Friday, August 26, 2005


TRAINING: Univ. of Maryland offers news site handbook

The University of Maryland's Institute for Interactive Journalism ( ) has launched a new website and 20-chapter "digital handbook" which together provide basic training for how to launch and run a community news website. the site, http://www.J-LEARNING.ORG , teaches how to build it, use the latest off-the-shelf software to add online features, and then market it and track users. It was created for citizens media projects, small-market news organizations and journalism new-media programs. Read J-Lab's News Release

In a September e-mailed newsletter, J-Lab provides links to updates on several citizen-journalism projects it has funded with support from the Knight Foundation. It's called the New Voices initiative. You can read Jan Schaffer's article for the Knight Foundation's summer newsletter, or check out how J-Lab's New Voices grantees are doing.

Writes J-Lab: "Already a local computer company has donated 20 iPod shuffles to the Lower Eastside Girls Club. And the Franklin Pierce Law Center has helped a New Hampshire venture gain nonprofit status. The Forum, an online newspaper for Deerfield, N.H., launched after a whirlwind quarter of activity that includes plans for covering three more towns. "We are exhausted and exhilarated," said editor Maureen Mann on the eve of the August 20 launch. See story. KRFP News Radio Free Moscow, a start-up low-power FM newscast in Moscow, Idaho, begins a 5:30 p.m. half-hour newscast next month. See story."

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland7100 Baltimore Ave., Suite 101, College Park, MD 20740, 301-985-4020.
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