How We Are Working with Universities to Strengthen Local Journalism

An update on our work at the Geraldine R. Foundation. Amazing partners in universities across New Jersey are helping us support and strengthen the NJ new ecosystem.

The Local News Lab

By Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns

1472187414_be2451c0cd_o Photo by Alan Levine, used via Creative Commons

Across the country, people are taking a fresh look at the role of universities in the journalism landscape and as critical anchor institutions for helping meet community information needs.

A lot of attention has been focused on journalism schools as producers of original reporting and their potential to help fill the gaps in local coverage facing many communities around college campuses. However, just as important is the role of universities in helping build the infrastructure for more sustainable journalism.

Campuses can be:

1) Trainers — Leveraging their resources, skills, knowledge and technology colleges can train current journalists in best practices.

2) Advertisers — Local newsrooms should tap into various budgets across college campuses for sponsorship and ad dollars. (For more on this see my blog post here)

3) Conveners — Campuses have great meeting spaces and…

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3 thoughts on “How We Are Working with Universities to Strengthen Local Journalism

  1. Life Outside says:

    Josh Stearns
    That is quite a mouthful of “I”s and must impress your friends.
    There is quite a big reading job for any reader to skim through that CV of yours.
    It may be argued that some simple questions will save time and decide any further excavations.
    Where is the Fourth Estate, you know that stuff about holding power to account, where is that in Journalism?
    Those basics of who, what , when why and how and some research / investigation and comparative balancing of perspectives?
    Why etc has the media presenter / writer/journalist become the story.
    Bury the Id ? must have been misinterpreted to possess some sexual connotations at these University lectures / courses on “Journalism”. Or the academics thought to have taught and did naught about the piffle passing off as “journalism”.
    How can any media justify employing “journalists” so that they may self indulge in personal opinions ans self promote vacuous egos? Outer space space, vacuousness stretching beyond the Universe … reaching outwards towards that vast emptiness of celebrity, cronyism, nepotism and all things me,me,me, (an example of the trickle down effect is the “Selfie”)
    .
    And holding power to account at every (any?) level…. that definitely has gone clear out the window and the foolish journo who dares will find him/herself with his/her arse … out a less sophisticated though very high window.
    And that media herd thing ,the whole World carries the same daily news stories. Invariably some celebrity non news or one main daily disaster sometimes two!
    Aha, the Je sui Charlie topping … what was that about ?
    Words like hypocrisy, Dictators, absolute despots, holding placards for / in support of Satire.
    The World is full of reporters jailed for doing routine journalism.
    Try to read and respond.
    Do respond to demonstrate how you can read detail content and comprehend the subject matter. That word “I” may be omitted just for now.

    Satire

    Dandahan4.com

  2. Life Outside says:

    “Awaiting moderation” … hold on that delete … the invite is out there now and Josh cannot
    permit word to go forth that he censors alternative perspectives on the over-use of that first person “I”.

    There is obviously no other part of this comment which justifies a delete button.
    Is there ?

    Satire
    Dandahan4.com

    Yea, it is out there and the Internet never forgets.

  3. Life Outside says:

    The comment I entered was legitimate and appropriate and critical of the use of “I” by a very Stearn Josh. Petty and sad. Must remember to be nice to dearest Josh
    Satire
    Dandahan4.com
    Soft centre US journalism.
    Challenge power ? Never in the USof A

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