RECENTLY ON TOL:
- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
• Glasstire, an online Texas arts magazine which just won the National Arts Journalism Summit's first project competition. Could Oregon sustain something like this? (Even though I love Portland and adore the arts communities there, I'd want it to be TRULY statewide.)
• Models like the Bay Area's Spot.Us, which takes pitches from journalists and others, crowdsources the funding and works with everything from local weeklies to, yes, the New York Times to get these stories out.
• Portland's Neighborhood Notes, which my Reporting 1 students have looked at and, even before we knew about it, were emulating to a certain extent on our class blog. On the blog, they must post both traditional stories like profiles and more opinion or experience-based pieces on the Eugene neighborhoods they picked. The culminating project concerns health, health care or any health-related topic within these neighborhoods (drug use, sports fields and the emotional health of immigrant families that are broken up by the recession are three of the topics). Of course, we're not trying to make money at this ... yet. I'd be pumped to see an entrepreneurial course for journalism students! They're creative, and they're Steve Smith's wished-for age of 20, so I definitely see a bright future for them — and I hope they're getting the tools from all of their classes that make them flexible and ready to adapt to delivering content in a variety of forms.
Thanks for the ongoing discussion, Emily, Dave, Sarah, Julie et al. I look forward to hearing more about keeping energy and optimism going at a time when daily newspapers seem to be struggling.
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