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Conclusions on community newsrooms – what I’ve learned during my fellowship research

fireworksI’ve spent the past four months researching community newsrooms and citizen journalism while a journalist-in-residence as a Michener-Deacon Fellow at Carleton University – and loved every minute of teaching and research.

But now my time is up. At the beginning of May, I’ll be moving on to my next challenge in the Ottawa Citizen newsroom. Bring on the adrenaline rush of daily news.

As this fellowship draws to a close, I’ve come to the following conclusions about community newsrooms:

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Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe: Random acts of journalism… and a coffee

Lights, camera, action.... and a coffee.
Lights, camera, action…. and a coffee.

Judging by the set up, the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe looked ready for a televised interview with former Canwest CEO Leonard Asper.

But as Free Press reporter Geoff Kirbyson began asking the local celebrity about the demise of his father’s decades-old media company, it became clear that this was no regular studio interview.

Two men in the back chatted loudly, shooting the breeze over a cup of coffee.

This is, after all, a news cafe.

When Kirbyson asked Asper if his father might be disappointed in how he handled the company, another patron said loudly: “what a stupid question.”

This is what makes the News Cafe such a different, wonderful beast.

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Community News Commons: Winnipeg’s grassroots public media project

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There are no ads on the Community News Commons website.

That’s because for this site, the name of the game is not about making money.

Instead, CNC’s goal is undeniably, unabashedly altruistic: engaging Winnipeggers to inform each other about issues they feel are important.

It’s hinged on a belief that if citizens care enough about their community to write, discuss, debate what happens in it, a better city emerges.

It’s this philosophy that won the project funds fromKnight Foundation, after the organization decided to back initiatives  in partnership with community foundations. Knight matched a $200,000 donation from Winnipeg’s philanthropic The Winnipeg Foundation. It was the only Canadian project to win funding from Knight.

“The perspective from the Winnipeg Foundation is that if you are more informed about your community, you care more about it, and you’re going to have a relationship with the community,” said Noah Erenberg, Community News Commons Convener.

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