The Unpress: New Gatekeepers of the NH Primary

To New Hampshire bloggers/civic activists:

DEC. 6 -- THE UNPRESS: NEW GATEKEEPERS OF THE N.H. PRIMARY
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We're pleased to announced our first New England News Forum event in New Hampshire -- and the topic couldn't be more timely. We like to extend a personal invitation to you -- New Hampshire bloggers -- to attend and participate . . . and to alert your readers tha they are welcome too. Here are the details:

http://www.newenglandnews.org/?q=unpress-blog

The Internet is an emerging mass medium -- a press without a press. How are candidate websites, blogs, mashups, meetups, social networks, citizen reporters and online fundraising affecting political dialog in the New Hampshire primary?

To find out, the New England News Forum, Southern New Hampshire University, the Marlin Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce University, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Concord Monitor Online, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and other supporters are convening a Dec. 6 public forum entitled: "The Unpress: New Gatekeepers of the New Hampshire Primary."

The gathering is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University's Walker Auditorium, in Robert Frost Hall, on Thurs., Dec. 6. We're inviting bloggers, journalists, campaign operatives and engaged citizens to be part of a town meeting-style discussion of the topic. Please plan to attend! There's an optional pre-event hors d'oeuvres-and-networking session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a $10 suggested donation

HERE'S A LISTING:

"The Unpress: New Gatekeepers of the New Hampshire Primary," is a town-meeting style forum on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University in which bloggers, reporters, citizens and campaign staffers will discuss how blogs and the Internet are affecting political dialog in a presidential-primary year. The event, organized by the New England News Forum, will be in Robert Frost Hall at the Manchester, N.H., campus. FREE, and open to the public, but registration requested at:
http://www.newenglandnews.org/?q=unpress-blog

NEW DVD'S AVAILABLE FROM MEDIA GIRAFFE PROJECT
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Also, we want to tell you about two DVDs which are now available for mail ordering via the website of our sister initiative, the Media Giraffe Project:

1. THE NEW PAMPHLETEERS -- 78 minutes

"The New Pamphleteers: Entrepreneurs, Watchdogs and Citizens in The Digital Age," is an informal video view of the motivations, operations and challenges faced by citizen-journalist entrepreneurs. It's told in the words of more than 44 participants and experts. It consists of key excerpts of the June-July 2006 first Media Giraffe Project (MGP) summit at UMass Amherst, as well as excerpts from a half dozen MGP interviews since 2005. Bill Densmore is the narrator.

"The New Pamphleteers" is available for $9.50 plus shipping from the Media Giraffe Project website. Here's the URL for a detailed description (including segment titles and names of people featured) and ordering:

http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Mgp2006-video

2. THE STATE OF CITIZEN JOURNALISM -- 90 minutes

A thought-provoking, town-meeting-style discussion on "The State of Citizen Journalism," featuring seven experts and a 150-person participating audience is now available on DVD for researchers, citizen journalists, and for classroom use from the Media Giraffe Project. The 90-minute DVD is an edited, two-camera shoot of the opening event at "Journalism That Matters: The DC Sessions," held Aug. 7-8, 2007 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The DVD includes a narrative introduction and background video clips and still shots of the two-day convening.

"The State of Citizen Journalism is available for $12.95 plus shipping from the Media Giraffe Project website. Here's the URL to a description and ordering:

http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Jtm-dc-video

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Bill Densmore, Executive Director
The New England News Forum
108 Bartlett Hall University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003 413-577-4370 / CELL: 413-458-8001
bdensmore@newenglandnews.org

What happens when all that's left is the journalism? Help plan and launch The Next Newsroom in a U.S. community sometime during 2008. For background:

KICKOFF: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/
WHO CAME: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Jtm-dc-roster
THE BLOG: http://newshare.typepad.com/jtmnextnewsroom
ANOUNCEMENT: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/pdf/jtm-dc-announcement.pdf
THE SESSIONS: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Jtm-dc-reports