalism-as-a-Conversation: A Concept Explication; Doreen Marchionni, University of Missouri-Columbia;
  • Youth Make the News: A Case Study of Three Youth-Generated News Websites; Jeffrey Neely, University of Florida

3:15 p.m.: Panel session titled "College Papers' Mission: Confronting Issues of Responsibility, Diversity and Press Freedom"
CCJIG and the Minorities and Communication Division are co-sponsoring a session featuring student newspaper editors and academics

5 p.m. Panel session titled " What the F***?!! Dealing with offensive postings on news Web sites."
Description: In recent years, news Web sites from Washington to Los Angeles have encountered profanities, obscenities, racist comments, flaming and other offensive postings on their discussion/message boards. Some Web sites, such as the, have shut down certain boards to prevent the online publication of foul language. Other Web sites have started vetting messages before they are posted. This panel co-sponsored by COMJIG and CCJIG session will provide case studies, best practices and legal and ethical advice about discussion-board content.

6:45 p.m. Member meeting followed by executive meeting.
As with last year, CCJIG and COMJIG are planning to meet jointly for a while, separately for a while, and hold executive meetings after.

Friday Aug. 8:

12:15 p.m. J-Lab luncheon "Networked Journalism: The Changing Face of News"
Description: From crowdsourcing to user-generated content, community news sites to nonprofit news, former news consumers are now actively committing random, and not so random, acts of journalism. Sometimes they are competing with mainstream news outlets and sometimes they are collaborating with them. How should newsrooms and classrooms prepare future journalists for participating in community news and information networks? And how can journalists use the networks to juice Big-J Journalism?
Funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

3:15 p.m.: Panel session titled "Whose Learning Curve Is It? How Technological Advances Have Changed How We Teach Journalism."
Description: CCJIG and COMJIG again are collaborating on this session featuring strategies for incorporating digital media into civic-oriented student media and courses.

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