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    Eric Newton: Why I’m worried about newsroom training

    Nov. 19, 2014, 11 a.m., Posted by Eric Newton


    Way back in 1938, Agnes Wahl Nieman’s bequest launched a fellowship program at Harvard to “promote and elevate the standards of journalism.” Even then journalists wanted to know more, not just about the skills of our craft and the issues of our profession, but about the complexities of the topics we cover in trying to make sense of the world.

    In the decades since, training has gone from an add-on frill to a survival skill. Journalists and newsrooms that can’t reinvent training in the digital age will face at best a bleak future.

    Today, a Knight Foundation-funded report by the Poynter Institute looks at training in 31 newspaper newsrooms. The report -- “Constant Training: New Normal or Missed Opportunity?” – worries me.

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    Give Miami Day should be good for arts, too

    Nov. 19, 2014, 10:29 a.m., Posted by Gregory Stepanich

    The South Beach Chamber Ensemble. The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day hopes to top last year’s $3.2 million total of giving in this year’s 24-hour donate-a-thon that begins Thursday. A lot of worth nonprofits are competing for dollars in this event, and that includes arts groups:...

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    Small news startups try to survive and cover 'ignored' New Jersey news

    Nov. 19, 2014, 10 a.m., Posted by Steve Outing

    Justin Auciello was honored in 2013 at the White House as a Champion for Change for his work during and after Hurricane Sandy. Photo via NJ News Commons.

    This post is one in a series on what four community and place-based foundations are learning by funding media projects that help to meet their local information needs. All are funded through the Knight Community Information Challenge.

    The ideal of abundant local news, informed communities and an engaged citizenry may rest on some seriously overworked people — in newsrooms with trimmed staffs, and in startups that often struggle with finding sustainable business models.

    That's the case in New Jersey, which continues to suffer from a shrinking of the number of working journalists, and thus less community coverage. In addition, the state's northern region often gets overshadowed by news from bordering major metro markets in Philadelphia and New York City, leaving Jersey residents short-changed.

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