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Beyond Broadcast

The Beyond Broadcast conference last Saturday, held at MIT, featured a brilliant vision of public media as truly participatory media with a democratic heart, by Henry Jenkins. (He was drawing from his equally brilliant book Convergent Culture, which reminds us among other things that powerful democratic communications tools are often incubated in improbable environments such as fanzines.) Go to beyondbroadcast.net to catch up a little. Read more...

News from the Public Media 2007 of the IMA in Boston

I just spent the first day at the "Public Media Conference" in Boston. This conference, previously called the Public Broadcasting New Media Conference, is a gathering of more than 450 public broadcasters from across the U.S. who discuss and share their experiences with online services and community engagement tools as well as the strategic challenges that lie ahead. Being from Germany and therefore with a somewhat different public broadcasting history, I was curious to learn how the U.S. public broadcasting landscape is evolving around the internet. Read more...

Public Impact of Public Media! The Darryl Hunt Story

Social documentaries are a great example of media designed for public knowledge and action. The Trials of Darryl Hunt--watch for it on HBO on April 26 and also in theaters this spring--is the latest example of the difference they can make.
Our friend David Magdael, who is publicizing the film, tells the story:
"Darryl Hunt was a 19 year-old black teenager in 1984 when he was wrongfully accused of murdering and raping a white woman in racially divided Winston -Salem, North Carolina. Read more...

A post from our friend & colleague American University Prof. Amy Eisman, Journalism Division, SOC

I attended the Knight-backed We Media conference in Florida last week, an annual confab of journalists, CitJs, digital media execs, educators, big thinkers and beyond. The focus was supposed to be on community, which digital honcho Merrill Brown called the "most important" topic on the Web today. Read more...

Pubcasters and Social Networking

Last September, mega-station WGBH in Boston held a conference for public broadcasters about how to cope with the astonishing new world opening up in the land of Web 2.0. Now, reports and podcasts from that conference are available at http://opencontent.wgbh.org/index.html. Conferees listened to network pioneer Mitch Kapor talk about the peril of being an "incumbent" as a new media model arises--"you need to be 'fast followers,;" he advised. Read more...