Exploring a Networked Journalism Collaborative in Philadelphia

Exploring a Networked Journalism Collaborative in Philadelphia

A new report from J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism examines the possibility of establishing an independent journalism collaborative to serve the Philadelphia area. Funded by the William Penn Foundation, the report, Exploring a Networked Journalism Collaborative in Philadelphia, found that there has been a steep decline in public affairs coverage by traditional news outlets in the Greater Philadelphia region and that area residents want more public affairs news than they receive currently. At the same time, the number of non-traditional news-gathering operations producing high quality journalism in the region has grown, although they are diffuse and fragmented. The report recommends the creation of a Philadelphia journalism collaborative anchored by an independent news Web site that would curate and aggregate reporting by the city's news media sites, invite broad participation from throughout the community, and seek to involve the city's younger residents in creating new forms of participatory and interactive journalism.