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Community newsrooms I’ll be examining

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Photo by Flickr user Chopper Reed.

It’s time to get off the pot.

It’s time to start my research into community newsrooms and their relationship with traditional news outlets.

I’ve already defined what I’m referring to in terms of ‘community newsroom’, and I’ve (attempted) to develop a criteria for the information these newsrooms are creating.

All that’s left in this phase of the project (according to my handy Gantt chart) is to list newsrooms I’ll be examining.

With this, and all other stages of research, I’d love your help. If I’m missing a great community newsroom project in Canada or the U.S., please, by all mean, let me know.

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How I plan to examine/research/submerge myself in community newsrooms

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Soon I’ll find myself out of a newsroom as I head for university life, spending the next four months in academia.

(Cue fish-out-of-water cliches.)

In June, I was awarded the first-ever Michener-Deacon Fellowship for journalism education.

As part of that fellowship, I’ll be a journalist-in-residence at Carleton University, and teaching a multimedia class to third-year journalism students.

Another part of that fellowship involves a research project, and in my proposal I outlined how I’d like to examine community newsrooms.

My original plan was broad enough to be a PhD dissertation, I worked with Christopher Waddell, the Director of the School of Journalism at Carleton, to sharpen its focus. I’d like to examine Canadian initiatives, as well as projects south of the border. And most importantly, it has to be a study that can be completed in four months, the length of the fellowship.

So, here goes – thus far:

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