How a youth Reporter Corps could help reinvigorate local journalism

Daniela Gerson, Columbia Journalism Review, Oct 28, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Evenings and weekends I devote some of my time to supporting and sustaining an open access local newspaper. One of my longer term objectives with the Moncton Free Press (moving from Open Publish to gRSShopper soon, see prototype here, work in progress) is to engage young people in Moncton by giving them an open access journal to publish commun it news and reports. This post describes the idea nicely: "The service-learning model would train young adults in journalism and teach them how their government works, pair them with a local publication in need of reporters, get them some quality mentors, provide a stipend, and set them loose for six months or a year reporting on their own community."

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