Enabling New Media Journalism Innovation

Posted on October 22, 2010 by The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation participates in national summit for online news pioneers

At a time when the future of traditional journalism is in flux, The Patterson Foundation recently supported the Block by Block Community News Summit in Chicago where more than 100 operators of local news sites and blogs from across the country met for the first time to discuss community news innovation and sustainability.

Through its New Media Journalism Initiative, The Patterson Foundation provided support for the conference and helped organize programming for the event, which featured panel discussions about engaging communities in the reporting process and revenue models for sustainable businesses.

"We have the flexibility, opportunity and responsibility to explore and support innovation in the new media journalism space," said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. "By creating Connective Tissue among all of the innovation surfacing in the industry, we have the chance to create New Realities."

The roots of the wealth of The Patterson Foundation can be traced to Joseph Medill who formed a partnership to purchase the Chicago Tribune in 1855 and evolved into a major multimedia entity including radio, television and online components. In honor of the Patterson family's rich legacy, the New Media Journalism Initiative is exploring creating tools to connect journalism innovators.

"This is an exciting time for journalism, as innovators find new ways of connecting with communities," Coats said. "We were thrilled to be able to help bring those innovators together at Block by Block to share, learn and create momentum for their work.''

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