The Local East Village to Launch September 13

The Local East Village will launch on Monday, September 13. The site is a collaboration between The New York Times and New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and will cover New York City’s East Village. Studio 20 students have been planning and working towards its launch throughout spring semester and into the summer.

The site will feature a specially developed Virtual Assignment Desk that will let contributors from the East Village easily communicate with the staff to pitch story ideas and contribute articles and multimedia. From the press release:

The site will feature a Virtual Assignment Desk, an interactive digital platform that has been created as a Wordpress plug-in. It provides an editorial work flow system for both assigning stories, and receiving and managing ideas, tips, and finished work from community and student contributors. Any registered user of nytimes.com will be able to go to a special page to see what assignments are available.

Students from all universities will have the opportunity to experience the East Village while gaining real world journalism experience by applying to the Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy:

Starting in May 2011, the Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy will welcome journalism students from across the country to cover East Village beats and help coordinate wider community involvement. These include pre-college and college tracks as well as a select number of three-month graduate-level LEV internships, credit and non-credit, available on a competitive basis. For more on the The Hyperlocal Academy, click here.

The site will be live starting Monday at http://eastvillage.thelocal.nytimes.com and http://localeastvillage.com.

ExplainThis.org partners with podcast on The Nation

Got a burning question that a simple web search can’t answer? Ask it at Studio 20 Director Jay Rosen's ExplainThis.org, where “journalists are standing by.” Studio 20’s Tim Stenovec is working with Rosen on the project.

Explainthis.org recently partnered with The Breakdown, the explainer podcast with Chris Hayes of the Nation. More details here.

In a guest post at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, Seth Lewis asks for input to the question “what is journalism school for?" Lewis cites Studio 20 as a 21st century approach and quotes Visiting Scholar Dave Winer:

What should the 21st century journalism school look like? Would it have a more DIY focus to prep students for freelance careers? Take a more project orientation, as in Jay Rosen’s Studio 20? Focus on teaching the right mix of analog and digital skills, as Ryan Sholin suggests? Or try to become part of the wider academic curriculum — a sort of “journalism school for all” general-education requirement, as Dave Winer recommends?

Studio 20 Director Jay Rosen proposes ExplainThis.org as a way for journalists to answer the public’s questions. From the Poynter Institute:

Rosen has developed an idea that could make journalism better by allowing more people to participate in the process: ExplainThis.

ExplainThis has two parts. One is an open system through which anyone can ask and answer questions and vote on them. The second part involves “journalists standing by.” Journalists would monitor questions, looking for ones that meet three conditions:

  • Many people are asking the same thing.
  • The question can’t be answered well via search.
  • Answering the question would require the work of journalism: investigation and explanation.

Read more here.

Rosen: “Journalism” and “the media” are not synonymous

Jay Rosen

Studio 20 Director Jay Rosen writes about the differences in MIT’s Technology Review.

"Journalism, the practice, is not "the media," although for many years most of the journalism that got done was done inside the media industry. Now that industry is in trouble, but not because people no longer want to be informed or entertained (they still do). Rather, the social pattern that sustained the media industry has been disrupted by technology (see Briefing)”

Read more here.