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Ideas you can steal: Community information projects that worked

Feb. 20, 2012, 2:32 p.m., Posted by Elise Hu

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This post is part of a series about the 2012 Media Learning Seminar, a gathering of foundations, news organizations and tech experts on community information needs. Watch the livestream Monday and Tuesday at knightfoundation.org/live.

As part of Knight’s Media Learning Seminar (livestreaming today and tomorrow), five community foundations presented successful projects and ideas that could be applied to other community engagement efforts around the country.

1. You Choose Bay Area: Silicon Valley Community Foundation

With rapid growth in the Bay Area threatening the quality of life, the foundation wanted to get more people involved in regional planning.

So the foundation went for a three-pronged approach to engage its community. They built an interactive website called “ You Choose Bay Area,” initiated a media campaign that involved a partnership with public radio station KQED and hosted a series of public forums.  

 

@dangillmor: Six ways foundations and groups can help keep communities informed and engaged

Feb. 20, 2012, 12:49 p.m., Posted by Elise Hu

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This post is part of a series about the 2012 Media Learning Seminar, a gathering of foundations, news organizations and tech experts on community information needs. Watch the livestream Monday and Tuesday at knightfoundation.org/live.

Dan Gillmor has been watching closely as digital and social media upended the world’s “legacy” models for communication. The Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship director has spent much of the last decade considering how the media ecosystem has evolved, and in particular, how non-corporate interests like community groups and non-profit foundations can help keep alive some of the most important traditions of the disappearing traditional press.

“We’re in a fundamentally different situation,” he said of how communities get information today. “We create stuff, make it available and people come and get it. Consumers become creators and then become collaborators. The collaboration part is the most exciting and I think we're going to be figuring that out for generations to come.”

Gillmor addressed the 400+ attendees of Knight’s 2012 Media Learning Seminar this morning.  His advice to foundations and community groups who want to take part in keeping their audiences informed and engaged:

How to keep up with Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar

Feb. 20, 2012, 8:33 a.m., Posted by Elise Hu

Community foundations, news organizations and technology innovators are in Miami this morning for Knight Foundation’s 2012 Media Learning Seminar, where leaders from the various fields will explore what they can learn from one another and discuss the growing opportunities for effective collaboration.

More than 400 people are registered this year, making this the biggest Media Learning Seminar yet. But you don’t have to be in Miami to keep up with the sessions, speakers and presentations. For the first time, much of the conference in Miami today (Feb. 20) and tomorrow will be livestreamed. You can find the link and schedule at knightfoundation.org/live.

We’ll also be tweeting @knightfdn, the foundation’s main twitter account. You can keep up with the hashtag #infoneeds, that participants and observers here will be using.

And this blog will be featuring posts throughout the two-day conference. I’m Elise Hu, a digital journalist at NPR and Knight Foundation’s conference blogger for the seminar this year. If you have questions throughout the event, feel free to tweet me @elisewho and use the #infoneeds hashtag.

Featured speakers include Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble, MIT’s Ethan Zuckerman, and Dan Gillmor, founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship