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ERIC Number: EJ861835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug-6
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
The Experiment
Miranda, Maria Eugenia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n13 p12-13 Aug 2009
The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism is testing a new model for journalism with an innovative hyperlocal news project with The New York Times. CUNY is not only providing interactive media instruction to budding professional journalists, but some of its students are helping train citizen journalists to contribute content to two New York Times Web sites dubbed The Local. Launched in March, one news/blog site covers the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York, and another site reports on Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange in New Jersey with the street corner insight of a longtime resident. Staffed by Times Deputy Metro Editor Mary Ann Giordano, two Times reporters, student interns from CUNY and other schools, and a host of citizen journalists, the project is taking community journalism to a new level for the newspaper. Giordano explains that, although the residents of these neighborhoods already had a habit of connecting to certain community news sites, The Local gives them a better option. She says their goal is to make this community blog a place where people can come to share news. The New York Times' new headquarters building on Eighth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is only a few doors away from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, but proximity is not the only reason for the partnership. The partnership was a natural fit since the graduate school, which opened its doors in 2005, was designed with the future of the journalism trade in mind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York