In Praise of New Voices

I’m delighted to have been invited to join the Advisory Board of New Voices, focused on seeding innovative community news ventures in the United States.   New Voices is among the many excellent initiatives of the J-Lab for Interactive Journalism, based at American University and led by Jan Schaffer. This gives me a great excuse to talk up their work!

  • The New Media Women Entrepreneurs program will award $12,000 to four projects led by women who want to change the world of journalism.  The application deadline is just around the corner on April 12.
  • The Knight Citizen News Network is a self-help portal that offers guidance to community members and traditional journalists who want to launch and operate community news and information sites,
  • The New Voices program will provide startup funding for 56 local news ventures.  This year’s application deadline has passed, but there are great ideas and lessons to be learned from current grantees.

In announcing the 2009 New Voices grants,  Bruce Koon, News Director of KQED radio and a New Voices Advisory Board member, summed things up well:   “With all the anxiety about the future of journalism and news outlets, these projects are a breath of fresh air because of their creativity and commitment to serving communities. They’re providing valuable lessons for the future.”

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