Knight Fellows to Host Community Journalism Conference in February

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By: E&P Staff

The Knight Fellows in Community Journalism program, known as “The Teaching Newspaper,” will host a conference addressing the relationship between journalists and the communities they cover Feb. 8 and 9 at The Anniston (Ala.) Star and nearby Jacksonville State University.

“A National Conversation on The Emerging Mind of Community Journalism” will address a marketplace in which about 1,200 of the nation’s 1,450 dailies consider themselves community newspapers and will work to show participants how journalists serve their audience by providing authoritative news coverage and well-informed editorial leadership grounded in local knowledge.

Alberto Ibarg?en, president of Knight Foundation and former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, will present the annual Harry M. and Edel Y. Ayers Lecture on Feb. 8. Other featured speakers include Richard C. Harwood, author of “Hope Unraveled”; Peggy Kuhr, Knight Chair on the Press, Leadership, and Community at the University of Kansas; Michael Bugeja, author of “Interpersonal Divide”; and Cole Campbell, dean of journalism at the University of Nevada.

The Knight Fellows in Community Journalism program, funded by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, in August will start its first six students on their way to receiving a University of Alabama master’s degree inside The Anniston Star. The students will be known as Knight Community Journalism Fellows and will study, report, and analyze examples of community journalism.

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