Posts Tagged ‘minnesota monitor’

MNSPJ Award Winners for Independent News

Art was just talking about how totally tubular our local internet news sources that aren’t affiliated with newspapers or tv are and I mentioned how much I like the TC Daily Planet (or the idea of it, anyway, on account of the abysmal state of their RSS feeds).

Well, a lot of people like the Daily Planet. The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists love the Daily Planet. So much so that earlier this month MNSPJ awarded the Daily Planet first place in the 2008 Page One awards for Best Web Site (Independent).

That was cool news presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance Executive Director Jeremy Iggers, tacked onto the end of his latest brown bag lunch with a journalist announcement. Then I looked at the whole list (xls).

2nd place in that category went to MinnPost. 3rd place went to Minnesota Monitor (slash-Minnesota Independent).

These three publications are the only ones that won anything in any independent news website category (see also, newsroom blog and single news story). I mean, if I had to name the top three sites that fell into the category of independent news website, it would be those three, but I wonder if there were any others even in consideration.

Still, I’m pleased that MNSPJ even has a category for independent news websites. I kind of wonder how they’d stack up if you threw them into the mix with affiliated websites.

All three of those sites are among my primary sources for local news. None of the affiliated websites are.

NCMR 2008: Part Conference, Part Rally

Peter Fleck has a good first blush on the National Conference of Media Reform, so I’m not gonna reinvent that wheel.

Free Press site has links to all the major keynotes and plenary sessions from the National Conference for Media Reform and I think they are uploading video of all the sessions this week (and beyond—there were so many excellent sessions and it’s probably going to take some time). Here’s the video archive. Local folks will want to listen to Keith Ellison’s impassioned plea around reform and Janice Lane Ewart’s [sic] (KFAI Radio) opening address. Bill Moyers’ and Dan Rather’s vids are up too. Watch for Naomi Klein, Amy Goodman, Shá Cage, Arianna Huffington, and Van Jones. For a twitterful view of the NCMR check Twemes. [Erica’s note: Or Summize.] The official tag for the conference was NCMR2008.

The Minnesota Independent (formerly Minnesota Monitor/MnMon and henceforth known as MnIndy) has a wrap-up, including audio from sessions MnIndy folks participated in.

The Uptake has spectacular footage. The best of the best is the FOX News ambush of PBS’s Bill Moyers and coverage of the Live From Main Street Town Hall which took place Sunday afternoon after the conference. Find the full program in the on-demand content at their Mogulus channel and clips at their channel [1] [2] [3] [4].

I’ve got a rough cut of my notes from the sessions I attended over at my place.

Never did find out what was up with the polar bear.

Writers Wanted at Minnesota Monitor

When you apply to write for MnMon, you’re actually applying for a fellowship with the Center for Independent Media’s New Journalist program.

The term of the fellowship is 3 months with the possiblity of renewal once the term expires. The average fellowship is two three-month periods. Fellows receive:

  • a stipend of $4,500 to be paid over three months;
  • editorial mentorship from experienced editors and bloggers;
  • research tools such as Lexis Nexis and access to information databases;
  • legal information, advice and access to legal representation;
  • technical help and consulting;
  • networking opportunities with other bloggers, new media and news makers in the state;
  • possible media booking and other promotion of the work produced; and
  • possible media training and/or newsroom training.

In exchange, fellows are expected to:

  • produce 6-10 blog posts per week on average;
  • fulfill goals in original reporting, to be set on an individual basis;
  • originate news that has an impact on public debate;
  • adhere to the program’s journalistic code of ethics;
  • participate in all training sessions, meetings, and conferences.

Interested parties should check out the application form (pdf) for more info. Direct your questions and completed applications to Steve Perry.

If you’re a hardcore blogger type looking to dip your toes into a more structured reporting environment, this is your chance!

UPDATED: The folks at MnMon want you to know that they’re also interested in “freelance journalists and writers who want to work more independently in a faster-paced environment.” Not just bloggers. The blogger part was totally my own two cents and in fact they’re likely more interested in folks with a modicum of a journalism background. Which does not preclude bloggers. You know what I’m saying.

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