NE News Forum - June 28 for "Sharing the News" at UMass-Lowell

To New England News Forum supporters:

Please mark your calendar and register to join us on Sat., June 28, 2008 at the Lowell campus of the University of Massachusetts for "Sharing the News: Fresh Approaches to Reaching Students and Training Citizens." The posting notice/news release below is suitable for sharing and posting.

-- Educators, journalistics, public, bloggers likely participants --

LOWELL, Mass. -- New England high-school and college journalism eduators, state education administrators, citizens journalists and bloggers will gather June 28 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to hear four experts discuss how to support the new generation of news consumers and creators.

"The Internet is spawning a whole new class of news junkies," says Bill Densmore, director of the New England News Forum, which is staging "Sharing the News: Fresh Approaches to Reaching Students and Training Citizens" at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. "Our four experts will describe how to help those serious citizens understand what they're reading, hearing and viewing -- and how to contribute to the news themselves."

The unique, one-day workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public with a small registration fee requested.

Densmore said the session has three purposes:


  • Find out what Stony Brook University and major funders are planning in news literacy, and get New England editors, reporters, educators and citizens fired up about helping in our region.
  • Provide teachers, professors, bloggers and engaged citizens a workshop on emerging citizen-journalism practice and multimedia/interactive tools.
  • Conduct a roundtable discussion about the role of the New England News Forum in advancing news literacy.


Among featured presenters:


  • Howard Schneider, former editor of the Newsday, the Long Island daiy paper, and founding dean of the Stony Brook University journalism school. Stony Brook has received grants from the MacArthur, Ford and Knight foundations to develop a national news-literacy curriculum. Schneider will discuss how the New England News Forum and media -- new and old -- can be part of the development process.
  • Douglas McGill, of Rochester, Minn., awarding winning former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and business-writer for Bloomberg News, will conduct a half-day version of his Largemouth Citizen Journalism Workshop. He teaches average citizens online news skills.
  • Kara Andrada, education director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, in Oakland, Calif., will provide a fast-paced demonstration of the latest tools for news-sharing on the web -- including social-networking and wireless approaches.
  • Wayne Sutton is a community content manager for, a hyper-local news Web site produced by WNCN, Channel 17 (NBC) in Raleigh, N.C. Sutton monitors user-generated content for the site. He also interviews local, online community leaders who are producing content on the web via blogs, podcasts or videos.


A one-hour roundtable discussion about the role of the New England News Forum as a catalyst for cooperation among the region's, editors, media educators and citizen journalists will wrap up the day. An optional box lunch is offered.

"Sharing the News" is sponsored by the New England News Forum, the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Boston-based law firm of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye, LLP. Pre-registration is requested and stipends are available for those who cannot afford the workshop fee.

To register, go to

For more information, or to suggest additions to the day's program, contact the New England News Forum at

Bill Densmore, Executive Director
The New England News Forum
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003