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RJI Five Past/Five Forward -- Participant links, ideas, resources

A fast look at what might sustain journalism in the next half decade

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      • Monday, 8:30 p.m. - First Amendment, privacy and security
      • Tuesday 10:30 a.m. -- The Funding of Journalism: Practice, research and future
      • Tuesday 1:15 p.m. -- Carlos Watson, founder/editor of Ozy Media

    **Tuesday 3:30 p.m. -- Rapid reports community session

      • Tuesday 4:00 p.m. -- Keynote speaker: Rob Barrett, Yahoo! Inc.


    Here are links, ideas and resources from and for participants in RJI-Five Forward. You should also follow (and add to!) the #rjifive Twitter stream for additional ideas.


    • BUILDING A MORE RESILIENT JOURNALISM -- RJI Five participant Josh Stearns of FreePress.net has posted a richly linked blog specifically for our gathering that focuses on two challenges: (1) How to ensure that -- whatever they are called -- those who practice journalism are protected and supported by their communities, and, therefore (2) Why it's important for journalists to take advice from experts on community engagement. (added 11:03 p.m. EDT, Sunday)

    • WHY DOES JOURNALISM MATTER? -- When some 100 journalists, technologists, academics and citizens gathered March 1-4, 2009 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., documentary videographer Melissa Cornick asked that question (VIEW TWO-MINUTE VIDEO). The participants were part of the Journalism That Mattersgathering, "The New News Ecology." For more info about the 2009 event, go to the wiki page or the JTM event home page.
    • DO WE NEED JOURNALISM TO ACTIVATE? -- RJI Five virtual participant Peggy Holman, director of Journalism That Matters, makes a bold argument in a new set of essays. She argues we need journalism that not only informs, but also engages, inspires and activates us to be free and self governing. How does this square with the notion of "we print, you decided" or the notion of journalist as standing complete to the side of action? READ HOLMAN'S REQUEST FOR RESPONSE.
    • STEARNS: CAMPAIGN AGAINST INTIMIDATING JOURNALISTS -- RJI Five panelist and participant Josh Stearns, who is on the board of the Freedom of the Press Coalition, has been watching incidences of harassment or violence against journalists and he concludes in this essay he calls for the start of a public campaign against press intimidation.
    • HOW TO KEEP JOURNALISM PROFITABLE -- RJI Five partiicpant Pekka Pekkala, a Finnish journalist and USC-Annenberg scholar, is working on a book about how to keep journalism profitable.
    • JOURNALISM FOR A NEW GENERATION? -- Henry "Buzz" Wurzer joined RJI for the "Pivot Point" gathering in August, 2012 in Chicago and is a collaborator on the CircLabs news-personalization project. Family commitments prevented him joining us for RJI Five. In a short essay, he offers his input from afar. Key point: Why can't the news industry use digital technology to provide a check on government "in a manner and tone directed to the younger generation?" As we'll see, his question is relevant to our luncheon speaker.
    • FOCUSING ON CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE -- Newspaper-industry analyst Ken Doctor, a frequent RJI collaborator, offered a key insight in in a Wired.com analysis of the Bezos Washington Post purchase. He asks why news organizations haven't yet figured out how to deliver a NetFlix for news or an Itunes for news ... "how is it customized on the fly?" / READ KEY DOCTOR EXCERPT
    • ARE SUBSIDIES AN ANSWER? -- Robert McChesney is a media scholar who's work goes beyond the academy. A co-founder of the non-profit FreePress.net (Free Press staffer Josh Stearns is with us at RJI Five) he argues the Founding Fathers intended postal subsidies for circulating newspapers as a recognition of the "public good" function of journalism. Explore his argument.