A terrific project called News21 — sponsored by two major foundations to help figure out the future of journalism education (and maybe journalism itself) — is under way. This is an important initiative, bringing in students and faculty from five major universities in a multi-year effort that involves some serious journalism about the intersection of security and liberty. I’m proud to be assisting them in developing citizen-media components for their projects, which vary by school and media types.
One of the early pieces of this many-moving-parts project is a blog by students (including recent graduates) from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, which is one of the two major affiliations of this Center. Their project (in their words):
The American military is in the midst of a profound shift in strategy that is reshaping the military’s presence, and in many cases, its mission, around the world. Older, permanent bases are downsizing or being restructured; newer, smaller and more flexible bases, in places new to American troops, are being created. We are looking for ways to tell stories—cultural, economic, political and environmental—about the nearly half million men and women serving the security interests of the United States overseas.
The students have fanned out across the globe for their on-the-ground reporting, which ultimately will be used to produce broadcast-quality journalism. But one way they’re learning to tell this story is through a blog, US Military Abroad, on which you’ll find a good example of group blogging. And (update) don’t miss their Korea blog.
Other project blogs include:
- Privacy, Civil Liberties and Homeland Security (Medill School, Northwestern University)
- Immigration Outpost (Annenberg School, University of Southern California)
- Homeland Security Money Trail (Columbia University)
Seems to me that traditional media organizations could learn something from this, too.